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#27 I STARTED OUT FLAKEY AND THEN I WENT NUTS

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

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#26 JUDY’S STUDIO TIPS – PART 4

It is important to maintain a portfolio that showcases the strongest pieces. I regularly painted new paintings to upgrade my portfolio. I geared my portfolio paintings to showcase my strongest abilities. Continue reading

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#25 BEGINNING MY CAREER IN A HEART BEAT

A had a class assignment to create a magazine cover for a cardiac magazine. If the publisher decided to use it, they would pay $400. My illustration was chosen and I received my first payment for an illustration assignment while I was still in college! Up until that point, my major was still listed as “Undecided.” Upon receiving that job, I decided to become an art major.
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#24 ANOTHER POST ABOUT COMPOST

When I illustrated for Supersoil, I really appreciated the art director, Dave Sanchez’s input. There were always a lot of possibilities, as evidenced by my numerous, color sketches. Instead of doing a tight, marker comp, another method I used was to photocopy a line sketch and make a lot of color studies. Continue reading

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#23 A POST ABOUT COMPOST

One of my favorite series of illustrations was the ones that I did for Rod McLellan Company. Because I did eight illustrations, I will have them grouped in two different posts in chronological order. Each illustration created for a Supersoil package label was unique and keenly designed by the art director, Dave Sanchez. I never did meet Dave in person; we had excellent rapport over the telephone. Continue reading

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#22 S’MORE ART LESSONS

When I illustrated two FSI ads and a back panel for Honeymaid graham crackers, I received my highest fee ever for a single painting. I was paid $7,000 each. There was a huge amount of pressure creating these illustrations, because the deadline was outrageous. They were completed within three days! Solving the textural puzzle for graham crackers was fun. Colored pencil allowed for the “roughness,” and light toothbrush spatter was also part of it. I sometimes used an eraser to lighten and “roughen” up the texture, as well. Continue reading

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#21 REPRESENTING MY MISTAKES

I’ve had some close relationships with my artist representatives. It’s interesting how I was able to get to know their voices so well, without ever meeting them face-to-face. The rep that I’ve had the longest, Barb, I’ve only met twice.Breaking up with an agent was almost always very painful; almost like breaking up with a boyfriend!
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