Friday, January 13, 2012

Weekly drawing 24 - Huckleberry Finn

 "It's lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky, up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or just happened... "
This week's drawing is a mocked-up cover of a book I love, and dream of illustrating one day. My desire was to create an image which brings to the fore the innocence and freedom of Huck and Jim. Many depictions I've seen of the book have glossed over a fairly major symbol of their innocence and freedom: that they did, in fact, travel most of the time naked. 

"We was always naked, day and night, whenever the mosquitoes would let us - the new clothes Buck's folks made for us was to good to be comfortable..."
I wanted to create an image which depicted this, but ensuring it looked natural and innocent rather than dodgy. And I'm very happy with how it came out!


  1. Looks like Huck Finn is out of copyright! Illustrate away!!!

  2. Great! It's an interesting challenge to convey both qualities of "free" and "natural" that ought not be in tension with each other but somehow they are.

    It's also very "you".