Food illustration depicting an olive oil canister and an illustrated Middle Eastern food ingredient, by illustrator and artist Yaansoon
I created this Middle Eastern food illustration to complement an editorial story about a local custom that involves buying and pressing olive oil seasonally in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan.
This illustrated Middle Eastern food ingredient is featured along with other food illustrations in a traditional recipe post, dubbed “Jordanian Galayet Bandora: An Easy Middle Eastern Fried Tomatoes Dish,” part of the Illustrated Middle Eastern Recipes blog series.
The olive oil canister in this artwork reflects a minimal take on the vintage-style tins available in local Jordanian food markets, while the background is a nod to the motifs found in handmade tribal Jordanian kilims.
As mentioned earlier in different posts across my portfolio and blog, my illustration style incorporates different patterns and cultural elements from the culinary cultures depicted in these illustrations. In essence, I like to create illustrations that serve as visual communication tools reflecting culturally informed stories about the places and cultures from which these food recipes and travel moments originate.
Illustration Technique: Some elements in this illustration are analogue sketches created using my typical illustration process that involves pen-and-ink on actual paper. I then finalised the food illustration digitally using various paint and texture brushes in Adobe Photoshop, while adding a touch of photo collage to some areas of the illustration.