Monday, March 7, 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons

This was a very fun piece to do. I remember I was having lunch with my friend and we got lemon water and she shoved her lemon down with her straw and said that she was drowning it. I was instantly inspired to make some mafia lemons getting rid of a lose end. I started out sketching this in a rather cartoony manor, and then eventually scanned it into Photoshop and decided to take a more realistic approach. I used tons of reference for this piece, normally I would just have a lemon in my hand, trying to really capture that texture of pulp. Also I like to hide little details, like the "help!" written from the inside of the glass, which only a few have picked up on. This way of making food come to life was really fun, and I hope to illustrate more scenes like this in the future.


  1. Nice piece, Josh. You don't want to mess with those "mafia lemons" may find yourself in the drink.

  2. Hey Josh, cool piece! If you read this after 1:20pm today it'll be up on my blog w/ a link back to you :)

    And btw, we'll have to reschedule since we missed each other last week. Karla is excited for us to meet.