by Siol na Tine
Now I must admit, I knew almost nothing about erotica before I came here. I hadn’t been in the habit of reading it much unless I came across it by accident or a friend referred me to a particularly enjoyable story. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the art form, it’s just that I hadn’t thought to go looking for it. But it’s quite frankly impossible to know D.M. Atkins and not learn more about human sexuality than you ever realized you didn’t know before. She is, after all, an expert in the subject from several intriguing angles.
So when she started showing me the covers she was working on for FFP, I was naturally quite interested. Being an artist, I have all kinds of opinions about graphic composition, and a decent hand at Photoshop, so I started helping out here and there as I could. Then one day she expressed frustration to me about the distressing lack of six-breasted, short-haired, mammalian mermaids available for professional use, and I offered to modify a drawing I had made several years before of a two-breasted, ambiguous-haired, mammalian mermaid.
After much editing, the final image became the cover for Mina Kelly’s A Little Night Swimming.
Since then I’ve enjoyed drawing a pleasing variety of tangled objects, from snakes to tree-root-like horns and of course any number of human limbs. So far my friend-turned-boss has been particularly kind, giving me stories with folkloric content to play with. I particularly enjoyed getting to do a bit of research on the gods of Mongolian Shamanism for Annabeth Leong’s In the Death of Winter.
Next up: A flamboyant fairy (and I do mean fairy) godmother, and a mysterious lupine masked man. I love my work!
P.S. Hopefully future posts will include embeded images of what I’m working on lately. In the meantime, you can always find what I’ve uploaded to my FFP Flickr gallery, including larger versions of the covers I’ve already completed. Enjoy![Edited to add] P.P.S. Oh, look, I can embed images now! Wheee! They’re still all over in my gallery, of course.
#1 Great pun and thanks for the covers