Editorial Illustrations in Watercolor – Farmers Market Theme

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watercolor watercolour by Irina Sztukowski
It is easy to be creative when you have pencil, brush, and watercolor right at your side. It was even easier for me after I visited our local farmers market and fresh idea popped into my head as fresh as their vegetables and fruits there.

I decided to imply my artist’s skills into editorial illustration design; and, I created this cute alphabet made of healthy and delicious veggies.

All of them, by the way are my favorite to eat.

First I’ve created three letters:
Peppery A
Beet – ery B
and Super Cute Bell Pepper – C:
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The rest of the letters were just popping and popping for those  watercolor editorial illustrations as if they were waiting for me on the shelves of Farmers Market booths.

Having three very affordable farmers markets nearby, I created this sign that is quite important these days to support the local communities:
watercolour letters alphabet vegetables theme
Then, one customer of mine asked me to create LOVE TO EAT sign for her kitchen decor. She ordered it on my illustrator website Irina Sztukowski Editorial Illustrations 
watercolor artist illustrator vegetables alphabet
And I was delighted to create another editorial illustration, Farmers Market, made of sweet radishes, cucumbers, beans, and celery 🙂
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For vegan foods lovers, I’ve created a sign:
watercolor illustrations of veggies healthy food
Basically, I’ve created whole alphabet and made it  possible for customers to order their own signs whatever they feel would look great at their Farmers Market booth, newspaper or magazine articles, cafe or restaurant decor; or, even in the kitchen interior: 
Cute watercolour alphabet artist Illustrator
All those signs and a cute alphabet for editorial illustrations are in my Food Illustrations Gallery.

Another article on Editorial Illustrations is here:

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Strawberry Serendipity – Realistic Watercolor Painting

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watercolour realism berries
I was going down the Pacific Ocean coast from a nice mini-vacation with my husband. We stopped at the farmers market to get some vegetables and at the very end decided to get some delicious strawberries:
When I got home I received a new project request from my client, Swiss company, to paint strawberries in realistic manner for one of their client who produces yogurts in Europe. 

The timing could not be more right. Miss Serendipity worked quite well. I grabbed my watercolors and brush and started working on this interesting project. 
Painting realistic strawberries takes patients and lots of time. The artist needs to carefully research the object, plan the color theme, make very detailed drawing, and still keep the whole picture in mind when painting in small sections one after another.

I enjoyed it very much!

And the reward?!! Besides customer satisfaction, I got a nice desert at the end: organic yogurt with homemade honey and … strawberries!!! 🙂
These realistic paintings of watercolor strawberries (Full Realistic Watercolor Strawberry and Cut In Half Strawberry Watercolor Painting) are now available through my online gallery 

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Watercolor Stitches ?!!

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One quite unusual request I’ve received from one International fellow artist recently. Her name is Hanita Yahotomi from Ukraine (http://vk.com/morra_design) and 
she asked to transform my watercolor painting of 
into a design for 
cross-stitching. 
I am so used to by now that my art is on Jams, Yogurts, SaucesMarmalade, and on other packaging materials for farms and Farmers Markets. But this offer was quite unexpected and really exiting. 

I was wondering how can the artist make the transition from stitch to stitch imitating my watercolor brush strokes. 
And, as you can see, she did it perfectly. 

I love it! 

Here is for comparison, my original watercolor:


There are so many interesting, exiting and unexpected ways to express the Beauty of the Art! 
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Blueberry Farm

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watercolor blueberries

After traveling over the ocean to Ireland for Jam Labels project, my Sweet Little Blueberries returned home to the U.S. 

This time I got an exciting proposal from a blueberry farm owner to have my blueberries on 
Nico’s Wild Mountain Blueberry, LLC 
advertising materials and packaging.

What a great use of the realistic illustrations!

I have not even thought about this opportunities until I got a call 
🙂

More ideas for other farms throughout the world can be found in my gallery 

French Cafe

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Country style illustration

I have created this French Café painting as the part of brainstorming for a special commission for one of my dear customers. The customer said that she wanted a bicycle with the basket full of flowers standing next to the window. And she proposed the idea of some French cafe.
I loved the idea so much that I got cared away with tons of ideas, and this started a whole new series that I called
The painting above has a sweet little story in it for sure. 

I imagined a girl who was riding her bicycle to a flower stand at the local farmers market. Then, she placed the flowers into the bicycle’s  basket and went to the cafe to meet with the friend. The warm sunny day called for a good conversation that Saturday morning. The girls chatted long and even didn’t noticed the time passing by. The Sun was moving the shadows along the wall, but nothing would break that sweet tête-à-tête  between two girlfriends. 

Then, I have decided to create a few more stories and few more little painting on French Country before starting the new commission. In this case, my customer and I could work together on discussing the final composition details.

More painting to come soon 
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Farmers Market Treasures Jam Relish and Marmalade Labels Project

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What Color Are The Vitamins?!

realism in watercolor jam labels
My Jam, Relish, and Marmalade Gallery is growing. Several new paintings and designs were born in the last month. And with enough water and plenty of colors on my palette, it keeps growing as if I opened a “Farmers Market” in my studio. 

I’ve looked at my previous and new paintings of vegetables, berries and fruits and combined them into a color themes.
The above one calls for some cool colors. This group is for Blue and Black Vitamins, and it contains blueberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, and grape paintings.

The next bunch is so so red. The mixture of cranberries, raspberries, redcurrant, strawberries and even rhubarb would water any mouth:

realism in watercolor jam labels
Unusual combination of berries, fruit, veggies, and even herbs is in my Green collection. Gooseberries, cucumbers, green apple and mint leaves are here in Green Vitamins collage:

realism in watercolor jam labels
All shades of yellow and orange are in this Citrus Quartet, a Vitamin C in all its glory. It contains ruby red grapefruit, oranges, and lemons:

realism in watercolor marmalade labels
And not so well coming together in one dish, but oh so well came together by color into a collection of Purple fruits, berries, and vegetables.
It contains plums, eggplant, purple onion, and freshly picked blackberries that certainly have a purple tint to them:

realism in watercolor jam relish labels
It was fun to combine so many different creation of mine into a colored vitamins series.
Thanks to my Jam Labels project, which allowed me to generate so many different designs!

It’s Time for Coffee

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Two of my favorite things: Coffee and Pears. Not that I drink coffee eating pears every day, in most of the cases the coffee wins. And I loved to challenge myself with the pear painting as these fruits have some kind of magic in their shapes. There is no perfect pear yet they are all so incredibly interesting.

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At the beginning I’ve painted them all yellow, green and slight red. The skin was perfectly glowing from inside. I’ve even made a photo reference, when all of the sudden I’ve noticed that there is something wrong there: the pears looked to me more waxie than real. Yes, I forgot to place the little “imperfections” on them: the dots that characterize the pears so well. After few touches these Ladies came to life, all dotted, all freckled and smiley..
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The photo reference came from my sister; the pears she bought at Russian Farmers Market and she used an old carafe that we had for years in our family to set up this beautiful still life for me.
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8″x10 Waterecolor on Arches 140 Cold Pressed, Winsor & Newton watercolors