This image began with a Polaroid photo of my mom, taken by my dad in 1972. The photo is on the very first page of his album of Polaroid portraits. (Although I knew my father took a lot of pictures with his Polaroid back in the 1970s, I had no idea that this album existed until it arrived in the mail earlier this year.) Today I wanted a nice picture of my mother to publish along with her recipe for apple kugel on our food blog. I remembered this photo which I really liked because my father had captured her expression. But the lighting was a little harsh and I wanted to modify the composition. So I opened the image in Painter and used digital pastel to soften some of the effects of the camera flash. While I was at it, I added more color to the blouse. Then I applied Painter's digital woodcut effect, using trial and error to get the right amount of outline. Finally I did a close crop to get this composition. It was great to feel like I was collaborating with my father in creating this image, and I like to think that my camera-shy mom would have liked the result. (To see this picture, along with my mom's recipe and the illustration for it, go to https://seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/moms-passover-apple-kugel/)
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Today I used colored conte crayon to finish up this drawing. This is an illustration of a recipe for apple kugel, a dessert that my mother sometimes made on Passover. Tomorrow, I plan to post the recipe and this illustration on our food blog, seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com.
Friday, March 27, 2015
I worked on this drawing this morning. This is soon to be an illustration for a recipe on our food blog (seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com). The recipe is for an apple kugel that my mother sometimes made for Passover. This morning, I continued to work out the color scheme, using colored pencils. But after about an hour, I decided that I needed to change course. I wasn't getting the kind of contrast that I needed, and more important, I was losing the outlines of the still life. So I tried adding colored conte crayon to the colored pencil, and that immediately solved the problems of color and contrast. Then I used dark blue fine-line marker to go over the outlines that I had drawn in with dark blue colored pencil. I was happy with that, too, especially the whimsical look of the outlined objects. It's a little risky to make that kind of change, but I have had good luck with the combination of marker and conte crayon in some other drawings. Suddenly everything seemed easier, and my recipe illustration was back on track. So now this is going to be a mixed media drawing. This is still a work in progress; I want to add more color and do some cleanup. But I am happy about this drawing and things should go faster now.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
My current project is this drawing, which is going to serve as an illustration for a recipe on our food blog (seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com). This is a recipe for an apple kugel that my mother sometimes made for Passover. The biggest change I made today was to transform the can of pecans into a glass jar. I think that will improve the composition. And I had fun drawing the pecans. I also added detail to the product labels and am still trying to work out the color scheme.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
This morning I worked for a while on this drawing. This is going to be an illustration for a recipe for our food blog (seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com). The recipe is an apple kugel that my mother sometimes made at passover. This morning, I re-drew the apples, changing the placement. Then I made some changes to the lines and lettering. At this point, I am pretty happy with the composition, so I decided to use colored pencil to start figuring out the color scheme, beginning with objects whose color is predetermined (lemons, apples, metal objects, and the kugel itself.)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
I am working on a illustration for a recipe on our food blog (seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com). This is going to be for my mother's recipe for a Passover apple kugel. Yesterday I sketched out the idea in ballpoint pen on typing paper. Today I started the illustration, sketching it out in pencil on paper. I made adjustments in placement, but am going to use a similar composition.
Monday, March 23, 2015
I am working on another recipe for our food blog (which is Seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com) .This time the recipe is going to be an apple kugel that my mother made for Passover. This morning I read over the recipe, and then quickly sketched out some ideas for an illustration. I am going to go with this one, though I will probably modify the composition.