lundi 14 août 2017

Cosmetics and flowers

I made this painting for the company I interned at last month.

I've been dreaming about working in the cosmetics industry for a long time and chose to study biology based on that. And this summer, I was very lucky to get an internship at a cosmetics company in my hometown, Marrakech.
It was an amazing experience I learned a lot of things and was very surprised to find out that a lot of things were just as I imagined them, the labs, the nice smells everywhere, the creative aspect and the list goes on..

AND! most importantly, all the people who work there were so nice to me that I really wanted to do something for the company, I was thinking about giving some kind of gift and figured the best way to express myelf and show my gratitude is through art, and that's how this painting came to life :)

I thought I'll just try put the image that I have in my mind about the cosmetics industry on a piece of watercolor paper: beautiful people, bottles of all shapes, sizes and colors, pretty and fragrant flowers.. And I found myself painting this.

jeudi 27 juillet 2017

Sick lady

"Eww what is this yasmine?"
"Wili she looks sick"
"Errm Yasmine I think you should draw the eyes smaller or the mouth bigger"

It's not pretty.

What if it's not supposed to be pretty?
What if my goal the minute I started painting this was to draw an unattractive face?

Well yes, this girl is not pretty, she has creepy big eyes and a mouth that's too small,
she has a weird skin complexion, dark circles and hollow cheeks.

She's actually just sick,
Yup she's sick, I just wanted to paint a sick girl instead of a healthy beautiful girl,
So instead of trying my best to draw a face that's as attractive as possible, I was for once focusing on how to make it clear that this person is unhealthy
No I'm not glorifying sickness, I'm just saying that we're not supposed to only represent positive things, that art isn't always just about the beautiful things in life

I have been thinking about this for a long time, back when I was in highschool we had to read a french poetry book called "Les fleurs du mal" by Charles Baudelaire where he wrote about his constant search of true beauty in order to find what he thinks will be ultimate happiness
The book was full of beautiful texts about very attractive women, but what really caught my attention back then was a poem called "La charogne" where the poet was basically describing a carrion he found somewhere
The description was so detailed that it was extremely disgusting, but at the same time it was so unnusual to read a poem that portrays such an ugly thing that I was oddly drawn to it, I found it very interesting to discover a piece of art that actually focuses on an ugly thing.

I have been drawing for as far as I can remember yet this is the first time I try to draw something like this, I found this a bit challenging and I still think I could've done better and could've made it look more sick if I wasn't so scared, deep inside, of people's comments, so this was an interesting experience and I think I may paint more pictures like this in the future.

mercredi 28 juin 2017


Do you know this moment right before you fall asleep where you're actually almost already sleeping?
A short moment where you can't concentrate on anything, everything seems so far away,
Your problems seem far, your goals, your dreams, the people you know.. everything,

You don't feel any more sadness, pain, worries.. You kinda feel happy but for no reason

Or is it really happiness?
You don't know, you can't focus on your thoughts anyways,
You just feel light, so light,
As if you were sitting on a cloud,
As if you were floating...

samedi 13 août 2016



This painting was a gift from me to someone who loves the city of Essaouira, someone who once visited it and immediately fell in love with it and decided to stay there for the rest of his life.

I don't know why exactly but he seems to feel at home there. Is it because of the windy weather? the beach? the traditionnal Gnaoua music that the city is famous for? the beautiful Amazigh vibes? the old walls? or a bit of everything..a bit of every detail that you can all see in a day if you go for a walk around this small city..

I tried to make this painting as close as possible to my vision of the city, the blue color that you find everywhere, the golden sand and the turbulent waves, the wind that makes your hair dance in the air and keeps your eyes almost closed because the sand gets in them, and some other symbols that anyone who visited the city will easily recognize :)

lundi 14 mars 2016

Fairy in a Jellaba

To my lovely Grandmother, 
my beautiful fairy,
who takes care of her children and grandchildren
as if they were delicate and fragile flowers
just like the ones she planted,
in her small garden 💮
I love you so much my cute Granny ♡
الله يخليك ليا يا الميمة

(my grandmother has reddish long brown hair, green eyes and a mole)

mercredi 9 mars 2016

My comics

Hello hello

Untill this day I used to post here my paintings and my short comics (or wathever we can call them haha) but I want to separate them from my other art so I created a series on Tapastic, and from now on, I'm only going to post my paintings here :)

Here's the link to my Tapastic profile : Yasmine No Sekai

You're going to find there my mini-comics so feel free to visit it!

lundi 15 février 2016

Lalla Mennana

لالة منانة

Lately I've been very interested in the artistic creations that are inspired from the traditionnal moroccan culture, I really like the fusion of modernity and some traditionnal moroccan elements in different artistic fields : music, fashion design, cinema..

I really wanted to create something like that, and I was thinking what exactly shoud I draw? So I remembered a dress I drew a very long time ago, and that I talked about in a previous post (this one) which is inspired by the japanese fashion trend Wa-lolita, and that I called Ca-lolita. But instead of drawing just a random girl wearing a Ca-lolita dress, I wanted the background to be a traditionnal moroccan living room.

One of my biggest inspirations is the moroccan rap band Fnaire, who came up many years ago with a new rapping style called "Taqlidi Rap" (Taqlidi = traditionnal) and basically they create fusions of traditionnal moroccan music and rap, so they use some melodies, songs and lyrics coming from the moroccan folklore.
 Their style was not welcomed by everyone at their debut because the young public was used to the old kind of rap, but the artists of Fnaire stayed true to themselves and to their style, and  little by little more people grew interest in them since not only do they make songs with traditionnal melodies, but they also write meaningful lyrics where they tackle many topics related to the moroccan society, and now they are very popular in morocco and outside morocco among youngsters but also older people.

And lately (about 2 weeks ago) they came back with a new song, an absolutely awesome song called Chayeb (the old man) where the main topic is a rant against the marriage of young girls to older men after being forced by their families, usually for money. Not only is the song awesome because from what I know, this is the first time an artist does something related to this topic in particular (although it's a very sad and frustrating topic),
 but also the way they approached the topic is very artistic, the lyrics are perfect as usual, like some of their other songs, the chorus comes from an old moroccan song and the video clip shows the young brides' suffering through the acting, the dancing and the dark colors in association with many symbols of Moroccan marriage ceremonies. Long story short: Chayeb is a real masterpiece, check it out guys, the video is right below and it has english subtitles (you just have to activate them) :

(ps: Lalla Mennana is also the name of one of their songs)