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!