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Malaak II p4 by Majnouna Malaak II p4 by Majnouna
This took really long considering the small number of panels! But there was a lot of work to do on the back/foreground in panel 2, and on the picture, which originally showed workers beginning the restoration work...

Designing the insignia for the Brigade was a challenge. My priority was to steer clear from any symbol that could seem to hint at something used by an existing militia, and let me tell you there are/were LOADS of those. As usual, I thought hard for several days to no avail and the final idea came when I gave up thinking :P This, as I hope is obvious, shows an eye on a red shield – the eye for watchfulness, the shield for protection. Ironically (and that only occured to me later), the eye is a popular talisman against jinn.

I went to the Museum to sketch my backgrounds for this page . The National Museum has so much baggage I don't even want to get into it – it was something like the Berlin wall: get too close and you'll die. Militias encamped themselves in it, snipers, the works. I wanted that scene set there to give a glimpse of the inside, to which I have a personal emotional connection. You see, the large items in the collection could not be evacuated when the war broke out. The smaller ones were walled into the basement (the most precious taken to banks abroad), but the sarcophagi, mosaics and the rest were covered in concrete as they stood. They sat out the 15 years of conflict (and the few years of restoration) exactly as pictured above, before being brought back to light.

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:iconrobertsloan2:
Wow! I'm hooked all over again. These new pages are so good. The new plotline is fantastic too. I'm glued to the page, waiting to see what happens next! Sorry I didn't comment on preceding pages, was catching up tonight on Deviations when I'd been real busy doing articles and not looking at my devWatch.
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Majnouna Oct 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
No worries, I don't expect you to comment on everything. I'm just glad you're enjoying it!
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:iconrobertsloan2:
Very much! I can't wait till you make it available in print too, I definitely need to own it.
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Majnouna Oct 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
I am tantalizingly close... :frustration:
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:iconrobertsloan2:
Yeah, that is some serious stress. It'll come. I'm so glad you're doing it!
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:iconcalifornianinja:
Very cool. using the photo for background is a novel concept. The small details are also very nice--the bullet holes on the wall, for example.
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Majnouna Oct 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
I'm big on details, especially to tell the story of these places in one glance :)
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:iconcoyoteflutesong:
*snickers* I like the looks on their faces in the final panel. XD

Just kind of, o.O
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Majnouna Oct 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wait till you see the next :rofl:
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:iconcoyoteflutesong:
XD It's hard enough waiting for pages as it is, and you have to go and add to the anticipation.

Geeze XD lol
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