People Illustration, Middle Eastern Woman in Tribal Dress Illustration, Traditional Middle Eastern food illustration by illustrator and artist Yaansoon
I wanted to come up with a way to allude to the culture behind the recipe. That’s how the idea of creating an illustration depicting a Jordanian hostess, holding a rustic wooden plate of freshly-made fried tomatoes, came about. This local woman is wearing a traditional tribal Jordanian dress with hand-stitched embroidery adorning its neckline and long sleeves.
Inspired by contemporary food photography trends, the hostess’s face is out of frame, leaving us with the information most relevant to the editorial piece and recipe, and that is the cultural reference and the actual outcome of the recipe.
As mentioned in several places across my portfolio and blog, I like to mix and match patterns and cultural elements from the different culinary cultures I am creating illustrations for. In essence, my illustration style is about creating visual messages that communicate culturally-informed stories about the places and cultures from which these food recipes and travel moments hail.
Illustration Technique: Unlike my typical illustration process that starts with pen-and-ink, I created the entirety of this traditional Middle Eastern food illustration digitally using various paint and texture brushes in Adobe Photoshop, while making use of photo collage in some areas of the illustration.