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Illustration Friday—Layer

February 18, 2011

Today’s post presents a “layer” cake to Susan in honor of her birthday. Happy Birthday, Susan! I gave her this card years ago, so it doesn’t really count, but it does count for “layer” —  IF’s theme this week.

It also honors the birth or introduction of Huckleberry Finn to the world. On this day in 1885, Mark Twain published his famous — and famously controversial then and now — novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I’m reading it now and it truly is a page turner, a true work of art. Read it! And don’t be reading no altered version! Twain would have had something to say about it.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2011 9:55 am

    Happy Birthday to whoever’s having one! Nice drawing!

  2. February 18, 2011 10:20 am

    I’ve been meaning to tackle his auto-bio book that just came out. Great illo!

  3. Matthew Whitlock permalink
    February 18, 2011 10:22 am

    Happy Birthday Susan! From all the animals in your life

  4. February 18, 2011 1:55 pm

    That would make a good scultp! I have to say I like the zebra best on this one…

  5. February 18, 2011 6:03 pm

    One of my favorite books!

    This is a great illo. I love the tight composition and the closeness of the animals and their focus on the cake.

    I agree with Brine, this would make a cool sculpture.

  6. February 19, 2011 8:56 am

    Your work is simply fabulous!!!

  7. February 19, 2011 9:05 am

    YOUR work is wonderful!

  8. February 19, 2011 9:20 am

    To get a card like that on your birthday! As well as a layered cake…that is great.
    Lovely illustration of happy animals that make people happy by simply looking at them.

  9. February 19, 2011 9:33 am

    A beautiful card, and obviously you’re a good friend too! Love Huckleberry Finn, and I agree, read it the way Twain wrote it 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

  10. February 19, 2011 1:44 pm

    Beautiful illustration.

  11. February 19, 2011 8:44 pm

    Ahhh…I see that you have been doing what you do SO well in your drawings for a while now (or at least a few years). This one is delightful, and masterly drawn! It makes me smile…

  12. February 19, 2011 8:46 pm

    Or is it masterfully? You knew what I meant, right? 🙂

  13. February 21, 2011 9:41 am

    Wow! You really outdid yourself this week Penelope! Wonderful…. and so fun!!!

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  15. February 21, 2011 8:25 pm

    I love your line work!

  16. February 23, 2011 7:50 pm

    I love how the three animal faces converge at the cake…they really direct the eye. And then you notice the little baby elephant with the cupcake…fun!

  17. February 24, 2011 4:25 pm

    Penelope, this is marvelous!! What a fantastic illustration…I just love your animals..and you do them so beautifully.


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