HOW TO MAKE A RECIPE ILLUSTRATION

Cooking is not my cup of tea. My numerous experiments in the kitchen have turned into disasters unthinkable. I figured making a recipe illustration will give me the inspiration I need. And I’ve made a tutorial on how I plan to make them in today’s post.

Learn how to make a recipe illustration in today's tutorial blog post by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

My mom is an excellent cook. She makes the most delicious biryani,curries and even pizza. I remember looking forward to what the menu of the day is as a child. Just writing this makes me miss her! I, on the other hand unfortunately did not get even an ounce of her skill. But this year, one of the things I want to do is bake more. And I’ve already done an orange pound cake and Nutella® cookies.So pat on my back for tackling those two single handedly!

A few weeks ago, my sister in law and I tried baking a truffle cake. I was more of an onlooker but I picked up a couple of tips from her. The cake was yummy and I made a mental note to create a recipe illustration for the same.
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Materials you’ll need to make a recipe illustration are:-

Step 1: Before you begin illustrating, consider the amount of parts the recipe has. The cake I baked had three parts.

  • Truffle cake
  • Buttercream icing
  • Chocolate ganache

Divide the drawing surface into three parts. I left a majority of the surface for the top half. This forms the space for elements of the “truffle cake”.

At the centre, draw the finished cake. Draw a banner around it for lettering the recipe name. I would suggest drawing every element in the recipe first before painting. You’ll be able to get the spacing right and you can erase if necessary. Honestly, this was my second attempt and I had to erase about three times.

After that, start painting. I wanted the banner color to be bright yet light enough for the lettering to pop. I used “Indian yellow” from the Sennelier artist watercolors.

Learn how to make a recipe illustration in today's tutorial blog post by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Continue painting the elements of the recipe. Draw the outline of the banner using a black gel pen or micron pen. Be careful while using a gel pen that’s not waterproof like the one I used. If you have to go over with paint, it WILL spread.

Learn how to make a recipe illustration in today's tutorial blog post by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Take your time to paint all the elements. Isn’t it fun to see everything come to life?

Learn how to make a recipe illustration in today's tutorial blog post by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 2: Lettering the steps! Keep them as short as possible. I used black gouache and a spotter brush to do this. This gave the lettering a “handwriting”effect. I used block letters and arrows wherever required.

Learn how to make a recipe illustration in today's tutorial blog post by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 3: Painting the bottom two halves! Similar to the steps mentioned above, I painted “chocolate ganache” and “buttercream icing” portions.

Learn how to make a recipe illustration in today's tutorial blog post by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

For lettering on the banner, I used black gouache and did it freehand. As an after-thought I also added banners for the three parts of the recipe in red.

Learn how to make a recipe illustration in today's tutorial blog post by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 4: This is optional. I didn’t want the background to be plain, so I added a few dots and leaves to finish it off.

Learn how to make a recipe illustration in today's tutorial blog post by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Here’s the finished recipe card illustration. Now all that you need to do is get one done of your favorite recipe and frame it! Mine’s up in my kitchen and I love it.

Learn how to make a recipe illustration in today's tutorial blog post by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

A few details!

Learn how to make a recipe illustration in today's tutorial blog post by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

What do you think?

What is your favorite recipe? Mine has to be my mom’s home-made chicken biryani with a side of coconut chutney and Raita. Let me know how you liked this recipe illustration tutorial. And don’t forget to share on Instagram with the hashtag #makeinkstruck. I would love to see!

Cheers!

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About zakkiya hamza @ inkstruck

Zakkiya is the creative blogger and founder of Inkstruck Studio. She’s a self taught artist who let go of her architecture profession to pursue her passion in art. Zakkiya likes to write detailed tutorials in watercolor, calligraphy, and hand lettering. She also teaches watercolor workshops occasionally in Doha where she’s based currently. Other passions include traveling, photography, and basketball.When she’s not working, you can find her cuddling and running around with her toddler boy.

28 thoughts on “HOW TO MAKE A RECIPE ILLUSTRATION

  1. Zakkiya, you are so incredibly talented. The illustration is so pretty who cares if your cake doesn’t come out perfect! You create with such a flair and whimsey! May you always be inspired to create such lovely illustrations.

  2. Wow ! Amazing this looks store bought people would so buy these !!! I love them especially for all the cooking lovers in my life very impressed 🙂 Laci

  3. OH my!! This is absolutely stunning. I can think of a few family recipes that would be amazing framed in this fashion! I think we all have our strengths and weaknesses, I can bake and decorate a cake like nobodies business, but my drawing and handwriting abilities are extremely lacking. lol

    1. Thank you Chrissy. Oh yes, family recipes are something that can definitely made into illustrations. I think the best part of doing something like this is that even kids may enjoy reading/looking through. You know if I was any closer, I would have popped by there demanding a yummy cake with an illustration in my hand. Haha! Thanks for stopping by. x

  4. I’m so in love with this! It’s totally artistic and creative! This would make an awesome gift. I would love to have a few of these for my cookie in a jar products I’m launching in the spring.

    1. Thank you Shantel. The cookie in a jar products sound really interesting. Let me know how it goes. I popped over to your website and I absolutely love it especially the header. Which font have you used there if you don’t mind me asking? Good luck with your launch and have an amazing week. 🙂

    1. Yay ! I’m always rooting for hoarding on art supplies. Haha ! Let me know how it goes.I did have a look at your blog and did you make those cake drawings on the iPad? That’s really impressive! I’m not really good with digital art but I admire people who are creative. Have an amazing week.

  5. I cannot cook too much to my Ma’s chagrin, but maybe if I do such pretty illustrations of her special recipes she’ll overlook the matter! Absolutely love this idea, Zakkiya!

  6. This is so incredibly wonderful!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with your readers! I hope to do something like this (but clearly not up to your beautiful standards!) for my children with some of our favorite family recipes.

    1. Such sweet words Evelyn. Thank you so much. I hope you do something even more beautiful than this for your lovely children. And how lovely would it be to preserve family recipes in this manner. Thanks again for stopping by 🙂 Have a beautiful day!

  7. I don’t know where you were all my life! This site and everything in it is soooo beautiful! Love all your cute watercolour paintings. Keep up the prettiness! You’re an inspiration. 🙂

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