I wanted to make a cake this week for my friend, Del, aka @mrdeadlier, founder of the much revered and very famous, Bills Mafia!
I’ve made him his birthday cake for the past several years, and I was comin’ up dry this year. But after much conferencing and deliberation with Thomas (if I’ve learned anything in this life, it’s that most of the boys in my life take everything sports related very seriously) we decided on my attempting to paint this somewhat stylized picture of Bills player, Stevie Johnson, onto fondant for the top of his cake.
I video taped the process for you. And what I like about this video, and what I want to point out to you is that it’s a good example of how, in the beginning, you need to have a vision.
The beginning of the painting looks ridiculous. It feels like it could end up looking like someone gave my two year old a slab of fondant, some paint brushes and told her to go to town. I could’ve let that frustrate me and just given up.
Alas, I moved on.
I had a vision.
And in the end, I was secure in the fact that at the very least, my two year old couldn’t have reproduced my work. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to keep a clear vision in my head and just plow ahead in order to finish without having a nervous breakdown. And most of the time, the end result is a billion times better than where it seemed to be headed.
(Painting placed on top of a sheet cake, and the sheet cake on a white board, here.)
So, moral of the story… keep your eye on the ball, and don’t stop ’till you cross that thick, white line and the end of the field. Think it’s called the end zone… or something like that. 😉
Video on how I created this football player fondant painting, up top.
And below is another video of me painting a fondant portrait of a character from a Tim Burton movie that I did for a little cake artist collaboration project back last year, if ya want ta take a look. 🙂
Here’s that painting tutorial…
*Sigh* I’ve always wanted to be a redhead. 😉