Illustrator of the Week - Jon Foster

In the about section on Jon Foster's website all he says about himself is, "Providence, what a wonderful name for a city.  I’ve lived here for nearly two decades now and find it hard to imagine living anywhere else." That is rather telling for an artist who is so prolific, for he is allowing his art to speak for itself, free of the artist and yet because of him.

Foster is a freelance illustrator, penciler, and sculptor. He is best known for his comic book covers in Batman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Star Wars. Foster studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1989. His paintings are oils on canvas and are known to have a dark or muted color pallet. Typically, they oncorporate subject matter like good vs. evil, anger, and adventure. Before a project is complete, Foster scans his paintings into a computer to add digital effects. Some of his achievements include multiple awards from the prestigious Spectrum sci-fi and fantasy art publications.

He is featured on this web-site for his cover art on the Timothy Zahn Dragonback SeriesOrvis by H.M. Hoover, Conrad's Fate by Diane Wynn Jones, and The Earthborn by Phil Collins. Foster's artwork is easily recognizable and beautifully achieved.