From C.J. Cherryh's Ealdwood series. Ha, it's very similar to the Whelan cover! Oh well! XD
Lilith Saintcrow's Jill Kismet.
Alas! I couldn't fit the whip in there nicely somehow. XD
While I don't like the hero much, Eric van Lustbader's Nicholas Linnear series of books are great fun! He writes the most wonderful Bad Girls. ;)
And so we have Shisei Omuke, from White Ninja (no, no, it doesn't mean Caucasian ninja - though lol... that was the initial conclusion I jumped to)!
This is beautiful.
Icons inside the applications themselves should be simpler and more graphic rather than realistic, like so:
BLAH! So it turns out WPF can't easily handle raster images, so the in-application icons cannot be the style shown above. The style shown above requires pixel art...which is, by nature, raster.
I also tried redoing a raster in pixel style (eg. 1x1px squares...) but that still doesn't look good, and apparently takes quite a bit of processing power to render.
Vector vs Raster Icons at Small Sizes (original file cabinet icon)
Pixel Art Requires a New Level of Abstraction
This is something that doesn't seem to have been covered in the comments, that anyone who does pixel art at the tiny sizes it's ideally suited to knows.
Guess I'll Make 'Em Fancy Vectors
Sooo... in-app icons will have to be fancy and realistic too. Oh well, at least there aren't many of them. At least, I'm planning them not to be. Not too fond of icons inside applications that scream LOOK AT MEEEEEE.
Here's a LOOOKATMEEEE icons so far. ._.