Cherries. Colored Pencil.

 “A Japanese legend tells of a brave warrior who lived to a great age, outliving friends and family. His most beloved memory was of playing beneath a cherry tree in Iyo during his youth.

 One summer, the tree died, which the man took as a sign that it was also his time to die. Although a new cherry tree was planted nearby, the old warrior was unconsoled. During the winter season, the old man pleaded with the dead tree to bear flowers just one more time, vowing that if his request was granted, he would give up his long life. The tree bloomed, and true to his promise, the old warrior committed hara-kiri beneath the dead branches of the tree.” [via]

Two Green Pears. Colored Pencil.

“Greek and Roman literature includes lists of cultivated pear varieties and discussed those suitable for wine, perry, or culinary use, while noting that the fruit should not be eaten raw. Through crossing and selection, the quality of pears for fresh eating was gradually improved. In medieval times, France was known for producing the best dessert pears, and many varieties were brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066. In 1770 one of the most important varieties still in cultivation today was developed, ‘Williams Bon Chrétien,’ bred by an English schoolmaster. Brought to America in 1797 and planted at an estate in Massachusetts, it was propagated and sold by Enoch Bartlett under his own name, not knowing the true name.” [via]

Purple Garlic. Colored Pencil.

“The ancient Egyptians believed so strongly in the power of garlic to ward off evil spirits that they would chew it before making a journey at night. Garlic made them burp and gave them foul-smelling breath, creating a radius of odor so strong, they believed, that evil spirits would not penetrate it.” [via]

Flat Nectarines. Colored Pencil.

“Nectarines originated in China over 2,000 years ago. They were developed from a peach by a natural mutation. In fact, nectarines are identical to peaches with the exception of one gene. The gene difference makes peaches fuzzy and nectarines smooth.” [via]

About Mariana Musa

I’m a self-taught illustrator, with a passion for seeing quirkiness and fun imperfections in everything around me, and a love for turning that into art, illustrations, typography and surface pattern designs.

My art has always been stimulated by my love of different cultures and the creative flavours they bring. I’m half-Peruvian, half-Malaysian, therefore both temperamental and relaxed – a state of constant inner conflict that I can only hope adds some positive character to my work.

My creative journey has seen me living around the world, including England, the U.S.A., and Australia. Now living in Provence, France, I take my influences for my creativity from my beautiful surroundings – I’m totally inspired by the colours, everyday objects, and nature around me. Just walking my two dogs daily fills me with the need to make more of those marks – have I mentioned that I’m also an obsessive doodler?