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.

Packaging illustrations by the illustrator Ken Jacobsen Full color vector landscape for packaging Woodcut style pen and ink for packaging Engraving style illustration for packaging PMS vector art for packaging Vector art for organic food product Pen and ink with watercolor for natural product Woodcut style illustration for organic food product Illustrations for organic food product Vector art for snack food packaging Pen and ink with watercolor for natural product Nature scene for beer packaging Woodcut style pen and ink for packaging Engraving style illustrations for organic salad packaging


Winken, Blinken & Nod
Artist: Howard Houlette

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


Vector art illustration for packaging
Usage: Private Label ham
Client: Nicolosi Foods

Full color vector art
Pen and ink illustration for frozen food packaging

Usage: Frozen Food packaging  Client: Miller Meester
Pen and ink
Engraving style illustration for packaging


Usage: Organic Grape Juice
Client: Publix Foods

Pen and ink with watercolor;
each on a separate Photoshop layer
Classic style vector illustration for packaging

Usage: Summit Brewing Company
Client: Happy Monday

Vector art
Vector illustration for organic product

Usage: Abbotsford Farms Organic Eggs
Client: J T Mega

Pen and ink finished as vector art
Usage: Organic Cranberry Juice
Client: Publix Foods

Pen and ink with watercolor:
each on a separate Photoshop layer



Usage: Organic Laundry Product
Client: Publix Foods

Pen and ink with watercolor:
each on a separate layer




Usage: Organic Salsa
Client: Publix Foods

Pen and ink with watercolor,
each on a separate layer
PMS color vector art for packaging

Usage: Snack packaging
Client: Goebel Design

PMS color vector art

Usage: Packaging
Client: CLX

Pen and ink with watercolor: each on separate layers
Pen and ink illustration with watercolor for packaging
Classic woodcut style illustration for packaging

Usage: Minnesota Brewing Company
Client: M R Bolin

Pen and ink with watercolor

Pen and ink illustration for food packaging

Usage: Hormel Company
Client: MLR

Pen and ink

Engraving style packaging illustrations


Usage: Organic Salad Greens, 7 varieties
Client: Publix Foods

Pen and ink with watercolor, each on separate layers

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