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How to Create Holiday Recipe Art with Zebra Pen

By Emily Colledge of @sugar_coated_canvas

Hello! It’s Emily of @sugar_coated_canvas and I’m here today to share how to create—or more specifically, illustrate—the perfect meal for the holiday season using recipe art. These recipe art cards are perfect to have on display during your next holiday get-together. I was so excited when Zebra Pen asked me to team up with them to create this blog post. I love combining food and art. Let’s get started!

 

Cranberry and brie pullapart bread recipe art

Appetizer Recipe Art

The holidays are such a great time to bring family together. For the appetizer dish recipe art, I decided to go with a cranberry and brie pull-apart bread. To me, nothing screams holiday season like cranberries and cheese. It is a quick, elegant appetizer that’s sure to please any crowd—and with the cranberries in the recipe, it has so much fun color.

I wanted to add depth and make the colors really stand out, so I used Zebra Sarasa Fineliners to crosshatch some of the shadows. I love how these pens feel when they glide along the paper. They even worked beautifully on my rough watercolor paper! I am also amazed at the variety of colors offered. I was always able to find the color and shade I had in mind. I am not the only one obsessed with these pens. My husband tries to steal them and take them to work.

 

Creamy garlic chicken recipe art

Main Dish Recipe Art

For an illustrated recipe of the main course, the first thing I thought of was to go for a ham or turkey recipe—after all, this is one of my family’s very favorite recipes. I’m always excited to serve it. To create this recipe, I started off by lightly sketching out the ingredients and adding the instructions. Then, I used the Zebra Zensations Technical Pen to make all of it pop off the page and grab your attention. The pen has a rich, dark pigment and conveniently has many different sized tips. I used the 0.3 size for the instructions and the 0.5 size for the title.

 

Sugar cookie recipe art

Dessert Recipe Art

Finally, for dessert, what is more classic than sugar cookies? This recipe makes a good amount of dough that doesn’t spread out too much when baked. I had so much fun designing my own cookies on this fun recipe. Once again, in this recipe I used both the amazing Sarasa Fineliners and my trusted Zensations Technical Pen. I use the Zensations line on almost every project I work on. With the extra little details, like highlights on the sprinkles, I used the Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen. They glide on the paper and can create the tiny details I couldn’t with a paintbrush.

I really tried to enhance my recipe illustrations with these pens. I used crosshatching with both the Sarasa Fineliners and Zensations Technical Pen—and it gave my shadows more depth. I loved the style it brought to my work. I couldn’t have created these fun recipes without all of these pens, but especially the versatile Sarasa Fineliners —they are a must have!

Happy creating, and happy holidays! For more art inspiration, check out Zebra’s tutorial on How to Draw a Fennec Fox with Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens.

Colorful artwork by Zebra Artist Ambassador Jerome

The Best Zebra Pen Illustration Tools

By Jerome of kulorbandit

It’s that time of year again when we put down our pencils and pick up our favorite ink pens in anticipation of Inktober®. My name is Jerome (aka kulorbandit), an artist based in Phoenix, AZ, and today I’ll be showing you which Zebra Pen tools I like to use for the Inktober® challenge and for illustrating in general, and how I like to use them. So, let’s get started!

STEEL F-701

Step 1: Sketching Your Design

For starters, I used the STEEL F-701 ALL METAL Ballpoint Retractable Pen from the STEEL series for all my initial sketching. With its fine point tip, gnarled grip, and easy glide, this pen gives me all the control I need. From general sketching, crosshatching, to shading, this is the workhorse of the group. The tip in conjunction with the ink allows me to build up nice gradations with the layering of lines. This is great for an artist like me whose work is primarily portraiture, and where shading is imperative.

Mildliner Double-Ended Highlighter and Creative Tools in three colors

Step 2: “Blocking In” With Color

Once I completed my base sketch, I moved immediately into “blocking in.” This is where the Mildliner Double Ended Brush Pens came in handy. For this drawing, I referenced a young lady who has been heavily body painted in multiple colors. With a range of 15 hues of Mildliner Double Ended Brush Pens, achieving multiple colors isn’t a problem. The durable, firm points allowed me to get in and around tight corners while keeping a consistent ink flow. It’s perfect for fills, or for changing line weights on the fly.

Sarasa Fineliner pens

Step 3: Adding in Fine Details

Now to add some initial details. For this, I used Sarasa Fineliners. The fine tip on these pens is excellent for small details that can really make a difference with the overall finished composition. They dry quickly and are water-resistant, making them great for layering. I use them constantly for mixing and building up skin tones in my portrait work. Since the color spectrum in both the Mildliner Doubled Ended Brush Pen and Sarasa Fineliner sets are complimentary, transitioning from one type of pen to the next is seamless. In this drawing, I used the Sarasa Fineliner directly atop of the Mildliner Brush Pen to create unique lines that give the figure and shapes more flow.

