Wednesday, December 23, 2009

LA Times Food Section Illustrations- Part Deux

As promised, here is the second part of the commission for the Food Section of the L.A. Times. It's for a great little story about mothers, home-cooking, and working class South L.A. in the 1950s. The author explains how his mother's cooking (the best in the neighborhood) instilled in him a certain view towards food. That it should be about more than filling your stomach. It should be prepared with love, and satisfy more than just your appetite. Read it here.

Given the subject matter, I wanted this piece to reflect stylistic elements of vintage illustration, especially children's books, and design of the 1940s and 50s. It came fairly easy to me, because I usually derive a lot of influence from those areas already. Thank you again to Wes, who is always a pleasure to work with.

On another note, Chris Huth from Indy Ink recently asked me to participate in a group show at the gallery. I've sold prints from Indy Ink in the past, and was happy to join in the festivities. The main stipulation was that all work in the gallery be priced under $100, to tempt people to buy real art, made locally, instead of a gift card to some international chain. For anyone with some last minute shopping to do, and interested in purchasing something made by real live human beings, right here in Denver, check out all the work at Indy Ink on South Broadway. I have three high quality giclee prints of my Loteria pieces up. I believe the show will be up through January, in honor of "Buy Local Month."


  1. Hi Justin, I just wanted to drop in and say thank you for coming over and saying hello on my blog. :) I love your work - the houses in this particular piece in the background are just edible! the pink in this piece makes me think of icing, in a good way. Like it ought to be made, and like it ought to smell. Sweet. Congratulations on the show too. Sounds like a lot of fun. Take care, and enjoy... Kristina

  2. Kristina- Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it. I was a little concerned at first about having so much pink in the piece, but the dark blue of her dress seemed to compliment it well. Plus it felt right with the time period of the story. Thanks for coming to check it out!