Monday, November 10, 2008

Being an expert

Being an illustrator in my case means to depict anything from well drills to the cell structure of wheat grains - things that I don't know anything about at all. In fact my task is to be a generalist, a person who does not know everything about something but knows how to find, select, and communicate facts about various things. This time, however, I am the expert myself because I love inlagd sill, in the English speaking world perhaps better known as pickled herring. So when a health magazine wanted watercolor illustrations of Christmas food I took it as an excuse to buy some of this culinary delicacy, paint it, and eat it. The tax man may wonder why I deducted the cost so I am saving the picture as an answer to his questions.

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