Do you have friends or family who love to travel? Or are you a travel smitten body yourself? Today’s illustration tutorial is on creating a travel birthday card. You don’t need to restrict yourself to making a card alone. The illustration can be a trendy wall decor item too!
Learn how to create a travel birthday card in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio

As much as I love watercolors, I like to experiment with other mediums too. Challenging yourself lets you learn new things and maybe fall in love with a new medium too. Sometimes you fail, but those failures are what makes you better.

Today’s illustration is a pen drawing. It takes a while to finish but the end result is gorgeous.The travel birthday card is for a friend who lives in Dubai. We’ve been friends for a long time and I wanted to make something special for him.

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Materials you’ll need for the travel birthday card are:-

Step 1: First draw the front view of a camera with pencil. Using a .005 nib micron pen, draw over the pencil lines. The circles were also done freehand but you can use a circle master in case you’re not confident.
Learn how to create a travel birthday card in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio

Step 2: Fine tuning! Pen down the details of the camera next. I didn’t want to keep the body of the camera plain. I decided to go for a wooden texture. You can attempt a woven, criss cross or any other texture you like. Even florals!

Learn how to create a travel birthday card in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio

Add details like the grain of the wood,rings etc. Take time in getting the details done.

Learn how to create a travel birthday card in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio

Next, fill in solid black for the lens. Leave two circles on the top right. This shows the reflection of glass.

Learn how to create a travel birthday card in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio

Step 3: Next, using a calligraphy pen write down the names of different countries. I tried to put down as many as I could remember. Haha! I didn’t want the lettering to overpower the illustration. So instead of black, I used white gouache.

Learn how to create a travel birthday card in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio

Change the sizes of the country names. This gives a sense of interest. The nib I used was a Brause blue pumpkin nib.

Learn how to create a travel birthday card in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio

Step 4: Write a short quote. At the bottom of the card, I wrote “never stop exploring” in block letters. Fill it in with white gouache. You may have to run the paint over one more time to make it opaque.Learn how to create a travel birthday card in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio Learn how to create a travel birthday card in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio

Step 5: Create a shadow for the letters. Depending on where you want the light to fall, the shadow should be created. Here, the light falls from the right, so you’ll find the shadow is to the left.

Observe from a distance. Add more details if you think it’s required. And that’s it!

Learn how to create a travel birthday card in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio

Create a matching envelope and you’re all set to send or frame it!

Learn how to create a travel birthday card in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio

What do you think?

What is the first thing that comes to your mind while thinking of a travel theme? I would love to hear your thoughts.Let me know all about it in the comments below.And as always tag me on Instagram with #makeinkstruck for a possible repost.

Enjoy!Have a super amazing day.