Here’s the tea drawing, finished, with color and a little bit of added texture!
Here’s how it looks printed, nestled in the most appropriate spot in our apartment: The print is up on etsy here.
I used to really dislike coloring, as I would become paralized with indecision at the possibilities.. just to show how much a simple difference makes, here’s a shot of the piece about half-way through the editing process, the fun, silly in-between part.
Today’s drawing, pencil and ink, ready for digital coloring. Sometimes this is what I feel like, especially when at home and working… making full pots of coffee or tea for one person, then drinking so much that you feel like you’re swimming in it… ahem…
An elaboration on this older drawing:
Besides being an ode to hot beverages, I’m trying to illustrate my love of ceramics and the allure of 50 cent mugs at thrift stores. Oh, and I’ve also been watching those TV shows about hoarders.
I’ve only ever been able to actually make mugs during school for one semester, and it was one studio I’d return to at night to toil away on little piles of miniature cups, and teapots. (This is me, when I had long hair and, consequently an ever-present topknot).
See? Too many!
I also use them for painting, which is a trick as I’m usually drinking coffee at the same time and often end up dipping the brush in my drink. This may be a reason I don’t paint in oils.
This is what I feel like often when it gets this cold out (lately, in the single digits) – being able to literally swim in tea … apparently this little girl is seeping herself in the lesser known “dragonfly tea”… not for the faint of heart. My personal favorites, however – are:
Kukicha (twig tea) – yes, you can drink twig juice… and it’s amazing! There’s something about being able to get something enjoyable out of little sticks that is super satisfying.
Genmaicha (brown rice tea) – also known as “popcorn tea”, this is a mixture of green tea and roasted brown rice, which pops when heated – resulting in what looks like a mini batch of popcorn floating in your cup!
Yunnan Gold (black tea) – with light yellow leaves, it’s rich and buttery tasting- with very little bitterness.