Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hostess Cupcake

How could I not draw one of these? 

5.5" x 4.5"-ish on 8"x 8" Stonehenge paper

If you don't know, its a Hostess Cupcake. Its an iconic American snack food. We all remember eating these as kids. And recently, Hostess announced they were going out of business. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
So there was a run on these at the stores, and I managed to get the last package at my local grocer's. 

I have a fond memory of touring the Wonder / Hostess plant here on a school field trip in about the second grade. The place smelled so wonderful! And we were all given a wee tiny little loaf of freshly baked Wonder Bread to take with us. I always loved driving by the place, rolling down the windows to catch that heavenly freshly-baked scent. But now, alas, its quiet and empty and there are no more fresh bread smells. Very sad. Very sad indeed.

So I drew a cupcake for posterity. (I also have a loaf of Wonder Bread and some other goodies in the freezer that may become drawings as well, we'll see.)

I scanned this a few times along the way as I was drawing it, so you can see how it developed.
I started with Coloursofts - this was a layer of Brown Earth.

Then I added more browns, and a layer of Loganberry.
The icing is Polychromo Bistre, Cream, and Ivory.

Then a layer of my beloved Polychromo Caput Mortuum. I love love love that color!
And more of the same on the icing.

To finish off the top I added some PC Sepia and Burnt Sienna.
The icing just got "more".
The cupcake itself was a combination of all the already mentioned colors, just done to look like cake instead of frosting.

I'm not really a fan of burnishing, just because once you 'go there' there is no turning back. And doing a lot of it can hurt your hand (well, mine, anyway). But to get the frosting to look really smooth, I had to burnish a bit. Then the rest of it had to get burnished as well, just so it all looked the same. So this piece was pretty fussy, but it was still a lot of fun to do.

I have prints in my etsy shop.

Not sure what's next - maybe a Twinkie? All I could get on that last day were chocolate cream ones, not the white gooey ones, so I'm dithering about whether to do them or not. Wait, I think I have some Ho-Hos ...


Feathers said...

Oops, you dropped a crumb! Around here, no crumbs went to waste. :-)
Looks sooo real from here, thanks for the tutorial too.

TLampert said...

Now that looks tasty - at first glance, I thought it was a photo! As for what next, I say work on both a twinkie and an ho-ho :) Can't go wrong with either.