Thursday, March 10, 2011

Chef & Artist

I've been preoccupied these last couple months with my rawvegan chef training, and the writing, editing and cover design of my new book: Nut-Free Raw Recipes by Raederle. This recipe book has at least one full-color photograph for every recipe, some have two or three. The directions are straight forward and complete, so that even someone with no experience with rawvegan creations could make the pies, breakfast dishes and truffles within the book.

With so much recipe-creation in the kitchen, so many rawvegan potlucks to stir my creativity, so much study of food... It only made sense to start collaborating my artistic abilities and my culinary passion:

Raederle's Digital Paintings of Fresh Fruits
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To complete my book cover, I wanted to design a new logo. It's been something I've been wanting to do for a while, but just have not had any real push to do so.

The book cover:

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The new logo design was an interesting process. At the end of it, when sorting my files, I realized I had saved the process of my initial logo design as well. I've decided to share that process with you in this video:

The new logo makes its appearance on my health, fitness and food blog's background and top banner, as of last night.

Any thoughts on Raederle Phoenix's new logo? Comment below and tell me about it. Critiques, raving flattering remarks, and fan mail are all welcome.


~ Raederle Phoenix

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Fine Evening

I drew the actual pencil drawing in 2005 or 2006 while I was still in High School. I still liked it years later, and decided I wanted to scan it and digital paint it. I worked on it a little here and there and kept losing interest. It looks a little mismatched since the work is done in hour-long bursts over years time. But the other night I finally decided to simply finish it so I could add it to my body of work and be done with it.

The concept behind it is "simple pleasures" in life. That was what I actually called the black and white drawing. But as I dressed her up in the digital painting, I decided she was having a fine evening enjoying simple pleasures, and changed it to A Fine Evening.

A Fine Evening
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