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Jeita pp18-19 by Majnouna Jeita pp18-19 by Majnouna
Man I love this spread!
This is a map of the grotto as drawn up in 1950 by Albert Anavy. It only represents half the grotto, as it's only in 1954 that Sami Karkabi reached the very end (I am by the way going to meet this wonderful gentleman so he can double-check the info in the book :D I'm so awed.) The main expeditions and how far they reached are represented with the little flags. The geological features mentioned in the book are shown as well, but in reality there are dozens of them, all with exotic names.
The grotto started getting really famous in the 50s, and features on our 1-pound note (now a rarity, but I happen to have kept a handful of now-defunct notes form my childhood) as well as stamps form the period (these are from my collection as well).

Other than the text, which was added in InDesign, the map is shot as is, including the note and stamps. I textured a piece of grey canson, cut out the cave and glued it over layers of mulberry paper (double blue for the water, blue and yellow for the green outside). Featured were painted in with acrylics. The flags were printed and attached to matchsticks, stuck in polymer clay bases. The note and stamps were simply placed over it for the shoot, and I tried different placements for them.
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:iconjeriweaver:
jeriweaver Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, that looks fantastic!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks dear!
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cedrus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Awesome spread. At first glance, looks like a battle plan.

question, is there going to be any mention of the cave superieure/cave inferieure?
(Just for personal knowledge that is)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yes of course :)
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redchinese Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Student General Artist
i'd love the see this in real life and from other views too! :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
So would I!
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nicosnas Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Wow. How much time did it take you for this section?

And how old is Anavy nowadays? Eighty?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Anavy passed away in 99 :(
This one took a few hours, not as long as it looks.
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seifertacko Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
Perfect..super talented u are...WOAH!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
:)
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SamiShahin-Art Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one beautiful spread!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Gotta love the flags! :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
:D
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Minstrel-Ayreon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Oh, WOW. The only way you can get something to look that real is...to really make it. I am really impressed at the effort you put in to get that look! :-)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yes it is! Much simpler than trying to emulate that digitally :D
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psycocat Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow...that is a deep cave. wish I could read french. :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
6 km is pretty impressive, yeah :)
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WarriorofLight98 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Extremely impressive. I am learning from your tutorials and I hope they are helping me improve my work.
Granted I'm not professional but someday...I hope to be involved in animation/voice acting/producing/directing.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
I hope they help too :) Animation's a great field, good luck!
And I like your username :D
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WarriorofLight98 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
Thanks. This aspiration is always in the back of my mind. Right now I'm sticking to something more attainable. I am taking Anatomy. Just aced my second test (didn't expect the second chapter to be so easy, but it was when it came right down to it). The next course I will take after this is Medical Billing. I really want to get into research and help people.
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Alene Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ohh, I'm not surprised you love this spread! Your 3D stuff adds such an interesting dimension to factual books! =) I bet it looks really amazing in print, too.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you! It's a subject that can get a bit boring (a whole book on a cave!) so I've tried to vary the visuals in unexpected ways!
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
that's really cool looking! i love the way it's a 3d thing that you took a picture of. that makes it so much more interesting to look at.
i've never seen lebanese money.
why is the 1 pound note defunct? inflation?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Big time :/ The last time I could buy anything with 1LP was in the mid-80's (it still bought a pepsi at the time) but by 89 the dollar was at 2000 pounds and you couldn't buy anything even with 50LP. After the war it stabilized at $1=LP1500 where we still are now, but now the smallest note is LP1,000. We do have coins as small as 50, but they're largely useless.
Ironically the 1LP note is probably worth a lot more now, because of its rarity, lol.
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
oh man. that's bad. at least it's stabilized right now, but still...........

and yeah, it probably *is* worth more! ;p
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Wahey! Another one of them 3D things. Beautiful.

Heh, we got the farthest into the caves. Go Lebanon!

Don't forget the Leaning Tower of Pisa! It's the one landmark I most remember...
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Hehe I remember that one, it may come up in a spread shortly :D
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