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Andrea Kalfas is an illustrator living and working in Baltimore, MD. This is a blog for ideas, progress, and things to show off. Thanks for looking and check back often!

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ARGUS, the many-eyed demi-god, is a psychic-type mystical fighter who specializes in paralyzing her opponents with her gaze and holding them in crippling mental pain. Nearly impossible to sneak up on, she maintains a vigilant defense against physical attacks with evasive hovering, as any contact with her eye-covered body can do serious damage. The large eye on her forehead, when opened, casts a heavily destructive wide beam of light, but it forces all of Argus’s other eyes closed and leaves her vulnerable for the duration. An orbiting shroud covers the eye until she needs its power. Fighters that want to take on Argus should employ blinding techniques: bright flashes of light, obstructive smoke, or sprays of ink. While impervious to attacks of willpower, physical attacks can bring Argus down easily if fighters manage to blind all of her eyes.
Okay, now come up from that deep dark pool of nerdiness…this is Argus, my submission to Jenn Woodall’s latest anthology zine, FIGHT! Round 1! It features many talented illustrators the likes of Kali Ciesemier, Sam Bosma, Jimmy Giegerich, Valentin Seiche + more, and it’s gonna be rad as hell.

ARGUS, the many-eyed demi-god, is a psychic-type mystical fighter who specializes in paralyzing her opponents with her gaze and holding them in crippling mental pain. Nearly impossible to sneak up on, she maintains a vigilant defense against physical attacks with evasive hovering, as any contact with her eye-covered body can do serious damage. The large eye on her forehead, when opened, casts a heavily destructive wide beam of light, but it forces all of Argus’s other eyes closed and leaves her vulnerable for the duration. An orbiting shroud covers the eye until she needs its power. Fighters that want to take on Argus should employ blinding techniques: bright flashes of light, obstructive smoke, or sprays of ink. While impervious to attacks of willpower, physical attacks can bring Argus down easily if fighters manage to blind all of her eyes.

Okay, now come up from that deep dark pool of nerdiness…this is Argus, my submission to Jenn Woodall’s latest anthology zine, FIGHT! Round 1! It features many talented illustrators the likes of Kali Ciesemier, Sam Bosma, Jimmy Giegerich, Valentin Seiche + more, and it’s gonna be rad as hell.

This is a Gummie Bear Wizard. You may not have heard of them before. They’re jolly and shy, and they mostly stay indoors and eat gummie bears all day.
For Daniel Krall’s ultra-cute, ultra-colorful “Technotwonic” show.

This is a Gummie Bear Wizard. You may not have heard of them before. They’re jolly and shy, and they mostly stay indoors and eat gummie bears all day.

For Daniel Krall’s ultra-cute, ultra-colorful “Technotwonic” show.

New piece for the New York Times Letters section about the rise and perhaps over-diagnoses of ADHD. It’s up today online: check it out! Thanks to art director Alexandra Zsigmond.

New piece for the New York Times Letters section about the rise and perhaps over-diagnoses of ADHD. It’s up today online: check it out! Thanks to art director Alexandra Zsigmond.

Here’s a new piece for the December issue of aiCIO about partnership and the sharing of technology and knowledge. Thanks to AD SooJin Buzelli for letting me wax cyberpunk on this one. Check out the article online here.
While you’re doing that, I’ll just be over here re-reading Neuromancer…

Here’s a new piece for the December issue of aiCIO about partnership and the sharing of technology and knowledge. Thanks to AD SooJin Buzelli for letting me wax cyberpunk on this one. Check out the article online here.

While you’re doing that, I’ll just be over here re-reading Neuromancer

Hope everyone had a happy Halloween full of ghostly seances and congress with the spirits…

Hope everyone had a happy Halloween full of ghostly seances and congress with the spirits…

Saturn the witch and her friend Egon the bat
(look for them in Warlow’s Guide!)

Saturn the witch and her friend Egon the bat

(look for them in Warlow’s Guide!)

Illustration for Nautilus on the migration of Waldrapp ibises. This was for their 3rd issue, In Transit, though it was pulled from their online issue at the last minute. It’ll be appearing in a second print run of “In Transit” however, so that’s less of a shame. It was great to work with Len Small, and if you haven’t checked out Nautilus yet, go do that!
Waldrapp ibises are so ugly ♡

Illustration for Nautilus on the migration of Waldrapp ibises. This was for their 3rd issue, In Transit, though it was pulled from their online issue at the last minute. It’ll be appearing in a second print run of “In Transit” however, so that’s less of a shame. It was great to work with Len Small, and if you haven’t checked out Nautilus yet, go do that!

Waldrapp ibises are so ugly ♡

New illo for BUST appearing in the current Aug/Sept issue on stands now. This one’s about the trend of so-far pretty vanilla Disney-grown actresses starring in “bad girl” movies like Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Thanks to AD Lan Turong.

New illo for BUST appearing in the current Aug/Sept issue on stands now. This one’s about the trend of so-far pretty vanilla Disney-grown actresses starring in “bad girl” movies like Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Thanks to AD Lan Turong.

