Discovering A World of Chocolate

So why did I decide to Illustrate Chocolate Dreams with real chocolate? It could be because my old art and design teachers drilled in the notion that creativity has no limitations, or because all of my favourite picture books are illustrated distinctly, or maybe because I have a habit of doing everything the hard way... Hmm

Either way, this process inevitably introduced me to a world of chocolate, a world in which I'd become an expert at eating it, but I had absolutely no experience in working with it. In searching for consistency in the art work, I soon realised that due to the nature of how I was using it, consistency was going to be very hard to achieve. Ultimately figuring out how to use chocolate was as much fun as it was a head ache and soon enough I began to think of it as an untameable beast.

That said, over many long days and late nights staying up trying to make it work, I decided that chocolate and I were going to have to compromise. I discovered that, unlike anything else I've ever encountered, it has remarkable almost human qualities. Despite it's mysteriousness and fragility it has an awe inspiring ability to make us marvel and to bring us together. That's why we're drawn to it and that's we love it.

The original chocolate trial piece

The original chocolate trial piece