This North African Middle Eastern food illustration is a celebration of some of the kitchen tools, staple Levantine foods, and local MENA region ingredients that I grew up loving and enjoying.
As mentioned in my About page, I come from a multi-cultural background, and most members of my immediate and extended families (myself included) are serious cultural travellers and foodies. I grew up around Tunisian Tajines, ceramic Moroccan serving plates, Lebanese food ingredients and staples dishes, handmade Syrian glass and mouth-watering feasts, authentic Jordanian flavours, and a never-ending infatuation with North African culture.
Some of the kitchen tools in this wanderlust-centric food illustration are traditional (urban and tribal) pots, coffee makers, and pestles and mortars known to home cooks and foodies over the span of centuries and generations – like the Lebanese Kibbeh grinders. Others are vintage tools from my late Grandmother’s kitchen, probably created in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The latter is a crucial location that helped shape my food imagination. For in this kitchen I spent countless hours with my Grandmother, cooking, listening to her soothing voice and storytelling, and healing from my challenging childhood and adolescent experiences.
This illustration captures my complete and utter love for Middle Eastern and North African food culture, with all the tools, pots, and stirring spoons traditionally used to make these scrumptious foods.
Illustration Technique and Process: This artwork started out as a sketch on my Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet using the included S Pen and a sketching app. I then completed colouring the illustration in Adobe Photoshop, using a Wacom tablet. Although I usually start my illustrations in pen-and-ink on paper, I opted to create this artwork digitally from start to finish.
Food illustration by illustrator and artist Yaansoon