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ORANGES ARE APPEALING

 

Oranges with Center BlossomFor over thirty years, I’ve illustrated food. I loved the challenge of rendering fruit; each variety had beautiful colors and textures to capture. All of these paintings were done before Photoshop existed.Orange Border Orange Frame Orange, Wedge, and BlossomOrange Stock Usage

With citrus fruit and oranges, I created a pattern of circles and “half moons” that radiated from the highlight in order to replicate the orange peel texture.

Orange, Wedge, & Blossom

Appealing

This is one of my earliest watercolors of oranges for Sundance Beverages. It is purely with watercolor and doesn't utilize the acrylic glazing that I developed later on.

This is one of my earliest watercolors of oranges for Sundance Beverages. It is purely with watercolor and doesn’t utilize the acrylic glazing that I developed later on.

I have so many illustrations of citrus fruit, that I am dividing them into categories and plan to share lemons, limes and grapefruits on another post.

Orange CremeOrange CarrotOrange Carrot Label Southern Home

The illustrations I am sharing below were primarily used on labels for orange juice. The others were used for beverages, baby food, Popsicles and jam.

Orange drink  Orange Whole with Wedge and HalfOrange Group Orange Group 1 Oranges with leaves

Most of these paintings were rendered with markers and colored pencils and others were created with watercolor dyes. I share more about creating the orange peel texture using airbrush acrylics and a glazing technique at my other blog link below:

http://foodartist.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/317/

 

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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FEELING PEACHY

              Peaches-Horizontal Group             

For over thirty years, I’ve illustrated food. I loved the challenge of rendering fruit; each variety had beautiful colors and textures to capture.

Peach Fuzz

With peaches, I always used an opaque medium (usually colored pencil) for the reflected light at the edges of the fruit. This gave the impression of “fuzz” because opaque mediums have a bluish cast.

This was one of my earliest jobs of my career. The fruit is very stylized here.

This was one of my earliest jobs of my career. The fruit is very stylized here.

Rousseau FruitThe illustrations I am sharing below were used on labels to indicate peach flavor for bath soap, baby food, sour candy, tea, yogurt, beverages, jam, wine cooler and sorbet.

Peach and half Peaches Two Peach Group with Pit Peach Branch Peaches Cropped Peaches and wedges

This illustration is currently on jars of Beechnut Baby Food.

This illustration is currently on jars of Beechnut Baby Food.

Peach & Candy SplashPeach Juicy Peach Group Peach with Stem

Just for fun, I’ve included some other fruit images in addition to peaches on labels groupings.

A marker layout in progress.

A marker layout in progress.

Before creating my final painting, I always provided sketches to my clients.

Before creating my final painting, I always provided sketches to my clients.

Peach Tea

This was a recent illustration.

This was a recent illustration.

Peaches VerticalRemarkable LabelsPeach Frame
Randall's Jams 6Peaches, Strawberries, and Blueberries

These paintings were rendered with markers, colored pencils and/or watercolor dyes. My motto is “whatever works.” I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 


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STRAWBERRIES

Strawberries three

For over thirty years, I’ve illustrated food. I loved the challenge of rendering fruit; each variety had beautiful colors and textures to capture. With strawberries, I learned how to replicate the pattern of tiny hives crisscrossing each berry. They looked more realistic when I painted shadows and highlights around each hive.Hives

The illustrations I am sharing below were used on labels to indicate the strawberry flavor for yogurt, juice, jam, milk, liqueur and sorbet. I’ve included some close-ups.Strawberry

Painting a splash was probably one of the hardest things I've illustrated.

Painting a splash was probably one of the hardest things I’ve illustrated.

Strawberry leaf close up strawberry group Strawberry close up Strawberries Wet Strawberries Vertical Strawberries Hanging

This illustration was early in my career, before I learned better techniques for capturing the strawberry texture.

This illustration was early in my career, before I learned better techniques for capturing the strawberry texture.

Strawberries and Leaves

The strawberries here were supposed to be simpler and less realistic. This was used on a liquid bath soap label.

The strawberries here were supposed to be simpler and less realistic. This was used on a liquid bath soap label.

 

Some of these paintings were rendered with markers and colored pencils and others were created with watercolor dyes. All of these paintings were done before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 


SUPERSOIL ILLUSTRATIONS – PART 1

Supersoil Ad

For this post, I am sharing illustrations I painted for a soil company called Supersoil. Several years ago, Supersoil Inc. merged into Miracle Grow and the packaging with my illustrations were no longer available. There were unique challenges for every painting and I searched through my neighborhood with my camera to find beautiful gardens I could photograph. When I completed this project, I enjoyed seeing my paintings printed on the large bags of soil sold in many home improvement stores.

