Monday, March 16, 2009

illustration Friday: Legendary

The legendary Marie Antoinette has gone down in history for having said the phrase, "Let them eat cake", but there is much controversy over whether this was the actual wording, or if it was even she who said it, or if it was instead spoken by Marie-Therese 100 years earlier. If you take all the callous political meaning out then eating cake and cupcakes sounds like a good idea to me! :) I was inspired by the Kirsten Dunst movie version of Marie Antoinette, which may have not been a good movie, but was the very definition of delicious eye candy.

I actually finished the sketch for this illustration back in October when the IF topic was 'Sugary'. I knew I wanted it to be very pink, but figuring out which pink went where, and how much blue and cream to use became a tricky puzzle for me, and I got stuck and put it aside, but went back to it many times. Then, last week when the topic was 'Intricate' I thought it might be a good time to tackle the details once again, but didn't get it finished until now.

I think I stressed myself out with this one because I knew I wanted to offer it as a greeting card and a print. I finally started up an Imagekind gallery store, and I'll be stocking it with more art throughout the year. My cupcake lovin' Maire is available here.

30 comments:

Alina Chau said...

Lovely!

Cindy DiBlasi said...

What a great illustration and topic, perfect for the theme! I really love your illustration style.

Ria said...

Oh, let's!
Love your style.

Indigene said...

Wow, it fits all those themes! I love the pink and cakes!

Aimee said...

So pretty!

Angela said...

Thanks everyone!
I hope you're having a fun and sweet St. Patrick's Day filled with green frosting-covered cupcakes!!

roz said...

Love everything about it. Your style is fab.

Nathanael Lark said...

Beautiful work!

Valerie Lorimer said...

This is wonderful! Great style and colors!

nell said...

love the details - everything looks delicious!

Eric Orchard said...

Beautiful!

Eric Barclay said...

Really beautiful work! Love your color choices.

Fadas & C.ª said...

Delicious! Love the little precious details and the sweet colours!

justdoodleit said...

yummy looking cakes!

ValGalArt said...

Angela. I really love this! The colours are sublime, Marie and her sweets are charming and I would love to be sitting in this picture eating cupcakes :) I saw the movie twice, I actually really liked it.

Kassi Isaac said...

Yummm what a delicious illustration you have there! i love all the little cakes- nice work x kas

Tricky Trev said...

I like it! Thanks for sparing us from depicting Kirsten in this illo. :P

I'm going to imagine all of those are chocolate! Yum!

lil kim said...

ooh this is lovely. reminds me of cotton candy.

Roberta said...

Very fitting idea and the colors are delicious...

nessadee said...

Nice style and color choice!

Thanks for the lovely comment!

Nicole said...

what a beautiful piece!!

anna wadham said...

sweet! i feel as if i could pick one out of your illustration and eat it ;0

sketched out said...

It was well worth the wait, I'll tell ya... it turned out fantastic!!! The color scheme is perfect and actually kind of makes me crave sweets and my teeth ache, hee hee! Good luck with your Imagekind store. I'm going over there right now to check it out!

Pickledog said...

Sweet illustration, with a message we can all enjoy. I love the candy colours.

Caroline said...

I second that! Glad you finished this as it's turned out so well - charming illustration

Snezana said...

Very sweet,love your style.

Senta said...

WHOA I LOVE this!! I want to jump in the picture and be that girl, surrounded by cakes and pink...what could be better!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS!!! How wonderful and tasty too!!! I just love pink! Pink anything. Oh Marie never looked so good! This is wonderful. Great work.

Food and Drugs said...

That Marie Antoniette was a character of its kind. Your transmutation of her saying seems to me much more funny and of course I subscribe to it.
Regards

c.g.young said...

Truly you hvae a talent.
Your chracters have such a wonderful style and flavor.Fantastic colors that fly off the page. I'm leaving inspired. Thanks so much for your compliments on Toast.

-c.g.young