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I’ve been sharing a lot of different categories of illustrations that I’ve done over my career. Of course, I still have a lot of paintings left. I decided I’d categorize the ones for this particular post as the illustrations where I needed to do something other than usual photorealism.
This post is organized with illustrations following a “sweet theme.” One of the first lessons I had as an illustrator was how important promotion was. It turned out that one of my favorite paintings of a candy bar was a perfect image to tantalize an art director with. I love painting chocolate. The properties of dye allow for an amazing array of brown colors when painting chocolate. For me there is never simply “brown!” In working to create rich tones, I use colors such as amber yellow, mahogany, ultramarine, vermillion and other brown variants. Continue reading
In 1997, I received an assignment from the east coast. I would be illustrating a series of note cards for a publisher called Creative Horizons (no longer in existence). I ended up illustrating six butterflies, a honeybee, and two flowers. Of those paintings, only four butterflies were published. Continue reading
During the time that I was an illustration instructor, I became quite busy with my freelance career. It seemed like a logical idea to employ some of my students to help me when I became “overloaded.” I had worked briefly for another illustrator, so I understood the value in helping to mentor my students while at the same time benefiting from reducing any work that could be delegated.
I’ve been scanning illustration assignments and grouping them into categories. Some assignments that I’ve done have simply been weird! They defy any category. Others are more typical if they involve food. What would be unusual is what the illustration was used for.
The following illustrations represent my specialty niche of food illustration. For me, illustrating a salad is a joy. The textures and colors intrigue me and reference has always been readily available. The challenges would be non-organic elements, such as bowls, plates, and bottles. Continue reading
One of my very first projects for Publix involved illustrating their store brand of cereals. The job was actually billed to Ralston-Purina Company. My next assignment after illustrating the cereal boxes was four, nut labels. I have illustrated almond liqueur labels for two different companies, and plan to share more of those illustrations later on. My last project was a series of labels that I did for Azar Nuts. By the time I did this project, I became very adept at creating the composition totally on the computer. Continue reading