Middle Eastern food illustration by illustrator and artist Yaansoon
Personal project – I made this Middle Eastern food illustration for the first post in my “Illustrated Middle Eastern Recipes” blog series, about Lebanese Mutabbal, aka Eggplant Dip. One of several illustrations in the aforementioned post, this artwork illustrates the ingredients in this easy-to-make Middle Eastern/Mediterranean dish.
With this Middle Eastern food illustration, I started exploring a more defined illustration style that reflected the things I mindfully and naturally gravitate towards. These include a minimalist, organic lifestyle, with hint of a “Nomadic Modern” aesthetic that displays motifs from different cultures around the world. When I started my illustration journey, I was still experimenting with different looks and styles that did not really reflect my personal philosophy or lifestyle as an artist. But with time, I felt my illustrations were leaning towards a more minimalist look, with a bit of pattern and understated whimsy.
In this piece, I wanted to create an illustration with a minimalist elegance flare and the sort of artwork you would find in an organic-living cookbook that comes with a wanderlust edge. Lebanese wooden furniture inlays are the inspiration behind the patterns used in this illustration, created with my own twist. This is because I always try to reflect a sense of culture in my illustrations, inspired by the handcrafts scene or the cultural heritage of the countries my food illustrations hail from.
Illustration Technique: Hand-drawn linear artwork in pen and ink on paper, followed by digital painting in Adobe Photoshop.