I have followed Ohn Mar on Instagram for a while now because of her beautiful TDAC book and illos for TDAC. It was through her summery, fruity inspiration that I ended up making this recipe.
Because I had already uploaded this recipe to TDAC, I do not feel I should be considered in the current contest. But I love Salli and Nate's awesome websites and I appreciate all they do for illustrators and artists. Good luck to all involved in the contest! (Here's my TDAC link.)
This recipe is so super-easy and was given to me by a beloved family babysitter, Mrs. Thomason. She knows what's good!
I simplified the recipe a bit, and also used fonts instead of hand lettering. I really need to stop cutting that step out of my work. I like to hand letter, but due to the pressure of work, I often use cool fonts and don't end up handlettering my pieces that don't have the wording as the primary motivation for the illo.
Please forgive my lack of a traditional mood board. My inspiration comes from 2 places: my father-in-law's real life lemon tree and my love of Henri Matisse's painting, Black Philodendron and Lemons (1943). Love these color combos!!!
This piece inspired a lot of small works this summer. (See the middle row below.)
Here are my final, individual elements below before loading them up into software. I used Posca acrylic marker pens on Canson watercolor paper and moved around the elements to see what I liked.
Once I digitized the images, I decided to erode them a bit. Not totally sure I'm crazy about the end result but you know, it was a cool way to learn.
Thanks, Ohn Mar, for a beautiful class. I love to follow your Instagram creations, and I hope to post another illustrated recipe here soon.