The Husband loves to cook. I sat down yesterday evening with my sketchbook after a delicious dinner (sea bass, mussels, squid, fennel in a tomato sauce) and thought about how much I enjoy eating. We are a very foody family. The Son can eat for Britain, and needs to, as he is burning up a ridiculous number of calories with all the sporting activity he does each day. The Daughter, a graphic design student, told me that her dream job would be to travel the world working for a food magazine.
All credit to The Husband, who brought them up to think of trying new foods as an exciting adventure. (I will always remember eating out in a restaurant in Ireland. The Son, aged about 5 at the time, asked for the special fish dish of the day. The waiter looked dubious, and asked if he might like to look at the children’s menu instead. The Son was resolute. An enormous fish stew was placed before him, and he polished off every last mouthful.) We were very lucky. I know plenty of people whose kids refused to eat anything other than baked beans on toast or processed cheese triangles for years.
So I started thinking about my favourite foods, and came up with the sketchbook page (below). I wondered what other people’s choices might be, and how their pages would look. I also thought about how a special meal, say a wedding menu or anniversary dinner could be captured. Or a favourite family recipe illustrated.
So I’ll be offering a bespoke food drawing/lettering service in the etsy shop. Food + drawing + hand drawn type. Definitely some of my favourite things.
If you’d like to help me out with a bit of research, please leave a comment and your name will be drawn out of the proverbial hat (or perhaps a mixing bowl is more appropriate?) to win your own free illustrated A4 foody favourites in either watercolour (at the top of the page) or coloured digitally (as below). The winner’s name will be picked at random at (UK) midday on Friday 17th February, and announced here on the blog (so you’ll need to check back).