I’m very happy to post this delightful engagement commission! These two got engaged at the Mystic Aquarium, as witnessed by one of their penguins in a special, behind-the-scenes Penguin encounter that the groom arranged. The mother of the bride commissioned this work based on their enjoyment of all things penguin.The happy couple got married this weekend, and I wish them two lifetimes of happiness together!
I’ve been working on this sketch for about six months now, I started it in December 2014, and continued it on this last trip in June. It’s a bit of a relief that this room doesn’t change too much, and yet at the same time I am challenged to make alterations that are both honest to the source and to what I found charming about the composition in the first place.
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When I showed it to her, my mother-in-law asked me if I liked to do comics. Yes! Yes I do. 🙂 Coming from the French, who take their comics very seriously, I consider that quite a compliment.
Charles Marville photographed Paris as it was converting to boulevards and grand buildings, and the photos he took show us what was left of a ancient city turned medieval city turned modern city…breathtakingly romantic and festering at the same time.
The drawing above was from one of his photographs that I can’t seem to find now, but you get the idea of the light and darks of the narrow streets, and the deteriorating buildings. You’ll find such narrow streets in the Marais area of Paris still, but the rest of the city has wide streets with grand buildings which replace what would have been many streets back in the day.
It was this setting whose rooftops were the initial inspiration for all those rooftop rabbit paintings!
This story was for Rabid Rabbit 10, “Kitty, Kitty”. I was reading a book of Russian fairy tales at the time and it was a tie between this one and one where a 9 year old drunkard kills an entire army and seduces the Tzar’s daughter. Incidentally, most of those tales ended in, “It was all true, I was there, I drank at their wedding but all of it ran down into my beard and I didn’t get a drop.”