Flower Pot in Orange

For this first post, I share about four projects I painted. I have included close-ups, sketches, marker comps and even the original layout provided for me.

The first painting was for a potting soil mix and I illustrated a pot filled with flowers.

Line Drawing Potting Soil Flower Pot close up 2 Flower Pot close up 1 Flower Pot CLose up 3

This second illustration was for a product called “Wonderbloom.”

This is my layout provided by the art director.

This is my layout provided by the art director.

This is a preliminary marker sketch.

This is a preliminary marker sketch.

Garden with Flats & ShovelGarden with Flats closeup 2Garden with Flats close up 1

This illustration was for a product called “Palm and Cactus Mix.” I followed the art direction, which had a strange request for a “door going nowhere.” The strange perspective makes me uncomfortable, but my favorite part of my painting is the small lizard in the shadows (I had lizards as pets when I was younger!)

3n‰ 3n‰

The lizard is there!

The lizard is there!

The last assignment for this post was for a product used on sod lawns called “Turf Fit.” This painting includes a dog, and it is one of the few animals I’ve illustrated.

Turf Fit Turf-Fit Tearsheet Turf Fit close up

My photo referene of sod was not very pretty to paint!

My photo reference of sod shows that it was not very pretty to paint!

My technique utilizes watercolors, dyes and colored pencils; these were created before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


SUPERSOIL ILLUSTRATIONS – PART 2

Supersoil Packages 2

For this post, I continue sharing illustrations I painted for a soil company called Supersoil. Below are illustrations I created for several packaging assignments. I have included close-ups, sketches, marker comps and even the original layouts provided to me.Garden with Mulch

The first painting was for a product called “Garden Guardian.” I learned about the intricacies of painting mulch and picked at the paper with an exacto knife to create the unique texture I wanted.

This is the layout provided to me by the art director.

This is the layout provided to me by the art director.

This is my preliminary marker sketch placed into the art director's layout.

This is my preliminary marker sketch placed into the art director’s layout.

Garden with Mulch close up 2 Garden with Mulch close up 4 Garden with Mulch close up 3 Garden with Mulch close up 1 Hydrangea-Mulch Background

This was my photo reference for painting a rock.

This was my photo reference for painting a rock.

This second illustration is for another potting soil product and I named my painting “Cat in the Window.” The art director provided me with a photo of a cat he wanted in the window. It was one that he adored, but it was deceased. At that time, our family had a cat that was identical!Cat in the Window

My pencil sketch.

My pencil sketch.

My preliminary marker sketch for "Cat in the Window."

My preliminary marker sketch for “Cat in the Window.”

A rare scan I made of my illustration in progress.

A rare scan I made of my illustration in progress.

Cat close up

This last painting I call “Garden Path.” It has a strange perspective (requested by the art director).

Art Director's layout.

Art Director’s layout.

Garden Path

Garden Path close up 3 Garden Path close up 2 Garden Path close up 1My technique utilizes watercolors, dyes and colored pencils; these were created before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.comSupersoil Thankyou

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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APRICOTS

Apricots-Horizontal Group
I have been illustrating food since 1980. I especially enjoyed painting fruit, which I have been sharing on Twenty Lines. 
For this post, I am sharing my illustrations of apricots. These illustrations were used on packaging labels for yogurt, juice, jam and baby food.

Apricot Frame

Apricot Group & Half in CenterApricots with Branch Apricots Vertical Apricots Two Whole Apricots and Mango Apricot Half & Pit Apricot Group & Half on RIght Apricot & WedgeAll of these paintings were done before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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PLUMS AND POMEGRANATES

Plum pairI have illustrated so many fruits, that it’s fun to select groups of them to share. I have been a food illustrator for over 30 years. For this post, I’ve chosen plums and pomegranates. These illustrations were used on labels for yogurt, baby food, juice, jam and vitamins.

Plums are similar to grapes with their powdery surface. I used a light gray colored pencil over my watercolor painting; the bluish cast was useful to portray that effect.Plums TwoPlums & Blossom

This painting was early in my career. Later on, I became much better at painting prunes. Compare this with my later illustration below.

This painting was early in my career. Later on, I became much better at painting prunes. Compare this with my later illustration below.

Plums Framing Prunes

Seeing these prunes close up, shows how abstract they become. There are many colors to be found within them. I especially loved the deep burgundy.

Seeing these prunes close up, shows how abstract they become. There are many colors to be found within them. I especially loved the deep burgundy.

