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I wanted to work on more calligraphy, and the word: شوق Shawq, or Longing, was suggested to me.
It turned out to be quite a challenge. It doesn't offer much to work with, and forces its dots upon you because it would be too easy to misread it as Souq (bazaar) without them. It called for a cursive solution, but my training is with the geometric Kufi, so I was leaning towards a geometric solution, particularly one I could arrange in a circle, which is my current shtick.

The final solution was a sudden click: by the end of the study I knew I wanted to open up the Qaf and gild the space inside to symbolize potential, but I had almost given up when the egg shape came to mind, a perfect expression of the pregnancy of Longing.
Then the 3-circle design fell into place, nicely mirrored by the dots on the ش, and the circular arrangement called for itself.
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Sharingan-Zero Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I love it, so artistic!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great!
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Kessima Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! Great work.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Chibimita Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student General Artist
This reminds me of it. [link]
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hmmm...
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:iconchibimita:
Chibimita Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student General Artist
maybe I was exaggerating a bit....:-S
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medievallass Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful work Cedarseed! It's really eye catching. The use of red on white with the gold is stunning. There is definitely a sense of Shawq about it. I love the concept of a rounded pregnancy of longing.

Hayley :floating:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! :hug:
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medievallass Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, your work is wonderful!

Hayley :floating:
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seifertacko Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
creative..simple yet striking..
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
:bow:
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evanesces Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
cool stuff!!!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Pol3cat Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I won't pretend to understand the calligraphy behind this but it also works well as a graphic, I like it :)

On a slightly different note, I recognised this as your work before I opened it up, ... have no idea what that means lol ;)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's good, in any case most Arabic speakers would have a hard time reading it, so its supposed to work as an image :)
Awesome that you recognized it as my work before opening it :XD:
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Ziannna Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
I love all the thought you put into the message here... There's so much feeling in it without even knowing what it Shawq means...
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot, glad you can pick up on it :)
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:iconkezhound:
Kezhound Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So cool! I love your processes for these.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, more is coming, I seem to be on a roll :)
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Carex Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
I like it. :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yay :)
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Original-Hypnotika Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This would make an awesome tattoo < 3
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Interesting idea :)
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MichelleDoherty Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Writer
I like this very much. :peace::) I'm glad you shared this - Arabic calligraphy fascinates me. I especially like that you have to study it to get the full meaning, both esoterically and mundanely.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's great :) Be prepared for more, I've been working on a whole bunch of compositions ;)
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MichelleDoherty Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Writer
:nod: I'm looking forward to it.
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so lovely. Thank you for sharing this.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
My pleasure :)
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:iconastarayel:
astarayel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
This is amazing--Arabic calligraphy is so beautiful in general, but I particularly love this modern take you've given it! Beautiful work :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot :) I've been very inspired, more coming up as soon as I get home ;)
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astarayel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
I can't wait to see them!!
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ohTHATaaronbrown Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful - on so many levels :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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