My attempt to illustrate Fatima, one of the characters from The Alchemist, on papyrus!
A symbol of hope, love and what could’ve been. As Paulo Coelho writes on Santiago’s reflection while departing for a ‘treasure hunt’ – “It was difficult not to think about what he had left behind..”.
I spent a majority of my last 4 years in the heart of the Middle Eastern cultures. Needless to say, they were very enlightening times and dispelled (some) stereotypes which are/were created by the media and other contributors. I was always curious to figure out how/why women spent their lives under a veil synonymous with culture and at times, as proclaimed by the Western Media, oppression. Turns out, there’s a lot more to that and the “cultures” vary significantly across the Arab lands.
This pencil sketch was created for a colleague few weeks back, who asked me for a quick sketch and I obliged. He asked me who she was and honestly, I don’t know. Technically, if I did, it’d land the imaginary woman and me in trouble! However, her eyes seem to be telling something. What do you think is her story?