Life is nothing
You thought it
Became normal too.
Look in the mirror
I don’t completely know.
Get to know
The one I see
Staring back at me.
Learn what I can
Who that is.
To the beating,
Hear truth in
For this post I am sharing many different jobs related to chocolate. Although the color of chocolate was fairly unexciting, I discovered there were infinite varieties of brown. In fact, I mixed almost every color on my palette together in order to find them.
I began my career by making paintings that resembled photos. Now I work digitally by using photos and making them look like paintings!
Probably one of my first paintings that propelled me toward being a food illustrator was my Nestle Crunch Bar. It was painted in my last year of college and I learned how hard it was to hand-letter writing on the wrapper. But I loved the broken chocolate texture.
I made a promotional postcard using this image. A decade later, I decided to paint a more exciting candy bar. This time I chose a Snicker’s Bar. Thankfully, I discovered a process to work with lettering that was more precise, although it still required painstaking detail and planning.
I also had postcards made with this image and it was great for getting jobs. Art directors told me it made them hungry.
In 1992, I won an award from the Society Of Illustrators of Los Angeles for my Snicker’s bar illustration.
My Snicker’s bar was such an excellent promotion piece that it led to a job illustrating a label for a Balance Bar. I wasn’t allowed to do drips for this painting and I sure missed them. At the end of this post, I’ll share more close-ups of the caramel and chocolate I loved painting.
Early in my career, I painted four labels for Little Debbie’s Snack Cakes. Once again, painting chocolate was fun and I had to resist snacking on my photo reference. Taking bites out of items was a whole other technique I developed!
The texture for chocolate definitely varied depending upon the product I was illustrating. Combining it with caramel or crispy rice, or shaving it for a curl was certainly different. And splashing, melted chocolate was probably the most difficult thing of all to illustrate.
So for this post, as I share many different jobs that related to chocolate I also share one that was not successful. It was for a chocolate-raspberry product. The line sketch for my art direction looks fairly straightforward. The actual product was dark inside and not very appealing. My final artwork was my best effort, but ultimately was rejected by the client and I was only partially paid.
A fairly recent job of mine was for Kirkland/Costco. The illustration was for chocolate calcium chews. I share below my photo reference for the chews. I never liked illustrating splashes and was relieved that this one worked.
Some of these paintings were rendered with markers and colored pencils and others were created with watercolor dyes. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at:
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One collection of words breaks
the camel’s back, upsets the order
of things, rocks the proverbial
boat and sets it sailing in a new
direction, not to foreign lands, but
waters well traveled and often
overlooked for what seems
to be finer things, a path that
appears to offer more, but actually
conceals darkness, a façade
parading as a savior, and because
you are so vulnerable, you hardly
feel the sting of the thousand tiny
cuts, until that one collection of
words causes you to bleed out
in the quiet before sunrise…
before this relentless world awakes…
at the window silhouette of my
( my apologies for posting this poem this way but i accidentally reblagged
it to myself lol, and i guess we only get one chance to do it right.)
Originally posted on dribblingpensioner:
Do you miss a period, are you worried, do you even care about it, do you know you missed a period.
I think missing a period or several periods doe’s not matter at all, do you or other people really care or do they even know when you missed a period, its not the end of the world, life will carry on as normal.
To me a period is nothing to worry about, its either there are not, its not going to hurt anyone even the person who missed the period.
The scent of the rain, the mist in the distance. Wet wood. A Blue sweater with sleeves that extend over my fingertips. A packet of chips, chocolate. The firm ground beneath my feet crunching with each step. Pine needles smothered by fog. The snow caps twinkle in the distance. Winking.
The warm sensation of laughter in my chest travelling through my limbs.
Of living brave and true.