When illustrating food I think the most important thing is that it's worthwhile. A good question to ask is "why isn't this a photograph?" To me food illustration is most exciting when you can see the mark-making of the artist and get a sense of their relationship with the food and why they've chosen to recreate it. I don't think it's enough to make sure it's realistic, it has to have character, character that a photograph could never capture.

It's a challenge to make an interesting image from everyday food items but in a way cooking is very similar to illustration – it's about creating something exciting out of the ordinary.

Holly Exley (UK)

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