Ryan Geraghty
[Product Designer]
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CULINARY SPEC SHEETS

 

Culinary Spec Sheets

Hybrid illustrations of technical drawings and recipe watercolors. Each set selects geometrically unique styles of each food category and provides mathematically driven guidelines for creating the optimal version.

Available on Etsy

 
 
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French Fries: Non-Batonnet or Allumette Styles

French fries are my favorite food and thus I have strong opinions about the ideal version of each fry. The success of most fries depends on the ratio of surface-area-to-volume available to fry.

Process: Modeled in Solidworks, rendered in a black & white "toon" style, and digitally watercolored using Sketchbook Pro.

 
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Pastas: Short, shaped styles

In stark contrast to the longer styles, short and shaped pastas have quite intricate geometric elements. The best of these achieve a modest thickness and an appropriate spacing of features.

Process: Modeled in Solidworks, rendered in a black & white "toon" style, and digitally watercolored using Sketchbook Pro.

 
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BREADS: Braided and rolled styles

Arguably some of the hardest foods I’ve yet to model – the challah in particular took lots of experimentation. There is significant attention put into the appearance and form of these breads in a way that is not emphasized on other foods.

Process: Modeled in Solidworks, rendered in a black & white "toon" style, and digitally watercolored using Sketchbook Pro.

 
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Doughnuts: Non-Torus, Specialized styles

There is a huge variety of donut styles and shapes across the globe, but – for the vast majority – success hinges on finding the goldilocks zone of size and density. 

Process: Modeled in Solidworks, rendered in a black & white "toon" style, and digitally watercolored using Sketchbook Pro.

 
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pies: sweet, shortcrust styles

While the main feature of a pie is hidden within the crust, how you give a hint to the contents is crucial. The filling may drive enjoyment, but it’s pointless unless it looks appealing in the first place.

Process: Modeled in Solidworks, rendered in a black & white "toon" style, and digitally watercolored using Sketchbook Pro.

 
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Cakes: non-cylindrical Styles

A cake is as much a treat for your eyes as it is for your stomach, so if you’re not writing “Happy Birthday” on it, it has to be eye-catching in some other way. The key to a good cake, no matter the style, is balancing the frosting/icing/glaze with the cake body.

Process: Modeled in Solidworks, rendered in a black & white "toon" style, and digitally watercolored using Sketchbook Pro.

 
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