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 :)
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!