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Illustration Friday—Midsummer Night (II)

June 28, 2011

Another attempt at “midsummer night” because such evenings are upon us and too soon they will be gone… but for now, like moths to a flame, we surrender to the light.

“How, like a moth, the simple maid
Still plays about the flame!”

~John Gay

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2011 3:27 pm

    Oh, this is soooo fabulous, Penny! It’s seen from such an interesting vantage point. And you render people as amazingly as you do animals!

  2. June 28, 2011 3:35 pm

    I like both of your attempts. The faces on the moths are great.

  3. June 28, 2011 3:43 pm

    Oh what an amazing angle!

  4. June 28, 2011 4:08 pm

    I love the point of view in this piece! Enjoying the buggy expressions as well.

  5. Beth Anne Maresca permalink
    June 28, 2011 4:31 pm

    Lovely! LOVE the perspective!

  6. June 28, 2011 5:34 pm

    Marvelous perspective/foreshortening! I’m loving those little insect faces 🙂

  7. June 28, 2011 8:33 pm

    love the aerial view! Another great one!

  8. June 29, 2011 3:18 am

    Great illustration from the top moth overlooking the scene. I did moths as well for midsummer night and only yesterday night one visited us in our house. Coincidence? Or it came over to wish us a happy midsummer night? I wish you lots of happy, magical mid summer nights. Paula

  9. June 29, 2011 8:57 am

    My dear girl–once again, I am totally blown away by your artwork–your imagination, the sheer genius of your pencil. What an inspiration you are! This drawing just fills my eyes. You may think I’m silly–but this one touched my heart. There were tears in my eyes. Silly silly.

    I wish I could feature your art on every single FATuesday Artist Spotlight. Do you have a facebook page? I’d love to get connected there, too–there’s a huge population of artists I know who would love to see your work.

    I have another question–have you ever done an ACEO? Artist Trading cards of about 3×5.2.5 size–the size of a baseball card? Would you consider an exchange with me? I would love to have a piece of your original work, but am a bit short of cash. I have a large selection of ATCs and could even draw something specifically for you. I hope it isn’t too forward of me to ask, and if you say no, I totally understand.

    Take care and have a lovely day, my wonderful, talented Friend!

  10. June 29, 2011 1:53 pm

    Incredible! Love the perspective!

  11. June 30, 2011 3:15 pm

    both attempts are amazing. i could look at their expressions for hours!

  12. June 30, 2011 10:28 pm

    Great angle Penelope! And I love all the details in the line work! Fantastic!

  13. July 5, 2011 10:25 pm

    Overhead perspective AND a human!? Wonderful!

    I love this piece. I feel like a Moth flying anxiously above the whole thing.

    Gross story: I once stepped on a giant moth (accidentally) way out in the boonies. This thing was HUGE!!! Like Jurassic Park huge.

    It went “POP!!!”. Sounded like somebody popped a paper bag full breath.

    Twas gross I tell ya. Gross.

  14. July 6, 2011 3:58 pm


    Magic point of view. It looks like we are a part of the seance during the Midsummernight!
    Have nice summer days, Penelope ;:OD)

  15. July 15, 2011 11:14 am

    Amazing work! Welcome to artsee bloggers!

  16. September 14, 2011 11:12 am

    Oh my gosh…you do *people* too!! (And equally as wonderful.) And I agree, stunning viewpoint and composition to this one. 🙂

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