Monday, April 23, 2012

People think six a great many

Pencil Sketch
I have often noticed that people think six a great many, when it's children. 
I mean they don't mind six pairs of boots, or six pounds of apples, or six oranges, especially in equations, 
but they seem to think you ought not to have five brothers and sisters.

The six Bastable children
Yes, I'm illustrating Nesbit again. Ever since I discovered Edith Nesbit wrote more than The Railway Children, I've been a dedicated fan.

The Treasure seekers, with Oswald's semi-anonymous narrative voice, is one of the best--at least, C.S. Lewis enjoyed it; have you noticed the Bastable reference in the beginning of The Magician's Nephew?

(If you've never read or listened to Edith Nesbit, you should do it now! She's near the top of my list--ergo, by a convoluted bit of reasoning, I can equate "top" with "height" and justify this as an Illustration Friday post for "Heights". Makes perfect sense, no?) :)

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful sketch style, down to those fancy old-fashioned shoes. Terrific! I find myself wondering what's put 2nd from the left in a foul mood, and wondering if the smiling fellow beside him didn't have something to do with it!

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    1. Yes, he probably did. :) (And I have to admit I have a thing for old-fashioned high-topped shoes...)

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    1. Thank you! I may have to take it on to watercolor... :)

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  3. Six kids seems like a tiny little amount when you come from a family of eleven. :) Really nice sketch, Amanda.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I'm sure six is practically nothing when you're used to eleven!

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  4. What wonderful characters! I'm immediately drawn to the boy reading.

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