For this post about yogurt, I am sharing the illustrations that I did for Darigold. Each group of fruit that I illustrated was mirrored and used on another part of the label. Probably the most challenging flavor to illustrate was the plain yogurt – a white dollop on a spoon!
Since I have most of the original paintings for this project, I have provided many close-ups. Certain flavors required more design development and my line drawings indicate how the illustration was cropped.
All of my yogurt paintings (with the exception of the cottage cheese ones for Crowley’s) were created using watercolor/dyes. I sometimes added colored pencil for more detail. Acrylic was always used to create “peel textures” and strawberry hives. Friskit (the peeling kind) was used to create crisp and clean edges between the elements. I also masked my work to prevent smudges or imperfections.
Below are examples of the different kinds of leaves for this project. Because these illustrations were so small, I did not make them “super realistic.” I did always keep in mind the color of the fruit next to the leaf. I would incorporate that color into the shadows, as well as the leaf I was illustrating.
I hardly require reference anymore in order to paint most leaves anymore. I have painted so many that I could do them from memory. I never thought that would happen for me!
I began my freelance career right out of college in 1981. I was an illustrator for thirty years. I have enjoyed sharing about my art career on this blog.
On my other blog, myjourneysinsight.com, I share about my passionate love of music and writing. Sometimes there is a “crossover.” Just for fun, I thought I’d share my dialog (in blue) with a few friends regarding the pun choice for this post. I have always loved puns.
To my friends: I am writing a post for my art blog on Yogurt. Here is what I have so far: ILLUSTRATING YOGURT MADE ME CULTURED. If anyone has any better pun ideas for me – please share!
I like the title, though I wonder if your culture was ACTIVE enough. Of course illustrated art is pretty GREEK to me, and I’m not RUSSIAN to take it up at this late date, HONEY. Susan
Wow, Susan, great puns. I just got CREAMED! I like active – that is possible a good addition for me. Maybe I’ll do: “I was actively illustrating yogurt when I became cultured.”
If the yogurt is good enough, I say Clean YO PLAIT! On the other hand, I can see that I might soon SOUR on these puns. Susan
I am letting out a blood CURDling scream because these puns are so bad!
Well, if that’s the WHEY you feel about it. Susan
I know I feel that way because it’s a “COTTAGE” industry. I’m a “KNUD SON of a bitch.” I can’t believe I just wrote such a bad pun!
You guys are MILKing this subject for all it’s worth! Carol
I DAIRY you to come up with another one!
There’s no TOPPING that! Sam
I’m afraid I LACTO the enzymes to DIGEST all these puns. Susan
Oh, CHEESES, you’re really making me work for this one! Carol
I don’t know how everyone has been able to keep CHURNing these puns out! DANNON it! I am so tired from blogging on this post that I am going to go eat something. It will definitely not be yogurt or cottage cheese!