Illustration used as the cover art for the Robert Heinlen novel “Beyond this Horizon”.
A wicked character illustration by another British Illustrator; Bruce Pennington. I’ve tagged this image with fashion but I guess it could also be considered concept costume/character art, a really lavish outfit thats a lightweight blend of both Western (heraldic) and Eastern (Samurai) Armour – love the fanned wings on the helmet!
Read more about Bruce Pennington at wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Pennington
This image has come via Flickr courtesy of The Emperor Dalek – Great username! – theres an excellent selection of excellent SF Book covers here http://flickr.com/photos/emperordalek/sets/72157600996437127/