Editors’ Week: Kerosene Man

Fictive Dream, the online fiction magazine focusing on short stories, is hosting an event this week called Editors’ Week. I illustrated the stories and I’ll be posting the images here to show you. Here’s my suggestion: take a look at the illustration and then check out the story it accompanies at Fictive Dream to take in the whole experience.

I’ll show you the illustration and give you the link to the magazine each day. Today’s story is called Kerosene Man, by Christopher Allen. Look here to read it.

Here is the image with the banner:

and here it is on its own.

15 thoughts on “Editors’ Week: Kerosene Man

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    Wonderful artwork. I love all the different visual textures combined with the streaks of colour. I have not had time to read the story and see how it connects but I really like it.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      This structure is one of my favorites for paintings. I love layering paint and laying colors next to each other and the effects can be surprising and electric (or sometimes, just ugh, but another layer of paint will fix that!)

  2. Fictive Dream

    I love this piece of artwork, and I’m not even entirely sure as to why I think it suits the story. Maybe it’s the stripe of deep blue representing the river; the red marks engaging with the idea of a violent loss; perhaps in the repeated black dots I see the coming and goings of the men who visit the Kerosene Man. Whatever the reasons, thank you, Claudia, for another marvellous artwork.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I like this composition where there are layers and strips of color; I know I use it often, but in this composition I think it is the colors that stand out. And of course the bubble wrap and coffee cup sleeve printing, I think they add that extra bit that ties the parts of the image together.

  3. msjadeli

    Claudia that looks like fish skin in there. The red of the violence and exploitation, the one bright spot of hope he sustains. He has become the fish, the product, and he doesn’t know anything any different. I see a terminally tragic situation in the story 😦

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