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Illustrated Recipes – How To Use Them To Find Creative Inspiration

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Why illustrate a recipe?

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]
  • Where to find more creative inspiration
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Is There A Right Or Wrong Way To Look At Art? How To Look At Art [Studying The Masters]

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Is there a right or wrong way to look at art?

The short answer is no.

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.

Legend Of Zelda Art – New Artworks For Linktober’s Zelda Creator Con 2021

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It’s strange to think that it’s been a year since I last put pencil to paper in the act of creating some Legend of Zelda art and true to last year’s inspiration, I’ve stuck with my favourite game of the series: Ocarina of Time.

Linktober’s Zelda Creator Con is almost upon us, running from Friday 18th – Sunday 20th June and in the same vein as its founding last year, featuring an abundance of creatives including artists, cosplayers, gamers and more.

It’s not just an online convention, it’s a legendary one.

Legend of Zelda Art – 2020

Here’s a selection of the artworks that I created last year for the convention, it was great fun to get stuck in and this small series started me off on a venture to discover a new illustration style that I’m still working on polishing to this day.

It was also insightful to produce a more realistic drawing on Princess Zelda on toned paper, this idea is one that I’ll carry on into every year.

There will always be a Princess Zelda charcoal portrait from me at a Zelda Creator Con!

Legend of Zelda Art – 2021

This year I managed to focus in on the classical realism style and work on toned paper, this is another method of working that I’ve been getting stuck into over the past year or so and working towards polishing up and refining.

Ocarina of Time Art

As I previously mentioned, Ocarina of time is my go to Legend of Zelda game and the convenience of having it on the Nintendo 3DS makes it even more so, it’s my favourite of the series and one that I’ll always return to creatively.

I chose to depict both Young Link and Adult Link thoughtfully playing the ocarina, the contrast of the two differently aged Links playing their ocarinas was an interesting subject to explore and made all the easier with the access I was given to some incredible reference photos.

For the two link pieces, I was granted permission by the two exceptionally talented cosplayers:

I would strongly recommend any Legend of Zelda fan, and any fan of cosplay in general to check out their amazing work!

For the Princess Zelda herself, I was also provided with some amazing reference photos to work with, and my depictions of this Princess Zelda are not coming to an end here, I will be working on several more drawings and an oil painting over the coming weeks and months.

The talented Ilka Cosplay took on the role of Princess Zelda for this year’s portrait.

I’ll be getting to work on the following drawings and painting pretty much immediately after the Zelda Creator Con.

So, what’s next?

Tickets for Linktober’s Zelda Creator Con are on sale now and a mere $1 a piece, so by all means, join us all there at the weekend and explore Hyrule through the creative lens of some of the franchise’s biggest fans.

My creative exploration of Hyrule will continue with my continuing work on the Princess Zelda portrait, working towards an oil painting, every step will be documented, I’ll be recording video and posting lots of behind the scenes content too.

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Urban Sketching To Find Creative Inspiration [Using Google Maps For Virtual Travel]

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Overcoming a creative block and finding inspiration can be a real challenge, there are times when each and every creative will fall into such a rut but there is a series of techniques that can be used to break out of the block. In this article we will look at how you can use Urban Sketching as a way to find creative inspiration.

The way of the Urban Sketchers have been overlooked by many creatives and not given the attention and credence deserved by the humble, yet incredibly rewarding act of simply getting stuck into documenting your surroundings using whatever tools are at your disposal.

Another great tool that you can use to aid you in the virtual travel journey is Pinterest, you can even using Pinterest to create a board for Urban Sketching inspiration. I recently wrote an article explaining how to create inspiration boards and how to use Pinterest to find creative inspiration.

Back to the subject of Urban Sketching, we all know that for most of the world it hasn’t been quite so easy as grabbing your equipment and heading out over the past year, that being said though it shouldn’t be written off or viewed as a limitation, we have Google Maps.

Some of the points covered throughout this article will be:

  • The definition of Urban Sketching
  • The history of Urban Sketchers
  • The Urban Sketching community
  • Tools and equipment necessary
  • How to choose a location
  • How to use Google Maps
  • 4 Steps to begin an Urban Sketch
  • Where to find creative inspiration
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Gollum In His Cave – Gollum’s Cave – Limited Edition Art Prints – The Lord Of The Rings – Ink Drawing

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Middle-earth has been calling yet again and never one to ignore the call of adventure, I decided to explore. My journey took me deep into the passages of The Hobbit and far under the Misty Mountains to the dark depths of the caves and subterranean lakes of forgotten times.

Let’s see what JRR Tolkien himself had to say about the place:

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Best Podcasts To Listen To While Working, Drawing Or Painting

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The idea behind this article is one that has been rattling around in my planned posts pool for quite some time. Every single time I grab the pencils, inks or paints, I simultaneously select a podcast to listen to while I work and get settled into the process.

Podcast statistics show that in 2020 there were over 850,000 active podcasts and over 30 million individual episodes, that statistic tells us that there is a lot of choice. In fact, in preparation for this post I ended up going down a vast network of rabbit holes and diving into some powerful podcast statistics.

Now you might be looking for a great podcast to listen to while you’re at work or being creative and have different tastes to mine, I have prepared this piece to appeal to a few different subjects; after all chances are that if you have ended up on my website, we have some shared interests. I’ve diligently filtered the over 850,000 active podcasts down to four of my favourite go to listens.

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Kneeling Geisha Charcoal Drawing on Toned Paper

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I decided to kick this new year off by diving straight back into the Geisha theme that I’ve been working around over the past year. The first UK lockdown gave me the chance to really delve into Japanese culture and pore over various books, articles, blogs, etc. Studying the art, culture and history of Japan and much of Asia has well and truly captured my attention, and my imagination.

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Cormorant Fisherman – Original Charcoal Drawing

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Cormorant Fisherman – Charcoal Drawing – 8″ x 11″

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 –

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Sea of Japan – Charcoal – Sumi-e Style – Japanese Landscape Drawing – Traditional Art

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In light of getting myself stuck into Japanese culture and history as of late, working on my Geisha art project and working part time as a Sushi chef; I decided to venture into another area of Japanese tradition.

Sumi-e is the name given to a style of East Asian brush painting that uses black ink; this method was commonly employed by the master artists of the past in East Asian traditions to create calligraphy and landscapes drawings/paintings.

I absolutely love the look and feel of sumi-e landscape paintings and the atmosphere they evoke; I also love working with charcoal. That was enough reason for me to fuse the two things and work at creating a Japanese landscape piece that has a sumi-e look to it but the smoky, soft magic of a charcoal drawing.

Nocturnal Sun – Original Oil Painting – 30% Discount & Free Worldwide P&P – Only 1 Available – Ends in 5 Days!

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Nocturnal Sun – Oil on Canvas – 11.75″ x 15.75″

This original fantasy landscape was painted from imagination using palette knives and painting in a think impasto technique.


Don’t Miss The Journey!

Be sure to follow/subscribe to my blog to stay updated and not miss a single step!

To be the first to see my art and works in progress, as well as behind the scenes exclusives –

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Until next time, farewell!

JGlover