PACKAGING
ILLUSTRATION
by Ken Jacobsen

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Ken Jacobsen is a full-time freelance pen-and-ink illustrator who produces high quality, classically styled illustration for art directors and graphic designers all over the world, and has for over 30 years.

That’s me! This site shows llustrations that I’ve done for packaging. (To see other work, just click my logo at the upper right.)

Style:  My style, from finely detailed to bold and graphic, was influenced by the classic pen and ink illustrations of the 19th and early 20th centuries –themselves influenced by the woodcuts and engravings that preceded them. The artist who influenced me most was my grandfather, who taught me to always put quality and craftsmanship first.

Technique:  I work on a digitizing tablet, which I’ve been using since 1995, and all my work is created in digital format, unless requested otherwise.

Finished illustration:  Whatever the client requires, whether vector or pixel format, with the latter colored with watercolor on a separate layer.

Awards:  My work has popped up in all those major design mags and gotten AIGA awards and been praised on sites like drawn.ca and others.


Rollover the images at the right to have a look, and please feel free to contact me any time.

Illustrations for packaging by Ken Jacobsen Woodcut style illustration for organic food packaging Pen and ink character illustration for packaging Character drawing for packaging Woodcut style pen and ink for packaging Pen and ink classic scene for packaging Vector art for packaging Line drawing of a landscape for packaging Woodcut style illustration for packaging Woodcut style characters for packaging Woodcut style pen and ink art for packaging Engraving style art for packaging Pen and ink landscape for packaging


Winken, Blinken & Nod
Artist: Howard Houlette

This is an example of pen and ink
stipple illustration,
from the 1920's.


Usage: Organic Corn Chips, Blue & Yellow
Client: Publix Foods

Pen and ink with watercolor
Line and color on separate layers in Photoshop

Packaging illustration, pen and ink with watercolor
Usage: Hunt & Wesson, Dr Wing's Buffalo Sauce
Client: Onderdonk Haynes

Pen and ink with watercolor
Pen and ink with watercolor, character for packaging

Usage: Cargil Corporation Kosher Salt
Client: Carmichael Lynch
Pen and ink

Usage: Pig's Eye Beer, Minnesota Brewing Co
Client: M R Bolin
Art Director: John Simpson

Pen and ink

Pen and ink character illustration for packaging

Pen and ink classical scene for packaging

Usage: Jennie O
Client: Semmer Group
Pen and ink
Pen and ink landscape illustration for packaging

Usage: Jennie O
Client: Semmer Group
Pen and ink
Usage: Plant Food packaging
Client: Plant Revolution
Full color vector art
Engraving style line art in pen and ink for packaging

Usage: Organic farm products
Client: Obrist und Partner

Pen and ink
opfel package

 

 

Woodcut style illustration for packaging

Usage: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts
Client: Third Stone Design

Pen and ink with watercolor



Usage: Salt Packaging
Client: Tad Ware
Pen and ink


Usage: Summit Brewing Co
Client: Happy Monday

Pen and ink, finished as vector art



Usage: Organic Frozen Shrimp
Client: Publix Foods

Pen and ink with watercolor,
each on a separate Photoshop layer
photo