This was a big job. I was hired by Barron’s Publishing to illustrate the 2nd edition of The Food Lover’s Companion. The first edition had no illustrations. The book is basically an encyclopedia of cooking terms. They commissioned me to do 429 new drawings and another 258 were to be reused from other cooking assignments I had done. The whole project took about five months.
Although there was certainly an element of repetition to the assignment, I enjoyed it in a Zen-like way. I could just focus on my technique and working as quickly and efficiently as possible. I was also able to establish a consistent working routine and schedule (which I should really adhere to even when I don’t have a big job). It was nice waking up every morning knowing there was work on the drafting table.