If you've been watching the Great British Baking Show anywhere close to as much as I've been watching it, surely you've become a mad fan of illustrator Tom Hovey and his lovely drawings of the baking creations that the contestants are TRYING to achieve.
Hovey's illustrations manage to be accurate and clear while also being simple enough that you can grasp the baker's intent during the few seconds that it takes for Noel to voice over the drawing with a two sentence description of the intended bake.
I eagerly look for Hovey's drawings, and find that they really improve the show for me, because I have a grasp of what is being attempted in my head, and now I can observe where the challenges turn out to be.
And often, I find that the challenges came from very unexpected sources, which is part of why the show is so fun.
Anyway, here's a nifty little article about Hovey: 'Great British Baking Show': This Guy Rescues Even the Most Disastrous Bakes:
Hovey, 39, has been making illustrations for the popular reality show since its beginning in 2010. Black ink delineates the colorful swirls of meringue, crumbles of crust and fruity layers of filling that show up from bake to bake. He shows how icing might drip artfully down the side of a two-tiered cake decorated with foxes and mushrooms, or how rosemary whiskers jut out of the snout of lion-shaped bread. In Hovey's illustrated universe, nothing has ever been underbaked.
That lion-shaped bread was astounding, by the way, truly one of the very best successes of the dozen years of bakers and their creations.
Enjoy watching the Great British Baking Show!