this cover illustration ended up not getting used due to an editorial decision, and even though this sometimes stings, it's part of the game.
i did the sketch in ball-point pen at 50% of the reproduction size. getting the composition down (very Frazetta inspired), working out the stance of the soldier and the shadows.
i then drew the soldier in brush, giving him a rugged and unspecific look. he was suppose to represent soldiers as a whole, not any specific soldier.
the snake,the rifle and the danish flag were done in illustrator on top of the original sketch.
the brush soldier and the vector snake, rifle and flag... were put together in photoshop. i added a little halftone to make the light areas pop out a little more.
and this is how it would have printed.