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Generations by Majnouna Generations by Majnouna
[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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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
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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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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