Amelie Persson is a Swedish-German freelance illustrator and writer. With a love of drawing food and kitchen supplies, she has three illustrated cookbooks with her own recipes. We attended her food drawing class to get a taste of drawing our favourite foods and to find out about her passion for food and art. Put a twist on your foodie love and try out a new skill this year…

What do you enjoy most about the food illustration workshop?

I really enjoy working with people and inspiring them. When I stay in touch with people who have attended my classes I sometimes see how they keep it up in daily life on their Instagram.  

What art mediums do you like using for the food illustrations?

I love ink, watercolour and markers. I’m a very impatient person – I like how spontaneous ink is, you cannot control it. It has its own life and the lines are never the same. 

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You wrote and illustrated your own recipe books. What influenced the recipes you chose for the books? 

The recipes are influenced by what I eat. They tend to be vegetarian and gluten-free recipes as I’m vegetarian and coeliac. I did the books as I love to cook and bake. My friends tell me my recipes don’t taste ‘gluten free’. I think it’s a good reason to inspire people with new recipes.

Why would an illustrated food book be more useful or interesting than one with photography?

I don’t think they’re more useful. However the feedback I hear from people who like my books is interesting. Sometimes people are intimidated by amazing pictures and I want to lower the barrier and send this message out – just start cooking! My first book has a chana masala recipe that my friend now makes all the time. She’d never tasted it before – the books open up doors for people. 

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What are your favourite foods to draw? 

Vegetables, herbs and spices. They have great colours. My other favourite is the espresso maker – it appears on all of my pictures and works. I love coffee and I’m addicted to it!

And any foods you don’t like drawing?

That’s difficult to answer. I guess a bowl of rice can be difficult as I’m quite impatient. 

You’ve lived in Stockholm and Frankfurt and are now moving to London on your illustration journey. Do you have a favourite street food from Stockholm or Frankfurt?

I really like Asian cuisine. In Sweden I love the coffee culture with pastries. There’s a lot of international food places near my studio in Frankfurt. You can taste Pakistani food, Chinese, Turkish, Moroccan, sushi and more. It’s like a little world tour around the corner. 

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Our attempts at food drawing. We had fun drawing the first thing we could think of in terms of favourite food and drink…

How can people make their food drawings tasty? 

Always draw something you like. If it’s a recipe you don’t always have to draw the finished product, sometimes just a few slices of your ingredients can be mouthwatering enough. 

What can people do with their food drawings?

Loads! You could frame an original for the kitchen or scan them in and print postcards. For gifts you could illustrate a card with a recipe inside. A few years ago I made a mulled wine illustration for a card with a small pack of spices for friends for Christmas.

What’s your top tip for anyone new to food drawing?

Just get a sketchbook and just write and draw in it all the time!

Amelie Persson | www.ameliepersson.com |  Whilst there aren’t any immediate classes planned keep an eye out for gifts and ideas at www.etsy.com/de/shop/wordsandillustration
All artworks © Amelie Persson.  Thanks to the London Illustration Fair.
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