As I’ve probably mentioned before, I do enjoy a good spiced rum. So I was pretty chuffed when one of the creators of Revolver Rum contacted me to ask if I could bring their new rum to life, via the gift of illustration. The idea was to bring out the inspiration and ingredients that went into crafting the rum, having had influences from Colombia and Cornwall (where the creators come from).
I took elements from both locations; you’ll see parts of the landscape and landmarks of Bogota, Colombia, along the left side of the picture, balanced with Cornish locations on the right – you may spot Restormel Castle and St Michael’s Mount.
Despite the left and right sides of the picture having a Colombia V Cornwall divide, I wanted to make the image flow as well. The ingredients were an important aspect of the image, which I spaced out according to how the flavours hit the palate when you drink it. I also included the copper still used to concoct the rum in the first place. I’ve got to say – there’s something really appealing to me about the shape of the copper still they used. It’s all round and wiggly – I love it!
I used a limited colour palette, taken from the colours Revolver Rum was already using. At first I tried to have the colours balance out more evenly but as the painting took a life of its own, there was a real sense of day and night, giving both a sense of separation as well as a natural flow of one running into the other.
It was a challenge fitting in so many elements but it I’m really pleased with how it came together – I hope you enjoy it too. If you’re a fan of rum yourself, you can try or buy, just check their stockists on the Revolver Rum website.