I am in love with William Gibson's Neuromancer. I couldn't fit everything I wanted into one piece, so I did three! This is the first one—focusing on the main character and the beginning of the book. The other two are Wintermute and Babylon.
“Like something tells him to go off to Chiba, pick up a pillhead who’s making one last wobble through the burnout belt, and trade a program for the operation that’ll fix him up. We coulda bought twenty world class cowboys for what the market was ready to pay for that surgical program. You were good, but not that good…”
"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. `It's not like I'm using,' Case heard someone say, as he shouldered his way through the crowd around the door of the Chat. `It's like my body's developed this massive drug deficiency.' "
"The shuriken had always fascinated him, steel stars with knife-sharp points... They caught the street's neon and twisted it, and it came to Case that these were the stars under which he voyaged, his destiny spelled out in a constellation of cheap chrome."
"'Cept I do hurt people sometimes, Case. I guess it's just the way I'm wired."
"And that was the part of him, smug in its expectation of death, that most hated the thought of Linda Lee. He'd found her, one rainy night, in an arcade. Under bright ghosts burning through a blue haze of cigarette smoke, holograms of Wizard's Castle, Tank War Europa, the New York skyline."
behind the scenes
I'm always using wonky perspectives, so I make a lot of references in 3D first. Daz3D is great for posing human figures, and I use Blender to render scenes with super wide angle lenses. There's just no way I could do things like a fisheye lens warp without help!
Iterate, iterate, iterate!
I spent an embarrassing 7 freakin months on this (on and off.) Dozens of sketches trying to set up the composition, a zillion iterations trying to determine what style I was going to render it in... At least after I established that, it made it much easier to complete the next two pieces.