The Brief: To create a chili recipe in the size and format for the They Draw & Cook website and publications.

Role: Graphic designer and illustrator responsible for concept, design, and implementation of all lettering and illustration.

Tools Used: Pencil & pen, paper, scanner, Adobe Creative Suite.

 Final finished recipe, created so it could be published in a book (with middle spine/gutter area kept clear)

Final finished recipe, created so it could be published in a book (with middle spine/gutter area kept clear)

They Draw & Cook came up with a lovely chili challenge to illustrate a favorite recipe for chili. I love this slowcooker recipe because the cocoa and sweet potatoes adds a nice complexity rather than just beans and peppers—plus it’s vegetarian. I hand-lettered all of the ingredients and instructions, then drew out ink renditions of the ingredients to add to the recipe. All the hand-drawn elements were scanned into the computer, vectorized and colorized in Adobe Illustrator, and then composed to make the final composition. A nice water color background was added to feel more festive and chili-like. All around a yummy project!