Geek Love anthology Kickstarter

I love the DIY production ethic that Kickstarter fosters. I’ve produced, participated in, and supported a number of Kickstarter based endeavors, and I love that something like this exists. The website allows ordinary people to contribute funding (a little or a lot) to projects that artists and other entrepreneurs want to produce.

I am excited to be a part of Geek Love, a fun anthology of adult erotica with a “nerdy” theme. My illustration “An Evening At Home” will be included, and possibly some additional illustrations. A small sneak preview of my illustration is below.

(Please note that this is an adult anthology. Although there is no explicit content on the Kickstarter page, some of the words and pictures there are a little naughty. You’ve been warned!)

Amazingly, the project met its primary funding goal within the first few days of the Kickstarter campaign, but it’s not too late to contribute, anyway.

The Kickstarter campaign will allow the hard copy of the book to be printed, and will also allow all contributing writers and illustrators to be paid for their work.

The project is being spearheaded by author and editor Shanna Germain. From the Kickstarter page:

“Geek Love. It’s nerdy, wordy and a little bit dirty. It’s 200 pages of geek-themed erotic stories, accompanied by full-color art and comics, all from some of the finest authors and artists in the industry.

Think of it as the comma sutra. As full-frontal nerdity at its finest. As the bestiary of geek sexuality, proving once and for all that there’s nothing hotter than geeks in their natural habitats.

Geek Love isn’t just smart and sexy. It’s also sex-, gender- and geek-positive. The stories and art in the collection showcase and support a broad spectrum of geeks, genders, body types, classes, races, abilities and sexualities…”


American Illustration 31

I just got word that my Mary Banning illustration is a “Chosen” illustration for American Illustration 31. That means that it didn’t make it into the printed annual, but it will be featured on AI’s website this fall and will stay archived there forever. Charles Darwin was a “Chosen” illustration for American Illustration 29.

Still trying hard to make it into one of the printed annuals some year, since it’s a milestone in an illustrator’s career, but I’m still quite pleased with this.

Austin Food & Wine Festival

I’m excited to be able to share the work I did late last year for the new Austin Food & Wine Festival. I worked with art director Eric Wicks at Dialog Studio to both create and license illustrations which were integrated into the website and identity for the festival. It was a great experience!

A few of the pieces that were commissioned:

Check out the official website to see how my work was integrated into the overall design (scroll down!)

Phylo card game update

A while ago, I was asked to contribute some of my nature illustrations to Phylo, a creative commons nonprofit card game that educates children about biodiversity.

Phylo was recently featured in “Second Nature,” the children’s magazine of the Natural History Museum in London. My bald eagle card was shown in the article and in the set of starter cards included as a magazine fold-out.

If this project sounds interesting, you can contribute work too.

Frederick News-Post feature

I was recently interviewed by Lauren LaRocca at the Frederick News-Post about my work in Artomatic@Frederick. I was delighted to find that they chose to run it as their entertainment section’s cover story this week.

This is the web version of the interview.

And this is the print version, which shows my Charles Darwin illustration as the cover of the entertainment section, and several large images accompanying the interview:

One sad little edit for accuracy: Between the time I was interviewed and this went to press, I actually decided to step down from active duty the Playa Del Fuego Board of Directors. I’m currently an Emeritus member, which means I hope to return as a full member in a year or so, but right now I’m taking a break, and am no longer Secretary- I was just trying to juggle too many commitments at the same time.

The Spirit of Poe

Baltimore’s Poe House & Museum recently lost its funding from the city. Although the building is protected as a historic landmark, the funding allowed them to maintain it and stay open to the public for tours.

Literary Landmark Press is currently soliciting short horror fiction for The Spirit of Poe, an anthology which will benefit the museum. The deadline to submit writing is October 1st.

My “Poe in Baltimore” illustration will be used as the cover for the anthology:

“Utopia” from Behemus

I recently worked on some illustrations for the fantasy card game Utopia (working title) being put together by the new company Behemus.  The game is a way off from being ready, so it doesn’t have a website yet.  I’ll share the information with you when I have it.

Here’s a preview of some of the card illustrations:

Happy birthday to me!

My comp copy of the new Girls Drawin’ Girls Vol. 4 book, The Way Nature Made Her, just arrived!  What a nice birthday surprise.  It’s a beautiful book.  (you can order your own copy here.)

Next to it, you can also see the beautiful fern platter my parents gave me for my birthday.

Oh, and what’s this?  I bought a new sewing machine while I was visiting my family in NY.  It’s an Innovis 40.  Happens to be the Project Runway limited edition, which normally would have scared me off (I think of gimmicky products as being inferior quality), but Consumer Reports gave it an excellent review for an intermediate machine, and after I test drove it at Hartsdale Fabrics, I had to take it home.  It’s a lot more cooperative than my old machine, which had seen better days.  I can mock serge and make rolled hems!  I’ve just started sewing some every day napkins for our house so we can stop wasting paper with disposable napkins.

My friend/dance partner in crime Amy made the adorable cupcake pincushion.

I also brought this painting home with me and hung it in my studio.  My Uncle Don painted it for me when I was a little girl, to go with my unicorn bedroom.  I still really like unicorns.