Archive for April, 2010

Even More Incredible Veggie Burgers and Buns

I love a good veggie burger and have posted about them frequently — whether it’s been cooking them or eating them — but until a couple of days ago, I hadn’t yet mastered the art of making buns. Well, everything changed with the help of a recipe I stumbled across in the New York Times. I had a good feeling about it since it was from one of my favorite LA restaurants, Comme Ca, and when I made these, I was not disappointed.

I could tell from when I started working with the dough that the buns would be light and airy, and as the dough rose, I got more and more excited.

burger buns

I also started preparing my veggie burgers. I modified the black bean burger recipe I’ve been using for a while to incorporate ingredients I had around, including squash and mushrooms, and I cooked the squash, mushrooms, onions and garlic before combining them with the black beans and making the patties to enhance the flavors.

Everything turned out really well, and I served the burgers with avocado, sauteed onions, lettuce, ketchup and mustard. I think I’ll be making these again soon (like possibly this weekend).

The completed veggie burger with cheese, lettuce, sauteed onions and avocado

The completed veggie burger

Final Illustrator Project: Creating a Realistic Watch

Jelly Watch Sell Sheet - Illustration

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For my final Illustrator class project, I had to create a sell sheet for a watch that included a realistic-looking watch as well as a box for that watch. I decided not to design an entirely new watch, but rather to recreate a fun watch that I found. And believe me, this was not a shorcut — it took an immense amount of work to get the watch looking real, especially when it came to the subtle shading I had to do on the monochromatic watch style I chose.

I recreated a Jelly Watch, since I think it’s a really fun style, and though I took the pink from a real version of the watch, the other colors I used were ones I chose myself.

This project really brought together a lot of what we’d learned during this class, from advanced coloring and shading techniques to replication techniques (think of all those little minute marks and other repeated elements). It’s not terrible interesting to discuss, but the point is that everything on the page I made is an illustration. For those interested, the “outline” view of the file is below so you can see it’s components.

Jelly Watch Illustration Outline Version

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