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CHOCOLATE GOODIES

Snickers Closeup 2For 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!

These squares represent my digital work and are fairly recent.

These squares represent my digital work and are fairly recent. This is only a layout, which was gleaned from my photo reference. The painting that followed was more “illustrated.”

This is a marker sketch

This is a marker sketch.

I always like to share my process with lines sketches.

I always like to share my process with lines sketches. The texture for those curls varied considerably between jobs.

Choc. Curls  2When illustrating chocolate curls and squares, there was never an end to art direction for tone and color.

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.

My painting

My painting.

This was the photo that I followed for my reference.

This was the photo that I followed as my reference.

This is a close up of the broken chocolate.

This is a close up of the broken chocolate.

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.Snicker's Bar

My photo reference.

My photo reference.

Snicker's Sketch

I also had postcards made with this image and it was great for getting jobs. Art directors told me it made them hungry.

This label shows how a lot of detail is lost in the printing process. I was disappointed with how my painting looked.

This label shows how a lot of detail is lost in the printing process. I was disappointed with how my painting looked.

I was told to remove this tiny drip.

I was told to remove this tiny drip.

This is a marker sketch and not the final painting.

This is a marker sketch and not the final painting.

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.Little Debbies Little Debbie's CremesPeanut Clusters line

This was my layout.

This was my layout.

There is definitely an "art" to taking a bite out of something I'm illustrating.

There is definitely an “art” to taking a bite out of something I’m illustrating.

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.Caravellas line Peanut Bars

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.Choc-rasp layout

This product was pretty challenging. I illustrated the raspberries separately.

This product was pretty challenging. I illustrated the raspberries separately.

I was told to put raspberries seeds in there.

I was told to put raspberries seeds in there and lighten the filling in contrast with the darker chocolate.

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.Layout w. Kirkland Calcium Chews lines

On this one, I had a lot of photo reference to choose from.

On this one, I had a lot of photo reference to choose from.

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: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

This is a super close-up of the texture on my Snicker's painting.

This is a super close-up of the texture on my Snicker’s painting.

Snickers Closeup 1

© 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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CANDYLAND – PART 1

Brach Candy Medley

I have already shared my illustration of Brach candies on 20 Lines. This painting was one I did for my own purposes – I call it a “portfolio piece.” Illustrating candy was enjoyable for me. I appreciated how colorful, reflective and tempting those items were that I was painting. I share below my illustration process with a painting I abandoned, photo reference and some close-ups.

Candy Medley in progress Candy Medley close up 2 Candy Medley close up 1 Candy closeup 2 

My own photo that I chose to work from.

My own photo that I chose to work from.

Creating portfolio paintings to showcase my ability led to paying jobs. My Brach candy portfolio painting brought me many other illustration assignments involving candy. For Part 1 of this post, I share some of those other candy jobs.

This is my photo reference pinned to a board.

This is my photo reference pinned to a board.

This is a marker sketch.

This is a marker sketch.

Taking my photo reference was also a creative process. When I illustrated a chocolate drop called “Dittos” I set up the candy on a board and pinned each one in a different perspective. Above is my photo reference for that assignment and the marker layout I created from it. I don’t have a scan of the final art or printed label for this job.

Looks like they picked "B."

Looks like they picked “B.” (Less drippy, though)

Creme de Menthe

Looks like "B" is the winner again!

Looks like “B” is the winner again! (This time it was drippy)

Creme de Menthe

Not as delicious, for sure!

I’m glad I could improve upon my photo!

I became adept at illustrating mint leaves and could do them from memory. Mint and chocolate were definitely an interesting contrast of dark and light. I am sharing many different mint-related illustrations and I’m even including a few line sketches.

That leaf needed a lot of improvement!

That leaf needed a lot of improvement!

Mint - Dubouchett Peppermint

A printed version of the mint.

A printed version of the mint.

Below are some miscellaneous jobs. Colorful candies like my cinnamon and butterscotch illustrations were far more exciting to illustrate than those brown root beer barrels. But I was proud of how realistic they were.

