by Camilla d’Errico
Dark Horse Books, $22.99, 111 pages

Artwork portfolio-style, Femina & Fauna is the work of artist Camilla d’Errico. Her endearing artwork is reminiscent of Precious Moments figurines, drawing joy and innocence from their viewers. D’Errico’s illustrations of consistently doleful eyes and soft brush strokes, vibrant, yet iridescent colors mix well on her palette of design. Black & white drawings are also included to see the spectrum of artwork without the vivid color.

Vulnerable young females with little lambs in their arms, sensitively drawn kittens on their shoulders & butterflies in their hair, then, darker depictions of those same sweet girls with octopuses and crocodiles on her head and at her feet, a strange mix of softness with frightening circus folks makes the viewer feel odd, as if there is good in everything. Or is it the other way around with evil in all things good? In the end, d’Errico’s art is enjoyable and everywhere; t-shirts, posters, key chains, note cards. It all works well, whatever she puts it on. D’Errico has a pleasing talent, and a gift that she chooses to share with the world.

Reviewed by M. Chris Johnson,