Chinese Spices Illustrations
December 13, 2016
I created these Chinese spices illustrations for an article I wrote to introduce people to spices that are commonly used in Chinese cooking for both my food blog and about.com who I have been writing for. These Chinese spice illustrations are also used for chapter pages in my upcoming cookbookHome-Style Chinese Cooking“.

Some of the most common questions I’m asked by people are about how to make five-spices powder. How do Chinese people use spices in Chinese cooking? That’s where I got the idea to write this article about different spices and to show what they look like. Instead of taking photographs of these spices I decided it would be more fun to make illustrations of each spice.

At first I was only planning to illustrate just dried spices but after sketching them out I found there were kind of boring to look at. So I looked for references for the dried spices in plant form and illustrated both the plant and dried forms together. So you can see the raw form and the version you see in your kitchen.

I really liked working on this project as I like drawing subjects like this. Flowers, trees, plants, anything food related, I like drawing it. If you’re curious about how to use these Chinese spices, you can have a look at my article “14 Essential Chinese Spices” on my food blog “Egg Wan’s Food Odyssey” . I didn’t included my About.com site as from January 2017, I will no longer to work for about.com as their Chinese food expert. This is a great relief for me as I’m so busy with my illustration business I have had no time to focus on any personal projects and I’ve had even less time to update my food blog.

I will put this “14 Essential Chinese Spices” poster on my shop soon so if you have any interest in purchasing this really fascinating poster you can purchase it from my etsy shop.

chinese spices poster
Amomum Tsaoko illustration
cinnamon stick illustration
nutmeg illustration
sichuan pepper illustration
sand ginger illustration
bay leaf illustration
clove illustration
dried chili illustration
orange peel illustration
star anise illustration
cardamon illustration
cumin illustration
fennel seed illustration
Liquorice Root illustration

Related Articles

I’m a Taco Kind of Gal Pattern Designs

I’m a Taco Kind of Gal Pattern Designs

"I'm Taco Kind of Gal" pattern was created for a popular textile/patter design company "Spoonflower" weekly design competition! Every week there is a different pattern design competition on a website called Spoonflower and once you've entered your design into the...

read more
Stranger Things Illustrated Map

Stranger Things Illustrated Map

Stranger Things Map Illustration. I'm a big fan of the Netflix TV show "Stranger Things". I reckon I've watched both season 1 and season 2 of Stranger things at least 6 times each. I love this show! I just love the whole 80s horror theme and I think the story is so...

read more
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Snapchat Stickers

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Snapchat Stickers

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Snapchat Stickers. So i've been working with Snapchat since mid September 2016 and after creating  70 stickers/geo-filters for Snapchat's French speaking audience, which you can see here, I was then tasked with creating 111...

read more

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.