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A Pocketful of Love: handmade book Kickstarter! :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 34 3
Conference of the Birds: the Nightingale by Majnouna Conference of the Birds: the Nightingale :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 119 14 Conference of the Birds: The Goldfinch by Majnouna Conference of the Birds: The Goldfinch :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 136 4 Majnouna silver collection by Majnouna Majnouna silver collection :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 58 16 Nut Milks by Majnouna Nut Milks :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 182 22 Art into Jewelry by Majnouna Art into Jewelry :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 43 12 Banana Omelette by Majnouna Banana Omelette :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 129 32 Joumana's Cookbook to color... by Majnouna Joumana's Cookbook to color... :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 63 6 Batata Harra (Spicy potatoes) by Majnouna Batata Harra (Spicy potatoes) :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 146 17 Stuffed Peppers (Lebanese style) by Majnouna Stuffed Peppers (Lebanese style) :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 145 14 Lemon-Leek Pizza by Majnouna Lemon-Leek Pizza :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 119 13 Quick Loaf by Majnouna Quick Loaf :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 165 8 French Onion Soup by Majnouna French Onion Soup :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 167 16
Over the Shoulder: Eight Hundred :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 29 12
Attraction by Majnouna Attraction :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 89 7 Sun-moon by Majnouna Sun-moon :iconmajnouna:Majnouna 114 15

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Cultivating Your Drawing Skills
I believe drawing skills are never innate: when someone is a natural, what they really have are remarkable observational skills and the ability to apply them – in their case, through drawing (it could just as well have been espionage ;)). Drawing skills can be cultivated by anyone able to use their minds and hands. There are basically only two approaches to do this: theory (+practice) and observation (+studies).
:bulletred: Theory is a structured, organised approach, learning from someone more experienced who's laid it all out for us in a course, book or tutorial.
:bulletred: Observation is an organic, unpredictable approach, learning directly from the real world around us and gradually deriving principles from it.
Alone, they are both incomplete; trying to work with only one of them would be like trying to walk with one foot. Studying lays down a solid foundation, which remains abstract and limited until observation brings it to life with details and real-life application
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Library reference-Humans by ArtistsHospital Library reference-Humans :iconartistshospital:ArtistsHospital 14,967 722
Illustrative Journal Vol.1
Illustrative Journal Vol. 1
Ladies and gentlemen, after several years of art journals, offering advice, tutorials, tips and general information for those wishing to follow a career in the illustration field I have come to a point of being told countless times to turn these into news items, as to better help people here on DeviantART.  I have no idea how this will be viewed by the general populous of DA, but hopefully it will help somebody out there.  Which is what matters.
If during these, you have any questions on what I had to say (lets face it, most of these are written when I haven't slept), or if you wish to suggest an idea for future content, or even tell me that I suck at life me – don't hesitate.  I listen to all the feedback I'm given and there really isn't too dumb of a question.  It just gives me a reason to avoid work heh.
The point of this is that long ago, I had no guidance for many years as an aspiring illustrator
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ID - Moths Suck by GoddessVirage ID - Moths Suck :icongoddessvirage:GoddessVirage 7 10 Prisma: Tyrian Purple by Sphenacodon Prisma: Tyrian Purple :iconsphenacodon:Sphenacodon 28 21
EtsySellers Member Showcase
This is a first in a series of articles showing the wide an varying work made by the members of the ever growing Etsy Sellers group.
Currently our group has 122 members, and is growing weekly, so to celebrate us getting over the 100 members mark, we have asked each of our members to send in a link to their best piece.
So if you have a few moments, take the time to have look at their lovely work.

