Sometimes when I get a request for a theme, it just makes me smile. I’ve never read the book, but when Lucas’ Mum Amy sent me a photo of one page of ‘Me’ by Emma Dodd, I got goosebumps. The colours, the feel of the imagery, and the sentiment. They all made me feel so excited about designing this cake!
Step one was to work on the penguins. Amy had said that she wanted to include Daddy penguin in the topper, even though the book just has Mum and baby penguin. And the pictures were of fairly realistic penguins, not cartoons.
So I googled actual penguins. ‘Penguin families’. ‘Penguins cuddling’. And (my personal fave) ‘penguin love’! The images were fabulous. And I started to get a three dimensional feel for these little guys.
I built the bodies in white at first, and to be fair they looked more like ‘Gru’ from Despicable Me than adoring penguins. But I know enough to stick with it, and adding their black pieces made all the difference.
Penguin eyes are also fairly challenging, as it turns out. Black on black, and trying to make them look lovable – not so easy. Ironically, closing them (representing them as lines), makes all the difference.
Antarctic snow and ice, with the iconic image of the moon, were the other main elements of the image from the book. A deep blue, almost black, was perfect for the upper layer. And a tiny sliver of moon-shaped greaseproof paper, airbrushed over, created the perfect crescent moon.
Two more snowy layers, plus some icebergs, finished the overall look. And I loved it. From start to finish.
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