Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Lost Language

There is an old and almost lost language in Oman called Shahria. It's spoken by the southern part of the country. They hope to preserve this language so the future generation may still speak and understand this local tongue.

I only have a small spot of illustration for this article and below is how i interpreted the story. There's the hand gestures (to add more meat of my drawing) since Arabs are well-known for speaking with it.

Below is the scanned drawing with my reference which i found online (a picture of a tribal Omani girl, circa 1981from National Geographic)

Arabs are very well known of this particular hand gesture; i don't know what they call it but they usually use it when they want to say "wait" or "be patient" or something of that sort. In this case, "listen to me".

I wanted to achieve an antique look or sort of like a feel of "old" feel for this illustration, i have a strong feeling i wasn't able to achieve it but nevertheless it's not a bad one. :)

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