I had always wanted to include images in my books, but custom-made artwork is an expensive investment for a small, independent publication like the Psionic Pentalogy, and I couldn’t venture into that realm until the books had sold enough copies to justify it. By late 2015, to my surprise, they had, so I hired a very talented artist named Ayako Yamaguchi to create full-color character illustrations for both my website and for the title pages of my books. All five books of the Psionic Pentalogy were updated with Ayako’s illustrations in January 2017.
Unfortunately, readers who had purchased the books prior to this update, that is, the very readers who had made this possible, are unable to see the illustrations. (Regarding the digital editions of the books, depending on the online vendor, getting the latest version of an ebook file can be as simple as deleting it once from the reading device and re-downloading it from the vendor’s cloud storage, but other vendors will only re-supply the version of the book as it was at the time of purchase.)
Thus, for readers who missed out on the illustrations, and anyone curious enough to be visiting this site, all of Ayako’s artwork included in the books is made available here in high resolution. Select the images below to view them at full size.
Ayako is currently working on additional black-and-white internal illustrations for Wild-born, but this may yet take awhile. Once the project is completed, those images will also be made available here.
Title Page Character Illustrations
(Select any image to view at full size.)
Check out Ayako Yamaguchi’s portfolio at www.yamaguchiayako.com.
Many thanks to my EFL students Koudai and Tamaki Miyata and their mother Shoko who modeled the initial reference poses for the illustrations of Adrian, Alia and Cindy, and also to Minami Sato and Taisei Ohe who modeled reference poses for Terry and the Historian, respectively.