What to do with coffee stains?
Even in my wildest dreams I could never draw like Carter Asmann, a California-based illustrator and photographer, or think up such a unique way of creating art from coffee rings.
Apparently it all started when a coffee spill on his sketch book became part of a drawing, and gave him the idea to combine this organic medium with his detailed illustrations.
I asked Carter how he turns what looks like an accident into his amazing artworks, and he explained the process to me: “I typically will find inspiration for somewhere and everywhere. I then spend some time sketching and planning the subject.
“Once I have an idea of how the drawing will look, I (carefully) spill coffee around a coffee mug, and then I strategically place the cup in an arrangement that compliments my sketches.
“Once the spilled coffee stains dry, I sketch my drawing in place, and then I begin to add more and more detail and shading.”
So this project began by accident, like a lot of great ideas. Maybe next time we make a mess, we can turn it into a nice piece of art, and explain it this way to our family and friends…
Meanwhile let me share my own artwork with you: