The Nazareth Project (part 2): Mosques

The second series in the Nazareth Project is Mosques. 2 of my favorite illustrations are in that series. Unlike Christianity, In Judaism and Islam praying places are mainly functional. Their looking is less important. There are some beautiful mosques, as there are some beautiful synagogues, but I think most of them are mainly used as praying places. In Nazareth, however, there are several beautiful mosques. The White Mosque is the first card of this series. It is the oldest of the mosques in town – was build in the beginning of the 19th century. It is located in the market. It was called “white” as a symbol of purity, peace and co-existence between religions, but it is also – well, white. When I went there  to take pictures for reference with Efrat Reiss and Rama Refael from Shenboov and Nuha Bolus from the Nazareth municipality, it was the middle of the day. Most of the people, as they are working people, simply come to prayer and go back to their business. Those who stay are the elderly, and it reminded me much of my great-grandfather when he was old – going to the synagogue in order to meet people. It was like that also in my childhood neighborhood. Those who went to the synagogue in the middle of the day were the elderly, and they stayed there to argue about politics. Here is the sketch:

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Final black & white:

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The final colored illustration

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The second card was the Mosque al-Salam, or the Mosque of Peace. It is a beautiful mosque, with a lovely painted dome, so it was clear to me this card will be an inside scene.

The sketch:
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Final black & white:

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The final colored illustration

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The third card in the Mosques series was al-Nabi Sain Mosque. It is an impressive building, both from the outside and the inside, with a painted dome and painted pillars in the inside, and a golden dome outside. I chose to draw the building from outside, as the golden dome is very significant to this Mosque.
Here is the sketch:


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Due to the issue of no-line-on-the-minaret, the illustration was scaled down on the final Black and White:

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The final illustration:

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The last card in this series, the Al-Huda Mosque was a bit of a challenge. The building itself is not impressive, not from the inside, nor from the outside. It has red pergolas, indeed, but not beyond that. Having an interior scene would create 2 cards of interior scene, 2 cards of exterior, which is a good balance in a series. As I didn’t want to draw praying people again, I asked if there are Quran lessons in the mosque.
Yes, there are. So that’s the scene that was chosen.

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The final black and white:

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The final colored illustration:

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The printed cards:

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