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Winter challenge #winterdailyart2019 and #christmasdailyart2019 in ProCreate

Day 18 Candies

Christmas candies come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and flavors. I do not like those hard candies, especially the ones with the filling. I remember the disappointment of seeing a candy dish filled with the wavy green, yellow, red, and white striped solid sugar candies — or the fruit shaped ones with filling. Please, add some M and Ms ?

So today, for the holiday candy prompt, I found a “candies” that I’d eat– cheesecake topped with M&Ms, gum drops, and peppermint spirals.

How big a piece do you want? Make one yourself: Holiday Cheesecake Recipe


The Plate

Again, the plate: this is a problem I always have– creating the depth in the plate. Today I discovered a few tricks– just by looking at several photographs of partial plates.

1. Drawing the Plate’s Outer Brim

Don’t try to draw the whole plate; instead created two arcs [draw the curve, then hold so the app creates a perfect arc] that expand the page to show only part of the plate.

Next, fill in between the arc for the outside of the plate and decorate; I used my gnomes from a previous project and also drew in a decorated tree, swirling a ribbon ink behind them all.

2. Fill the inner plate

Fill the the area that is the center of the plate with color [yellow] and use a texture brush with the same or slightly darker color on a clipping mask layer set to “multiply” to add in the shading/texture

3. The depth

Create two more arcs in the same place as the first two on a layer above. Had I realized this before, I could have duplicated the first two, but recreating them on separate layers allowed me to nudge them, if necessary. Remember that after drawing the arc [draw the curve, then hold so the app creates a perfect arc], you can click “edit shape” to perfectly extend, shorten, or place it.

For each arc, apply a little bit of Gaussian blur, which creates the illusion of depth.

I really liked the way it turned out. I also blurred the ornaments behind the plate– just slightly, to keep the focus on the cheesecake.

If you have any other tips or questions, please reply in the comments; maybe we can learn something together.

See Jennifer Nichol’s Skillshare Challenge here.

Art Techniques on my blog for this challenge.

My work for the challenge on Flickr.

Other art at my shop:

Candies on Flickr

DecDoodle / CLmooc

Sheri Edwards View All

Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker~~
Art from the Heart

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