We have officially reached the 1/2 way point in this year’s Fruit and Vegetable themed Art Challenge! It has been a fruitful (ha ha) challenge thus far, and even though the selection is a bit leaner than with the Animal themed challenge from last year, I have managed to find a good subject for every letter! But before we dive in to the works… If this is the first time learning about this challenge you can read more about it here.
OK! Onto the good stuff! Let’s start with a look at the 7 fruit/veg I drew for this portion of the challenge:
Overall I like this batch a lot. I was able to find a good mix of round and non-round fruit/veg to draw and all of them are commonly known. I think those are the two biggest challenges. I love discovering new-to-me varieties of fruit and veggies when I put together the letter prompts, but since I am drawing these in the hopes of future uses, choosing more commonly known fruit/veg is the better choice. Plus, since I am choosing to do geometric versions, having the fruit/veg already be known helps them remain recognizable. The other challenge is that so many fruit/veg are ROUND… often they are more distinguishable cut than whole (like the honeydew) especially if I am doing stylized versions. A geometric, minimal detail round fruit or veggie could end up looking like a solid oval or circle!
Interestingly my favorite of this batch is an “oval” fruit… the kiwi! Here is a closer look:
Obviously I used a “cut” view to make it more interesting. I love how with the geometric stylization a common fruit takes on a beautiful “abstract” look. I am considering making a pattern with this one. I might not even make it a kiwi pattern! I think with some re-coloring it could simply be a geometric design element!
Speaking of patterns. I have not created any new repeating patterns (or any other art pieces) with any of these fruit/veg or ones from the first batch (my only “extra” so far is my Geometric Carrots design which I shared in the last recap). This is partially because an opportunity has not yet occurred to give me a chance to do so (like a Spoonflower contest or a new card need). But also, I think that patterns that incorporate multiple fruit/veg or have the fruit/veg combined with non-food elements, etc. will probably be the way that I will most likely use them. I expect at the END of the challenge that I will take the new produce library as a whole and work them into a pattern(s).
Another aspect of this challenge that I have been encouraging is participation from other artists. You may recall that in my first recap I shared the work of Jill Byers. I am happy to report that Jill has been continuing with the challenge and that there has been another artist, Al Donzza, who has joined and also been posting for every letter. Since we all chose the Jalapeno for our “J” letter, I thought it would be fun to see all three together. I absolutely love how different are our interpretations can be of the of the same subject.
First up is my jalapeno, which is obviously in keeping with my geometric theme. I chose to hatch this one and I am quite happy with how it looks. I did struggle with the composition of this art board though. I think the jalapeno will work better in a repeating pattern, maybe with a few other variations thrown in.
Next up is the gorgeous oil paint version by Jill Byers which is so drastically different from mine. I love how Jill has chosen to compose all her canvases so that the subjects disappear off the sides of the canvas. It adds a unique perspective which complements her realistic style and makes it more interesting! You can see all of Jill’s paintings grouped together here. It is an amazing collection!
Next up is the work of Al Donzza who has also been doing paintings but in a totally different style and medium: Watercolors! I love the vibrancy of Al’s work and the “action” worked into a usually static subject! These red jalapenos really pop!
I find it interesting that we all included two jalapenos in our compositions. But that of course, is where the similarities end!
I hope you have enjoyed this review of the second quarter of Alphabet Illustrations. If you have been thinking about joining in it is not too late! I would love to have you take part! I post a letter prompt every two weeks as a reminder of the start of the next letter and help get the creative juices flowing! And don’t forget to include the hashtag for the challenge with your posts: #2018fruitandveggieartchallenge
Thanks for reading!