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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!)

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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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Kinks & Leaks (Fix Them)

My mind, my body, my spirit? A little patching, pulling the kinks out, repairs and life goes on. After all the intent, in the photograph, is to provide nurturing to living things (plants, gardens, pets, family, friends). I will do my part. Will you? (by SwittersB)


Summer

I am watching the happenings in my backyard.
Birds hop.  The grass needs cutting.
I’ll get to it but I am enjoying its gentle hedonism.

The soil is losing its poisons, I suppose,
things bloom where they didn’t before
and you can hold the blue of the air in your palm.

You grew from beneath my feet
and wrapped yourself around my heart

and I skip these stones across your pond
hoping at least the concentric ripples reach you.

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