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I chose to illustrate a recipe I tried in the summer on this blog for Matcha (Green Tea) Cupcakes. I love baking sweets that use unconventional ingredients and flavors, plus I just love the taste and color of green tea in desserts, like ice cream, cookies, frappuccinos, etc. This is definitely one of my favorite cupcake recipes that I’ve attempted so far. The texture and color of the cake itself is just wonderful!
As far as creating the image, I didn’t really want to just draw a green cupcake partially because this was my final portfolio project and partially because I was inspired by the submissions on They Draw & Cook that were less literal. I thought of Japan because of their tea ceremony, and I started to reference Japanese paintings and prints for more ideas. As an artist I am also drawn to story-telling and love as a theme, so the idea I came up with for this illustration is that the girl on the left is sending a package of cupcakes to her samurai out in the field. After all, the best part about baking is sharing with others!
Had to wait awhile to post my final project in Portfolio class because it’s also my submission for this month’s QDC challenge! Come check out all the other fun illustrated recipes being posted over the next few days, and look out for them on They Draw & Cook!
I’ll probably post the sketches and other process for this piece soon. :)
WIP of my final project in Portfolio…………..trying to muster up the strength to finish strong!
Final image for the book cover I did for Holes by Louis Sachar. Changed some things around from the final sketch with help from my professor that I think improved it greatly—the composition feels much more balanced with the holes in the background, and the Warden feels much more intimidating in comparison to tiny little Stanley.
Overall, I’m very happy with this. I don’t have time for it now, but during winter break I’d like to revisit this piece and design the full book jacket.
Typeface is Deming from Lost Type Co.
It’s the week before finals!! AHHHH
My What I’m Working On post for Quick Draw Collective. Acorns!!
My second project for Portfolio, which is a self-assigned editorial piece. I found and read this article about why daydreaming is awesome in The Atlantic and thought it would be a lot of fun to illustrate.
The first of my three sketches is based off of childhood memories I had looking out of my car window on the way to school and imagining Digimon or Pokemon flying or jumping across the landscape alongside us. The second two sketches are meant to reflect the freeing nature of daydreaming as well as the idea of exploring the inside of one’s mind. After discussing with my professor, we chose to use only the top half of my third sketch, feeling the presence of the actual daydreamer wasn’t necessary to communicate the idea.
This piece was a lot of fun, but very challenging. I still don’t even know if I’m totally happy with it. It has gone through multiple color changes, compositional adjustments, re-drawing, subtracting, adding, etcetera; however, I know I learned a lot from the process, as tedious as it was, especially in regard to creating a successful composition. I thank my Professor, Julie Lieberman, for all of her helpful feedback!
Sketches for my next project in Portfolio.
Been working on a leetle piece about daydreaming… :-D
This quarter has been super, super busy for me! I’m in Illustration Portfolio, Speech (I put it off until the last minute…), and another awesome class called Getting Published where we get the chance to work with real life clients. These pieces are from one of the jobs my classmates and I competed to be hired for, and although I was not chosen for publication, I still really liked the images and wanted to finish and re-adapt them for my portfolio. So now they are posters advertising various festivals in Charleston, SC (the original inspiration for these pieces).
I learned a lot from finishing these illustrations, and while they are not perfect, they helped me re-discover how much I love illustration after feeling discouraged and confused about my work all last school year. Now I’m just excited to keep pressing forward! I can’t wait to share with you all my next few projects.
Until next time!!!