He is amazing, isn't he? Gunnar's Guns is important to me--so it was totally worth hiring a pro. He was a pleasure to work with, so if you ever do get a chance to commission art from him, I recommend it.
If I actually had a shot at getting published, it'd be worth it, but lacking that opportunity, I just can't justify the money to hire a professional, let alone one of his caliber. Maybe in the new year, after I stop spending money on Christmas gifts and home renovations.