The pomegranates illustrated here were created later in my career. For the last few illustrations, I painted over a digital rendering that I generated on my computer and was definitely more photorealistic. The computer was extremely useful composing my painting and allowed for clients to give great input before I painted anything.Pomegranate-whole & half Pomegranate Solo Pomegranate & Wedge

An example of my photo-reference shows how much improvement was needed!

An example of my photo-reference shows how much improvement was needed!

TruNature CompPomegranate w. Cran & Blueberries
Pomegranate, Cranberries, & Blueberries
Pom, cran, & blue close up

I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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FAVORITE FLORALS – PART 2

Bridal Bouquet close up

For this post, I am sharing some of my favorite floral paintings. I begin with an illustration of a rose bouquet that was used on the cover of a paperback romance novel. I have included the art director’s layout, as well as the printed book cover.

Layout Bouquet Bridal Bouquet Avon - Bridal

When I illustrated a billboard for Conroy’s Flowers, I painted each letter approximately 10 inches tall. I photographed numerous trays of flowers to serve as photo reference and created collages from those photos to assist me.Conroys Conroy's 2 letters
Conroy's close up 4 copy Conroy's close up 3 copy Conroy's close up 2 copy Conroy's close up 1 copy

My illustrations of six floral groups below, were printed on vinyl that adhered to windows. The company that commissioned them was called “Color Clings.”Color Clings 1 Camelia Group

GladiolasPansy Group Lily Group Iris GroupTulips-Yellow Group

These other paintings are from miscellaneous commercial assignments over the course of my art career.

Azalea Group Bouquet Tropical Bouquet with Daisies Roses
Rose Coral Hibiscus Flowers

My technique for these paintings involved markers, watercolors, dyes and/or colored pencils; these were created before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


JUST GRAPE

Purple grapes

I have been illustrating food since 1980. I especially enjoy painting fruit, which I continue to share on Twenty Lines. Each variety of fruit I rendered posed its own particular challenges. Below are many of my paintings of grapes, as well as close-ups. My grape illustrations were used on labels for yogurt, wine, juice, jam and vitamins.Purple grapes close up 2 Purple grapes close up Red grapes Grapes Purple-Horizontal Group

Orchard Sunrise Grapes Green & Raisins

When rendering grapes, I always looked for ways to capture the powdery surface on them. Using a colored pencil over a watercolor painting (once it was dry, of course) was very useful for this effect. Colored pencil was opaque with a bluish cast, which is why it worked so well.grapes close up 2Grapes-Burgundy Bunch Grapes Vertical Grapes Red Horizontal Grapes Purple Branches Grapes in Frame Grapes Green Upper Branch Grapes Green Lower Branch Grapes Green Horizontal Grapes Green Group Grapes Burgundy Grapes & Leaves Grapes - Purple Canopy Grape Frame-Red & Green

All of these paintings were done before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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BLUEBERRIES

Blueberry illustration used on a beverage label.

Blueberry illustration used on a beverage label.

As an artist, my niche was food illustration. It would probably be even more descriptive to say that I was a fruit illustrator.

This was used on Darigold Yogurt.

This was used on Darigold Yogurt.

For this post, I’ve decided to share blueberries. Most of my illustrations were used on labels. Some examples of the products were yogurt, liqueur, sorbet, jam, juice and vitamins.

This was used for a non-stick spray can label.

This was used for a non-stick spray can label.

A few of these paintings were rendered with markers and colored pencils. Others were created with watercolor dyes.

This was Blueberry Cooler flavor for Caprisun.

This was Blueberry Cooler flavor for Caprisun.

Blueberry ClusterBlueberry BunchBlueberries Wet Blueberries Indigo

This label was for blueberry jam.

This label was for blueberry jam.

This illustration was used on a yogurt label. At that time, I cropped the artwork but later on preferred to paint whole fruit.

This illustration was used on a yogurt label. I regretted cropping the artwork.

Blueberries & Leaves

These actually are sloe berries, used in gin. But they resemble blueberries.

These actually are sloe berries, used in gin. But they resemble blueberries.

This illustration is of bilberries, and it was used on a herbal vitamin label.

This illustration is of bilberries, and was used on an herbal vitamin label.

All of these paintings were done before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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FAVORITE FLORALS – PART 1

Flower MedleyI have always loved illustrating flowers. Using watercolor/dyes, I loved replicating exquisite colors and textures. Sometimes, a touch of colored pencil added details that worked perfectly. I was also captivated by the beauty of water droplets.People Mag close up 2 People Mag Super closeup Flower Medley closeup 2

My first floral painting was inspired by a photo that I saw in a magazine. It was a wonderful exercise for me. After that, I worked solely from my own photography. The second painting was commissioned by People Magazine twenty years ago. Later on in my career, both of these paintings were marketed as posters. It was not a lucrative venture at all, but was definitely exciting for me to have prints to display of my work. I share below my job layout, drawings, printed pieces and my photo reference.

