I caught a bad cold over the holidays that I still haven't licked, but I managed to make the deadline for the first set of illustrated recipes I was asked to do for the The Japan Times-ST. It's been a while since I last painted an etegami-style illustrated recipe. If you've been following me long enough, you know I've done many in the past for They Draw and Cook, one of my favorite art & recipes sites in the whole wide world. If you are a food-loving artist who has never submitted a recipe to TDAC, you really should. And whether or not you do that, it's loads of fun just to browse their website.
Etegami (e= "picture"; tegami= "letter/message") are simple drawings accompanied by a few apt words. They are usually done on postcards so that they can be easily mailed off to one's friends. Though etegami has few hard-and-fast rules, traditional tools and materials include writing brushes, sumi ink, blocks of water-soluble, mineral-based pigments called gansai, and washi postcards that have varying degrees of "bleed." They often depict some ordinary item from everyday life, especially items that bring a particular season to mind.