Erica Schultz is a brilliant writer of M3, a modern day international spy book that she and comics great Vicente Alcazer created. Although Vicente does all the interior art, the covers have been done by such talents as Bill Sienkiewicz, Andree Maitland, Chris Notarile, Rick Buckler, Jayel Draco, and Nouri Zander. Erica asked me to do a cover as well.
Instead of being a random image like the Gargantarama cover, this one was story specific. My cover was to appear on issue number 9. I started working on it by rereading all the previous issues of M3 as well as scripts for issues 8 & 9. And then I thought and sketched. I sent a series of thumbnails to Erica and Vicente for approval.
Erica and Vicente had a specific person in mind for the faces, so I did a black and white gouache paintings of the reference: