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A Mojito Made Me Do It – Artwork

This is the inspiration behind my eighth illustrated cocktail artwork called “Mojito. Pasión Cubana” featuring a Strawberry Mojito.

My idea about Cuba is a place with great architecture, vibrant colours, rumba rhythms and passionate people.

My starting point was researching the message for this piece. I wanted to find a phrase that had some sort of naughty meaning. In the end, I decided to go with “A Mojito made me do it”, an intriguing message that awakens wonder and the curiosity. The lettering design aims to represent a drinking straw.

The letterforms have a low contrast between thin and thicks, and an inline stroke, as well as a hollow space representing three-dimensional forms. The sub heading, “Pasión Cubana”, means Cuban passion, and it is dedicated to my friend Marta and to all loving relationships with Cuban men and women.

Once the hand-sketch is ready, I scan it and start redrawing the letterforms on the computer. During my research for this artwork, I found this interesting article about the Australian Rum Rebellion:

“The Rum Rebellion of 1808 was the only successful armed takeover of government in Australian history. During the 19th century, it was widely referred to as the Great Rebellion.” Read the complete post here.

The ingredients represented on this artwork are strawberries, blueberries, limes and mint. I also wanted to introduce some floral elements, so I researched Cuban flora and I found The White Ginger (Hedychium coronarium) also called “Mariposa” (butterfly in Spanish), as the Cuban’s National Flower.

“The white mariposa, its scientific name ‘Hedychium Coronarium’, from the family of the Zingiberaceas, native to Vietnam, became a symbol of Cuban flora because Cuban women used it to smuggle messages to the battlefield during the liberation wars of the 19th century. Its perfume is exquisite.”

Regarding the colour palette, I wanted to use pink and purple tones, so I chose a Strawberry Mojito as the cocktail for this piece.

“Mojitos are sweet, minty and icy-cold cocktails; perhaps the best hot weather cocktail around! It’s no wonder it comes from Cuba where the average temperature is 77°F with 75% humidity.” 

By Sue Harrell from The Florida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA). Read the complete post here.

Photograph by Mark Lobo from Foliolio
Frame by Wilma Art Framing Concept
Artwork available on my online store