Workshop: Food Illustration

Learn how to create sumptuous textures, colors to illustrate enticing portraits of a the diverse foods.

Clara Marker drawing banner Bread Fairy

This workshop will cover how to capture the presence, wonder, and comfort of foods in an artwork.

A few spots left!

  • Prof Lieu
  • Saturday, Sept 30
  • 12-3pm EST
  • $60 USD
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To Register

We will continue to accept enrollment until either 1) the workshop fills, or 2) two days before the workshop date.

“The real-time feedback and sense of community made this the closest I have come since the pandemic started of feeling like I am in a class led by a professor surrounded by dedicated students.”

Watch a Sample Workshop

Watch a sample workshop: Gestural Portraits

How it Works


Bread Fairy #35
Flickr album: Bread Fairy Jam Cookies

Before the workshop

  • Students receive access to the workshop channels in our Discord.
  • Hang out in the workshop channels so we can see your artwork and site, and chat about your goals can make the workshop more efficient.
  • Please know that if you have no experience with Discord, it does take some time to get set up and learn how Discord works.
  • Watch this 53 second tour of our Discord for a preview.
  • We highly recommend joining several days before the workshop date so you can learn the ropes, troubleshoot any problems, and get help from us to make the workshop run as smoothly as possible for you.

First 2 hours

  • Students work and take occasional breaks to post their artwork into the Discord text channel.
  • On voice, Prof Lieu continually critiques drawings as they are posted in the Discord text channel.
Bread Fairy: Peach Pie Reference #22
Flickr album: Bread Fairy Pie & Limes

Last hour

  • Each student will speak on voice with Prof Lieu about their drawings.

After the workshop

  • A recording of the workshop will be available to workshop participants. The recording will not be available to the public.

Workshop channels access

  • Students will continue to have access to the workshop channels.
  • The week following the workshop, Prof Lieu will provide feedback and follow up resources.
  • After that week, Prof Lieu will answer quick questions, but will not be providing feedback.

Written Feedback

  • Prof Lieu will write a paragraph for each student which reviews the student’s artwork made during the workshop + suggestions for how to move forward, see sample below.
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You have so much going for you and your figure drawings, I love how fluid your marks are, and also how organic and fleshy the figures are in your drawings. I think you’ve got a really good balance between line and tone, and that the volume of the figures come across beautifully.

I think moving forward I would keep thinking about different ways you can push and pull between the line and the tone. Right now in your drawings, the lines are still quite dominant. I’m thinking what would happen if you pushed it in the opposite direction, if most of the figure drawing was tone, with very few lines.

I think it would be worth thinking more deliberately about proportions. Proportions can be a really tricky thing, and it’s definitely not a skill that you can learn overnight. A lot of getting experience with the fortunes is really training your eye to make comparisons between the various parts of the figure.

Prof Lieu
Bread Fairy - Lemon Meringue Pie 19
Flickr album: Lemon Meringue Pie

“What was valuable was the feedback, constructive criticism, and having extra pair of eyes to point out some of the needed improvements, meeting fellow artists that have the same mindset. It’s a very welcoming supportive group.”

Student info

  • Limit 12 students
  • Enrollment is first come, first serve
  • All students are required to join our Discord to participate.


  • We will confirm whether the workshop is running by the Wednesday after the Friday registration deadline.
  • If the workshop does not run, you will receive a full refund no later than a week from the Friday registration deadline.
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  • All payments are non-refundable if the workshop runs.
  • Students must join our Discord at least 24 hours before the workshop starts. There are no refunds if you do not join within this time frame.
  • There are no refunds if a student is late or does not attend the workshop for any reason.
  • We only issue refunds if the workshop does not run due to lack of enrollment.


About our Staff

Prof Lieu has 15 years of teaching studio art at the college level, and was an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design from 2007-2020.