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Illustration Friday—Lesson

May 3, 2011

My first thought for “lesson” was to show mama bird pushing her babes out the nest, but then I figured Mama’s got a whole clutch of wee ones and forcing out all her loved chicks unsupervised was just too heart wrenching. So, here’s Mama conducting a group flying “lesson” while clutching three terrified, thrilled and traumatized tweeters.

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  1. May 3, 2011 2:56 pm

    Love their little baby birdy safety slings!

  2. May 3, 2011 3:31 pm

    nicely thought! i love seeing the wings in action and all that movement 🙂

  3. May 3, 2011 3:34 pm

    I like the concept and beautifully rendered.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    May 3, 2011 6:59 pm

    Love this! The tweeters look terrified if not thrilled!

  5. May 3, 2011 8:05 pm

    Wonderful. I love the little bird harnesses. I drew a bird with a saddle & bit once.

    Really cool. You should make Disney or Dreamworks movies. Your animals are full of human life.

  6. May 4, 2011 1:20 am

    I love the look on mom’s face!

  7. May 4, 2011 4:03 am

    Awesome !

    • Anne Jewett permalink
      May 4, 2011 9:43 am

      Cool, I think I just saw that same brood zigzag through my backyard barely missing the birdfeeder!

  8. May 4, 2011 10:41 am

    Nice 🙂

  9. May 4, 2011 11:12 am

    Absolutely Beautiful:)

  10. May 4, 2011 11:40 am

    this is beautiful!

  11. May 4, 2011 12:06 pm

    Beautiful work. The range of the birds expressions is fantastic.

  12. May 4, 2011 5:00 pm

    You always amaze me…this one is spectacular: the composition and line work in the wings…there’s so much movement! And you have a real ability to put real expressions on animal’s faces, which is really difficult. (Heck, I spent ages trying o draw my darn chicken this weekend to no avail, so I know how hard it is!)

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  14. May 4, 2011 9:35 pm

    I love it!

  15. May 5, 2011 6:43 am

    LOL. What an efficient child-rearing concept. Perfect for Mother’s Day too. Thanks for commenting on my etegami blog. 😀

  16. May 5, 2011 10:55 am

    Great little illustration!

  17. May 5, 2011 2:00 pm

    The animation in this is just incredible. Beautifully done.

  18. May 5, 2011 3:16 pm

    Heisann! My mother’s heart is melting, totally, I’m touched ;:OD)

  19. May 5, 2011 4:31 pm

    Penelope, these are sooooo cute. Love them!

  20. May 5, 2011 7:29 pm

    Love the little “tweeters”! Awesome illustration. Just awesome.

  21. May 6, 2011 4:27 am

    Lovely concept and sketch.

  22. May 6, 2011 8:17 pm

    Awww, training wheels for chicks, very sweet. Lovely shading. Did you colour your line in photoshop or is that the shade of your pencil? Great colour.

  23. May 8, 2011 8:09 am

    I love this piece! Amazing.

  24. May 9, 2011 8:56 am

    Hello my friend. I know I commented over on the OTHER site but I couldn’t pass up gushing here as well. I agree with Rubin – you personification is so endearing and perfect. Every image you create is memorable.

    PS – our nest of House Wren eggs began to hatch on Mother’s Day. Just another wonderful animal gift bestowed on me this day.

  25. May 10, 2011 2:43 pm

    This is so cute!

  26. May 19, 2011 3:58 pm

    Great movement effect on this and showing of ‘strain’…favorite…

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