anonyrrie: Barista Wars (& EDM #28)

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Barista Wars (& EDM #28)

I've been working on ideas for a short story about the Worldwide Barista Competition, so I decided for this week's EDM challenge, I would draw our espresso machine. That way I'd have an illustration for my story. Well...this was really, really hard to do! There are so many little gadgets sticking out all over the place, each going in its own direction. I used a micron pen without pencil sketching first, so my lines ended up with a life of their own that doesn't necessarily have a lot to do with the machine. Oh well. Nonetheless, I offer you my version of the Pasquini Livia 90... with the expert help of my favorite barista, it brews the most wonderful espresso I've ever had! As for the story...stay tuned...


Blogger onclejohann said...

I think what's so neat about the drawing is that those odd lines animate the entire machine, making it a live entity. It breaths, walks the dog and might even wash my car. :-) But it is a nice little illustration with lots of personality. Good job.

7:56 PM  
Blogger carla said...

You know...that's how it looked to if it could get up and walk away after making an espresso all by itself! You're too kind, Roland...but I am determined that my hand drawing will get better with more practice! I am trying to avoid using pencil at this point because I know I will spend too many hours erasing and trying to get everything perfect. That will keep me from developing confidence and forging a better communication between my eyes and my hand.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

I think it's very cool...I know what you mean about the eye/hand thing, doing these pencil sketches the last few weeks has been interesting...not my usual medium (LOL) and a challenge not to obsess over the small stuff...your flower pot has a great feel to it as well :)

8:55 PM  
Blogger clare said...

Carla your sketch is so real, I can almost smell and taste the coffee. Now I have to go pour myself a cup, boring "instant' powdery stuff $#@! poooooor me.
i Love your blog, your stories and illustrations have me hooked.

8:57 PM  
Blogger vfm4 said...

Carla, that's awesome, i could look and keep looking and see new details everytime...

i love it!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

You sure did take on a challenge, but I must say the end result is terrific. Well done. I'm impressed. :o)

7:12 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

Oh the details really draw me in. I like the subtle color washes you placed throughout. Nice!

7:14 AM  
Blogger koukla said...

Wow, I wish I had this in my kitchen. It looks like it was fun to draw with all the details to capture. Very nice drawing. As for drawing with pencils and erasing, why don't you just put away the eraser and see what happens? Also, sometimes I draw with colored pencils. A black, dark brown and medium brown prismacolor make good drawing pencils.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Drazen said...

love it

11:21 AM  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Oh wow...just what I need to go with my brownies and a new boyfriend to operate the machine!
Very nice drawing. I love your pleasant and peaceful.
So Starbucks, much better! =^..^=

3:22 PM  
Blogger kan said...

Mmmmm, must go brew coffee now...may stay up all night on laptop. Great drawing!

11:01 PM  
Anonymous evy said...

This is one fantastic drawing! I love the feeling and the texture. The scratchy lines and 'lines with a life of their own' really give the drawing a strong character. Love the color too. Just wonderful!. Looking forward to the story...may be also the best coffee/cappuccino recipe from the best barista? :)

4:59 AM  
Blogger carla said...

Thank you for all the nice comments! I'm surprised...this drawing is so all over the place! Anyway, I'll get around to writing the story eventually. I'm still researching some details. As for the espresso barista uses either Peet's Garuda or Starbuck's Espresso Roast. He's meticulous about every detail from the grind to the pull, but I have to say the coffee is delicious because its secret ingredient is love! You can't get that at Starbuck's :>

9:23 AM  
Blogger KathyJ IN Md. said...

Wow! How small is this sketch? I have a small Moleskien (sp) that I have not used yet because I don't know if I can sketch small. This is really a great sketch! The detail looks perfect!

11:47 AM  
Blogger carla said...

Kathy -

Thank you :> It's pretty small...I did it in a small sketchbook and it takes up about half of the page. I think it would fit perfectly on a small moleskine page. I am the opposite of you...I have a hard time drawing big!

2:19 PM  
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