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Food Illustrations in Procreate

Updated: Jan 22, 2023

My personal examples that I show my students:

Background Information:

  • A popular subject matter that almost all students love is FOOD.

  • Food is subject that has so many styles, categories, and opportunities for exploration.

  • I usually have this project in the second semester after the students have learned the foundations of the graphic design class as well as possibly found their own styles.

  • Various graphic designers and illustrators are shown from this amazing resource as well as the work from Rob Sketcherman. (He's always been a favorite of mine!)

  • Students are instructed to find at least three artists from the site that they are inspired by to create their own food illustrations.

Learning Objectives:

  • The student will research various graphic design artists currently working in the industry.

  • The student will create a brainstorm plan for a food illustration.

  • The student will create an original food illustration inspired by an artist.

  • The student will analyze the work of their peers.

Anchor Standards:

  • Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

  • Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

  • Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.

  • Anchor Standard #4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

TEKS (All TEKS will be used throughout the project):

  • 2.A. Creative Expression: Create original artwork using multiple solutions from direct observation, original sources, experiences, and imagination in order to expand personal themes that demonstrate artistic intent

Essential Questions:

  • What conditions, attitudes, and behaviors support creativity and innovative thinking? What factors prevent or encourage people to take creative risks?

  • How do artists work?

  • How do artists and designers determine whether a particular direction in their work is effective?

  • How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?

Enduring Understandings:

  • Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.

  • Artists and designers shape artistic investigations, following or breaking with traditions in pursuit of creative artmaking goals.

  • Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches.

  • Artist and designers develop excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.


  • Students may work in whatever style they feel comfortable. Not all students will want to create realistically, and are welcomed to create simple line art with color dropping.

  • Students may create 3 simple designs with repeated shapes versus one detailed artwork.

Project Duration: 1 Week

  • Introduction: 10 Minutes

  • Brainstorming: 30 Minutes

  • Studio Time: 3-4 days

  • Critique/Reflection: 45+ Minutes (Depending on class size)


  • Students are instructed to research the websites provided in the background information to find inspiration.

  • Students are to create a brainstorm that includes: 3 artists they find interesting, a screen shot of their works, the color palette they want to use, and a brief sketch of their idea.

  • Students will create a final food illustration based off of their findings.

Project Extensions:

  • Students may continue to format their final illustrations in a real-world industry form such as: A menu, a fine art website, magazine, etc.

Reflection Questions:

  • What did you find difficult about this assignment?

  • What did you find successful about your final illustration?

  • Where could your final illustration be used in the real world?

  • How could you improve your final artwork if you had limited time and resources?

Student Brainstorms and Final Illustrations Gallery:


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