I’m super excited about today’s blog post.
One of the things I tell people when discussing Souls of Astraeus, is that when someone reads it, I want to get out of the way of their imagination as much as possible. I want them to be able to picture characters or settings however they like, but for fives scenes, there were a few things I wanted communicated a specific way, because I didn’t want there to be any ambiguity on how that particular location looked. Well, four locations and Akal’s ship. Anyway…
I started browsing online for artists long before I put the finishing touches on my first book. I looked and looked, browsed, Googled and interwebbed… No one’s style was talking to me. Until I found Jonathan Powell and his work!
I gave him a few paragraphs for each piece and let him run with it. A few quick exchanges between drafts, and BAM, he was done. He absolutely surpassed what I wanted the five illustrations to convey. He nailed it, rocked it and owned it. I can’t say enough about him or his work. He’s a great person and an amazing artist. Check out this fun Q&A with the artist behind Souls of Astraeus, and cover artist for Games of Astraeus, illustrator Jonathan Powell! (Links way below to his bio and portfolio)
Q1: Hey Jonathan! What kind of personal info can you share? Places you lived, neighborhoods, how you grew up, that kind of thing.
A1: Well, I was born in Tennessee but most of my childhood was spent in a small town in Maryland called Pocomoke. It was a bit of a run-down, old-timey kind of town where everyone knew everyone and you could walk from one side to the other in about 15 minutes. My siblings and I grew up in the rectory by my dad’s church, and we were home-schooled till I was in 4th grade. My brother and I spent most of our time going on adventures in the woods, exploring old run-down buildings, getting into trouble, that sort of thing. Around 9th grade we moved to a nicer town in central Maryland, and it was around that time I started taking art a bit more seriously and working towards launching myself out to California by the time I graduated.