These sketches were done quickly with no pre-drawing whatsoever. I worked out the relationships, the proportions, the strategic points, lines and planes, on the spot and corrected as I went.
I'm not quite done with the last "mice" sketch. I still need an hour to examine the white connections--study the lighting in the lower third portion and embellish the cupcakes with sprinkles and the chocolate canoli with chocolate drizzle. You can't have too much chocolate.
Reviewing them here,these painted sketches are intense, one of life's truths. They are NOT less is more. They are more is too much--and if you've ever eaten too many sweets you know what I mean. You soar with a sugar high and then crash with a headache. I look at pastries at the bakery and I see beyond their mouthwatering colors. They are gorgeous--photogenic--enticing, but indulge, and they turn nasty with fatty deposits, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and rotted teeth. They are poison.
In life, we humans tend to over do. We over work to over play to over buy--all striving for the sweet life, which overdone makes us sick and sicker still when the devil food cake demands his due. If these sweet sketches appear overdone to you, they are. They are metaphors. Only one to a customer.