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 :)
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!