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Ho ho ho

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:20 AM


Two months and a half since my last journal! Come to think of it I've barely been around dA at all since, and yet I'm working on so many things.
First and more importantly: If you're interested in my calligraphy, please subscribe to my monthly newsletter for proper news, sneak peeks, offers and other interesting tidbits. As I'm working towards a show on a different scale, I don't know how much of it I'll want to post here.
My beautiful letterpress card sets are now available individually, or will be again after Christmas: a small festive market at the Arab British Centre last week absolutely wiped out my stock, my God!! And I have a handful of screen prints that are slightly worn by handling, very little but enough for me to prefer not to display them. I want to sell them at a clearance price so please note me for the list.

Tutorial news: I am now a contributor to Vectuts+ and have been revisiting my tutorials on the fundamentals of drawing humans for that site, in a more text-based fashion. This alternative approach may suit some of you or at least complement the charts, so you'll find them here (doing them in order is recommended).

Last time I wrote, I was moving; I've been properly installed since and am very happy here in this warm flat where I have room to both work and bake my heart's content! :D I haven't had an open house like this since I left Beirut, with friends always dropping by for tea ^^

Well, merry Christmas and may 2014 be real!

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VictorHugo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is wonderful news! Glad that you can finally sink in the chair and breath peacefully! You deserve it! Well, i also wish you a merry christmas a may 2014 be even more glorious! :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
And a very merry Christmas and wonderful new year to you dear Victor!
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Carles Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
It is good to read that you have finally settled in a place you feel well in and focused on your art.
I wish you a boost in your career ! :-)
Happy holidays.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! A big difference from last winter :) Happy holidays to you too!
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wemustnotforget Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to hear the move went well!  May you have happy holidays and good baking. :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, and the same to you!
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Alene Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Merry Christmas! :hug: It's good to hear you're so busy but still finding time to balance that with baking and friends. =) 
I enjoyed looking at your updated text-based tutorials - your tutes are always fabulous, I am constantly using your guide to human types so I can use diverse characters when working – I don't know what I'd do without it, really! I also like the way you mentioned using a permanent tool and a cheap sketchbook for gesture drawing – pencils can be altered and you get caught up in the details, but on the other hand if your sketchbook is expensive you end up being precious because you don't want to waste the expensive paper with ugly sketches, and neither of these things is good under the circumstances! My current gesture-sketching sketchbook is very colourful because the cheap paper is so revolting it clogs up ballpoints so I have to resort to my brightly-coloured uniball pens. =P 
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Happy new year!
I'm happy they brought you something new! Yes one wants to remove any distracting factors so that the only thing on one's mind is the sketch itself, at least in the habit-forming learning period. Very funny about your sketchbook :XD:
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Alene Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
And to you! I hope 2014 is good to you! :hug:
I had to explain this evening, in fact, that perfectionism is not what is aimed for in sketchbooks – a concept quite alien to some people – and so it was quite okay that what I was doing (purely for fun, practicing inking) was not perfect. =P

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Annqueru Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Yay! Glad to hear you happy and that things are going well :)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!
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