Keith is wonderful at distilling complex ideas into simple, but emotionally nuanced imagery. And while this illustration seems simple, the open-ended narrative and quiet vulnerability hit me at an emotional center. -MR
Joy Ho and I had a lot of fun working on the illustrations for this story about why some people eat salt on grapefruit (quick hint: it dates back to both World Wars). To be honest, neither of us like grapefruit. Its bitter acidity is a shock to unsuspecting tastebuds – sharp and overwhelming. The aftertaste is haunting. But, for the sake of science and this art, we hesitantly tried a few different grapefruits. Turns out, it is less horrible with a sprinkling of salt. And, dare we say it, kinda good.
So in that adventurous spirit, Joy started sketching before we photographed.
Joy’s brainstorming on the different ways to slice a grapefruit. We used these as a basis for how to plan the photographs and historical characters.
We used the natural coloring of the grapefruit’s rind and and fruit as a starting point, then lit them in a high contrast style. The result is a bright and contrasted color palette that echoes the grapefruit’s flavor.
Because we knew we’d be illustrating over top the images, most of the photographs were shot at an angle to allow for depth in the illustrations.