Not much to say today but here's your sushi piece of the day...Black Sesame Seed Uramaki with Salmon and Avocado. Enjoy!!
Wow...I was super behind here! I've been posting more regularly on Facebook and on Instagram (@artistkierstan), so if you want to stay up to date, I've been a bit more regular there! Blogging, unfortunately, is harder for me to keep up with but I'll try harder ;)
So, for the pieces posted above from bottom to top are: Avocado Maki, Black Tobiko Nigiri, Green Tobiko Uramaki (with salmon, cucumber and avocado), Kani (crab legs) Nigiri, and Ika (squid) Nigiri.
These were all created using a scanned ink drawing of each sushi piece and then painted using Photoshop. I'm still pretty much a beginner with Photoshop but I figured out how to create my own brush, which helped with the Green Tobiko Uramaki. I started off just making random dots on top of the rice for the tobiko eggs but I realized that was going to take forever so I made a selection of some of the dots I already made and defined the brush settings. It was great! I was so proud of myself because I haven't learned how to do that yet but I had noticed the option because it's right above the define pattern option, which I've used a ton when designing repeating patterns. So proud of myself!
What's your favorite kind of sushi? Still more pieces to come :)
I didn't forget about yesterday, I just didn't get around to posting the picture. So, I'm sorry but now you get two for one ;)
Day 6 was Onigiri, which is a filled rice ball, or triangle in this case. I never had one of these but they looked yummy so I decided to include it in my collection. Day 7 is Uni Nigiri. I never tried Uni, its texture always kinda grossed me out so I opted to pass. Is it good? Do you like it?
Sorry for the drive by posting but I gotta go make some dinner. This allergy and mast cell thing has changed so much about my life but the having to cook every meal fresh and from scratch gets a little annoying sometimes but if it doesn't happen, I don't eat, which sucks. So, I'm off to make pizza!
Day 5 already for my sushi drawing/painting challenge. Where does the time go? Anyway, there are so many color options for Tobiko and I'm doing them all. Today is the red version. Like I said the other day, I never tried Tobiko...not sure I'd like the texture. I did have rolls that had the tiny eggs on the outside but they weren't really as noticeable as I think just a piece of nori and a little rice and a bunch of the eggs would be. I'm easily grossed out so I think this would push me over the edge but they have been fun to draw and paint!
Not much more to say today...Oregon is on fire and the air quality here has been extremely unhealthy and I'm feeling it. I haven't slept well in days and now I'm starting to lose my voice. The bad air quality is bad for anyone but those of us with chronic illnesses, the smoke and ash is really triggering. So, I'm knocking off early, going to make some dinner and then hopefully enjoy a restful evening with my husband.
Have a good night, y'all and if you're feeling it, send some rain vibes our way, we need it desperately!
Maguro Nigiri is my pick for day 4 of Sushi September. While I've never eaten the Tobiko nigiri, Maguro was my favorite! Maguro is tuna, it's usually pretty lean and when it's fresh and cold, OMG...heaven! I loved this kind of sushi so much, I could have eaten it every single day! We had a couple of favorite sushi joints when we lived in Portland, one was kinda upscale and one was the cheap, price per plate on a moving track kind of place. The maguro pieces were great at both places but for some reason, the cheap place was just a little bit better and it was cheap so I could eat my fill...and I did! We started going there so often that the owner started to recognize us and would make up several fresh maguro plates just for us, we were regulars for sure! I've tried not to get too down about all of the foods I can't have any longer with my food allergies and mast cell issues but sometimes I really miss some foods and maguro nigiri is one I miss terribly. I'm a good cook and not afraid to try new techniques so I've been able to find "replacements" for most of my favorites but there's no way to replace maguro nigiri...it's one of a kind!
Do you like sushi? Do you have a favorite? I'd love to hear from you lovely readers!
See you tomorrow with a new piece!
It's getting late but I figured I'd better get this posted for today! It was a warm day full of smoke from nearby wildfires. Usually my air conditioner units do a decent job of filtering but there was just too much smoke in the air that you could smell it throughout the apartment...yuck! And my Mast cell disorder makes me super sensitive to stuff like this so I've been reactive all day 😩
Anyway, here's today's piece of sushi, Ebi Nigiri. I posted a piece of shrimp on day one but that was sweet shrimp, Amaebi. The process for this was the same as the others, hand drawn in ink, scanned, edited and painted in photoshop. I really like digital painting and I think I need to find some classes to learn some new techniques. I definitely need to figure out how to get faster at it!
