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You can illustrate as many recipes as you want without gaining weight!

Create an Account:
If you're new to TDAC, click here to create an account. This account allow you to upload artwork, display your contact info (if you wish), and "Save Your Faves." You can use this account to also log into sibling site They Draw & Travel.

Illustration Size:
All artwork on TDAC is the same size. 16.667" wide x 6.25" high (a.k.a. 423.34mm wide x 158.75mm high or 5000px wide x 1875px high)

File Type: 
300 dpi JPG in RGB color (RGB is very important for display on screen)

Things We Love to See in a Recipe: 
Hand-lettering, smart typography, original layouts, fun iconography, and artwork that celebrates all the things you love about a particular dish.

To Be Considered for Publication: 
It is very important to keep text out of the 1.25" space in the middle of the illustration. In our books, the illustration takes up an entire spread (left and right pages) and we don't want text to be unreadable because it falls in the gutter (where the pages are bound to the spine.) It's OK for illustration to be there, just not text!

Here is a sampling of successful illustrations created by the illustrators in our community. We think they each feature a great way to use our horizontal format!

Illustration by Cynthia Jacquette
This is a really fun illustrated recipe. We love how Cynthia played up the Southwest vibe and added lots of playfulness. Using the canyon as a backdrop for the title and text is brilliant. Yay for cute armadillos!

Illustration by Janie Secker
When the recipe itself is fairly simple you can really let the illustration become the focal point. Janie artfully designed the page to showcase the rich and colorful beauty of each ingredient. It truly feels magical!

Illustration by Nate Padavick
A great way to divide the space is to create a comic book panel illustration to show the step-by-step process of the recipe. Nate made this extra fun by using little figs to label the numbers. It's a fabulous way to add lots of personality!

Illustration by Kristy de Castro
This is a simple yet super dynamic way to create an illustrated recipe. Gorgeous ingredients on one side and title/text on the other side. Often times it's better to focus on illustrating the ingredients rather than the finished dish.

Illustration by Pau Morgan
This illustration makes us feel like we just had a mini vacation! We love the mix of Greek iconography, fresh ingredients and the finished snack board. The layout is light and open and really compliments the recipe.

Illustration by Salli S. Swindell
Using color as a main design element can make the most mundane of recipes spring to life. Salli played up the title making it a major design component. The big kale leaves add lots of movement to the overall design.

Illustration by Liv Wan
All of Liv's illustrated recipes are amazing! This one is so festive and playful. We love the magical winter scene in the glass. So creative and fun. This is a great example of why illustrated recipes can be so much better than photography!

Illustration by Ohn Mar Win
Creating a mood is a great way to illustrate a recipe and Ohn Mar does this brilliantly. Half of the page is deciated to the title and text while the rest of the page is used for atmosphere and storytelling. 

Illustration by Koosje Koene
Koosje first showed us how to create an illustrated recipe that looks like it's being made right in front of our eyes! All of the chopping and kitchen prep is in full gear. This makes for a SUPER easy-to-follow recipe and it's fun to watch the action!

Illustration by Shoshannah Hausmann
This is a really successful design layout. Ingredients and finished recipe in the center with title/text and intructions on either side. We like how Shoshannah has nestled ingredients around and behind the text to add a bit more visual interest and integrate everything. YUM!