Sketching Food

Vegetable Sandwich Tomato Lettuce Cucumber Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Lettuce” today, I decided to sketch some on a sandwich. This is some sort of veggie sandwich I concocted, because I wanted a bit more color. I had to create it from memory as we can’t currently get bread or the proper flour to make bread so sandwiches are a rare delicacy these days. But, I still just love sketching food of all kinds! Also, I just published a second book in my Sketching Stuff Activity Book series and this one is all about drawing and coloring food! So, if you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll check it out! There are tips inside for sketching and painting metal and glass as well since glasses and spoons often accompany edible stuff. When I first started doodling things, I was drawn to making sketches of food. It’s such a familiar subject matter, and it’s fun to make various foods appear in my sketchbook. Though yes, it’s often not quite this healthy since I have quite a penchant for sketching desserts!

I would have never guessed that instead of my usual fantasy desserts, I’d end up sketching fantasy sandwiches. These are very odd times indeed. We do actually have a bit of flour left, but that’s being saved for my birthday cake next month. Or, perhaps a peach cobbler since that’s one of my favorite desserts. This, because my mother used to make peach cobbler for me on special occasions. So, it’s one of those foods that has a sentimental value. That’s another reason why I love sketching yummy things. Even the simplest of foods can bring back wonderful memories. My favorite savory dish was my grandmother’s green beans, and nobody in the family has ever been able to replicate the exact flavor. My aunt made the most wonderful strawberry bundt cake for family gatherings when I was growing up, but I haven’t had a slice in years. As much as the food was memorable on its own, it was of course made more incredible because it was filled with family fun and laughter. My family always laughed their way through life. And, I still find that the happiest way to live today.

As many of you know, I don’t actually cook and Philippe does all of the cooking in our house. I did try to cook for him early in the relationship and he told me “I really don’t mind doing all of the cooking.” This is a much sweeter way to say, “please don’t make me eat your cooking again.” And truly, he’s quite the chef, so I can’t blame him for wanting to eat something more elevated and fantastic. Even though I got something close to edible with a couple of soups and one baked good years ago, it just paled in comparison to his cooking. So, now I only do the cleaning of the kitchen each day instead. The thing that makes us a bit sad about being stuck at home these days is that we both actually loved grocery shopping. It was a fun weekly outing and we’d sometimes go to different stores just to see what they had available. This will all return one day, of course, but until then, I’m just fine dreaming of a fantasy sandwich while happily sketching food!

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Vegetable Sandwich Tomato Lettuce Cucumber Watercolor Illustration Sketchbook Detail


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  1. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    One of my favorite sandwiches…yum!!!

  2. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Great sandwich Charlie! I used the last of our bread yesterday which means I will have to brave the trip to the grocery store tomorrow. We shall see if I can get eggs, milk or bread. 😔 It was such a sad place last week.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Good luck my friend! We’ve been fine with eggs and milk, but bread remains tougher.

  3. Lisa 2 years ago

    I can’t believe you can’t get bread or flour. Especially flour. I may be jaded, but I can’t imagine most of America making their own bread. Or maybe they’ll dig that old breadmaker out of the closet. 😂 Of my closest friends, none of them would have a clue how to make bread, even with a recipe and YouTube. 😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      hehe! So true!! 😉 And since we’ve been able to yeast very easily, I find that whole hoarding behavior rather suspicious indeed!

  4. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    It helps that I’m in the ‘elderly’ group and can get into the stores early. There’s still quite a crowd, but the goods aren’t as picked over. I’m hoping I can find some flour and cornstarch. At Last! The silver lining in getting older!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      hehe! Indeed! That’s one positive way to look at it! 😃💕 And glad you “elderly” in quotes… people who make art never become elderly! 😉

  5. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    Looks fabulous!!!! 🙂

  6. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    I spy squiggly lines to create the ruffles in the lettuce. Smart! Oh dear friend I wish we lived closer. I had a friend pick up some flour for me last week. I normally buy a 5lb bag because I don’t do a lot of baking. Well she came over with a 10 lb bag! Now I am trying to figure out what the heck I’m going to do with it. Careful what you wish for!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe! Yay! Sounds like there’s going to some awesome baked goods in your house!

  7. Sharon Nolfi 2 years ago

    Many of my happiest memories are linked to my mother’s fantastic Italian cooking. The family gathered around the table for hours, the conversations, the laughter, and the love!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Awww I adore that picture, Sharon! 😃💕 Family dinners are the best!

  8. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Great doodle Charlie. I love home made bread. We hadn’t been able to get strong flour for 3 weeks until Saturday. My wife was so excited.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕yay! Sounds like some fresh baked bread is heading your way!

  9. Heidi S. 2 years ago

    you make me hungry…………

  10. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Add a little bacon, and it would be perfect! A dream for less constricted times. (K)

  11. Ellie 2 years ago

    Great sandwich, Charlie, and your book is out!! Ordering today – you have inspired me to include a food doodle in my daily sketch book.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww… thanks so much, Ellie!! 😃💕 Hope you enjoy the new book!

  12. Linda Calverley 2 years ago

    Great idea, I never thought of putting the lettuce in a sandwich. We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve managed to get bread so far but I’ve still not managed to get any pasta or bottles of sanitizer.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! And yeah, we ordered pasta online, and the larger grocery only had one brand… most likely just shipped. 😉

  13. Danai Mongkolrat 2 years ago

    Line and paint are wonderful

  14. Jerson Antao 2 years ago

    Can I have one please Charlie!…nice work.😀

  15. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    I’ve always wanted to try my hand at watercolor painting but have been scared of messing up. But subscribing to Doodlewash and getting to see a new illustration everyday has begun to make me feel a teeny bit braver. Thanks so much for inspiring me. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww I’m so thrilled to hear that, Mugdha! 😃💕 You should just jump in and DO it! In the Doodlewash world, there’s no right or wrong… just having fun and playing with paint and color!

  16. J_Nissi 2 years ago

    Um so tasty

  17. J_Nissi 2 years ago

    You are a true artist

  18. Mostly Clean Eats 2 years ago

    This is amazing! So talented! I can barely draw a a figure, and am always so impressed by art like this – Thanks for sharing – Danielle

  19. Romeo DiBattista Jr. 2 years ago

    Looks like a delicious sandwich!

  20. ayesha 2 years ago

    Great drawing!! 🙃💕

  21. Leif Price 2 years ago

    Great artwork, it looks real and super tasty!

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  23. Mia & Moe 2 years ago

    Following you… Great illustration…

  24. Victoria 2 years ago

    Very nice! You are a very talented illustrator!

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  26. everythingtips 2 years ago

    beautiful sketch!

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