Flower Medley closeup 1

Flower Medley closeup 3 Flower Medley Sketch

My job layout for People Magazine. I rendered the graduation tassel and hat separately.

The art director’s layout for my People Magazine floral illustration. I rendered the graduation tassel and hat separately.

People Mag People Mag People Mag close up 1

I did not notice that this flower was missing a petal when I painted it!

I did not notice that this flower was missing a petal when I painted it!

My actual photo reference.

My actual photo reference.

NY Graphics Poster

Both of these paintings were done before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 


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YOU WERE THERE

YOU WERE THERE

I want to share one of my favorite songs “You Were There.” My song is for both my parents. I was very close with my parents all of my life and watching them decline has been a painful process. My father died last May. My mother has severe dementia and cannot really speak. But she still recognizes me and smiles with joy whenever I am near. Clicking the blue link plays my song:

YOU WERE THERE-5/7/13 Copyright 2011 by Judy Unger

Below are links to stories on my other blog:

YOU WERE THERE – PART 1

YOU WERE THERE – PART 2

YOU WERE THERE – PART 3

I’ll let my lyrics and pictures tell my story.

 To Mom I was so loved Breakfast w. Mom Mother's Love With my parents and younger Judy & her Dad looking at her

YOU WERE THERE

Copyright 2011 by Judy Unger

All my life, every day

You were there when I’d need you

All the time, I just knew; you’d be there

and you’d see me through

I’ve always known, I’m not alone . . .

You were so strong

You’d pick me up when I’d fall down

So I can see all the strength you gave me

Although I try, it’s hard to say goodbye

to someone who’s loved me all of my life

And when I’m sad, because you’re not there

I’ll still see your love everywhere

Everything that I did you’d applaud

You were right there watching me

as I grew, sharing joy and my heartache, too

I always knew, that I had you . . .

Now I’m so strong

I picked you up when you fell down

I’ve learned to see just how strong I could be

Although I try, it’s hard to say goodbye

to someone who’s loved me all of my life

And when I’m sad, because you’re not there

I’ll still see your love everywhere

When you are gone I’ll say a prayer;

and I’ll remember how you were there

Mom 2  My mother had a good day

WIth mom & dad 1 Grief 3 IN THE GARDEN 2 IN THE GARDEN

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


HOLY BAGELS!

 

In 2000, I became quite familiar with bagels when I painted two-dozen of them. My illustrations were used on packaging for Lender’s Bagels.Strawberry swirl

The art director wanted each bagel to have its own character. Many of the bagel flavors had different contours; some were rounder and others were more oval. Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Bagel-Cinnamon SwirlThrough experimentation, I discovered that markers and colored pencil worked best to create realistic illustrations. I added small amounts of acrylic to create details such as sesame, poppy seeds and highlights. I have included some close-ups of my illustrations.Bagel-Everything close up Sesame seeds close upbagel-everything Bagel-Sesame

Bagel-garlicChoc. swirlPlain Watercolor BagelBagel-CranberryBagel-Cinnamon Raisin SwirlEgg BagelBagel-Blueberry SwirlBagel-Blueberry

All of these paintings were done before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 


APPLE ILLUSTRATIONS

Apples in a row

As an artist, my niche was food illustration. It would probably be even more descriptive to say that I was a fruit illustrator. I have certainly illustrated a lot of apples, and can even paint them from memory. Below are paintings of apples that were used on food packaging. There are a few close-ups, as well as a few printed labels.Apple close up 2 Apple close up 1

AppleApples Three Apples on Tree
Apples in a Barrel Apples - Beechnut Apple Red & 2 Halves Apple digital technique Apple Bunch Apple Bucket

Cran Apple Northland Pathmark Applesauce Apples Beechnut

Some of these paintings were rendered with markers and colored pencils. Others were created with watercolor dyes. All of my paintings were done before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


NESTLE CRUNCH

Nestle CrunchMy painting of a Nestle Crunch Bar became my first promotional piece as an illustrator. It was printed on a postcard, which I handed out to art directors at agencies all over Los Angeles. I hand painted the lettering, but later in my career I learned methods to create more perfect lettering by using rubdown type. As an artist, I enjoyed rendering textures and discovering the many shades of brown in chocolate. This painting was created with watercolor dyes, before there was Photoshop. Some close-ups are below.Nestle Crunch close up Nestle Crunch close up 3 Nestle Crunch close up 2

I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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