Now that this illustration's been published, I suppose that means I ought to stop futzing with it :P. For some reason I get a real kick out of drawing food. This is a self-directed piece I did that showcases that wobbly wonder called gelatin, its origins, and its many uses.
Here's some text I wrote to accompany the illustration:
Gelatin is a translucent, colourless, flavour-
less solid substance created when collagen is
hydrolysed. Its most common forms are
sheets, granules, or powder.
One of the oldest forms of gelatin is hartshorn jelly,
derived from the antlers of stags. Another ancient
source of gelatin is isinglass, made from the swim
bladders of sturgeon. Isinglass is used to this day
in the clarification of beer and wine. Gelatin is
derived from animal by-products although veg-
etarian alternatives do exist. In modern times the
majority of the gelatin is extracted from pig skin.
Gelatin is a versatile substance with a multitude
of uses. It is used most commonly as an addi-
tive to foodstuffs, where it can act as a thickener,
texturizer, or stabilizer. Gelatin is essential in the
manufacture of film stock and is used extensively
as a substrate for cell cultivation, as ballistics
gelatin, and in pill casings, glue, and confect-
And here's my Umami: The Fifth Taste piece I did last year, in the same "I love drawing food" vein:
It seems like every year I get a hankering for doing a "food, glorious food!" illustration. Here was 2011's: