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)

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)

samedi 2 janvier 2016

Poupée de cire, poupée de son

While I was drawing this, I was listening to France Gall's song "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" that I know since I was around 10 because at that time I was watching the anime "Chocolat and Vanilla" and knew that its opening was inspired from Gall's song, but lately I discovered her other songs and now I absolutely love them! She was so innocent and sang naively the songs that were written for her (mostly by the great artist Serge Gainsbourg) without understanding the lyrics, because some of them had double meanings, and she had no idea about that at the time.
So I searched for the true meaning of "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" (=wax doll, rag doll) and found that Serge Gainsbourg basically meant that France was somehow a doll that he manipulated through making her sing his lyrics, but not only that, the song has a lot more puns and double meanings, so if you guys are interested I suggest you to check out Wikipedia's explanation, I find it really well detailed:,_poup%C3%A9e_de_son

Also if you're intersted in listening to France Gall's other songs, here's a playlist made from my faourite songs by her :    :)