Illustrated recipes have managed to become a staple of both the culinary and illustration worlds, not only providing a platform for creatives with a passion for food and drawing, but also offering a limitless source of creative inspiration for artists and writers alike, and while we mention it, chefs too.
In this article we’ll examine some creative uses for illustrated recipes outside of finding inspiration, how we can use Pinterest to find inspiration, walk through an 8 step process for illustrating a recipe, dig into how illustrated recipes can be used by writers to overcome a writer’s block and finally I’ll be giving away my long-coveted Tiramisu recipe in the form of a free download of my illustrated recipe made for this article.
Creative uses for illustrated recipes
Using Pinterest as an illustrated cookbook of inspiration
8 Steps for illustrating a recipe worth eating
How writers can use illustrated recipes to find creative inspiration
The Chef JGlover Tiramisu illustrated recipe [Free Download]
However, there are steps that can make the process more enjoyable, more enriching, and give you a much greater understanding of what the artist was trying to communicate.
A common problem that art viewers and gallery or museum visitors share is that they can feel like they’re looking at the artworks, but not really seeing them. This can be an isolating feeling and cause viewers to start doubting themselves.
The good news is that you don’t have to be an art scholar or possess any natural talents in order to really see art, and analyse the works that really catch your eye.
In order to develop as an artist, especially an artist intent on Studying the Masters; being able to effectively break down and analyse art is an essential skill for the toolbelt. Without understanding a little about what is going on in an artwork, it would be difficult to truly study it and learn from it.
This doesn’t only apply to artists though; if you are an observer, a casual viewer of art, then you will certainly find that developing a better understanding of how to analyse art will give you more of an appreciation for it.
In this article, we’ll discuss a method for analysing artworks using a series of questions; a systematic approach that can be followed as much or as little as you see fit.
After reading this and giving it a go, you will see for yourself that you do not need to be an art scholar in order to view art like an expert.
Whether you’ve only just started feeling the itch to enter the world of artistry or you’ve been a part of that world for many years you have one specific area of common ground. This transcends the medium you use, whether you work traditionally or digitally. This common ground is shared by painters, sculptors, concept artists and all.
It felt like high time to get back onto the blog and post a new artwork.
This Cormorant Fisherman is one of the first of many to come; I’m currently working on a series throughout which I intend to work with different styles media, exploring the life and traditions of the dying trade of Cormorant fishing.
Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorants to fish in rivers. Historically, cormorant fishing has taken place in Japan and China.
It is first attested as a method used by the ancient Japanese in the Book of Sui, the official history of the Sui Dynasty of China, completed in 636 CE.
This original artwork is currently available to purchase with free worldwide shipping –
So it’s the 21st of the month and that means one thing – YouTube video! This one is the first one I’ve done and therefore slightly rusty but the learning process has been immense, the software that I’ve decided to go with seems very promising as well.
If somebody was to ask you to name the most creative period of time in human history, an era where the arts excelled and gave inspiration and rise to innovation and invention, you would most like scream “The Renaissance” before they had finished the question.
Without a doubt, the Renaissance was one of the most profound moments of enlightenment, discovery and achievement in human history and cities like Florence were at the forefront of such growth and creativity.
This massive boom in the arts was no mere coincidence however, and one of the secrets of the Old Masters was the motivation and learning that they gained from ‘La Bottega’, or the workshop.