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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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A flower for Aisha.
My friends Rebecca Bradley and Janna Morton run the project Blooms of Nigeria, a blog whose goal is to present nearly 200 illustrated flowers, each for a different girl who was taken in the April kidnapping in Nigeria, and to keep the discussion and awareness of their plight alive. It’s a terrible crisis, and recently, there have been new kidnappings of almost 100 girls and boys as well. There isn’t much many of us reading about it from our computers can do to help directly with this situation, but at the very least, we can all keep talking about the problem, express our sadness and eagerness for a resolution. There is also an Amnesty International petition you can sign to help appeal to the Nigerian government for action.
Let’s not forget about these girls. Let’s all keep loudly hoping for their rescue.

A flower for Aisha.

My friends Rebecca Bradley and Janna Morton run the project Blooms of Nigeria, a blog whose goal is to present nearly 200 illustrated flowers, each for a different girl who was taken in the April kidnapping in Nigeria, and to keep the discussion and awareness of their plight alive. It’s a terrible crisis, and recently, there have been new kidnappings of almost 100 girls and boys as well. There isn’t much many of us reading about it from our computers can do to help directly with this situation, but at the very least, we can all keep talking about the problem, express our sadness and eagerness for a resolution. There is also an Amnesty International petition you can sign to help appeal to the Nigerian government for action.

Let’s not forget about these girls. Let’s all keep loudly hoping for their rescue.

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.

New one for the New York Times: Letters about the misleading nature of diet pills. Check out the article online here. Thanks to my art director Nathan Huang!

New one for the New York Times: Letters about the misleading nature of diet pills. Check out the article online here. Thanks to my art director Nathan Huang!

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.

Hello again! long time no see! (sorry) let’s get right back to business…
My latest tshirt design for Baltimore’s Pizza Party Printing is THE LABYRINTH, full of leering goblins and everyone’s favorite tricky Goblin King. It’s available for pre-order now (and only for a very limited time), but you can also fight your way through (hopefully minimal) dangers untold and hardships unnumbered to the Pizza Party After Dark movie night at the Ottobar and watch The Labyrinth with us, say hello, have a slice of pizza, hang out, buy a shirt, save the stolen babe, what have you. Event details here! 

Hello again! long time no see! (sorry) let’s get right back to business…

My latest tshirt design for Baltimore’s Pizza Party Printing is THE LABYRINTH, full of leering goblins and everyone’s favorite tricky Goblin King. It’s available for pre-order now (and only for a very limited time), but you can also fight your way through (hopefully minimal) dangers untold and hardships unnumbered to the Pizza Party After Dark movie night at the Ottobar and watch The Labyrinth with us, say hello, have a slice of pizza, hang out, buy a shirt, save the stolen babe, what have you. Event details here

dffect asked:
"So what is the news besides the blues?"
It’s cold in my house. But I’m enjoying a new scarf. But I ate a dissatisfying brownie. Trade-offs.

dffect asked:

"So what is the news besides the blues?"

It’s cold in my house. But I’m enjoying a new scarf. But I ate a dissatisfying brownie. Trade-offs.

Merry Christmas, little lightbulb fairy children.

Merry Christmas, little lightbulb fairy children.

Here’s a cover illustration for the December issue of Nashville Scene on stands now. This is on a story about widespread tear-downs in neighborhoods with historic World War II era houses. You can read the full story online here. Thanks to AD Elizabeth Jones for the fun project!

Here’s a cover illustration for the December issue of Nashville Scene on stands now. This is on a story about widespread tear-downs in neighborhoods with historic World War II era houses. You can read the full story online here. Thanks to AD Elizabeth Jones for the fun project!

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

Bat boy!
This little cutie was the subject of another gouache demo given to illustration students at MICA. He’s the finish of this work-in-progress shot.

I love him…

Bat boy!

This little cutie was the subject of another gouache demo given to illustration students at MICA. He’s the finish of this work-in-progress shot.

I love him…

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…

I had the pleasure of working with Francois Vigneault at Scout Books again, on an illustrated set of their blank mini notebooks. My theme was, fantastically, the cosmos, so I went completely indulgent with this and decked out the constellations Virgo, Capricorn, and Perseus in gleaming gold armor. My kind of project! This was a lot of fun and I’m psyched to have been paired with the talented Lisa Perrin whose beautifully illustrated set will be released in conjunction.

If you’re in Baltimore a week from today, we will both be at Trohv in Hampden for a little release party for the notebooks from 6 - 8pm. Stop by, pick up a set and say hello! Event page here. Hope to see you there!

This weekend I thought I’d share just a tiny sliver of the books on my wishlist that are all debuting at SPX. All the work that’s popping up for this year looks fantastic, and I’m so psyched to be there already.

Magical Beatdown Vol. 1 by Jenn Woodall / Reggie 12 by Brian Ralph / Frontier’s second issue featuring work by Hellen Jo / Blobby Boys by Alex Schubert / Picnic Ruined by Roman Muradov / Honey by Celine Loup / Gold Pollen and Other Stories by Seiichi Hayashi / Softcore #1-3 by Box Brown / Snackies #2 by Nick Sumida 

Tomorrow I’ll share the books my table group mates are debuting! They’re ALSO on my wishlist and are soooo good lookin’. Check back then!

I made screenprints of my “Pest Control” illustration. Aw yes halftone.

I made screenprints of my “Pest Control” illustration. Aw yes halftone.