Butterscotch Hot Cinnamon Fruit Dinosaurs Root Beer Candies

And my broken chocolate egg for Dove was extremely difficult because of the embossed lettering on top. I only have the marker sketch below from that particular job.

Comp DoveOne day, I actually did receive an illustration assignment for Brach Candies. Thankfully by then, I had learned how to create rub-down letters through a photographic process to use on the wrappers. It was a relief that I didn’t have to paint those tiny letters with a brush!

 

This black and white photo-copy was the used to create a negative. Then rub-down letters could be made from it. With computers now it's far easier than it used to be!

This black and white photo-copy was the used to create a negative. Then rub-down letters could be made from it. With computers now it’s far easier than it used to be!

 

This is a color photo-copy of the final art showing the lettering on it.

This is a color photo-copy of the final art showing the lettering on it.

 

This is a color copy of a preliminary marker sketch.

This is a color copy of a preliminary marker sketch.

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

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

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© 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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Foreplay

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against the doorway
I am pushed; that edge I love
the masculine boss

violence not shown
no hate unleashed or anger
piercing stare I swear

the heat extracted
burns hot, as a blacksmiths iron
soft, intense blue eyes

my breathing quickens
I anticipate your move
it is milk chocolate

smooth as silk against
my tongue, swallows and wants more
do not hesitate

your first move,  your voice
perhaps soft sweet whisperings
body beckoning

how shall you begin
hot breath on quivering skin
nibbling with your teeth

gentle, with power
my resistance is futile
I need, I want ~ now

whisper words of lust
I implode with what will come
feet unsteady sway

hands upon my cheeks
lips velvet brush against mine
giddiness begins

within my cells
I awake, body arches
foreplay has begun

I evaporate
languishing into your arms
like chocolate melting

©JMTacken 2013

CREME DE MENTHE - Liqueur Label


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FLAVORS IN MY LIFE

CREME DE MENTHE - Liqueur Label

CREME DE MENTHE – Liqueur Label

For this post I am sharing a variety of illustrations.  I’m simply going to title them and list what product they were used for. At first, I wasn’t going to include any paintings of fruit because I’ve already shared so many on Twenty Lines. But with the title of flavors, I simply couldn’t omit cherry! When I illustrated sour flavors for a liqueur line, it was interesting to create splashes with sour candy balls erupting from fruit. It’s interesting now, but probably wasn’t that much fun when I painted them many years ago.

SOUR APPLE - Liqueur Label

SOUR APPLE – Liqueur Label

SOUR PEACH - Liqueur Label

SOUR PEACH – Liqueur Label

CHERRY - Yogurt Label

CHERRY – Yogurt Label

HOT CINNAMON - Liqueur Label

HOT CINNAMON – Liqueur Label

COCONUT - Yogurt Label

COCONUT – Yogurt Label

PEPPERMINT - Liqueur Label

PEPPERMINT – Liqueur Label

MINT PATTIES - Liqueur Label

MINT PATTIES – Liqueur Label

ROOT BEER - Liqueur Label

ROOT BEER – Liqueur Label

CACAO - Liqueur Label

CACAO – Liqueur Label

SPEARMINT - Liqueur Label

SPEARMINT – Liqueur Label

ROSEMARY - Potato Chip Label

ROSEMARY – Potato Chip Label

COOKIES & CREAM - Snack Crisp Label

COOKIES & CREAM – Snack Crisp Label

NACHO CHEESE - Snack Crisp Label

NACHO CHEESE – Snack Crisp Label

 

