A Phlebotomist’s Chance at Love

…is the name of today’s story on Fictive Dream.

Throughout the month of February 2021 I will be showing you illustrations I did for Flash Fiction February 2021 at Fictive Dream, an online short-story magazine. For more information about FFF21 and my artwork process, look here.

Here’s the image editor Laura Black chose for this story, A Phlebotomist’s Chance at Love, by Fiona J. Mackintosh.

And here is the artwork with the banner. Take a look at this image. And then…

Read the story at Fictive Dream.

7 thoughts on “A Phlebotomist’s Chance at Love

  1. Laura Black

    For A Phlebotomist’s Chance of Love by Fiona J Mackintosh I found this illustration to be the perfect match. The beautiful rich red engages with the blood motif in the story and I interpreted the small white circles as white blood cells. I think red can also represent obsession which is the basis of today’s story. The illustration is composed of blocks which I feel engage with the idea of imprisonment, a state which the narrator is in whether she recognises it or not. However, you interpret it this is a particularly alluring artwork, Thank you, Claudia.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. Red is a hard color for me to judge – it is so easy for it to go too blue or too much to the yellow – I think there is a fine line where it is perfect. Not something I often get to but I think this image is in the ballpark. I like the rich color and when I read the story, I think you made a perfect choice. I liked the story – quite an odd obsession, and I also liked thinking – hmmm – are vampires really real? Maybe?

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