Aside from some resizing issues to bring it down to my old, normal banner size; it went pretty smoothly. The artist is named Aras Daamoon and he is from Iran, so the permission came through pretty quickly. He is LordAras on Deviantart if anyone is interested in checking out his other work.
This was a runner up in the new banner quest. It is called "Artist in his world" by Happymorningstar, also at deviantart.