Fired up can’t even describe how I felt from last week’s bacon burger project. Days were both long and short when one is happy, learning, growing and excited. I went ahead and embarked on another food illustration project and this time its a salami and cheese pizza.
It started with a sketch. As in all my paintings, every piece starts with a sketch because, as everyone knows I do not have a formal training with both sketching and coloring just a fervent desire to learn and get to where I envisioned my art to look and feel.
Below were my first and second washes of the yellow/orange background as the pizza dough and cheese using winsor and newton lemon yellow, holbien cadmium yellow deep, sennelier red orange. First and second washes of the burnt cheese. First wash for the salami using alizarin crimson.
Have you noticed that I was not able to ‘see’ that my pizza is not round or resembling a circle as from the reference photo? Or that the serving wood board’s handle was not proportioned with the pizza size? Yep, I noticed that too ONLY when I took the photo (insert crying emoticon here). I told myself, what the heck, why not go with it and hope to pull this off…lets see….and if it won’t work, then charge it to experience. So I added another wash for the burnt cheese using sennelier’s warm sepia and neutral tint. Second wash for the salami still with alizarin crimson.
If my pizza won’t be round or look like a circle, maybe an oblong pizza? Why not! (insert aha moment smile here) Who says I can’t have an oblong pizza? Who says we can’t eat an oblong pizza? So, yes, its an oblong pizza though served still on top of a rather small wood board handle. Who cares! Its the pizza not the serving platter, right? 😀
Added white highlights using a uni ball signo pen.
Last wash of a bit concentrated mix of warm sepia and neutral tint for the shadows. Since I have difficulty with ‘seeing’ where to put the highlights and low lights, I just did what my eyes can see and what my mind perceived.
There is still much to learn and I am a willing student. But today I’d like to invite you to share a happy dance with me. 😀 ❤ Little successes like this helps a lot. As when I was training for a marathon years ago, leg and body aches were sweet rewards for a bigger task and a tougher route. Just as mini curve balls that make you ponder of quitting or make you see possibilities for alteration without causing much disturbance. They bring forth confidence to get you starting for another project.
Blessings and happy Tuesday! Share a pizza with a love one, a friend or a stranger. 🙂