Recipe card for Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry

Recipe - Chicken and sweet potato curry - plus stepsI’ve written about this recipe before; a Vietnamese Chicken and Sweet potato curry.

The last time I illustrated it, it was in the dimensions for They Draw And Cook, for which I had to adhere to specific dimensions;  except I worked on the dimensions in portrait, rather than landscape.

I liked the way that the ingredients are all tumbling into the cooking pan at the bottom.

I’ve recently re-illustrated it as a giveaway recipe card to include with orders from my Etsy shop.

It’s a super little recipe for a fragrant, tasty curry, low on heat, despite the inclusion of chilli.




My illustration this time around was centred around the recipe being in a two-fold booklet from an A4 sheet.

As I neared completion I realised that the illustrations I had done for the cover made it look a little like a take away menu, so I added in my business card details as if they we contact details for ordering.


I’m afraid that I still unable to offer a food delivery service at this time.




Hussain’s – the curry bistro and curry buffet

We often come to this local restaurant, which offers a fine range of Indian and Asian fusion dishes on it’s grand buffet downstairs.


Hussains - buffet smTricky to illustrate, though, due to the similar colour palette throughout. This necessitates concentrating on shading to create form. Trying to use variations in the paint depth to create form.

It’s certainly an interesting exercise in shape and tonal work.

And rice.

Don’t get me even started on rice!

Trying to illustrate each individual grain would be crazy (Now there’s a challenge!)

Here, I’ve drawn in some of the more prominent individual grains. Shaded in the main darker areas within the rice structure. I used paint to illustrate some more of the grains. Finally I use paint spatter over that area to add a small random element of paint to the rice structure.

I’m fairly happy with this result, but should have perhaps added further individual grains (I think I can see where I’m going with this!  I really don’t want to head down the path of feeling it necessary to draw each and every flippin’ grain!)