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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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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.


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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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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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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.

 


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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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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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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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