Andrea Kalfas v. Tarzan of the Apes
- Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Andrea Kalfas, an illustrator currently soaking up the charm of Baltimore amidst many talented friends. I live with a punk named Jimmy Giegerich and our pretty grey cat. My favorite colors always come in pairs like a vivid magenta with an orangey red, I’m a synesthete, and I might be Freddie Mercury’s biggest fan.
I love painting in gouache and like to choose it over most mediums. I’m also really attracted to silk screening and hand lettering and am making an effort to learn/do both those things much better than I’m doing now, which is something I’m really looking forward to this year.
- Why did you pick the story you chose?
A lot of my love for classic adventure stories like Tarzan of the Apes comes from my dad reading all the Tintin books to me and my brother as kids. Some of my favorite memories are of my dad’s hilarious range of voices, one for each character, which was about the most entertaining thing ever to a 5 and 7-year-old. My imagination was almost founded on the impossibly honorable hero who can achieve so much through craftiness and unexpected strength. I hadn’t read anything of Edgar Rice Burroughs until I was in college, but as soon as I got a hold of Tarzan of the Apes, I was hooked, and I could hear my dad’s voice acting out each character all over again. Yes, cheesy, but all the same, that was the effect on me. Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, pretty much any character Burroughs created are the reasons I hardly read anything new. I’m just too enamored of those pulpy, wholesome, but also thrillingly violent adventures to want anything else most of the time, and there’s just so many to get through. So given the chance to spend a few months illustrating any book I wanted, I knew it just had to be Tarzan. I hope I can do it justice, and I’m excited about that challenge.
I’ve been a steady fan of Andrea’s for a couple of years now, and when developing this project I instantly thought of some concept work on her folio and knew she’d be a perfect addition. I can’t wait to see her first Tarzan illustration hit the blog on February 15! But do check out her lovely portfolio and get ready for more goodness.
Well, that wraps it up for today, but do check back tomorrow for three more introductions and three more lovely stories!