After posting my cookery drawing from an early 70’s Petticoat magazine which was originally posted on Emmapeelpants blog, I dug out this old illustration from the late 70’s. By now I was in Toronto and working for various magazines. I have kept this drawing and the response to the Art Director it provoked although I have been at the point of throwing it away many times. I was asked to illustrate a cookery recipe for a magazine late one friday afternoon to be delivered the next monday. The recipe was a pretty boring one chopping up vegetables for a salad, so the Art Director said just do whatever you want. I was still doing a lot of line work but also playing around with watercolours and experimenting so I thought I would have a bit of fun. I drew a pinup type of girl and created some little characters from the vegetables.
A few weeks later I saw the Art Director and he showed me a letter he had received from a reader which I have reproduced here with all names redacted. The Art Director who is well known and has won many awards was mortified. I was just mystified, what the person inferred I was suggesting was the furthest thing from my mind. This was the only complaint from the whole of Canada, being a national magazine. Anyway, every few years I look at it and have a chuckle and wonder what this person thinks of the world she sees around her today. I have not illustrated a cookery feature since.