| Vector Illustration, North African Mediterranean Food Illustration by Illustrator and Artist Yaansoon |
I created this North African Mediterranean food illustration for my About page when I first launched my new site Yaansoon.com late 2016. This is one of my earliest works, and although I feel it does not represent how I have evolved as an illustrator over the past couples of years, I still have a special place for this illustration in my heart.
The tagline of my blog is “The Illustration Blog of a Nomadic Mediterranean Foodie,” and so I thought I’d create an illustration that reflected some aspects of the Mediterranean lifestyle, with focus on North African patterns and eclectic and colourful aesthetic. I also wanted to create a mixed-media piece that included my watercolour illustrations as part of this digital artwork. To create a collage-style look, I used royalty-free photos to create textures that reminded us of the Middle Eastern and North African aesthetic, an example being the kilim in the host’s sleeves.
The second illustration (above) has more of a rustic feel. I wanted it to reflect a mood of Northern-Southern Mediterranean fusion. Again, both illustrations were part of an earlier phase in my illustration journey; most of my artwork these days is based on a pen-and-ink outline with other mediums like watercolour and gouache.
Illustration Technique: I used Adobe Illustrator to create this vector illustration. Some of the elements here are analogue illustrations that where created using pen-and-ink on paper as well as watercolour. My food illustration technique is no longer dependent on Adobe Illustrator, as I produce most of my artwork on Adobe Photoshop, with the help of a Wacom tablet, and recently a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 for the early stages of the illustration (using a selection of android drawing apps).