Have a great night! Another piece of sushi coming your way tomorrow!
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Today's sushi illustration is Green Tobiko Nigiri. Honestly, I was never brave enough to try this kind sushi when I was still eating sushi but it makes for a lovely subject! I drew the outlines by hand in ink and painted the piece in Photoshop. If you had asked me a few years ago if I would ever be into digital art, I'd have laughed in your face...but I guess never say never, because I'm loving it!
I haven't mentioned this on this blog since it's been 2 years since I was last posting regularly but my health took a turn for the worse a few years back and it's taken a bit to get to the bottom of it. Essentially, I'm allergic to a lot of stuff and it's caused my immune system, my mast cells specifically, to become over reactive so I have reactions to stuff I'm not truly allergic to. It's been lots of fun...
One of my worst allergies at this point is to corn and corn derivatives, so essentially our entire food supply since corn is cheap and heavily used in, well, everything. So, I can no longer eat out because the possibility of cross-contamination is too great. To add to that, I'm also allergic to rice...so even if I could eat the fish (I'm not allergic to them but my mast cells don't like the fact that the fish is high in histamine), I wouldn't be able to have any of the fabulous sushi rice either. Dammit!
Well, I've already grieved for most of my favorite foods lost but I think that's why I've been so drawn (no pun intended), to illustrating food. I was already a pretty good cook, but I'm even better at it now (it's amazing the combinations of flavors one can come up with even when dealing with a small number of safe food items) and I'm a really kickass baker (not so good for the waistline!). But there are so many foods I can no longer have so I think it brings me comfort to illustrate them.
Anyway, thanks for joining me on my sushi adventure!
Wow...it's been more than 2 years since I last posted on this here blog. Where does the time go?
Well, it matters not at this point. What does matter is that I'm back and I hope you'll rejoin me in my artistic endeavors!
It's been quite some time since I last did an art challenge so I decided this would be a good month to do a 30 day one. Since late last year, I've found myself making patterns and really loving creating repeating patterns that I've had printed onto fabric via Spoonflower and then crafting them into tea towels and aprons. My Etsy shop is up and running now with a wide selection of towel patterns if you want to check them out! www.artistkierstan.etsy.com
Anyway, back to the challenge at hand...since I really enjoy making patterns (I've been learning how to use Photoshop to make them easier to create), I've been doing a bunch of ink drawings that I can scan, edit and paint in Photoshop. I've really gravitated toward food illustrations so it make sense that my first 30 day challenge would be a sushi one. So, 30 days of sushi coming at you! I'll draw a piece of sushi by hand with ink and then paint it using Photoshop. I'm posting on instagram (@artistkierstan) and I'll post them here, too. It'll be good to get back into blogging practice! I may try to make some videos or something along the way to show my painting in progress but no promises (I haven't totally figured out the software yet...).
Ok, so here's Day One: Amaebi Nigiri
Day 6...I'm trying to work on developing my visual imagination. Most of the focus in my education was in language and while my verbal vocabulary is quite strong my visual vocabulary feels quite stunted. I struggle greatly with drawing from my imagination and I'd like to improve it. I started working through Carla Sonheim's "Drawing Lab" book today. One exercise has you draw 20 dogs...supposed to be the same dog, same pose using a big chiseled marker on notecards. The idea is to draw quickly, getting down only basic info and to experiment with different marks. The reference was just a basic sketch of a dog. I must admit I had fun with this one. I like to bend rules so I didn't adhere to the same pose rule. I really like some of these dogs. I'm going to pick those out and work with them some more. I'd really love to write and illustrate a book about Kagero but I've struggled with imagining her as an illustration so I think these might help me with that!
Bonus drawings...after the quick dog drawings earlier, I decided to give illustrations of Kagero a try. Not there yet but I'm seeing potential and will keep trying. For me, the trick is in her eyes, if I can get those right, I think I'll be able to make illustrating her happen.
I gotta be honest and say that I've been feeling anything but creative lately. We moved from the Portland area to Eugene in April and I just haven't really recovered from the upheaval yet. While I have an art space in our apartment, I lost my big art studio in the move and a lot of my supplies are in storage. Just feel a tiny bit lost and it's been hard to create consistently, hence this new challenge. I'd really like to improve my people drawing skills but I really admire artists who can capture faces and likeness in just a few lines so I decided today around with cartooning. I've got a long way to go in this but I really like some of the marks I've made and I think there's some potential here.