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[Corrections made: Fixed: background shading, window and sofa colours, cushion patterns, cheekbone]

I thought I would never finish this. =MsJ777's kiriban, although it was as much for me as it was for her :D Nineteenth century Lebanese dancers (or at least, dancer and apprentice) in a traditional Lebanese reception room setting. I simplified the arabesque, which gets scarily elaborate, but the windows are authentic and can be found in many large homes. This is one more homage from me to our rich culture that some are choosing to let die.

I used a completely different shading method this time, relying less on layers and more on a scratchy brush used with different opacity settings. I'm sure you'll see the looser and more organic quality of the shading. I like it much better this way, it feels much more natural.

I amused myself by expressing the relationship between mother and daughter through a number of small details. For instance, the woman is wearing gold jewelry but the daughter silver only; the woman's costume is elaborate and patterned, in contrast with the girl whose dress is much simpler and who is barefoot. It's also in the warmth and intensity of the colours, as well as, of course, the awkwardness of the child learning to dance. I don't know if you can tell that her headpiece is too big for her and the coins are dangling in her eyes, but there ya go.

Drawn and inked manually, Photoshop colouring, Illustrator for patterns. I have completely lost track of the time this took, but it's definitely in the 60+ range. Friggin' file is 1.5GB opened.

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:iconmadisonelise90210:
MadisonElise90210 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
This is very nice picture...a part of me wishes you could have done the arabesques on the window but I totally understand it would have been a bit much. This is a beautiful piece.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
There is no arabesque on the windows... This is the full window design. The arabesque is on the floor! :D
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hyperoo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Really? People are letting the culture die! Lebanese Americans are almost obsessed with their cultural heritage, my family in particular.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Expats usually are...
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hyperoo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Yeah, I can only imagine how annoying it gets for people who are from Lebanon to have to deal with the arrogance of people who are of Lebanese descent spouting what it means to be Lebanese.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's not so bad, what really gets on our nerves are people who fled the country during the war and now are back acting and speaking as if they understood any of it.
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CrazyLuna12 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YAY! My best friend is Lebanese, and she is like my sister, so I always get excited whenever I see something to do with the Lebanese culture! Love this, and love your style!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Cool :) Thanks!
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ghostontheshell Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awww this is so sweet! :love: i like how she is poking to the little dancer to teach her dance ! :clap: great work! :)

btw! have you used any tablets on this pic?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you :D
Yes, any of my digital work done after 2000 makes use of a tablet!
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Mikit-Yorinao Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
Precious!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
:D
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weasleymomotwins Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008   Writer
I really love this. Costuming is so beautiful. I do wonder why they're wearing the sagat on the first finger and not the middle. I've been belly dancing for 12 years in three countries and haven't run across that. I don't recall seeing it with the Lebanese dancers I've seen, but my experience with modern Lebanese is not very extensive. I've danced mostly in the US, Jordan, and Egypt.

Can't critique your art, it's beautiful! Straight to favs :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Simply because the 19th-century documents I used as references show them worn on the first finger :) Oriental dance hasn't been conventionalized that long...
I'm glad you like it :D
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Caliypsoe Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very beautiful. I love all the color and details! Not to mention your lovely style. Keep up the great work!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Swordholio Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
très joli! :D j'aime beaucoup le fond aussi ^^
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
:bow:
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dismaldaydreamer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In a flood of pictures of harem girls wearing see through pants, its refreshing to see dancers in traditional clothes! Its good to see belly dancers depicted in a more positive light for a change.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
LOL, I know what you mean. This is my culture after all ;)
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SaoirseFire Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
Beautiful- especially the shading.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you, even though it's an old piece I'm still very happy with it :)
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AelisLaurel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
Huzzah for the ghawazee coat!!!
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PearlBane Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006
I really love it. Your work never ceases to amaze me.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006  Professional General Artist
Aw, thanks so much :hug:
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HCShannon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute and nice!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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the-darksiren Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005
This is a wonderful piece, I've been looking at it for minutes... I like the way you painted the light coming through the windows. I also think the woman is very charismatic and charming, I can't take my eyes off her, I like the way you painted her face more mature, to look like a mother, not like a teenager, but very feminine and attractive. The woman's clothes have wonderful colours (I especially like the golden one) and patterns and her necklace is simply beautiful. What I like most in this picture is that you have more characters interacting with each other, that's great, because it creates a story; usually you have only one character. For example in this picture I can see the mother's love for her daughter in her eyes and gestures and the daughter looks up at her mother with respect, and she looks so eager to learn. I hope I'll se more pictures like this, I really like the atmosphere in such works. :clap:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2005  Professional General Artist
Sorry I didn't reply sooner to your wonderful comment. I love how you fully enjoy my pieces and get insight into what I was thinking when I made it. It's very validating for me! You can bet you will see more pictures like this, as this is a style I want to focus on from now on. There's a Generations 2 in the works as I speak ;)
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the-darksiren Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2005
I'm so happy to hear that and I really can't wait to see Generations 2! :excited:
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Vegvisir Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005   General Artist
Your characteres are always so wonderful and your scenes are so fun!!! I love your style ^_^ You've done some really nice deviations lately! I'm sorry I haven't been around much, I'm buried in the task of photographing, researching and writing descriptions of several antiques and I don't see an end to it any time soon but I'ill be back someday! ;) I need to get a lot of these old things listed for sale on my collectibles website [link] , it seems like a never ending job but I have to do it. At least its not boring! ;)

Keep up the fine work! I always enjoy seeing your new creations! , Brent
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005  Professional General Artist
I love the reactions ot this work, as it both means a lot to me (as bringing forward my heritage) and it's a direction I'm going to head into more seriously now :) Photographing and writing about antiques, that sounds time-consuming and just fascinating! Good luck :D
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Vegvisir Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005   General Artist
I really enjoy the variety of your art, its always impressive! Discipline, knowledge, pride and skill always show in your work! :) Some call it a gift but its really a result of passion and lots of work! ;) don't ever stop! ^_^

I love antiques, thanks! ;)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2005  Professional General Artist
:blushes:
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Vegvisir Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2005   General Artist
:hug:
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sanguru Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
this has been sitting in my devwatch for far too long. finally getting around to commenting on things...

so culturally rich and just so beautiful... you have such talent. :heart:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! It means a lot :blowkiss:
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pernickety Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! I love drawing eastern dancers and all things eastern, and this work is so nice! Wow.. a whole 1.5 GB..

:clap:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005  Professional General Artist
Great, I'm glad you like her!
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:iconrdl:
rdl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
Very nice:D The little girl is so cute and the interaction of the slight poke adds a touch of playfulness between the two :D Their costumes are really beautiful!!! The play of the light is very nicely done also :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005  Professional General Artist
Great perception! This will be my central piece in the upcoming exhibit :D
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rdl Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
Thats awesome :D Congratulations !!!! It will be a great experiance for you.... Ahaha just a little of the psychic ability coming out ;)
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noix Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2005   Photographer
I so love the work you've done on the colored glass.. simply out-standing!!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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MsJ777 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2005
Generations 2?! WooHOO! I loves it, I loves it, I LOVES IT!
(SUCH an advanced critique, I know...:giggle:)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2005  Professional General Artist
:lmao:
Now when I'll have time to start it, that's another business!
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MsJ777 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2005
Cursed schedules! :shakefist:
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DameStjernelys Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
Gorgeous!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks dear :)
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DameStjernelys Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2005
You're welcome..
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