I really like the black and white - a perfect media choice as it seems to call back to an era (late 19th century I'm thinking) when illustrations of a similar style were commonly seen in books and papers then. On top of that, the composition reminds me of classical art pieces (like reclining Venus etc.)... and then there's the rather ominous clues in the background to make it perfectly unique. Love it.
What I love the most about this, is how it appears at first glance to be a tasteful nude and not much else. However, the normalcy of the image makes it all the more amazing when you pay closer attention to the details, and the man behind the woman. The title, of course, seals it for me.
Absolutely great work - love the details, lines and all scene!!! It seems like you know a lot about history of 19th century - room, furniture, clothes... I'm veeery impressed!!! More stuff like this!!!
I just picked up this book and upon seeing the face of that particular "gentleman", I instantly could see your creating him to look like Ashbee. Good work! This picture is very lovely, though the older styled one you did for the back of the book actually does seem to capture a more antique style.