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#38 IT WAS FRUITFUL BEING AN ILLUSTRATOR

From the beginning of my art career I specialized in still life imagery. Soon, I was illustrating a lot of fruit. Therefore, I not only considered my niche to be one of being a food illustrator, sometimes I’ve referred to myself as a fruit-label illustrator!
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#32 SOME SWEET ILLUSTRATIONS

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

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#31 WINGING THESE ILLUSTRATIONS

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

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#29 SOME UNUSUAL AND USUAL ILLUSTRATIONS – PART 1

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.
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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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#16 A MATERIAL LIST

Illustrating traditionally has become rare. However, in the interest of sharing my outdated technique, I am going to list some materials. I am not sure how long those art supply stores will continue to carry these! Continue reading

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#15 MY PET PROJECTS

Pet food is just like regular food. The main issue for me was solving the texture. It was helpful to use a toothbrush to splatter, and an eraser to create rough, highlight areas. Continue reading

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