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Deep Red Strawberry Cheesecake by VintageWarmth Deep Red Strawberry Cheesecake by VintageWarmth
Just trying to occupy myself due to boredomness in weekend. :D. Yet I was working as food illustrator.

Adobe PS CS5 & Illustrator (Mixed media)
original file size: 327.2 MB
no. of layers: about 100 +
Brushes used: sea sponge, airbrush, graining, scattered dust (for dusting sugar on top) etc..
Credits / photo reference: none
no. of working hours: about 6 hours but on & off.

I just wanting to do a still life/food and drink illustration for experiment to recharge some creative juices due to artist's block.
I am not quiet sure the texture of the cream cheese filling. I am little bit concerned that it might look like a chalk or white concrete. I use to apply some little bubbles on cheesecake so that it wont look like just painted solid wood or too stiff. I do think the final result went pretty good. Im quite happy about the table cloth & fruit pieces & fruit bits.

As you can see the little white dust onto syrup & sliced strawberry preserves, It's actually a powdered sugar for garnishing. Though I am not good with pastry decorating. I am not sure the elements. I do hope It's not too much rich or dense. And I hope the syrup doesn't reminds you of dripping blood.

On the other side of my note, i think its style seems to be "Sarah Lee" gourmet theme.

Any critiques are warm welcome. greatly appreciated :)

Other food and drink illustrations:
Cafe Chocolate Chip Cookies by VintageWarmth Pancakes Illustration by VintageWarmth The Kiss Of Burgundy Wine by VintageWarmth

Next illustration project: "Deviantart / DArama" Sugar Cookies (with different smileys on frosting with different flavors) coming soon.

Thanks everyone for your warm comments in advance. I'll get back to you soon. :)
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Hey Erika,

First of all, i think it's a really nice piece that really fits the rest of your food series! Great job on all the elements, i like how everything is textured and how all is build up. :)

But since this is a critique i'll guess i have to say what could be a bit better (to me that is) :D Maybe some more crumbs like you did with the cookies would be nice, or some cream on the bottom to make it look more crunchy. Also, the lighting is nice but the shadows on the bottom of the strawberry's and the cake should be darker, that way it will look less like it's floating a bit so it looks more natural.

All in all still a great piece, amazing painting skills.

Have a nice day!

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Well, first of all. The title really fit on this. looks delicious and yummy as it looks. you just made me drool to death. specially the cake! now i just realize that "THE CAKE IS NOT A LIE" but in my opinion. The strawberry is a little bit underexposed and not perfectly in focus. but I really like the composition and the idea behind it. from texture to colors and the contrast of the red strawberry really amused me to give critique on this. Great photo and and exposure. excellent job on this. keep up the good work! next food plz!
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Bekryn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Student Artist
I love this photo
The cake it looks so good
DTKinetic Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this looks absolutely delicious :drool: I like how the cheesecake has a fluffy texture in the middle, and it's topped off very nicely :nod: I think the one suggestion I have which was already noted in the critiques would be to make more prominent shadows/highlights. But as it is it still looks very appetizing and I was convinced it was a photo :o
bergunty Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just when I was about to get hungry I realised this is a drawing! Well done, it looks super ;p
VintageWarmth Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015   General Artist
Thank YouRose by KmyGraphic
WakefieldDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
If only I had one of these right now! :la: Looks amazing! 
It's so realistic....:clap:
VintageWarmth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015   General Artist
Thank You for your Support by TheGalleryOfEve Have a Wonderful Day by TheGalleryOfEve 
StrawberryJupiter Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you learn to draw so good?
Kaitlin73 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Student General Artist
Amazing drawing!! So realistic!
VintageWarmth Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015   General Artist
Thank You by KmyGraphic
ctrl-alt-delete Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I can't tell what's more tantalizing: the fresh, whole strawberries or the moist, caramel colored base cake. I can taste them both.
Daemare Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks so real! And tasty too! 
TheLovelyGaming Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Daemare Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks delicious!
bibarry Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I think the fact that I remebered this piece through the years is not due to my good memory but to the quality and unqiness of the work itself.
This is good realistsic piece of cake, i'm espically fond of the straberries to the right :D
StrawberryJupiter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought this was a real cake whenever I had my glasses off
ArtySpartyGirl Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is really amazing work! Love the shading, the color choice and the line art! Very beautiful... I want to eat it now... So delicious.
lakan-inocencio Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cripes, that looks good enough to eat...
GiovanniMoonen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
you're really talented, please kiu!
VintageWarmth Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014   General Artist
Thank You by KmyGraphicLove by Digithalie
gingado Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Featured in my "THE RED EDITION 2014 - PART III"…
Yveo Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
oooh, this is a painting :D really didn't see that in the thumbnail, looked more like a photo to me :) good job!
SaccharoKirby Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Yummy strawberry cake! XD
Crona-Death Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
just yum
AnthonyShea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg six hours, amazing! and its beautiful!
bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional
MakaylaTanku Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love our art work so much! :love: This is spectacular!
Morrran Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Arghh!! Haha i thought you baked this one, it looks so real. Im even more amazed now. Applause!! What talented woman.
Daghrgenzeen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks soooo delicious. *-* *noms her screen*
JowJoud Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I like this ..makes me hungry
494urfdjkfdjfid94 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
yummy art! love it ^^
VintageWarmth Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   General Artist
494urfdjkfdjfid94 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ha nice decoration XD and welcome anytime XD
can u teach me of how to use emoticons like that XD
cebinc Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yum, good enough to eat!
AshGUTZ Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013   Digital Artist
This is really great, I've always wanted to design food objects for games. This style reminds me of the effects I'd like to accomplish.
Isikaru Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
CoreyEacret Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ok... I seriously thought it was a photo from the preview on your page O_O And I am now hungry; beautiful work. :cake:
Hazelnut8299 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so good at what you do! :huggle:
LadyPhotographer492 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:drool: Omg! This looks very good! And what a wonderful drawing, looks very real!
Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
At first, I was gonna say what a stunning photo, but I'm completely taken aback by the fact it's a drawing!!! Amazing! It looks yummy too!
PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
If this was real, I'd come eat it :dummy:
It looks incredibly tasty and the complete composition is just amazingly well done.
ArtAnda Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow this is so good!
vicexversa Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Artist
Oh wow, this is very impressive work! I really love how your worked the lighting and those strawberries look fantastic. Those water droplets :faint:

:clap: Amazing!
Furby0305 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow awesome painting! Looks like a photography :D
Tiramizsu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Digital Artist
wow crazy, no reference at all? @_@
kudlataart Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Very sweet, Mniam!
StarRage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me want to drool.

I'm no good with constructive comments, but this looks so sophisticated! I feel like if I ate this, I would look sophisticated and important too lol. This is beautiful, the focus and everything.
ColorGold Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Looks so delicious ....!
Antartist8 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
The strawberries look realistic. Adding more detail to the pink layer of the cheesecake and making minor changes in the reflection of light on the left side of it could help. Nevertheless I think it's a great picture. :nod:
Xenonia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
bibarry Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I know I'm not a digital expert but that's one of my favs :squee:
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