KEY LIME - Yogurt Label

KEY LIME – Yogurt Label

CINNAMON - Snack Crisp Label

CINNAMON – Snack Crisp Label

OREGANO - Bagel Packaging

OREGANO – Bagel Packaging

MINT - Tea Packaging

MINT – Tea Packaging

GINGER - Herbal Vitamin Label

GINGER – Herbal Vitamin Label

BASIL - Bagel Packaging

BASIL – Bagel Packaging

GARLIC - Bagel Packaging

GARLIC – Bagel Packaging

GARLIC - Snack Crisp Packaging

GARLIC – Snack Crisp Packaging

VANILLA - Soy Milk Packaging

VANILLA – Soy Milk Packaging

CINNAMON - Bagel Packaging

CINNAMON – Bagel Packaging

COFFEE - Yogurt Label

COFFEE – Yogurt Label

BUTTERSCOTCH - Liqueur Label

BUTTERSCOTCH – Liqueur Label

CHOCOLATE - Beverage Label

CHOCOLATE – Beverage Label

VANILLA - Yogurt Label

VANILLA – Yogurt Label

GREEN TEA - Herbal Vitamin Label

GREEN TEA – Herbal Vitamin Label

LEMON - Yogurt Label

LEMON – Yogurt Label

PASSION, ORANGE & GUAVA - Yogurt Label

PASSION, ORANGE & GUAVA – Yogurt Label

ORANGE CREAM - Yogurt Label

ORANGE CREAM – Yogurt Label

GUARANA - Beverage Label This was one of the strangest fruits I illustrated and it grows in Central America. Highly caffeinated.

GUARANA – Beverage Label
This was one of the strangest fruits I illustrated and it grows in Central America. It is highly caffeinated.

For over thirty years, I’ve illustrated food. 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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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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SNICKER’S BAR

Snickers

One of my favorite paintings from my career as an illustrator was of a Snicker’s Bar. I admit that I nibbled on my samples after photographing them.

I had my painting printed on thousands of postcards, which I mailed all over the country. It was an excellent promotional piece because Art Directors always told me that it made them hungry.                    

My painting was created with watercolor dyes, before there was Photoshop. Some close-ups are below.

Snickers Closeup 2 Snickers Closeup 1 Snicker's Bar close up 3

Below is my reference photo and tracing that were part of my working process as an artist.Snicker's Ref 10 Snicker's Sketch

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

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2103 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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DESSERT MEDLEY

Dessert Medley

I am excited to share another painting on 20 lines, which I’ve named Dessert Medley. Painting delicious food always intrigued me. The many colors that could be found in whipped cream (beyond white) were fun to discover. Dusted sugar and strawberry hives required a toothpick.

I always photograph my reference before painting them. I admit that choosing delicious food has advantages, because there are leftovers once I’ve taken my pictures!

My photo reference - not nearly as beautiful!

My photo reference – not nearly as beautiful!

This painting was created with watercolor dyes, before there was Photoshop. Some close-ups are below.

Dessert Closeup 4 Dessert Closeup 3 Dessert Closeup 2 Dessert Closeup 1

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

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2012 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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(Weekend Challenge) Weekend Plans:Baking Chocolate Cake

I’m going to bake a choco cake

Gonna make it yummy yummy!

Chocolaty , creamy yummy 

 Choco-chocolate I can’t resist it !

I want to eat it,

Got to have a piece of Chocolate Cake!

Enjoy the cake do not eat it fast

Just like your new friendship make it last!


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Dinner…and Dessert

We had dinner tonight with another couple at an Italian restaurant that has been a mainstay in our area for many years. It’s well-known, is decorated spectacularly, and has a gorgeous garden where weddings are often held.

Strangely, we didn’t eat Italian. My husband and our other two friends all had baked salmon in parchment. I don’t eat fish, but had no problem deciding what to have. I settled on BBQ ribs. Oh my goodness, were they delicious. I didn’t even need to bring any home in a box. The accompanying carrots and roasted potatoes were also outstanding. And then one of the others asked about dessert.

Our waiter brought out the dessert tray.

Hmm, let’s see…that strawberry-blueberry crisp looks pretty good. But then there’s that triple plate of a chocolate something-or-other topped with fresh raspberries, a dish of caramel, and a coconut ball. Or should I have crème bruleé, one of my very favorite desserts? And, of course there were others, each looking better than the others. How could I make up my mind?

Now keep in mind that I had just finished a plate of some of the most scrumptious food I’ve ever eaten. I wasn’t hungry. On the contrary, I was super-full. But when that dessert tray came around, temptation got the better of me and I had the triple plate. Let me tell you how fabulous it was.

Pair all of this with good company, beautiful ambiance on the outdoor patio where we dined, and it made for a special evening.

Mmm…Creme Brulee

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