I admit it, I have a sweet tooth and love donuts, so I have taken it upon myself to revise the current nutritional guidelines.
Oddly enough, governments and science have yet to accept my well-tested model. (Believe me, I have tested this plan extensively.) I urge you not to glaze over it, however. Maple you’ll find it valuable to explore for yourself.
The chalkboard background of Five Food Groups allows me to narrate the story with words in addition to visuals. (Imagine how much different it would be to just have five donuts, suspended in air, with no context.) To make the chalkboard look real, I treat the background like I would a real chalkboard, writing on it (with oil pastels) and then wiping of the words as if I were erasing before composing my final thoughts.
Narration aside, all the drama in Five Food Groups comes from the jet-black shadows emanating from the strings and the donuts. This effect - achieved with strong lighting from the top left - pulls your eye down from the title at the top all the way to the donut at the bottom. And those delicious, mouthwatering-looking surfaces? They were also achieved by lighting, by ensuring that the illumination was bright and white to clarify and enhance the textures.
As it turns out, it is really difficult to get a good, clean cut on a small cereal box without squishing the box flat. The result of my failed stabbings were bags of loose cereal mixed together; we ended up eating breakfasts of “mystery cereal’ for months.
Would you like to learn more about how I create a chalkboard-like background? I invite you to see this video, where I demonstrate my techniques:
All Richard Hall prints are limited edition and hand-signed and numbered by the artist.
All of our prints are finished with a coating that protects the print and enhances light-fastness; we use the highest quality pigmented inks with an estimated lifetime of 118 years.
Canvas giclées: Edition of 50 (for all sizes), signed and numbered on the back of the piece. Archivally mounted or stretched and hand-coated with protectant. Framed canvas giclées are hand-framed in our studio with an espresso-colored frame with gold-tone lip. Unframed canvas giclées should not be framed with glass.
Paper giclées: Edition of 250 for 12” x 16” sizes; edition of 125 for 18” x 24”. Printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and comes with a hand-cut mat that fits into a standard-size frame. We recommend that you use a frame with glass to ensure longevity of your paper print.