Holiday Orders for Recipe Illustrations

I'm still accepting a couple more Custom Recipe Illustrations for the Holidays! (through Thanksgiving) If you want some details, drop me a line at Jessica@firstpancakestudio.com or check out the listing on Etsy.  Here's some of my favorite custom recipe prints from last year:

 Croquetas de la Abuela

Thanks to the link on BuzzFeed I've been getting lots of requests this year!  I love hearing people's stories about their family recipes and seeing photos of them cooking in their kitchen's.  

Grandma Sember's Stuffed Cabbages

 

It reminds me that while the holidays are often busy and stressful... I really do look forward to spending time with my family and preparing a delicious meal together.  

Stuffed Cabbage Illo!

Thanks to the mention on Etsy's blog I got a couple more orders for Custom Recipe Illustrations.  I love illustrating family recipes and  I wanted to share one I finished up right before the Holidays.

Stuffed Cabbages!

I've never made stuffed cabbages so I did a little research on the origins.  Stuffed cabbages are mostly part of  Jewish/Eastern European tradition and that lead me to look at Polish, Hungarian and Russian embroidery for motif and pattern inspiration.

 Here's a similar recipe over on Smitten Kitchen if you want to try making your own. 

 I wanted this piece to feel folky and warm just like the dish.  I bet stuffed cabbages would be perfect dish to serve this time of year!

 

 

 

 

Personalized Presents on Etsy!

So excited to be featured on the Etsy blog with other fabulous illustrators and artists making custom orders for the Holidays!  Some of my other favorites: name plate, Home for the Holidays illustration, Under the moon cufflinks, Morse code necklace, and Custom Doll in an animal suit!

There is still time to order a custom recipe print in time for the holidays- Prices range from $100-$350 and include shipping within the US.

 

 

Avocados for Emma

Have you checked out Emma Magazine yet?  The tagline is "If Martha was a twenty-something."  The magazine is chock-full of  fun DIY's, recipes, styling tips and gift ideas.  They also just released their very own app!

I got in touch with them about creating something fun for the magazine and we decided on a piece about growing an avocado tree from a pit, just in time for their Summer issue!

I also chatted with their lovely intern, Alejandra,  about art, food and travel.  Check it out on pages 42-43!

I started growing my own little avocado pits while I was working on the piece.   This one has a nice root going...

and a tiny little sprout!

Go read Emma! This issue has a great father's day gift guide,  smoothie ideas, and how to sew a skirt!

California Sun Turkey Sandwich

Hello bloggy readers!  It's been an exciting month full of contests and hard work redoing my website.  I can't wait for everyone to see it! (hopefully by the end of the week)  I also wanted to share a new recipe I finished over the weekend.

 It's for another awesome contest put on by Salli and Nate over at They Draw and Cook!  They asked artists to use a recipe featuring a tasty Kraft product.  I had a fun time working on this and in particular using a spring palette.  I've also started experimenting with making my own brushes to create textures = super satisfying!  There are a lot of beautiful entries this time around and I can't wait to see who wins the big $$$    Later this week I'll have an update on the REPEAT contest.  I've made it to ROUND TWO!  Thanks friends and family members for making an effort to vote for me in the reader's choice award!  You guys are the best!

Killer Guac!

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you're spending it with friends, family or someone crush worthy!  This is one of my favorite recipes to make when I have friends over or I'm visiting my family.   I've been playing with some new textures and hand lettering.  What do you think?

If you want to see more illustrated recipes head over to They Draw and Cook! It's an inspiring site full of illustrated recipes from artists around the world.  I always end up finding a new dish I want to cook or a new favorite artist.

February Sketchbook peek

I love seeing other artists work in progress, so here's a few shots of a new recipe I'm working on. I've been itching to incorporate more hand lettered text into my work.

And more pattern... always more pattern.

These colors make me very happy.

By now you've probably guessed what this is a recipe for... I'll have the final posted sometime next week!

What I'm working on....

I was very resistant to working digitally. I thought the computer was evil itself. Now that I've figured out how to use it as a tool... I'm hooked! Seriously... what was wrong with me before? It has allowed me to be spontaneous in my mark making, change around lousy compositions and experiment with color/texture.

So... I was a little nervous about going back to the basics of paint and paper. But as I started painting this week I felt more confident then ever. I still love it!!!!!

Gettin' Figgy wit it!

This week keeps getting better and better! In addition to entering the squid contest on Spoonflower I was working on an entry for California Figs and They Draw and Cook's Year of The Fig Contest! There were many tasty looking recipes on their website that you could choose from.

I looked at a lot of fig recipes but ultimately decided on this one from Serious Eats .

 

I snuck in my entry at the deadline. There were a lot of really great fig recipes: Ingvard the Terrible, Lucile Prache, and James Gulliver Hancock were among my favorites!

... I came in 1st for dried fig recipes!!

I really like having a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning but I had never tried it with figs. Turns out figs are amazing with a bit of cinnamon, vanilla, and honey. I like adding brown sugar to mine too! I love the shape of the figs and I wanted to make sure they were highlighted in my recipe. In the past I have struggled with getting all of my directions to fit on the page. I decided to try to be minimal with the written steps and really focus on the imagery.

A big Thank you to Nate and Salli from They Draw and Cook! If you haven't seen the new website go check it out! It has all these great ways of searching for recipes by artist, meal, ingredients, art style and country. Anyone can submit an illustrated recipe on their site. So... if you also like cooking and drawing, what are you waiting for? Submit a recipe! It's fantastic to find a site like TDAC with so many other artists that are as passionate about cooking and drawing.

Fennel & Orange Salad

This week's CSA came full of tasty new veggies including: squash, zucchini, broccoli and the biggest kohlrabi I've ever seen! I decided to try illustrating a recipe this week for a change of pace. Although, this recipe doesn't require many ingredients, directions or accuracy its an effortless summer dish and pretty to boot!

This recipe is adapted from Red, White and Greens, The Italian Way with Vegetables by Faith Willinger, one of my favorite cookbooks!