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Burgers Messy - Two


BURGERS AND HOT DOGS

Cheeseburger Tall

For over thirty years, I’ve illustrated food. I’ve enjoyed sharing jobs from my career. For this post my images are of hot dogs and burgers.

The first hamburger above was done for my portfolio at the very beginning of my career. I painted it with watercolors. I used a photo on a puzzle box as my reference and the bun was very yellow. Later on, it was always best for me to use my own photos.

I knew that even the messiest food could be fixed when it was illustrated.

I might have done a good job illustrating this, but preparing perfect burgers was too hard! This is my photo reference an AM/PM poster job.

Thank God I wasn’t a food photographer; preparing perfect burgers was hard! This is my photo reference for an AM/PM poster job.

I usually took my photos outdoors because I preferred the lighting.

I usually took my photos outdoors because I preferred the lighting.

Painting sesame seeds were challenging because I masked out every single one of them using rubber cement.

Burgers Messy - Two

Eventually, I painted those seeds using acrylic and it was much easier. Because opaque mediums have an inherent bluish tone, it was best to still use the masking fluid and then the acrylic would clean up any mistakes.

AMPM Burgers AMPM Hotdog

 

Jobs to make burgers and hot dogs more attractive were done for AM/PM Arco Mini-markets and Orange Julius. Reading all the comments from the art director on my marker layout had me working hard. An artist’s conception was a euphemism for fooling the customers. My job was to make the product look a lot better than it really did!

This is a preliminary marker sketch.

This is a preliminary marker sketch.

A lot of comments on that tissue overlay. Clicking on the image makes them easier to read.

A lot of comments on that tissue overlay. Clicking on the image makes them easier to read.

The process of illustrating a poster for Orange Julius starts with the job layout, my photo reference shot, marker sketch and final art.

OJ Hot Dog layout OJ Hot Dog ref

Marker sketch - in some ways I like it better than the watercolor version.

Marker sketch – in some ways I like it better than the watercolor version.

The bun on the final art was lighter and less colorful. (Probably more edible in appearance that way)

The bun on the final art was lighter and less colorful. (Probably more edible in appearance that way) Notice the biggest difference – a bigger hot dog than bun. Not true!!!

I have included many marker comps for this post because in some cases I have no other copies; the client kept the final art. For the Del Monte relish labels, my marker renderings are fairly close to how the final art looked. The marker rendering of a grill was done for one of my agents to help me obtain more marker jobs. Later on in my career, I used markers for many final illustrations when time was tight.

Del Monte Relish Delmonte Hotdog Comp Del Monte Burger Comp BBQ Grill

On my Sandwich Post I shared a fabric that was called “Deli print.” Well, I also have a burger fabric. Someone else designed it and included Sloppy Joes, which I never even painted; but they did use the same buns and sesame seeds!

Burger Fabric

I actually illustrated a burger for a financial company. The price sign stuck in the burger was not helpful when I wanted to use the image for my stock agencies. I was able to digitally remove it. The prices for that burger went up over time. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened for illustrators. If I receive prices for my art like I did twenty years ago, I’m very happy!

Griffin Burger

This was my preliminary marker sketch.

This was my preliminary marker sketch.

I'm throwing this image in from a menu. More sesame seeds for me to paint. Notice that great price - it fits in about how burger prices have risen!

I’m throwing this image in from a menu. Notice that great price – it fits in with the illustration above it showing how burger prices have risen!

Glad i could take off the price tag.

Glad I could take off the price tag.

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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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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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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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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