No one has ever had as much fun drawing an illustration as I had drawing this one. I wanted it to be simply scrumptious! My research brought me to bakeries throughout the city of Boston and many of its surrounding towns. I started in December, even though I was still drawing thumbnails then, because the stores and shops were full of holiday themed treats. One of my favorite bakeries is Party Favors in Brookline. Entering their store is a feast for your eyes. Their glass doored refrigerators are always stocked full of their standard fair which can be bought every day, and is not only stunning but delicious. Friends and family got involved too. They sent me pictures, and sometimes even surprised me in my studio with something beautiful and tasty. I gained five pounds while I was working on this picture. So did my dog Monty. He ate 17 cupcakes from a platter when my back was turned. The platter had 19 cupcakes on it - which means now I know his limit!
To see my reference photos of cakes and pastries, visit me at: http://www.pinterest.com/daragoldman/cakes/
Most of the cakes and pastries in this picture are favorites of my friends and family.