“If you’re gonna write spicy, you need spicy ink!” Some Writing Spicy Art by @aluminumbrat

In one of the previous Writing Spicy groups, aluminumbrat illustrated this gorgeous lil piece of me adding peppers & eggplants to a blender and making fountain pen ink out of it.

aluminumbrat adds: “If you’re gonna write spicy, you need spicy ink! And you write *really* spicy so I thought jalapeño pepper ink would be the best for penning erotica. 🌶️🖊️💥”

So this time around, I reached out to them to see if I could commission them to make something quite similar, but maybe with different things going into the blender, like kink toys, or books — still with the peppers, of course.

They were game!

aluminumbrat adds: “You were very clear with the vision – an illustrator’s dream, honestly! 🙌 We knew books had to be there…the first sketches I did were of stacks of books and peppers! 📚”

We chatted a bit back & forth, and eventually they sent me this rough sketch / mockup:

Then I sent them some reference photos of fountain pen ink bottles, and books, and the Sugarbutch brand palette.

aluminumbrat: “It was very cool to see your fountain pen inks and fave kink books! 🩸 🖊️ The Sugarbutch brand palette is very timeless, kinda fancy/classy. So I added amber details in as a reference to whiskey 🥃”

They sent me back this sketch, to approve of the colors:

And then they got to work on the final pieces! They even posted a little video of painting the portrait of me

aluminumbrat: “The original illustration didn’t have your face in it, so it felt right to finally paint your portrait. 🎨”

I love them! Thanks so much!!

Aluminumbrat is available for commissions if you find yourself in need of some skillful art! Thank you!

aluminumbrat: “Thank you for working with me! I had a total blast and can’t wait for Writing Spicy to start. 👀 Also, regarding commissions: yes, I’ll draw almost anything for money. 🤧”

Published by Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith (they/them) is "the best-known butch erotica writer whose kinky, groundbreaking stories have turned on countless queers" (AfterEllen), who "is in all the books, wins all the awards, speaks at all the panels and readings, knows all the stuff, and writes for all the places" (Autostraddle). ​Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and they are the current editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica series. They identify as a white non-binary butch dominant, a survivor, and an introvert, and they live outside Seattle as an uninvited settler on traditional, ancestral, & unceded Snoqualmie land.

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