I had the opportunity to work with Meg Mateo Ilasco at Anthology Magazine recently for their 2013 Winter and Spring issues. Here’s my illustration for their seasonal Screen Play article and a map (which I rarely get the chance to do!) for their feature on Oakland. These were both uniquely-proportioned layouts and so this was a fun exercise. Anthology is a beautifully designed and curated magazine, so if you haven’t already, definitely check it out!

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EDIT: I’d credited Anh-Minh Le as my art director initially, whereas Anh-Minh is the editor of Anthology. My mistake! 

"Pest Control", my piece for the LADY KNIGHTS // WOMEN WARRIORS zine by Abby Boeh, Roxie Vizcarra, and Julia Scott coming out at MoCCA this April. No three-eyed tusk-mawed pest is a match for this bitchin babe exterminator.

She’s also the star of an upcoming comic I hope to have all ready for SPX this year. That’s the plan anyhow! We’ll see…In any case, she’s a little too rad for me to ignore.

Wicked Lady for Jenn Woodall’s Moon Power zine. Always liked this bitter angsty babe.

Wicked Lady for Jenn Woodall’s Moon Power zine. Always liked this bitter angsty babe.

This is my piece for the Silver Screen Society's February exhibition honoring the very funny podcast “How Did This Get Made?” Artists chose one of several bad movies reviewed on the podcast by Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael (who can make the word “disgusting” the funniest thing I've heard) and my choice, if it’s not obvious, was Batman & Robin. 
My little brother and I have seen this movie too many times, and it is oh so silly, and we love it. There are enough nipples sculpted into costumes that I figured I’d give everyone a chance to show theirs off. And revisiting those costumes…boy are they dumb. Mr. Freeze’s get-up is one of the most convoluted, stupid things I’ve ever had to draw. So this was tons of fun.
Check out all the great work on Silver Screen Society’s online gallery here, including Jimmy Giegerich’s excellent Cool As Ice piece (which got him followed BY Vanilla Ice on Twitter! A very rad outcome). And, if you haven’t already heard “How Did This Get Made?”, correct that error here. You’ll be better for it.
Thanks to the guys at Silver Screen for inviting me to take part!

This is my piece for the Silver Screen Society's February exhibition honoring the very funny podcast “How Did This Get Made?” Artists chose one of several bad movies reviewed on the podcast by Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael (who can make the word “disgusting” the funniest thing I've heard) and my choice, if it’s not obvious, was Batman & Robin.

My little brother and I have seen this movie too many times, and it is oh so silly, and we love it. There are enough nipples sculpted into costumes that I figured I’d give everyone a chance to show theirs off. And revisiting those costumes…boy are they dumb. Mr. Freeze’s get-up is one of the most convoluted, stupid things I’ve ever had to draw. So this was tons of fun.

Check out all the great work on Silver Screen Society’s online gallery here, including Jimmy Giegerich’s excellent Cool As Ice piece (which got him followed BY Vanilla Ice on Twitter! A very rad outcome). And, if you haven’t already heard “How Did This Get Made?”, correct that error here. You’ll be better for it.

Thanks to the guys at Silver Screen for inviting me to take part!

Portrait study: Rosemary Woodhouse.
First face in a horror movie heroine series I’m working on in my “spare” time.

Portrait study: Rosemary Woodhouse.

First face in a horror movie heroine series I’m working on in my “spare” time.

The Magician
Meanings: influence, awareness, ability, creative power, confidence, determination, a beginning, ego, desire to dominate, inspiration, focus, taking action, charm.

This is my piece for Light Grey Art Lab's upcoming show, Tarot, Mystics, and the Occult. I pulled The Magician, the card which starts The Fool’s journey, which was awesome and intimidating! There are a ton of great artists taking part in the show, and everyone’s piece will be compiled into an actual Tarot deck, which you can pre-order here! 
Here’s a question: can you guess which fantastically low-budget 1960s horror (?) film The Magician’s cloak is an homage to?

The Magician

Meanings: influence, awareness, ability, creative power, confidence, determination, a beginning, ego, desire to dominate, inspiration, focus, taking action, charm.


This is my piece for Light Grey Art Lab's upcoming show, Tarot, Mystics, and the Occult. I pulled The Magician, the card which starts The Fool’s journey, which was awesome and intimidating! There are a ton of great artists taking part in the show, and everyone’s piece will be compiled into an actual Tarot deck, which you can pre-order here

Here’s a question: can you guess which fantastically low-budget 1960s horror (?) film The Magician’s cloak is an homage to?

Recently, I was invited to take part in Scout Books GOOD INK: American Shorts. Their series of small books telling classic short stories are each illustrated by one of many talented artists, and it’s exciting to be included among them. My story, The Isle of Voices by Robert Louis Stevenson, entails giant warlocks, disembodied voices, and magic shells. Here are a couple of the illustrations that you’ll find in the book. Keep an eye out for it in bookstores soon!