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. :)
Here is an old graphic that was published last September when Red Bull graced Oman with it's final leg for the international cliff diving. I did the main illustration of the while Antonio Farach did the rest of the graphics for this page.
Above is a detail of the graphic,particularly the map where to find the venue of the diving spot.
Below is the diver illustration.
Here are my reference for the diver. I needed a picture of a diver with the leg down and both arms tuck on it's sides. It was very important to get the exact position of the diver. Most of the photos i found were inverted position but still doable once flipped! :D
It's the time of the year when i get to compile my whole-year works beat myself with compliments and criticism (of course). But mostly to give myself a pat at the back for beating the deadline and improving every time.
Here are the graphics and illustration i made since January to October for Hi magazine (weekly). With a huge help from my Graphics Director Antonio Farach.