Illustration Daily: Popcorn

Popcorn is pretty strongly linked to the movie-going experience, but that wasn’t always the case. Theaters were initially reluctant to add concessions. But during the Depression enterprising vendors and sneaky patrons began to bring popcorn into theaters. This snack and entertainment combo endures today and you can read an in-depth article about popcorn and movies here.

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Popcorn, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily: Grapefruit

All about the color on this one. Grapefruit is another food with interesting etymology. It is thought that it’s called a grapefruit because of the way that they grow in clusters on trees or because unripe fruit resembles a green grape. Kind of lazy, fruit-namers.

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Grapefruit, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily: Beef

Time to grill! Did you ever wonder why beef isn’t called cow instead? The reason is stems from the Norman Conquest when the French nobility used French words to refer to their meats, like ‘boef‘, while the peasants used Anglo-Saxon terms to refer to the animal, like ‘cu’. You can see this same type of dichotomy with poultry/chicken, pork/pig, and mutton/sheep. Etymology is so cool.

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Beef, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily: Carrots

I think carrots are nice, and so does this little gardner, but did you know that there is a virtual museum of carrots? The World Carrot Museum has everything you ever wanted to know about carrots. Check it out because its super-weird and informative.

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Carrots, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily: Toast

Oh boy! Toast! What makes toast delicious? The Maillard reaction, a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars, basically, it’s what makes all food that has been browned taste amazing. That includes coffee beans, and now I want coffee and toast, so . . . goodbye.

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Toast, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily: Eggs

There is no reason for this guy. I was just doodling ideas for eggs and he showed up dancing with his frying pan. Tangentially, but interestingly, the word “yolk” derives from the Old English “geolu“, which means: yellow.

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Eggs, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily: Chicken

What do you mean the chicken goes in the pot pie? On is just as good, right? My favorite fact about chickens is that they were the first bird to have their genome sequenced (in 2004). You can check out more science-y chicken facts via Smithsonian Magazine.

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Chicken, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily: Broccoli

As a kid I hated broccoli. Like this girl, I could well have believed that broccoli should be called b-coli. The etymology of the word broccoli is: from Italian broccoli, plural of broccolo “a sprout, cabbage sprout,” diminutive of brocco “shoot, protruding tooth, small nail” (via etymoline). That doesn’t make it any more appetizing. I would love to say that I love broccoli now, but adult-me merely tolerates it, like most of vegetables.

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Broccoli, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily: Brownies

Brownie batter should not be left unattended! This kid is sneaking a taste while the grownups are out of the kitchen. I’d be hard pressed to say what my favorite part thing about brownies is: the crunchy/chewy texture when you get and edge piece? Licking the bowl? How about the history? The history of the brownies is a little murky but I like the idea that its origins were as a special development for the 1893 Word Columbian Exposition. The original recipe is a bit different than the modern brownie, but it still looks delicious!

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Brownies, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily: Cheese & Crackers

Today’s illustration is all about one of my favorite snacks, cheese and crackers. This little mouse has stumbled upon a smorgasbord! The Boston Globe has a fun little article about the history of cheese and crackers, you can check out the article here.

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