By the late 1970s I regularly attended science fiction conventions where I showed art and sold some of it. I also got portrait commissions from fans who wanted their fantasy identity on a nametag miniature. A Darkover fan named Blaine commissioned his portrait as an Earthling visitor to Darkover, who "went native" and learned how to use the magical blue-glowing "matrix stone" crystals. He asked that the picture be adapted from the Michael Whelan cover to the Ace edition of THE BLOODY SUN by Marion Zimmer Bradley. This was commissioned at Boskone 1979 in February, and was done in the spring of that year.
"Blaine of Darkover" is ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper, 2 1/4" x 3 1/2", spring 1979.