I’m a writer but expect me to draw a picture and you’ll get a stick figure.
Stories flow through my brain all the time, it’s a constant river of possibilities. I’m gifted this way.
But I am not gifted in drawing, in illustration, and the people who are gifted this way boggle my mind. They enrich the world in a way I cannot. Thank God for such people.
Adventure Stories are Illustrated
It never occurred to me not to illustrate The Adventure. In fact, this is the first time the possibility even crossed my mind. It’s a hideous thought. Strike it from the record.
Adventure stories are made for illustration!
So, part of figuring out publishing The Adventure has been finding someone to illustrate it. Umm. Again, I wasn’t sure who to reach out to. This was no small project with over 50 illustrations and a cover to produce.
In the end, I found two amazing artists to work with and the connections I have with them I would never have considered before this project.
The first artist, Joseph Apolinar, is a coworker of my husband’s.
He’s got a crazy busy schedule but, somehow, he managed to produce 2/3rds of the illustrations plus the cover. This is just as much of a learning process for him as it’s been for me but I love his work and it’s totally been worth it. I was looking for pencil sketch kind of artwork and I got exactly what I wanted with his work.
The cover will be revealed soon but here’s some of his work to whet your appetite.
This is the Snowstorm from Moonrise Mountain for those of you familiar with the Adventure Story.
This one is the porch that starts out The Tournament for those who have explored that Adventure story in the past.
The Second Artist, Justin Allen, is a childhood friend’s older brother.
(Talk about a distant connection!)
I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw Justin. But when I spoke about how much work I was asking of Joseph, my dad mentioned he still had contact with Justin Allen and he might be a good person to contact.
It was a shot in the dark that totally paid off. Justin’s got some experience in Illustration (I think) and was thrilled at the offer. There are three stories in The Adventure and Justin illustrated one of them, The Temple of Night and Wind. His work creates a beautiful contrast from Joseph’s, giving each story its own distinct feel. I couldn’t be happier with how his illustrations turned out.
Here’s a couple to give you an idea of what I’m talking about:
This one is the Howling Maw from The Temple of Night and Wind.
This is one of the many tunnels you might end up exploring.
Again, I love how these turned out and these, along with the 50 some other illustrations look even better in the book. I can’t wait for everyone to see!
Jennifer M Zeiger