Thank you, Kind Anon. While drawing from life is definitely my preference, it’s a little difficult to do with perishable subjects like food. :) Usually I end up using a photo or even better 3 or 4 photos. And since the brain has a tricky way of distilling and flattening things, unless I’m doodling or brainstorming I pretty much always use some kind of reference. It’s the best way to both stay true to what’s actually there, and to heighten select colors and textures.