“Food for the soul stays secret. Body food gets put out in the open like us” – Sufi love poet, Jalaluddin Rumi
Hello! I’m Yaansoon, an illustrator and artist from the Mediterranean. After travelling to more than 20 countries across 4 continents and meeting urban and rural people from all kinds of cultures, I decided to specialise in food illustration, travel illustration (including illustrated maps), and women empowerment artwork, which broadly speaking falls under people illustration.
But first, let me give you a quick tour around the blog!
First off, you can learn more about my multi-cultural roots in the About page.
If you’re a potential client who is interested in commissioning me for an illustration project, then the Illustration Portfolio is a great place to start.
In addition to the portfolio, a good place to go for a better idea about my ideas and illustration style is the Illustrated Blog Series. In here, you will find some tried-and tested travel tips, authentic Middle Eastern and Italian food recipes and kitchen tools, a culinary tour around Italy, illustrated maps, as well as inspiring stories about resilient women and female figures who have taught me valuable lessons about living compassionately.
Some of the illustrations in the aforementioned blog series are open for licensing requests from professional institutions in the publishing, editorial, advertising, stationery, and hospitality industries. If interested in a particular food and travel illustration, please feel free to drop me a line via the Contact page to check for availability.
Chronicling Stories through Food and Travel Illustration
The first series I launched on my blog is dubbed, Illustrated Middle Eastern Recipes, and it is in collaboration with my dear husband, who is an expert on Middle Eastern food, in addition to his native Italian cuisine. Both hailing from multi-cultural roots, my hubby and I are two avid foodies and truly curious nomads, who love to explore interesting culinary cuisines and distant world cultures. That’s why the tagline reads: “Food Stories by a Multi-Cultural Couple.”
This series was followed by four more main blog categories that highlight anecdotes from the 20+ countries I have been to across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and they are: Illustrated Travel Stories, Illustrated Women Who Can, Illustrated Italian Recipes, and Illustrated Mediterranean Kitchen Tools.
New Blog, New Logo
Before starting this blog late 2016, you’ve probably seen me over at WordPress.com where I have been blogging about food, travel and lifestyle. I finally felt it was ripe time for me to walk the “self-hosted blog” path, and that’s how Yaansoon.com was born.
With this new blog comes a new logo. My illustration style has evolved so much that I felt my old logo was no longer representative of what I was all about as an illustration artist.
To see my logo’s Before & After, please feel free to watch this illustrated YouTube video (posted on Nov 15, 2016) which also talks about the launch of this blog. One small side note, my illustration style has evolved beyond this video and a newer video below it can give you a better idea about my current illustration style:
Dabbling with different mediums and materials, I realized that my strongest suit was in my linear lines and shapes. My number one tool is my ink pen, along with a host of ink brushes that I use to experiment with hand-lettering. That’s why my new logo is hand-drawn in black pigmented ink with a brush-tipped pen.
To learn more about this food and travel illustration blog please don’t hesitate to visit my About page, and for a more illustration-focused bio, please visit my Illustration Portfolio. Meanwhile, don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to keep up-to-date with the latest posts and art projects, and let’s connect on Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Looking forward to seeing you again soon and have a lovely day!
People illustration + Food and travel illustration by illustrator and artist Yaansoon