Middle East Art Study - Character Development - Will Kozak Illustration

Middle East Art - Socotra Girl Character Study


This art is hand drawn and inked in my sketchbook. 


The past few years, I've been developing a story that revolves around a small archipelago in the Indian Ocean named Socotra. Socotra is a Yemeni territory and one of the most-isolated landforms on Earth. It's considered the jewel of biodiversity in the Arabian Sea and like other more famous isolated and biodiverse archipelagos, like Madagascar or the Galapagos, it hosts scores of endemic species. 


One of the most striking of Socotra's plants is the dragon's blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari), which is a strange-looking, umbrella-shaped tree drawn here in the background, middle east art inspiration. Its red sap was thought to be the dragon's blood of the ancients.