Illustrated Woman, Woman Illustration, Portraiture Illustration, by illustrator and artist Yaansoon
Personal project – I created this illustration on the occasion of International Women’s Day #internationalwomensday in the year 2017, and added it as a cover to my “Illustrated Women Who Can” blog series, featuring resilient women from the 20+ countries I have been to.
This woman is a North African lady from the Berber or Amazigh indigenous group. The first time I met a Berber lady was in the UK, while I was on a visit to my mother’s who was studying there. The Berber lady came with her beautiful, colourful dresses and head scarves, and I spent a whole day with her as a favour to her immigrant son, who also worked as an administrator at my mom’s university.
The second time I met an Amazigh woman was during a trip to Algeria, and again I was smitten with the colourful and patterned folk dresses that belonged to this female singer. I can still remember her sonorous voice echoing through the hallways of our hotel, nestling quietly near an Algerian desert’s oasis.
Wearing a bold handcrafted amber necklace, and natural eyeliner made from organic charcoal, aka Kohl, this woman signifies the world’s beautiful tribal and rural women, who hail from old cultures that dot the earth, and who still wear their cultural dresses with pride.
Amazigh women are industrious, strong-willed, and good-hearted, and so it honours me to have their presence as an illustration on my blog!
Illustration Technique: This illustrated woman was created from start to finish digitally in Adobe Photoshop, so was the hand-lettering. The digital brushes I used mimic the pen and ink look of my analogue illustrations, as I still want to reflect the look and feel resulting from my original process in my final artwork.