"One night Majnun prays to Allah, thanking Him for making him the pure soul he now is and asking God's grace. He sleeps, and in his dream a miraculous tree springs from the desert, from which a bird drops a magic jewel onto his head, like a diadem."
This is what inspired this picture, it is part of an Arabic love story "Layla and Majnun". Look it up on the web if you want to know more about it. A friend did a cover for Tournaments Illuminated, the magazine for the SCA based on this story and after seeing what she did, and reading this part of the story, I had to try my hand at something sudo-arabic in style.
Another first for me and picture number 14 or 15 for the year. The leaves on the grey tree are gold leafed. It doesn't show well in the scan, but in person it is cool. There is more space on the right side of the picture but my scanner was to small to get it all. The whole things started out on a white page and is 9 x 12. The Arabic writing says "Majnun layla" or at least that is what it is supposed to say.
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