3/2/10

retro cocktail hour




I did this a couple of months ago for a blog called "They Draw and Cook", an idea cooked up by artist pal, Salli. The original idea was to illustrate a recipe or something food related. I decided to go the cocktail route-I thought that with all those exotic names, they would be really fun to illustrate. While researching cocktails, I quickly realized there were far too many to fit on one page, so I have a feeling I'll be back with a few more of these.
I haven't tried any of these yet but truthfully, most of them probably sound a lot better than they taste.

Anyway, check out "They Draw and Cook" here and start working on your own recipe to contribute!

60 comments:

Abz said...

Are you freakin kiddin me? These are incredible dude! Wow...look at the shapes, textures and expressions!! Love the colours as well mate, really good job!

Lisa Graves said...

holy moly- this is sooooo cool. what a fun project! brilliant!! I say that as a fellow illustrator and a total lush.

damon said...

super cool

Jason Dove said...

Michael, All I can say is WOW! This is one of my favorites of yours. Very Nice!

nina seven said...

OMG! These are incredible! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pink squirrel and zombie! so cool.

Brad said...

words cannot express how fippin' amazing this is! i wish it was being printed. such beautiful design -your use of color is fabulous!

Miss J said...

Beautiful! I'd order a Pink Squirrel just on the illustration alone!

Chelsea Kirchoff said...

I am BLOWN AWAY by these, Michael! AMAZING work!

Jason Curtis said...

Yeah...what everyone else said!

Incredible piece Michael.

krisztina maros said...

incredibly great!!

Thierry Cattant said...

Did you taste each of them?

salli s. swindell said...

wow-wee...what a fine response to your brilliant illos! and I ditto everyone of them...so c'mon all of you 183 followers...send in a recipe to: www.theydrawandcook.com

Carlos V. said...

Hey lets talk soon, your new work is Kickass!!!!!

jmanu said...

Cool work! and great characters

justdoodleit said...

Great designs and very humorous interpretations.
I suspect most of these appear and sound more fancy than they actually are...although, I'd be curious to see how one'd interpret something seemingly outrageous like Bloody Mary or Slippery Nipple!

ArtSparker said...

Very lively and thirst-quenching in a visual sense. There was a book from about ten years ago called "Recipes for Disaster", as book of illustrators' takes on recipes. Pam Sommers was the author/editor. I think you might like it.

Roger Simó said...

Incredible work Michael, the design is so rich!

Art Fan Ako said...

Awesome! Salud!

Jesse said...

I love these!

ginger bred said...

Aaah WOW this is amazing!! Such fantastic colours, style, characters, placement... I could go on!! It's simply stunning! :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I just went to the site and boy am I excited!! This is super fantastic and I love each drink and character. You talk about me, but I'm still learning. Your color sense is just stellar. Honestly, not just blowing smoke up your grass skirt, You make me want to be a better artist with each post. I never measure my work by someone else's because as artist and illustrator we each bring something unique and special to the table, but I enjoy your work so much that it inspires me to really press towards the next level and your work is on such a very high level! Great work.
V

Francisco Martins said...

Heya Michael,
Wow man, this is sooooooo cool!!!! love the texture and color work. The drawings are awesome as well! GREAT POST! :D
As a graphic designer, I know how hard it is to organize your space when your dealing with text and many images, and you did an amazing job!

Cheers my friend!

donny* said...

michael, michael, michael! this is sooo fantastic all around. the illustration, illustrated type, color, textures. great! love the mai tai guy.

Renee Kurilla said...

AHH!! I love love love this page. Drinks have never been so much fun! Well, unless you're a pink squirrel I guess.

Abhilash.N said...

Man..!!! You style and Colors...!!!
Just Awesome..!! The Letters and Art are made for each other..! Lovely Eye candy stuff man. Keep inspiring...!

JEM 'n Tonic said...

Got to tell you man, it's good to have the world wide inspiration network up and running on my machine again. These are great. I really dig your stuff. I also think that the cocktail idea was perfect for your style. GREAT JOB!

Chris Kennett said...

Fantastic work as always. It's tough to keep coming up with new words for "brilliance". So I'll keep it simple. Brilliant!

duchessdoright said...

Very nice! It reminds me of the place mats at this old-school Chinese restaurant in Edmonton called The Lingnan, or from the Kahiki in Columbus back before it closed. Lovely, indeed. I'd like to see your illustration the famous non-alcoholic cocktail - Shirley Temple. That would be amusing.

Amy C said...

these are so super fun and awesome.
Makes me feel like partying on.....
I'll have a stinger followed by a zombie please!

Krista said...

So very cool!

Hans_77 said...

these are amazing, I recommend you try a zombie. (no pun intended.)

Tomás Serrano said...

Every single one of your characters here is a master piece! I say one of your greatest works I see. A top.

Jmontiel said...

Very cool... I love your style... ;)

jazzlamb said...

Wow. The textures and the colors! So bright and nice! I'd like a zombie, please; sounds tempting:P

Glen Batoca said...

Hi Michael!
Excellent work, his style is very good and fun, really good!
Thank you for your visit and for your comment my friend!
Hugs from Brazil!

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Oi Michael!
Excelente trabalho,seu estilo é muito bom e divertido,realmente muito bom!
Muito obrigado pela sua visita e pelo seu comentário meu amigo!
Abraços do Brasil!

Gabriele Antonini said...

Michael, this is so good! I want to print it and to put in my kitchen!
Gabriele

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

You are so right about the Rippleton cue LOL!!! You made me laugh this morning!

cally jane studio said...

Hehe i love that pink squirrel!! I want him as a pet!

M N RAD said...

As a bartender and illustrator, I LOVE THIS!
I love this idea and how amazingly well you have made it come to life!

Zootsuitmama said...

You are awesome! Zootsuitmama

lokaz said...

seu desenho é maravilhoso

Cheryl Lynn said...

This is one of the coolest pieces you've ever done, as far as I'm concerned. Brilliant! I visited that website and it is beautiful. I can't wait to get something on there.

I love it here. You never disappoint. Have a great evening!

FRANK M HANSEN said...

These are unbelievable. Each character a separate work of cartoon, design genius. Love it.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Tell your family I will be sitting at the dinner table with you guys!!! Glad to hear from you.

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Jarrett said...

Fantastic work! Big fan :D

Roberta said...

Sheesh! You make them look way cool!

Shirley said...

Awesome, Michael...what a well-designed, and extremely well-illustrated spread. Really great work, and what a cool idea..hope it gets printed one day!

Jack Foster said...

Very cool Michael! Love that pink squirrel. Love your eye for design combined with fun! I think I'll hop on over to draw &cook and check it out. Hey thanks for stopping by.

Piroca said...

Michael, It's Pedro from DC here. Love your blog and your creativity. The illustrations are so much fun! I am having a field day reviewing them all. Keep them coming--Elza looks perfect. Cheers!

Aja said...

Fantastic!

微笑每一天 said...

Since it is the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.............................................

Kay Aker said...

Crazy cool!

Bella Sinclair said...

This is ridiculously AWESOME, you know that??? I don't drink, but I think I could start after looking at this. OMG, that pink squirrel! I'm lovin' your style, Michael!

jacks said...

suh weet!

Diana Evans said...

your cocktail card is so awesome!!! what a cool piece....and great to have at any party!!!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

Those are amazing! Such great style.

kanishk said...

incredibly great!!
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xenos said...

thanks for turning me onto salli's site. i just submitted my recipe, so hopefully it will show up on the front page soon!

Adeptio said...

Saw you first on They Draw and Cook... love your stuff... you need to sell prints of this one!!! I would put it right over my "bar"