Above is my original photo blown up on my Mac screen.
After a little editing, cropped and sized to my panel dimensions.
No guidelines necessary, I do a light sketch with paint.
Starting with the cherry on top and moving down.
This is the kind of subject that oils are meant for.
Swervy, loose painting.
Just allow that red cherry juice to bleed into the top - enjoy the oils.
I used a flat brush about 1/2" wide for the whole painting.
Painting cheesecake is no different than painting a house.
It's merely a form. Sides are lit or shaded.
At first, the imperfections of the front tip of the slice made me think
to clean it up, but real life is an imperfect slice of cheesecake.
So I went with it.
I even thought to nix the napkin (I don't know what that's called)
under the slice, a little daunted by how I would paint it - but I tried it.
I just painted a solid area of color and
added some highlights and shadow and ended up liking it.
Same way I tackled the shadow beneath. A solid tone then swirled in
some colors and adjusted the values of the napkin.
Just like the grass around the house, I worked on the plate surrounding the slice,
added the cherry on the left - trying not to nit-pick with details because
it wouldn't be right to tighten up in one spot and not the rest.
Consistency is good.
I liked the drama of the dark background so I went with a black-red.