I'm a freelance illustrator that has work appearing in over 15 different books and various cover images. I am also a very small publisher three books out and several more on the way. Digital illustration gets close but it not accurate. I do my work, scratch that, I play on the computer but it is not done by the computer. I don't use photo manipulation even though some swear that I do. In my opinion, if it does not look like a photograph than I haven't done my job. All the great sci-fi and fantasy artists that have spread their version of fantasy and sci-fi, from Frazetta to Royo to Vallejo and Bell. These are the people that I have grown up with and their work has allowed me to bring my own visions to life. I can't thank them enough.