A piece done for the cover of the 2010 Directory of Illustration brochure. This year's brochure theme was "Perfect Chemistry." The large gold central atom was meant to be cut out to reveal the 28 on the next page, or for the 28 to be printed 0vertop with some sort of special ink. You might notice the composition is somewhat odd because the right half will be the front cover and the left half will be the back cover.
This was a lot of fun to do. The challenging part was getting the lighting to feel believable even though it's coming from everywhere.