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An erotic SF novel-in-stories. In the midst of interstellar war, life (and sex) continues on the mixed human & alien university planet.
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Illustrator: Jack Kotz!

It was tremendously difficult choosing an illustrator for my Kickstarter book, Demimonde. Over fifty talented artists applied for the job, and out of that field, I narrowed it down to five finalists. I liked all of their work, and wasn't sure which would be right for the book. So I invited them to submit a draft illustration of one of my stories, "The Night Air," for which I would pay a small fee. I requested pen-and-ink style illustrations, since that's the look I want for the book. Beyond that, they were free to do whatever they wanted from the story of a brief, night-time encounter between a somewhat cat-like alien female and a human male.

All five decided to participate, and sent in wonderful images for my consideration. If any of you are looking for illustrators, here's a terrific sampling of talent. I wish I could use them all -- maybe someday, for future projects!

The four finalists, in alphabetical order, were Maral Agnerian, Robin Kaplan, April Kasulis, and K. Sekelsky.  To see the work of the other finalists, with links to their websites, please stop by my blog:

My selection in the end was artist Jack Kotz. I'm really delighted to be working with Jack. I loved his initial submission work, especially this piece -- the play of light and shadow in this piece is lovely and haunting. Jack is a student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and was pointed at my project by one of his professors; I'm very grateful.

I think what I like best about this piece, (which Jack would like me to emphasize is only an initial rough draft) is the dynamic character energy in it. You can tell, just from looking, that there's a story here, a tension between these two. It's very alive.

I'm really looking forward to working with Jack on the rest of the book! Onward!

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    1. Creator Serge Broom on February 21, 2012

      Goodness... I'd have a hard time to decide, had the choice been mine to make.