summer essentials original illustration by inkstruck done with faber cast ell polychromos

There is something uniquely special about summer. Maybe it’s the sun or the bright blue sky or just that it feels like there is a lot of “happy”, but whatever it is it feels really good. And I do have my set of essentials in summer and as you all should probably know, I like to put down my thoughts in illustrations. So today, I have a fun little post where I draw and have fun coloring my lovable items this lovely season.

STEP 1: I get inking down some of the things I love like popsicles, lemonade, sunglasses etc. I used a .005 thickness Micron pen for this purpose
summer essentials original illustration by inkstruck inking stage
STEP 2: I then start filling in some color using my trusted Faber Castell polychromos colored pencils. These are artist grade professional oil based colored pencils and they lay down beautiful hues of color. The paper I’ve used is Stonehenge cotton paper in the color cream. 
summer essentials original illustration by inkstruck done with FC polychromos
STEP 3: I decided to stick to a warm , bright color scheme for this particular illustration keeping in mind the color of the season. In the picture below I started added some vines just to add a bit of whimsy to this particular piece.
summer essentials original illustration by inkstruck
STEP 4: I decided to then cut the edges in a random manner just to give the image a bit of dimension and to be similar to the vine designs I’ve added.
summer essentials original illustration by inkstruck
In case you would like to know the materials I’ve used, they are shown in the picture below. These are 1. Tuff Stik eraser 2.Micron pen 3.Polychromos colored pencils 4.Tombow mono pencils 6.Stonehenge paper.
summer essentials original illustration by inkstruck materials used
I hope you all had a fun time reading my process on how I worked on this particular illustration. This project has also been done as part of this fun challenge started by a friend and fellow illustrator , Dominika of Les Cherubins from Qatar. To see what she has done please click on the link below


What are your summer essentials? If there was one thing that you can’t do without in summer, what would that be? I would also love to see what projects you’re up to this wonderful season, so if you are on Instagram, hashtag your summer inspired posts with #summeratinkstruck so that I can go and show my love!
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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.


  1. Love it! It reminds me of everything summer. I also love knowing what you use! I use to oil paint, however, as I’ve gotten older I really miss drawing. I’m going to check out these color pencils.

  2. Love it! It has a fun, vintage feel for me. I love how the vine work pulls it all together. Very fun.

  3. Aw Madaline. You’re a sweetheart. I love to show what I use so that people can go have a go and try making them myself. I do love oil painting as well but I used to do it so long ago , I don’t know if I still have the knack for it. I would love to see your work. Be sure to send me some links when you start doing them 🙂 I would love to have a look! x

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