Love At First Bite is a concept illustration created to accompany a Penn Appétit editorial article of the same name.
The article relates the memory of the writer's first birthday, where he tasted chocolate cake for the first time. The author describes the event as interpreted by the child, with candlelight likened to fireflies, and the chocolate perceived as mud.
My rendering of the article's companion image casts a spotlight on the turning point when the child tastes the cake. I chose to convey the magical moment as it felt to the child, making him the candle immersed in a chocolate wonderland.
Upon first look, the viewer sees a small boy in a whimsical nighttime setting. Reading the article reveals the secondary image: a candle atop a child's birthday cake.