Ring Around the Roses Rosary by zephyrofgodMagnolia cluster earrings by Jillithe
Raining Love by rashtyonPurple Dice Eyeglass Strand by littlefishtaleBlackandWhite Fractal Scarf 2 by infinitecreatureTeeth Love Cards by lessthanthreedesigns
The Audition by futurowomanWhite Sky, Blue Earth by Frost-indri:thumb53677627::thumb51912599:
Dragonslayer Choker by WaistedSpaceThe tree of life and death by TheDevilsWallpaperMy Happy Mudfish Necklace by clotilda-warhammerI Heart Ice Cream - Coin Purse by MasonBee
EtsySellers - is a group set up to bring together artists who are here on DA & who also sell on
We even welcome those who don’t sell on Etsy, but support Artists, and buying handmade.
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Lil' Red by 2DCale Lil' Red :icon2dcale:2DCale 1,300 89
Tutorial and Features: Landscape Photography
In the spirit of continuing to share insight and knowledge that I've learned from my experiences with photography, this will be my third tutorial on photographic subjects and techniques.  Previously I've submitted articles discussing digital camera noise (found HERE), and Neutral Density filters (found HERE).  I want to keep up with this, and hone it into a more helpful concept.  So this is the first one where I will try and provide a holistic coverage of a topic.  Today's topic is landscapes.

The most important factor of any landscape is focal range.  A landscape is characterized by a massive depth of field, that puts a vast and deep scene into sharp focus.  This is often overlooked by amateur photographers, who
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Children's Illustrators Showcase volume 2
:pointr: first volume: Children's Illustrators Showcase volume 1
Hi folks, this is the second volume of the Children's Illustrators Showcase!
I was very happy to see that lots of you enjoyed the first volume, and I also received a lot of notes with suggestions, thank you! It's a very great support for us, children's illustrators, and also for children's books lovers. We exists to put stars in your eyes, and smiles on your faces.
Good News:
We now have the chance to have some Digital Illustration galleries (Hopefully Traditional Illustration galleries are coming soon), so be sure to upload your new deviations, and to move your previous ones in those galleries! For your digital illustrations, you can choose:
Digital Art> Drawings>
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Legerdemain by meluseena Legerdemain :iconmeluseena:meluseena 25 6 Chameleon by superkev Chameleon :iconsuperkev:superkev 855 192 Nile Green by TheBryde Nile Green :iconthebryde:TheBryde 10 10 Himba Tribeswoman by Alene Himba Tribeswoman :iconalene:Alene 182 173 Sage's Nap by nJoo Sage's Nap :iconnjoo:nJoo 3,500 313 Rainbow Drops by aMiZoN Rainbow Drops :iconamizon:aMiZoN 174 81


dA setting, Patreon rising

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 11, 2017, 3:54 AM

I'm very much alive but it looks like I'm over deviantART. I'm not leaving as such, but I have no motivation to post work here anymore. I'm just getting too old for this site. The calligraphy art I am now fully focused on doesn't belong here.
If you're into that work, I would love to see more of you on Patreon and get some more artist engagement there. I post the finished pieces in public, so you can follow me there for free, although starting from $2 you get to see early sketches, thought processes, and other insights I just don't post anywhere else, among other perks.
I actually spent a whole day hanging out at Patreon headquarters this week, a beautiful space filled with beautiful bright people who genuinely want feedback and ideas, so it's more than just another platform to me now.

Otherwise, that work gets posted on which now also has a blog for announcements. is for what are now hobbies: my illustration, photography etc.
The recipes have their dedicated blog: Joumana's Cookbook.
Finally, for something completely different: For Love of the Earth.

See you around the webs!

PS: Did you know birds actually sing all night? I'm jetlagged AF and made this random discovery :|


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Artist | Professional | Varied
United Kingdom
"One of the fundamental conditions of happiness is to know that everything that one does has a meaning in eternity" - Titus Burckhardt

I trained in graphic design and my body of work encompasses illustration, comics, tutorials, digital games and children's books. I was apprenticed to a master calligrapher for several years and I am now settled in London, UK, where I am dedicated full-time to my own calligraphy, going deeper into the potential of the ancient art of the Kufic script, which I also teach, while pursuing illustration for my own pleasure. I'm also an avid cook and baker, and all-time animal lover, with a passion for ethnography and a history of globetrotting.

You'll find my work on my dual website, Majnouna (calligraphy) / Cedarseed (everything else). My CV is here.


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