sketchbook - pen and watercolor sketches from Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan

Watercolor sketches from Baking Chez Moi

One of the (many) projects I’m working on is to make watercolor sketches from the beautiful, mouth-watering photos in the book Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere by Dorie Greenspan. Since I love baking, and sometimes struggle with deciding on what to sketch, I thought this would be a great subject. There are a few skills I’d like to improve by doing this project: more accuracy with contour line drawings, without getting bogged down in making it look photo-realistic drawing more quickly getting comfortable adding watercolor wash hand lettering After just a few sketches, I’m finding…

ink and watercolor wash - box of colorful macarons

Painting highlights with watercolors

I’m working on finding a good balance of painted areas and unpainted areas with my ink and watercolor sketches. It’s becoming more clear that in order to achieve a sketch that has a fresh and spontaneous quality to it, it takes more white areas than what strictly looks like a highlight. With this box of macarons drawn from a photo, I kept the bright areas of the macarons unpainted. The liner in the box that they’re packaged in got a very light wash of color in the bright areas. Another skill I’m working on improving is the shape of color the brush lays…

illustrated recipe - Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Illustrated recipe: Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

The idea of illustrating a recipe is fascinating to me. It’s such a cool combination of art and design — drawing and painting ingredients + typography and layout of the details and instructions. It took me awhile to actually take the plunge and draw a recipe…but one day when I was making Rosemary Roasted Potatoes it seemed like the perfect opportunity. My goal was to make the illustration fairly quickly, without obsessing over details or layout. The crazy shape of the frame came about because I was drawing around a previous drawing in my sketchbook. I love making little shadows under objects, especially with…