May 26, 2006 · Illustration Friday: Cake

Argh! Okay, I swore to myself I wasn’t going to attempt to participate in Illustration Friday until the comic book I’m illustrating was done, because woe! and whoa! i have so much work to do it’s not even fun….. but you see first thing this morning I read all about Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette which I am sooooo looking forward to and which I refuse to let the French ruin for me (the French apparently booed the film’s very recent premiere at Cannes). And then I watched the trailer like six times and marvelled at the visual frothiness, just swimming for a moment in that sugarplum world. And then I turned to I-Fri, jst to see what the topic was, vowing I was just looking… and the subject is cake. Cake!!! What are the odds of that?! And immediately, a full blown illo popped into my head and refused to be dislodged.

This is not it, by the way. This? This is a compromise… I gave myself an hour to to indulge my imagination, knowing that if I didn’t, i wouldn’t be able to focus on anything else. And the illo in my head was so good, so spirited, I didn’t want to lose it forever which is exactly what would happen if I squelched it completely. So I grabbed my hour, ripped out a page I did in my sketchbook over a month ago, modified it a bit, stamped it over with a smear of pink in Photoshop and here we are… Marie. With CAKE. Compromised again.

And before you get all up on yer high horse, I know the “let them eat cake!” thing was at very least taken out of context, and possibly never uttered at all, and poor Marie has been much maligned but nonetheless… i love the flipancy of the idea. So here’s my depiction of that notorious moment, the moment when the exquistitely simple solution just dawns on her… “Cake!”

I’m pretty pleased with the sketch. It captures a certain buoyancy, a certain flounce… i don’t think I did the sketch justice in Photoshop, but whatever… my hour is up. And I’ve got the basis for an illo I will complete down the road, once my plate is cleared. Which probably won’t be until next Easter, but whatever….

Cake! yum.

27 Comments so far


  1. beautious!

    Comment by penelope — May 26, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

  2. I am so glad that you did indulge yourself, cuz now you’ve indulged me and I love
    cake and I love history and I love movies and now I have all three wrapped in one
    delicious illustration done by one of my alltimefavoriteartists, WEE…yeah…happy
    memorial day!

    Comment by violetismycolor — May 26, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

  3. This is beautiful. It was my first thought when saw CAKE as the inspiration.
    Yours is so wonderful.

    Comment by Jo — May 26, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

  4. Your illo is very frothy and delish too! Beautiful work.

    Comment by Sarah — May 26, 2006 @ 3:01 pm

  5. How do you DO that?

    Comment by breana — May 26, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

  6. Wonderful job!!!
    delicious traces, colors and finish!!! AWESOME!!!

    Comment by tecnoCOP — May 26, 2006 @ 5:29 pm

  7. lovely; once again!

    Comment by AscenderRisesAbove — May 26, 2006 @ 5:29 pm

  8. Gorgeous! My first thought as well with the topic. But I am going to have to try to come up with something else. Because it has now been done perfectly! I just love your lines and the flow of the piece. . .Lovely!

    Comment by Tiffini Elektra X — May 26, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

  9. Beautiful art work!

    Comment by Heilly — May 26, 2006 @ 8:27 pm

  10. Really lovely! Glad you gave yourself permission to participate.

    Comment by Diane Duda — May 26, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

  11. This is beautiful! I love how you did her hair! Brandi

    Comment by Brandi Powell — May 27, 2006 @ 12:54 am

  12. I was missing a classy Marie Antoniette here. You did great.

    Comment by Fernanda Guedes — May 27, 2006 @ 5:52 am

  13. i immediately thought of Marie-Antoinette when i read this week’s theme – here, you’ve done it with such class and style! the pinks are perfectly frosted. :)

    Comment by brandelion — May 27, 2006 @ 9:32 am

  14. lovely, very frothy and buoyant! glad you took time out for this, it was an hour well-spent!

    Comment by murphy girl — May 27, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

  15. i just love it…classy, sensual…great mixture, and the cake? what she needed.

    Comment by Majeak Ann — May 27, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

  16. This is fabulous! You have captured such a feeling of insouciance in her pose, the colors, the frothy swirls…awesome job! I am also really excited to see Marie Antoinette. It sounds like it will be a very fascinating perspective on her.

    Comment by carla — May 27, 2006 @ 7:08 pm

  17. Wow! That’s gorgeous!

    Comment by Josie — May 27, 2006 @ 8:57 pm

  18. What a gorgeous illustration!!! Such elegance and pose! The contrast of purple against the pink is vibrant! Absolutely a gorgeous image!!!!

    Comment by Wilnara — May 28, 2006 @ 10:32 am

  19. what a beautiful pleasing illustrtation!

    Comment by ARVINDH — May 28, 2006 @ 4:58 pm

  20. The curve of her neck is exquisite! And Sophia Coppola is a genius, so lets go punch the French in the nose. Or at least the ones who booed. xo L.

    Comment by leontine — May 29, 2006 @ 7:18 am

  21. let them eat cake indeed! great work

    Comment by jancko — May 30, 2006 @ 5:30 am

  22. beautiful swirly gorgeousness. ;) love this!

    Comment by erika — May 30, 2006 @ 10:55 am

  23. Frothiness and flounce in ONE POST. You are to be hailed — and given cake.

    Comment by Colin — May 30, 2006 @ 11:44 am

  24. She’s so beautiful – lacy like whipped cream. I was hoping someone would do Marie for this topic. I like that it’s all pink too.

    Comment by mishka — May 30, 2006 @ 9:37 pm

  25. Oh Wee! It’s perfectly wonderful. So pink and delicious like the best of cakes. Her hair is especially fabulous.

    Comment by samantha — June 1, 2006 @ 5:45 am

  26. Miss you, wee. When are you going to post again anyway?

    Comment by meghan — June 2, 2006 @ 1:51 pm

  27. Delightful and oh so fun!

    Comment by Ulla — June 6, 2006 @ 6:48 am

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