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I AM A SANDWICH

This is my favorite painting of a sandwich, which I created in order to add to my portfolio. Below my illustration is the actual photo of a sandwich that I assembled. How in the world would anyone bite into it?Sandwich Sandwich photo ref

For over thirty years, I’ve illustrated food. I’ve enjoyed sharing jobs from my career. Because I’ve illustrated so many fruits, it was easy to sort them by name. For this post, I am sharing sandwiches and even fit a s’more illustration for Honey Maid into this category.

On an advertisement for Pro Write software, I was instructed to place a package in the foreground. Later on, I painted a mouse pad to replace that part of my illustration. It made it handy so that I could market the painting in my stock library.

Pro Write softwareEach element of my painting required a lot of research and good reference. Even the pink message needed to look as if had writing on it in perspective. I enjoyed the luminescence of the soda, and hated painting the watch dial. I was proud of the rye bread and the realism of it with the seeds.

Sandwich, Soda, & Mouse Pad revisedSandwich, Soda, & Mouse Pad revisedWhen I was given the assignment to create a s’more – it was lucrative based on the fact that I only had 4 days to complete it. I have scanned the art director’s layout as well as the printed version. I was surprise how a box was inserted behind the plate on the left side, which certainly was not correct perspective by any means. But the background also had a weird look.

This was the art director's layout.

This was the art director’s layout.

As a result of this job, I learned how to microwave a perfect s’more. My own children screamed watching marshmallows blow up in the microwave after 10 seconds.Honeymaid S'more Final art

The printed version with a strange perspective.

The printed version with a strange perspective.

I share another illustration for Honey Maid, which also had an intensely difficult deadline. I searched far and wide to find a specific style of lunch box that the client wanted. It was interesting to illustrate another illustration on the box. I used a toothbrush to splatter watercolor paint in order to achieve the graham cracker texture.Honeymaid fihal art

The printed advertisement.

The printed advertisement.

This roast beef sandwich was one of my first paintings that I did when I first started my career. I certainly improved painting water droplets after many years of practice.Roast Beef SandwichBelow is a marker comp for a job that was never finalized. That often happened with many jobs, especially when a product was still being formulated.Sandwich-Salad MedleyThis illustration was very complex. It was an assignment to create a cover for a bread machine recipe book. For some reason, I never received a copy of the printed book, which I probably pursued relentlessly.Bread & Carbs close up breads even closer breadsEarly in my career, I created many illustrations that were used on a menu. I never received copies so one day I ate at the restaurant and swiped a few menus. Although I felt guilty, it was vindication because the art director tricked me. I gave up rights to my original art when I cashed the check because he wrote something on the back with those words. Unfortunately, I didn’t pay close enough attention because I was in such a hurry to deposit the check.

This job was done a long time ago and I feel old seeing those prices.

This job was done a long time ago and I feel old seeing those prices.

Spires Menu 2

I included this, even though I plan to have another post of just my burger paintings!

I included this, even though I plan to have another post of just my burger paintings!

Later in my career, a fabric company bought existing art to design a deli fabric. It was eventually used on aprons, pot holders and towels. I did not make much money and even paid for a bunch of samples because I thought they would make terrific gifts. I even use them!Deli Fabric My deli assortment

I have a lot more information about my illustration career on my blog “Illustrating My Life,” which can be found at this link: http://foodartist.wordpress.com/

© 2014 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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LETTUCE EAT SALAD

Salad Tossed

For over thirty years, I’ve illustrated food. I wanted to name my post “turning over a new leaf,” because I’ve embraced music as my passion now. But I chose a different title because I am still illustrating food. I also enjoy sharing the many illustrations that I have created over the course of my career.

Not a salad, but colorful and fun to share. This illustration was commissioned for a cafeteria company.

Not a salad, but colorful and fun to share. This illustration was commissioned for a cafeteria company.

For me, illustrating salad was a joy. The textures and colors intrigued me and reference was readily available. The challenges for me were the non-organic elements, such as bowls, plates, and bottles. Two of the earliest jobs of my career were for California’s Iceberg Lettuce Commission. I created two posters and later on a brochure.Salad Poster

The instructions for those illustrations were clearly outlined by the art. It was always helpful for me to receive such precise instructions to follow. Below, I share examples of marker sketches that were very important before I proceeded to final paintings. I hated to make changes to final art and the marker sketch gave me useful feedback, as well as reassuring the clients as to how my illustration would appear.

This is an example of another usage for my illustration purchased through a stock agency.

This is an example of another usage for my illustration purchased through a stock agency.

This is an example of my salad poster painting in progress. It was actually a teaching example from the time when I was an instructor.

This painting in progress shows my watercolor technique. I did this as an example when I was an art instructor.

This is a marker sketch.

This is a marker sketch.

Salad Bar

This is the printed poster.

This is the printed poster.

On a project for Borden, I photographed my own hand – I thought it would be easy to create the fingernail, even though I didn’t have a long one. The art director made a comment, “Hand looks too heavy, can you make it more slender?” OUCH!Salad Borden comp Borden Comp w. Comments Salad Dressing Bordens

I especially enjoyed working for Ready Pac, Co. My first illustration was for their Spinach Salad Kit. I was only required to illustrate the package elements, not the salad.I completed the marker comp and received delayed feedback that the dressing needed to be lighter and more translucent. The client wanted the spices to be visibly floating in the dressing. I had already begun painting, so I stopped what I was working on and began again. I had to take new reference photos to help me. Solving the texture for the croutons was fun for me. I used colored pencils to achieve the “roughness.”
Ready pac Labels

I always gave my clients choices with sketches. It's much easier with a computer now!

I always gave my clients choices with sketches. It’s much easier with a computer now!

I ended up making the dressing more transluscent.

I ended up making the dressing more transluscent.

This is a marker sketch.

This is a marker sketch.

An example of my photo reference.

An example of my photo reference.

Ready Pac Spinach

Subsequent jobs for Ready Pac incorporated my own unique digital process. I worked with my computer to create something that I could lightly print out onto watercolor paper. I painted over the print with watercolors.

Caesar Lite Asian Salad kit art Asian

Parisian salad kit art

ParisianSalad Trays Ready Pak

I share now more illustrations for salad packaging that I created over the span of my career.

Salad Sensations Henri's dressing

An example of my job layout.

An example of my job layout.

A close up.

A close up.

Salad Horiz Best Foods dressing 

I have a lot more information about my illustration career on my blog “Illustrating My Life,” which can be found at this link:

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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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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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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GOING NUTS

I want to share my paintings of nuts and have thought of a few puns related to them:

Painting nuts got me “out of my shell” and I tried not to “crack up.” All those details made me “nuts.”

Almonds and Leaves

My paintings were commissioned assignments of illustrations that were used on labels. The smaller almonds were for a liqueur label, the peanut butter and mixed nut medleys were for a supermarket brand and the rest were created for a company named Azar Nuts.Walnut Group Peanut Butter Medley Nuts-Walnuts Mixed Nuts with Peanuts Mixed Nuts Panorama Cashew PanoramaMacadamia Nut Group Hazelnuts Horizontal   Black Walnut layers Almonds Peanut Group Pecan Group Pinenuts

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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