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