Zensations Technical Pens with varying point tip sizes

Step 4: Adding Depth and Shading

Now it’s time to start adding more depth. I went back to my “workhorse tool,” the STEEL F-701 ALL METAL Ballpoint Retractable Pen, and used it to start shading. To get even deeper, bolder black lines I used the Zensations Technical Pens. Available in varying points, the quick drying, smudge-free, rich black ink is fantastic. I use the combination of these pens alongside my trusty F-701 all of the time when I’m trying to achieve depth and detail.

Zensations Brush Pens

Step 5: Achieving the Final Portrait Details with Zensations Brush Pens

For the final portrait details, I used the STEEL F-701 Retractable Ballpoint Pen and Zensations Technical Pens sparingly. Not wanting to overpower my drawing, I saved the heavier black line work until the very end. This allows me to be more deliberate about where I want to add volume to the figure. I used the Zensations Brush Pens specifically for this, covering everything from hair to gestural strokes. Easily to control, the thin to broad tapered strokes you can create is awesome, making these pens indispensable!

Colorful artwork by kulorbandit on Instagram

Step 6: The Final Artwork

All in all, I’m very pleased with the outcome of the final image. The tools used in this example are quite versatile. I’m sure with a little bit more experimentation, I or any of you, could really create some unique artwork for this year’s Inktober® Challenge!

During October, Zebra Pen will be hosting its own contest in partnership with Inktober®, called the Zensations Challenge. To enter, participants must create a daily ink drawing and tag it using the Inktober® hashtags, #inktober and #inktober2019, in addition to the hashtag #ZensationsChallenge. Zebra will be awarding two random winners in the U.S. with a prize pack of Zebra Pen product, retailed at $250.

To learn more about the Zensations Challenge contest, visit zebrapen.com/ZensationsChallenge/

Thanks for following along with me, and happy creating!

Cheers,
Kulorbandit

Illustration of a Fennec Fox on black paper next to a Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil, two Metallic Brush Pens and several Sarasa Clip Pens

How to Draw a Fennec Fox with Zebra Metallic Brush Pens

By: Artist Ambassador Sandra Strait

Hello! I’m Sandra from lifeimitatesdoodles. Today, I’m going to show you how to create a realistic illustration that pops on black paper with Zebra Pen products. We’ll be drawing a Fennec fox. It’s about the size of a chihuahua and is a nocturnal desert animal. Let’s get started!

A grouping of a single Zebra Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil, two Metallic Brush Pens, and several Sarasa Clip Pens laid out on black paper

Tools:

Zebra Metallic Brush Pens
Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Milk Colors
Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Shiny Colors
Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Assorted Colors
Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil 0.5 mm
Black PaperA simple sketch of a Fennec Fox drawn with pencil in circular motions

Shapes

The Fennec fox in this drawing is curled up, so the shapes are mostly circles. Start by creating a circle for the head and another for the body. Once you have these two circles in place, you can begin adding more detailed shapes, such as the almond eyes, pointed ears, and so on.

Sketch of a Fennec Fox in pencil on black paper

Step 1

Now that you’ve had some practice, sketch out the fox using the same techniques we reviewed earlier, only this time on black paper with the Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil. I like this pencil because it shows up on black paper, but the brush and gel pens we’ll be using later easily cover it up once the artwork is complete.

Sketch of a Fennec Fox on black paper with bronze strokes creating the illusion of hair

Step 2

Use the Zebra Metallic Brush Pen in bronze to begin creating the fur. Your strokes should show the direction and length of the fur. I used shorter strokes around the face and ears to indicate short hair and used longer strokes on the bushy tail.

This color creates a beautiful base that will be blended into other colors, but will leave the impression of fur glinting in the moonlight. Make sure to leave lots of black space. We’ll be filling in this space later with more precise detail.

Illustration of a Fennec Fox drawn on black paper with colored with Zebra Pen Metallic Bronze Pens

Step 3

Create highlights for the eyes with the Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen in the Milk White color. Then, color in the surrounding area around the eyes with the Shiny Gold shade.  Add highlight on the nose with the Milk Blue Green color.

The Milk White and Milk Blue Green colors of the Sarasa Clip gel pens create a soft cool glow on the black paper. I used these colors to then create the lightest fur. Begin by filling in the black area we left open earlier, and overlap the edges over some of the metallic bronze strokes we made with the Zebra Metallic Brush Pen.

Be sure to leave some the black paper showing. That black adds drama.Fennec Fox illustration on black paper created with Zebra Metallic Brush Pens and Sarasa Clip Pens

Step 4

Now, let’s add some additional detail. Use the Sarasa Clip Retractable Gel Pen in Brown to deepen the color in the eyes and add shading along the left of the face, in the area between the nose, leg and hip and all along the bottom of the fox.

Overlap the metallic bronze color with strokes of the Sarasa Clip in Shiny Orange. Use it to brighten the areas along the back, the top of the hip, and the center of the face and tail.

If you feel some lines need to be blacker, especially around the eyes, nose and face, use the Sarasa Clip Retractable Gel Pen in Black to darken the area back to the color of the paper.

Assess your drawing and add more of the colors as you feel they are needed.

