Yaansoon is a freelance digital and pen-and-ink illustrator who produces culturally informed illustrations for clients, art directors and graphic designers looking for food illustration, travel illustration, illustrated maps, and women empowerment artwork with a multi-cultural Mediterranean feel. Having travelled to over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, she brings some of that exposure into her illustrations, which transmit an acute attention to cultural flavour.
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Illustration Style: Yaansoon’s style is culturally informed and inspired by a combination of influences, mainly travel, cultural curiosity, and her keen interest in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food culture, folk handcrafts and tribal heritage. These include handmade Moroccan, Tunisian, and Italian ceramics, hand-stitched and hand-woven tribal and Levantine textiles, hand-stamped Italian kitchen linens, and hand-carved Syrian and Lebanese wooden furniture, marquetry, and intricate inlays.
Illustration Technique: Yaansoon’s main tool is her pigment ink pens and paper, producing linear drawings which she then digitises to complete her artwork with a Wacom tablet. On occasion, she likes to experiment with gouache illustrations applied on cold-pressed watercolour paper, which is also digitised to be incorporated into her final artwork. The artist works with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and occasionally with Corel Painter Essentials 5.
For commissions and collaboration please visit the artist’s Contact page.