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...