Domenico’s – Pizza

Dominico - pizza smBefore I started drawing again I would have thought that I would dare go into an empty restaurant, on my own and sit down and eat a meal, again on my own.

Of course, this is precisely what happened with my illustration of my meal Domenico’s Pizza.

Except, or course, I intensified the experience by drawing and painting my meal as I ate!

The Antipasti Caldi starter was massive; a plate piled high with deep fried whitebait, calamari and prawns big enough to hitch a saddle onto.

I think I may have ordered a two-person sharing platter by accident!

I choose a particularly attractive quarter of the pizza to draw and paint and tucked into the other three-quarters whilst I completed my drawing.

I took a long leisurely time. Partly because I was drawing and painting at the same time and partly because the pizza was delicious.

Domenico’s isn’t an Italian restaurant that we have been to in Huddersfield; but I will certainly be returning. There was an authenticity about the food that I really enjoyed.

Sitting and drawing and painting an illustration of my meal, somehow overshadows the embarrassment of eating alone in an empty restaurant. Of course, I wouldn’t want to draw attention to myself!

It is an interesting point, though. To what lengths will we go to produce our art? Or rather, what social boundaries are we willing to overstep to produce our art? I have friends who are artists who took some time to overcome their fears of drawing en plein air. But, if you want to feel connected to your subject matter I think that it is truly necessary. It takes away the detachment of working from a photograph. This is why I prefer to work with traditional materials, such as pen and paint and paper. Rather than more modern, and perhaps more fashionable materials like apps on tablets and photoshop and other adobe illustration tools.


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