Monday, September 30, 2013

I love candy corn

3" x 3", Prismacolor colored pencil

Happy October! As a seasonal addition to my series of "botanical hearts", I give you the iconic candy of autumn in America—candy corn!

I love candy corn. I know, it's full of junky ingredients (mostly sugar) and I did find it humorous that this year's packages boast "Made with Real Honey" just above where it says "artificial flavors". But it's just so cute and nostalgic. It has certainly earned its iconic status—it was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia-based Wunderle Candy Company. While I was researching that historical tidbit, I also learned that The National Confectioners Association estimates that 20 million pounds—just over 9,000 metric tons—of candy corn are sold annually. (I certainly did my part and consumed a bit while doing this little drawing.)

Just for fun, I thought I'd show you what my drawing board looks like when I'm testing colors, even for a simple little piece like this:

And here's another little WIP shot:

Happy October!

Note: If you'd like to see the other pieces in my Botanical Hearts series, the most recent one here has a link down toward the bottom of the post. One of these days I'll group them all together for easier viewing! 


  1. I know it's October, my favorite month, when you start drawing Halloween food - yummy! Time to stock up on the Halloween peeps, too.

  2. This is my favorite kind of blog post. Good artwork and a glimpse into the process of the artist, as well as the added bonus of some interesting trivia! Your drawing is wonderfully creative. I think the card companies should talk to you about doing a series of seasonal drawings for them!

  3. Mmm candy corn..and they are trying to promote it as healthier, made with honey, very funny. I love your botanical series!

  4. I love candy corn, too. . . and I love love LOVE this drawing!