Final illustration of a Fennec Fox laying curled up in the grass on black paper

Step 5

Make additional strokes and dots with the Zebra Metallic Brush Pen in Gold to draw sand around the fox. Blend it with strokes of the Milk White and Milk Blue Sarasa Clip Gel Pens. Use these pens to draw abstract shapes in the background.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I love the way the Zebra Metallic Brush Pens and Sarasa Clips stand out on black paper. If you want learn how to hand letter with the same Metallic Brush pens, check out Erin’s tutorial.

5 Ways to Keep Kids Writing This Summer

For kids, summer vacation means playing outside, staying up late and hanging out with friends. Kids often associate writing with work and school and view it as a daunting activity, rather than something that can be done for leisure and fun. This summer, make writing and drawing fun for your child with these tips.

According to PsychCentral, “writing is a magical medium.” Writing serves as a vehicle for communication, connection and creativity. It also gives kids an activity that fosters learning and growth. This summer, show kids that writing is not only an educational tool, but also a fun way to think independently and be creative in their spare time.

Quiet Reflection

Have your kids reflect on their favorite summer activities or topics that they enjoy through writing and drawing. Allow them to think freely as they practice handwriting, grammar, mechanics and more with quiet writing time at the end of the day.

Keep Creative Tools on Hand

Zebra creates products specifically with kids in mind! Try our Zensations Colored Pencils  available in 24 rich colors and created for easy control while writing, coloring, or sketching. These mechanical colored pencils are also refillable.

Boost Reading Comprehension

Allow your child to select a book of their choice, and encourage them to reflect on their favorite characters, favorite part of the book, and what they learned. He or she could write a letter to one of the characters, write from a character’s perspective, or write an alternate ending or scene.

Foster Imagination

Encourage kids draw pictures of animals, places, or people and write a story that corresponds with the pictures they created. Giving them the opportunity to create the whole story themselves will show them that writing and drawing can be fun.

Don’t forget to show your support for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums this summer by participating in our art sweepstakes! To enter, you or your kids may draw their favorite animal (real or imaginary) then tag Zebra Pen on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and use the hashtag: #FromAToZebra. Winners will receive our whole Zensations art line, and the winning drawings will appear on our website.

Learning New Words

Challenge your kids to use new words each week. Teach them a word a day and have them write sentences or stories using that word. Keep them interested by using vocabulary words that relate to their favorite things such as animals, sports, and more.

 

 

How to Draw a Grevy’s Zebra Tutorial

By: Alice Hendon

Anyone has the power to experience art by following instructions and using the right tools. By following this step by step tutorial, you too can draw the beautiful Grevy’s zebra!

There are many free sites online where you can download photos to use when illustrating. I knew I wanted to draw head and shoulders, so I found five photos of Grevy’s zebras in poses that were cohesive with the vision I had in my head.

I drew my zebras using a light box. Light boxes are an excellent way to learn how to draw, transfer and trace with ease regardless of skill level.  If you don’t have a light box, I recommend using a bright light on a glass tabletop.

Take the photo you want to use and place it on the light box.

Then, place a sheet of regular computer paper on top and turn on the light.  The light box will shine light through the image and through the paper placed on top, allowing you to trace the outline of the zebra.

Using the Zebra STEEL M-301 Mechanical Pencil, begin drawing over the lines of the zebra on the left. I used the main photo of the two zebras for the head, and the photo showcasing the side view of the shoulder and upper hip for the rest of the body.

For the second zebra, I wanted the head to be more front facing. I used the third image I saved and using the light box, added it to the pencil sketch.

For the body of the zebra, I used the same photo I began with, flipping the image over to draw the reverse side. The really great thing about light boxes is they can handle just about any thin to medium weight layer.

Next, to go over pencil lines, use a combination of Zensations Sarasa Fineliners and the Zensations Technical Drawing Pens to darken lines and watch the zebra take shape.  

Now, for the fun part. Place the computer sheet image sketched in pen on the light box first. Next, place a sheet of white cardstock on top of the computer paper and turn the light on. This will allow you to see the design underneath, and sketch your zebra on a higher quality paper. Use the STEEL M-301 Mechanical Pencil to sketch the zebra stripes onto your final copy.

Here is my final pencil sketch on the heavier cardstock.

Use the black Sarasa Fineliner and the Technical Drawing Pens to go over pencil lines and fill in the stripes.  The brown Sarasa Fineliner works well for the coloring in the eyes. The 0.1 Technical Drawing Pen is ideal for the little fine lines in the mane that are so distinctive to the Grevy’s zebra.

Continue filling in the stripes, going over pencil lines and adding details.

 

Before you know it, you’ll have a set of Grevy’s zebra! Use a white eraser to remove the remaining pencil lines.

 

Now, use the M-301 Mechanical Pencil to add shading to my zebras, giving the illustration dimension. Use a paper tortillon to blend in the pencil shading.Take a final look at your zebras and add any stripes, shading or details you see fit. I hope this encourages you to embark on your own creative journey!

Check out more of Alice Hendon’s work at alicehendon.com.