Friday, August 21, 2015

Forest Berries Image For Labels

strawberry blackcurrant raspberry

In comparison with Caramel Fudge image, where I had to practically invent and re-invent the composition going through many sketches for the Yogurt Labels international project, the Forest Berries image was relatively easy for me to create. 

I just needed to make sure that the berries would be "read" and "separated", yet are staying in one logical bunch in the black and white image.

Luckily, I had many berries painted for the previous, Jam Labels, project.
So, I already had a sweet velvety Raspberry bunch behind my belt:
realism in watercolor

I painted quite a few Blackcurrant botanical studies before:

realism in watercolor
And I had a painting of the Strawberries bunch with flowers and leaves as well:

realism in watercolor

I just needed to turn on my imagination, grab the pen with ink; and, fearlessly start drawing berry after berry, seed after seed, leave vein after a leave vein. 

The shading and the contrast were the keys of the successful drawing for sure!! 




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Caramel Fudge Yogurt Labels

label
The most interesting challenge for me in the yogurt labels project for one International company was Caramel Fudge illustration. 

The customer wanted to have a small black and white image. My task was to make it happen; and, achieve the recognition of the objects that will be put on small yogurt labels.

In this image I had to picture sharp glossy edges of caramel candies with crumbly soft fudge squares.

I decided to put the fudge on the bottom to make a sweet "base" for the smaller caramel cubes.
But before the final decision there were many trials and many different compositions.
My studio looked like a Fudge Shop with only one exception: I was "cooking" my candies on the paper with pencil and ink, instead of the cookie sheets in the oven. 

After tons of sketches, the original design (above) was selected:





Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What Color Is The Rhubarb

ink drawing of the rhubarb stalks

As the part of my illustration project for Yogurt Labels for one Irish Company, I had to create an ink drawing of a Rhubarb.

The illustration itself was supposed to be in black and white:


But I had a question:

Which color of the background the customer will be using?

Hmm...

The Rhubarb can be light or dark green, pink, purple, deep red, or even yellowish green...

It is certainly up to the client what color of the background they shell choose.

I, on another hand, chose Nine Shades Of The Rhubarb in my colorful design :)


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stormy Seascape Vintage Style

Ocean watercolor painting Old Masters style

In eager anticipation of a future trip to see William Turner's exhibition, that is taking place this Summer at the De Yong Museum in San Francisco; I've decided to create my own vintage style seascape painting:


In this artwork I followed not only good traditions of Old Masters of the British School; but also allowed myself to apply some fast brushstrokes in Impressionistic style.

Pretty much whole painting was completed in a dry brush technique when I used a very hard bristles (two size brushes), creating layer after layer to achieve the deep sea rough waters, the rocky mountains, and dramatic skies.

A lonely sailboat heading back to the harbor to escape the upcoming storm, The shore mountains are still lit by the sun in some places, but very soon, all will turn dark from the shadows of the clouds and those powerful ocean waves.

An interesting mysterious story:
When I finished the painting, I noticed a smiley face in the clouds. I left it there, thinking, "it is probably William Turner, looking at my art and saying: Good Job Irina!! Well Done!!"
:)






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