Since finding my way into writing, I have met some fantastic authors. A few of those authors I’ve had the opportunity to do some cover art work for. Utilizing two hobbies I am passionate about (literature, and illustrative art). Being a game artist, the type of art I do day in and day out is vastly different from cover art. I have loads of restrictions, have to follow very specific art styles and directions, and have to worry about how the game plays more than how it looks. Most of all, finding a way to make all of the above work and still look good from every angle imaginable. These are accepted hurdles a game artist must face. However, with cover art, as the artist I can take the details from the author (which usually are not very restrictive) and just put down what I see in my head based on the author’s initial request. There are no restrictions, I can do it all in 3D, or all in 2D, or a hybrid of the two. I choose the framing, the color scheme…It’s just so much more rewarding. But I had never realized that until my good friend Steve Umstead, author of the Gabriel series, had come to me with a proposition. He offered to do a solid full proof read of my first Novella, Loose Ends, and I offered to do some cover art work for him. Little did I realize how much I would enjoy cover art work, and made me wish I could make that a viable full time option. Game art is rewarding in its own right, but cover art and illustration is even more so. So that’s when I got into cover art, and started out with doing a cover for Steve’s sequel “Gabriel’s Return“. I eventually created a cover for his first book to match the sequel’s, and also did the 3rd and final cover of the series. In that time I also did cover pieces for 2 horror books. While I was very proud with the end result of the graveyard cover, neither of them ended up making it on to Amazon or into print due to a lack of cooperation from the author of those two books and his unwillingness to pay for the services. As such, I have left off the Title and Author of those two cover pieces, and just showcasing the art. I also only show the art on the Gabriel series (the space ship cover pieces) because Steve placed the text for those covers, and I do not want to take credit for that.
If you have any cover art needs, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I will be honest that I am not big on the vampire young adult type cover work, but I am open to discussing any needs you might have. Because I am still launching into the cover art world, I have not established set prices yet. I will, however, do my best to work within the budget of every author and deliver a high quality cover that is within your budget. Whether just photo editing/manipulation or full scale 3D scenes. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email. You can also add me on twitter @aj_powers and send me a direct message.