The original drawing represents a composite of the slave girl, Miriam, and Lupa, the mysterious wolf who becomes her companion and guide.
Doug's artwork was white on black, with Lupa's brilliant red eyes the only color.
The cover designer pulled out the color and converted it to grey scale, placing it on a parchment background as a reference to the setting of the story.
For the back cover, two more of Doug's drawings were blended into a collage against the same parchment background, which wraps around from the front cover.
You can read an excerpt from Blood in the Desert on Amazon by clicking on the "Look Inside" feature above the book cover.