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At times, my career has been quite educational. When I’ve illustrated herbs, I became knowledgeable about their properties and usefulness as remedies.
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