Illustrating My Favorite Foods

Posted on 22/2/08

Octopus, Tomato, and Peanut Butter by Matthew Inman

If I had to pick a few mundane topics to blog about, writing about my favorite foods would probably be near the top of that list. Although interesting to me, everyone else would be bored to tears. Who gives a crap what I eat, right?

If I draw my favorite foods, however - then it's totally cool to blog about them. If you draw the subject of your blog entry then it's like a free pass to write about anything. If I decide to blog about Guatemalan Spicy Crab Juice, I damn well better have an illustration to go with it.

With that in mind, I decided to draw a few foods I enjoy eating: Octopus, Peanut Butter, and Tomatoes. I enjoy octopus both raw and cooked, and especially in Takoyaki. Peanut butter is my kryptonite, most of the time I eat it straight out of the jar. I enjoy tomatoes in any way, shape, or form.

Octopus- by Matthew Inman

Octopus: Of the three foods, the octopus was the most fun to draw. I unintentionally made the eyes look a bit like StrongBad's, and I'm still not 100% sure I like the shadow on the left side of his head - but other than that I love how it turned out.

Tomato - by Matthew Inman

Tomato: Surprisingly, the tomato was relatively easy to draw, the tricky part was getting the surface to look right. I gave it a radial fill, and then added a series of blobs and ovals inside it to create the shadows and bruises. On the darker spots, I filled the paths with black and made the edges feathered. I then set the blending mode on those ovals to overlay, creating an effect that burns the red rather than just sitting on top of it transparently. I repeated this process with different fill colors to give the tomato depth.

Peanut Butter - by Matthew Inman

Peanut Butter: Drawing peanut butter is a pain in the ass. At first I tried to have a big blob of peanut butter just sitting there by itself, but no matter what I did it looked like feces. I even tried adding peanuts which, as you can imagine, only added to it's poop-like appearance. Next I tried drawing a jar of peanut butter, but I'm actually pretty burnt out on drawing jars and glassy surfaces, so I got bored and moved on. Finally I settled on having the peanut butter sitting on a knife. The knife looks good, but I'm not totally satisfied with how the peanut butter turned out.

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