I’ve always been a fan of cupcakes. They always look so good, with their creamy frosting and nifty little pleated dress. I also like their size. Just right for a snack.
I decided to draw one because the word of the week from our sketching group was “patisserie.” The French have far more imagination when it comes to pastries and I seem to love all of them, but I settled on a cupcake.
I decided that I wanted to use gouache, trying to produce that creamy look of frosting. As I don’t know how to use gouache that might not have been a great idea but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I started with an ink drawing, followed by some watercolor washes. Then I started adding gouache to the light side of the frosting. I had to add a couple layers of gouache to get a fully-opaque look. I’m not sure how well this integrates with an ink drawing but here is the result. I need more practice to figure out gouache but I wasn’t displeased by this result.