| Italian Pizza Illustrations of 12 Iconic Pizzas, an Italian Food Illustration by Illustrator and Artist Yaansoon |
In January 2019, I was commissioned by the Italian Trade Agency – ITA (Agenzia ICE) to create an art print depicting 12 Italian Pizza illustrations on occasion of Pizza Day, coinciding on February 9 2019.
The client requested that the illustration style of the art print be consistent with a previous illustration project I had completed for them late 2018. Please see this portfolio page for a better idea about the overarching project, which consisted of creating a number of Italian food illustrations depicting staple Italian ingredients (cheese and pasta) as well as an illustration of Italy’s most known desserts – with hand-lettering.
ITA/ICE requested the following deliverables:
- 1 illustrated art print depicting 12 iconic Italian Pizzas, with hand-lettering in Italian and Arabic.
I worked with ITA/ICE staff to identify the most iconic and authentic Italian pizzas known to Italians locally. The selected pizzas ranged from Pizza Margherita to Focaccia, and demonstrated a number of diverse Italian ingredients, such as mozzarella di bufala, frutti di mare (sea food), fiori di zucca (zucchini/courgette flowers), and other staple Italian ingredients.
This art print was created in CMYK colour mode and was printed out as an A2 art print, with the official ITA/ICE logo at the bottom (not included here).
The Target Audience
The art prints were distributed at a relationship-building and social media event with special focus on restaurants that served Italian pizza, or had Italian chefs at their helm.
The restaurants placed the Italian Pizza illustrations on display at their entryways, and selected one of the pizzas portrayed in the art print as their “special dish of the day.” They also celebrated Pizza Day on social media by taking part in an ITA/ICE hashtag designated for the day.
Client: The Italian Trade Agency – ITA (Agenzia ICE).
The Agency’s full name in Italian is: Agenzia per la promozione all’estero e l’internazionalizzazione delle imprese italiane). ITA is a governmental department, part of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (Ministero dello sviluppo economico). ITA/ICE has offices in 70 countries worldwide.
Year: Jan – Feb 2019
Illustration Technique: I created this Italian Pizza illustration with a Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 pen display tablet using digital brushes on Adobe Photoshop. I also created initial sketches on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 smart tablet, using the ArtFlow app. Scanned analogue watercolour washes using professional-grade watercolours were incorporated into the illustrations digitally. The lettering was created using custom digital ink brushes on Adobe Photoshop.
About the Illustrator
Yaansoon is a freelance digital and pen-and-ink illustrator who produces culturally informed illustrations for clients, art directors and graphic designers looking for food illustration, travel illustration, illustrated maps, and women empowerment artwork with a multi-cultural Mediterranean feel. Having travelled to over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, she brings some of that exposure into her illustrations, which transmit an acute attention to cultural flavour.