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short and sweet

Hello everyone,

As I would enjoy drawing sweets, I thought I'd use an idiom containing the word "sweet".

My idiom list is:

-be my sweetheart

-a sweet deal

-sweet dreams

-sweet talk

-short and sweet

I decided to go with "short and sweet". Working on it for a while I found it somewhat hard to illustrate, but I said I'd stick with it to push myself.

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Here are my thoughts on the sketching phase. Feedback will be VERY helpful. Please chip in.

Word list:

Cupcakes

Donuts

Coffee, spoon, sugar - cubes/sachets

Cookies

desserts

honey

candy

macaroons

short person

gingerbread man

I first started drawing anything sweet that came to mind.

Then I started thinking of trying to show the contrast between tall and short or long and short. Something tall and not sweet (tall savory food, a jar, a jug, a spoon), next to something short and sweet (a piece of candy or dessert?) Maybe a long tray with small desserts on it?

Another thought I had was to combine a pair of shorts with something sweet. Shorts made out of sweets maybe? Or shorts covered in honey?

A final direction was to work with a gingerbread man - he is inherently sweet and could be somehow depicted as short.

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As much as I liked it, trying to show the contrast between long/tall vs short wasn't really working. In all the images the focus would shift to the long/tall object instead of the short one(s). 

I explored it for a while placing the gingerbread man in different settings (cups, jars...) but the idea of short wouldn't come across.

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The shorts idea wasn't working that well. I couldn't imagine how I would go about finishing this as an illustration. So I gave it up and kept exploring the tall/short contrast.

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Then I said "why not skip the tall/long objects, which are not working, and only try inherently short items?" A shot glass came to mind.

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But maybe this is too much. What do we need the shot glasses for? Maybe the sweet things are small enough by themselves and don't need anything else?

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Same with the gingerbread man. When would a gingerbread man be short? Maybe when someone bit off or broke his legs?

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Broken legs may be a little depressing. How about eaten?

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So here I am now, feeling a little stuck. Please help out with some feedback!

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After sleeping on the previous ideas I think I found it!

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