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Jeita pp22-23 by Majnouna Jeita pp22-23 by Majnouna
Whew! This is the last illustration I need to make of the inside of the cave and I am so relieved :P It's a classic postcard view, but it was too classic to be omitted, and it will make a hell of a cover :)
Here I just explain that the lower cave (or at least 250 m of it) is visited in barges but only during the dry season, when the river is low enough to allow it. Jeita's a rolemodel for environment-friendly underground tourism – even the engines on the barges are electric to keep the water pure.
The verse is by Lebanese poet George Shehade, written after he visited the grotto.
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seifertacko Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Love those candy looking illustration..n great details on the history itself!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
Cheers!
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seifertacko Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
Cheers back!
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redchinese Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Student General Artist
it good to here the tourism doesn't destroy the place :) i really enjoy how colorful it is, makes we wonder how the real thing will look up close :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
It's a wonderful place :)
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
That's the Leaning Tower to the right, innit?

It's a Journey to the Center of the Earth! And I never noticed that the boats were electric, now that you mention it...
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Bingo :D
Yeah, they'd have to be! Happily Jeita is managed by a German company...
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
the guy in the striped shirt looks a little like adrian. ;p

i love the way you've got the stalagmites/stalagtites to look so real. great job!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oh come on, he looks nothing like him. Is it the hair color? :P
Thanks :D
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
well, i did say a LITTLE.

and yeah, it's the hair color. ;p
and the fact that i need new glasses! :giggle:
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flickerkite Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
I love the bright colors. For some reason it reminds me of Candyland and lollipops. Cute, I like it!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
True! :D Thanks!
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WarriorofLight98 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
This reminds me of my childhood. When I was younger, I went spelunking with a group of girlscouts in a cave that one had to row through. It was absolutely breathtaking. I'll never forget it, and this brought back the wonder of that trip. Of course, in the light, a cave seems to be alive and vibrant, strangely enough. Gorgeous interpretation.
Your cave is more inviting than natural ones (though I always felt connected to them anyway).
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Sounds beautiful! The water is probably the cause for the behavior of the light :)
Well, other than making the colors brighter than in nature, it's a pretty faithful depiction of this one :)
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Alene Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
Those lolly colours are reminding me of pixar films! =) I'm not surprised you're relieved to be free of interior pictures; there's always something tedious/time-consuming/brain-scrambling in every project, isn't there? (With me at the moment, it's parquet floors! Arrg!)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Do you like them or are they too happy? Lol.
Yeah, there's no way around it -- but th egood news is a few of these sprinkled among more reasonable spreads are enough to make a book pop ;)
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Alene Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oh no, I think they work well - it adds to the fantasy aspect of the caves, without making them scary, with all the gloom and creepy shadows that you could put in when drawing caves!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
OK, great :D I also think it'll make the cover more attractive.
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