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.
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 ...