Illustrating a Cookbook & Self-Initiated Projects

It’s a good feeling to actually want to wake up 2 hours early to get some extra painting time in before work. Soooo much can be accomplished in that two hours, and it makes me that much more excited to get home and pick up where I left off!

Self-initiated projects are a great way to continue working on your portfolio between commissions. Sometimes it’s really hard jumping from one painting to the next or feeling burnt out from the decision fatigue of what to paint next. Creating a larger project gives you a list to work at each day.

Currently, I’m working on illustrating all of my boyfriend’s favorite recipes. I was collecting and re-typing some of the worn out and scattered pages one day, I thought of this, then wanted to smack myself for not coming to this decision sooner. Hoping to be able to finish the first 15 recipes in time to print a mini booklet by early December!

Here are a few ingredient illustrations: