coffee break by © Karin  Taylor

coffee break —hmm one of my favourite pastimes!

how this began was a fascination with using the eye to see what’s there, and not just assuming anything. I set up a quaint cup of coffee in a china tea cup and saucer on the floor in the kitchen, and it was really interesting to find just where shadow and light are, it’s not as you’d think…just above where the liquid is an area of light, before going into shadow, then deeper shadow below the lip with a highlight on the rim…..unless you put in these subtle areas of light and shade, it doesn’t look right at all, it’s hard to discern that it’s a cup of coffee…so the tiniest details are sometimes the most important of all.

This is a mechanical pencil drawing on A3 acid free paper, the textures and writing are my own. I hope you like my little tribute to coffee. I’m a big coffee drinker, I wanted it to be something I could buy to give my girlfriends, for birthdays or just to say hi, or thanks….this seems to fit the bill for a whole range of occasions….the little butterflies are hand drawn and are a little afterthought to make it more special and quaint/dainty. After the drawings, i photographed and uploaded and painted using a wacom tablet and pen. I hand wrote the word coffee in many different languages on coffee stained paper (from an old school project book which on the flip side has a pencil portrait) as well as the names of a range of coffee drinks, ie latte, mocha, etc..there is also an overlay from the front cover of my old dance/ballet exercise instruction book, which is a lot worse for wear these days :)

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    © Karin Taylorover 3 years ago

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  • sandra22
    sandra22over 3 years ago

    Straight into my (now bulging) shopping cart this little beauty goes.
    This will make a gorgeous card, you are clever Karin!
    Sandra xx

  • wowee sandra, hehe…i’m so glad you like it!! thank you very very much! xox

    – © Karin Taylor

  • nelinda
    nelindaover 3 years ago

    OMG so so beatifull

  • gee thank you so much nelinda :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • michellerena
    michellerenaover 3 years ago

    Fantastic work

  • Thanks so much Michelle!! :))

    – © Karin Taylor

  • FeeBeeDee
    FeeBeeDeeover 3 years ago

    Yes! I like your assessment.

  • Thanks so much FeeBeeDee! :))

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Kable
    Kableover 3 years ago

    Just lovely:)

  • THanks very much Kable! :))

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Lana Wynne
    Lana Wynneover 3 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful, Karin. Stunning colors too.

  • thank you very much Lana! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerover 3 years ago

    Lovely work Karin – friends have come for coffee :-)

  • thanks so much Catherine!! :))

    – © Karin Taylor

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago

    nothing like butterflies to top off a warm java! ;) xo

  • thank you vampvamp…hehe :) true, xo

    – © Karin Taylor

  • AngieLartwork
    AngieLartworkover 3 years ago

    Coffee, Me too, one of lifes little pleasures…love the design

  • thanks so much Angie :)

    – © Karin Taylor

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