I made an illustration of my Mom’s Blueberry Meringue Pie recipe for They Draw And Cook website. For those who don’t know it, it’s a cool collection of recipes illustrated by artist from all around the world.
My Mom’s original recipe had black chokeberries in it, but we’ve made it with other berries such as black currants, cranberries and blueberries. The latter is my favorite, so the blueberry version is what I chose to illustrate.
I’ve done some food illustrations before, but never a complete recipe, and the process turned out to be really fun! So I’m pretty sure I will be doing more of these.
And here’s a photo of the actual pie I took before drawing it:
Here are some spreads brom my sketchbook. I’ve been really into drawing on black paper with white pens lately.
I made some more sketches of the same character from the Mandarin Chinese textbook I use at work, a Russian girl called Lena who is studying in China. I was curious to see if I could make several sketches of the same character so that she would be recognizable – I’ve never really tried it before. And I guess I’m satisfied with the results, enough at least to try moving on to doing the same thing with some other character from the same textbook.
I guess part of why I like making illustrations for this textbook is that it reminds me of my own time in China (I studied there for 2 years, not counting all the short trips). I was drawing this Chinese food on the table, and I almost felt the taste of steamed dumplings from that little place near our campus in Shanghai. When I graw this sketches, I attribute my own experience to the characters and it makes them a lot more real for me, more like personal acquaintances than just generic textbook characters. And since I teach using this textbook everyday anyway, this adds another dimention to the teaching process. Plus it’ s good illustration practice, of course.
Following a long discussion with my colleagues about the illustrations in the Mandarin textbook we use at work (which are not too great, to put it mildly), I came up with a quick sketch for the topic I was teaching this morning – buying fruit.
Another sketch from my trip to Taiwan: