A Feast for the Eyes: Fascinating Food Illustrations

"A Tribute to Budgie" is a food illustration series created by American Food Stylist Anna Keville Joyce and Photographer Agustín Nieto.

When Joyce’s pet bird died, she mourned for its loss in a tangible way: She created a series of elegant birds, made up of 100% food elements and arranged on plates, highlighting the unique humor in their design and physical characteristics. Each food element used in the illustrations is shown around the plates to help explain the different colors, shapes and textures achieved.

We can see her inventive thinking in the delicate arrangement: crushed-up Fruit Loops cereal are used in the body of a flamingo and carefully-peeled carrots act as feathers for the other birds. Besides, seeing the raw materials of these intricate illustrations surrounding each plate will make you appreciate Joyce’s handiwork even more.

Joyce once explains that she begins an illustration by gathering references of interesting food details. Afterwards, she creates a sketch and purchases ingredients based on what she thinks will work for a particular piece. Joyce tends to buy more than she uses, because like a painter, she needs a palette with options. From there, she starts with the longest-lasting ingredient and works backwards to the most delicate until she completes the incredible pieces we see here.

(All photographs created by Anna Keville Joyce and Agustín Nieto)

See more of Joyce's works at http://www.akjfoodstyling.com/


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