Drawings that festered part 2

Ahhhh, this is wildly inappropriate for this time of year, but it’s been so long since I even tried drawing anything fun that I had to post this and comment on my thoughts with the benefit of hindsight.

Cruising TikTok I came across a drawing by someone else with tomatoes that had been given character while hanging on the vine. I had to give it a go and this is one of 3 images I came up with.

The kawaii style has always been a favourite for me because you can bring to life any object with a tiny, basic but cute face. This is what I was trying to achieve with these lemons, but I’ve failed.


The colours used are so bright. I often shy away from colours that shock me, such as this intense yellow, but I like the way the lemons bounce out of the picture.

There was a monumental pile of layers in this project and doing this has added so much depth to the picture. It’s a skill I am continuing to try and master. Layers provide an easy way to pile foregrounds on top of backgrounds and I think I’m a bit late to the party in learning about them. They feature more and more as my drawing continues.

I’m not sure why, but I really love the dark and light shades of green in the leaves. Using shading like this helps create a more ‘cartoony’ feel, which always makes me feel happier.


The character faces are so flat and even after months of practice I don’t know how to make them look more believable. That’s clearly a contradiction, they are fruit, they have zero character. But the artist that created my inspiration for trying this had achieved a charming, friendly quality in the faces on the colourful fruit.

The colours are beautiful but I think they would benefit from being toned down a bit if I try again. Specifically the leaves on the vine are almost a neon green. Maybe if they were darker they would create a richer finish.

I’m going to try this again, likely with a different fruit and with some other additions that might make it more fun. Water droplets (one of my favourite things) and maybe some insects might help with this.

I don’t hate it, but I can ALWAYS see room for improvement in my drawings and this is definitely no exception.

Published by stephc2021

Hi! I'm Steph, an amateur writer and illustrator specialising in Mental Health and being a self-confessed Spoonie. My website is home to any successful fiction I create, with stories that have won so far covering difficult subjects such as baby loss and mental health in grief as well as some funny and heart-warming tales when I get the inspiration. Every drawing and picture on my website was created by me. I spend a lot of time coming up with illustrations to accompany all of my posts and pages. I try to create original content across all of my channels, whether I'm writing about my own fiction or just generally musing on mental health or my own issues. I want to be part of the change because I believe the understanding of MH in the UK is getting better, but has a very long way to go. By being honest about my own struggles and symptoms I think others will relate and hopefully it will encourage them to talk to someone and get the help and support they need. Long term my goal is to help children too, help them understand their own mental health and how to help with the mental health of those around them. I live in the UK with my partner, daughter and dog, I swear frequently and I adore a well made, traditional, gooey, chocolatey, delicious brownie.

2 thoughts on “Drawings that festered part 2

  1. I don’t have your critical eye, as I see vibrancy and contrast in the colors and shading. The pic just makes me feel happy.
    I also am a mental health warrior and I write about finding relief. I also 💘 weed brownies love to see one of your expert brownies recipes 😀


    1. Thank you so much for such a kind review. Great to see another Mental Health Survivior making a positive out of a negative. I’ll have a think about my Brownie recipe of choice and maybe post it?! That would be brave – i’m not sure the world is ready for my baking! Steph

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