This is an illustration of Assassin's Quest, by Robin Hobb.
◊Spoiler warning◊ for those who haven't read so far.
Fifth and last illustration for this month's theme on John-Howe.com
: a retake on the Girl on a Dragon.
The description is at page 692 of the UK paperback edition of Assassin's Quest, in a chapter called "The Quarry".
I intended to submit a coloured version of the one I submitted last December
, but then decided I wasn't happy with the dragon's posture, so I started over.
Photoshop, several hours (probably around 12-15ish).
Details can be found here
's advice, I tried and made the dragon's wings larger.