Smokestacks of Gnaak
Ian Miller's Smokestacks of Gnaak ties back to two decades earlier, in the late 80s / early 90s, when Ian produced five art pieces for the book titled "The Global Politics of Power, Justice and Death: An Introduction to International Relations".
The artwork was produced in pen and ink, in Ian's signature detailed style. It was used as a full cover wrap-around image (front and back), as shown below.
Ian noted that he did a series of five illustrations of this ilk (one if which is shown below), and the version depicted on the book cover was ultimately selected by the publisher...and reborn as a playing card in the Sorcery: Contested Realm TCG nearly two decades later!
In the margin of the illustration, you can see the book title, and Ian's name and date.
When asked about the context and backstory of the image, Ian answered:
"Power of politics or some such title. Serious tome as I recall."
[Ian is a one-of-a-kind artistic talent and personality. Always a pleasure to engage with!]