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A BUNCH OF CHERRIES

Cherry Group with Leaf

I am a food illustrator and have illustrated a lot of fruit. For this post I am sharing cherries. Cherries had challenges with the long and thin stems, which needed to be delicate and smooth. The dimension of a cherry was created with a bottom shadow and simple highlight.Cherries and Leaf Cherries A

It was important that the highlight wasn’t too perfect or the cherry would look like plastic. The cherries I illustrated were either bright red or a dark magenta to indicate “black cherry” flavor. Cherry leaves were interesting to paint because they had very serrated edges.Cherries Four Cherry Group Red Cherry Bunch 1 Cherry and Vanilla Cherries-Horizontal Group Cherries Cropped

For fun, I share a large fruit illustration that includes cherries. It was large because it would wrap around a jar for a jam label. The art director requested that my painting be done in a certain style.  I had to follow a certain color and texture for the leaves. And, I was told to have harsh shadows. Normally, I use reflected light on the edges of fruit and never let the shadow reach the edge. The effect was definitely interesting for me!Stylized Fruit Medley Fruit style w. cherry 3 Fruit style w. cherry 2 Fruit style w. cherry 1

My cherry illustrations were used on labels for yogurt, juice, jam and liqueur. There is one painting that was very unusual because it was for train car rentals.Take your pick Northland cherry label Mountain Sun Cherry Label Wegmans Cherry

I never liked painting clear liquid, but this painting was my best effort that I was pleased with. Close up Splash Cherry SplashSome 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

© 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.

Ponderosa Lemon


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CITRUS FRUIT

Ponderosa Lemon

I have been a food artist for over 30 years.

Yellow Grapefruit ClusterLemon Final Tangerine Group

I have many illustrations of citrus fruit, and have already shared a post of just oranges. So now I’m sharing lemons, limes, tangerines and grapefruits. (I threw in one orange and a few strawberries).

Lime Peel 1 Peel Yellow

I enjoy rendering citrus fruit. I start by creating a pattern of circles and “half moons” that radiate from the highlight area to replicate the citrus peel texture.

Orange Group 1 Key Lime Final Strawberry-Lemon FinalLimes Lemon  Lemon groupGrapefruit Pink    Lemon Group of 7Grapefruit & Tangerine

The illustrations for this post were used on labels for beverages, popsicles and jam.

Some of them were rendered with markers and colored pencils while others were created with watercolor dyes. The peel texture was created using acrylics and a glazing technique, which I describe on my other blog at this link:

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

 Grapefruit YellowGrapefruit Pink with BlossomsLemon D

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com  http://foodartist.wordpress.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.

Berries Mixed Medley


BERRY WITH ME

 

Berries Mixed Medley

I have illustrated fruit for over thirty years. For this post, I’m sharing berries. Some of these illustrations were used to indicate berry flavor on labels for yogurt, juice, liqueur, sorbet and vitamins. I have so many illustrations of fruit that I’ve already had separate posts on strawberries and blueberries. These are some of the remaining illustrations that I wanted to share. Certainly within the raspberry family – there are many color variations of color.

Stylized Fruit

Although much of my work is realistic, there are many different ways to illustrate fruit. On the painting above, I was specifically asked to illustrate a medley of fruit in a “Renaissance” style. The leaves had to be painted with certain colors and the lighting did not have any reflected light on the edges of the fruit.

Stylized Fruit close-up

Stylized Fruit close-up 2

I enjoyed replicating different styles to please my clients. Below are more of my illustrations and I have included some close ups.

Yogurt carton Raspberry Raspberry Final Raspberry 2 Raspberry Raspberries Three Raspberries Large Group Raspberries Four Marion Berry Marion Berry Final Cranberry Branch Curved Cranberries with Twig & Leaves Blackberry pair Black Currents Berry Patch Berries CroppedWegmans labels Northland labels

Some of these paintings were rendered with markers and colored pencils. 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

© 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.

 

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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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.

 


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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.


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.


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.

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