Last night I went to the release party for the fourth issue, which was a blast! There were readings by two of the authors, both of which were very different from each other. It was really fun seeing everything come together (I know I say this every time) and chatting to a few friends I don’t get to see very often.
Anyhow, now that the issue is out, it means I can share the illustration I did! I tried something a little different this time as I’ve been having fun with some watercolours lately. The story is about a couple in a perfect world and in their mutual, perfect happiness, decide to eat poisonous mushrooms. The author is Philip Kobylarz, an established writer and teacher, who lives just across the bay from my parents back home in California! Small world. Here is the excerpt that inspired this illustration:
We drank two very expensive bottles of wine and then went walking the empty downtown streets. It had just rained– the streets were wet and smelled of fresh dust and the traffic lights illumined them with eerie, late night light shows. We passed small restaurants and nightclubs that were reached by stairways going down, beneath the level of the sidewalk. They too glowed in a neon of the other world and were peopled only with a few stragglers who were hiding out from the now blown by rain clouds.
In the window of a bakery, we saw a gigantic wedding cake gaudy with frosting flowers. We passed a disco that had a poster of a embryo’s head on the body of an armadillo. We walked by a Lebanese eatery filled with only the family that owned it, talking loudly and filling glasses with pitchers that were wet inside and out, with water. In the distance, winding through the square city streets, there was the rumbling of where the storm was going.