20 December 2012

Homemade Grapefruit Marmalade

So, guess what I spent the weekend doing? That's right the jars on orange goo are the clue. I made marmalade. A friend at work had a whole lot of grapefruit that she didn't know what to do with... but I did :)

There's something about homemade marmalade. I think it's that I like grapefruit rather than orange, and most of the stuff you buy is at least partially orange. It's such a marvelous combination of bitter & sweet. It's a somewhat time consuming activity, but it's also so very simple. The chopping of the fruit and the boiling all takes time. However, ingredients not complicated: fruit, sugar, water... yes that's it. Mix, boil, bottle... eat. 


This is my last post until the new year, so have a merry Christmas & a happy New year.

04 December 2012

Creating cover art

This is a fascinating pictographic story of the creation of cover art from the artist's point of view. She also talks a little about each step.

Here are a couple of highlights, but I recommend looking at each step if you're interested in how some artists go about creating the image they want for the cover.

 Selecting costumes
 Posing models
 Getting the right shot
 Choosing the right shot

I'm sure not all artists work the same way, but this is still an interesting window into something most of us only ever see once it's complete.