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Ladies of Marrakech by Velica Ladies of Marrakech by Velica
Recently I have visited Marrakech, Morocco. This was my first journey to a Muslim country and I collected some very interesting observations. Of course Marrakech is a tourism hotspot and, in some parts, it even has a cosmopolitan feeling to it and therefore some of these observations may not even be extendible to the rest of the country.

It caught my attention that, like in most places, the people of Marrakech are not all equally religious or, at least, tend to religion in different ways. This was more evident in women whose attire ranged from the pious burqa to the most westernised revealing outfits with everything in-between walking side by side with each other. This drawing attempts to illustrate this gradient of female attitudes in Moroccan society which I found very interesting.

The drawing is also heavily inspired and, dare I say, a homage to one of my favourite graphic novelists: Marjane Satrapi, author of "Persepolis". [link]
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WideEyedAndWorried Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
This reminds me so much of Persepolis. Good job :)
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Velica Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Thank you.
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LaughButts Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Somehow, I really like this and the funny faces on the bottom! 
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Velica Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
I miss Morocco.
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Llelouch Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
i'm from marrakech and this is so true
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Velica Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Its a very beautiful city. I have been there twice now.
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MKM-G Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful, the concept is lovely, and the feeling very Escher and yet the reference of Marjane Satrapi. Makes a beautiful mix :), favorite.
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Velica Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Thank you!
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Bcharzini Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Maghreb girls are beautiful.
Nice drawing!
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ElfceltRJL Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
This is so cool! And yes, I definitely thought of Persepolis when I first saw it!
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AskarovRoman Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Good work!
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senf-a Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Very nice drawing - reminds me of my visit to Casablanca - you really see a full range, from Niqab to tee shirts and jeans. And Persepolis is an awesome graphic novel
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Nachalnik Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist
I love this! I was just thinking "Hmm, reminds me of Persepolis" ;)
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alahay Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Is this extensible? I'm sure we can easily fit a new row of modern women ;)
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Velica Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
The last row should represent them.
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alahay Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
muito fixe
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Hollypott Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
there aren't any women wearing burka in morocco!
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Tabascofanatikerin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist
Fascinating and kind of creepy at the same time :)
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thehurricanes Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Thanks for sharing this interesting information. I didn't know that. (I've never visited a mainly Muslim country.)
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squish-tish Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Definitivamente, Persepolis! Pensava que ia fazer um comentário interessante, cheio de referências e tal mas o artista adiantou-se. Gostei muito.
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violator74 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
bello!
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The-2nd-Philosopher Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Has a great effect overall.
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lidiaBartlam Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010   General Artist
I love this
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cygaj Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
I thought about "Persepolis" when I looked at it. And I love it. Great piece. Would make a great pattern. ;)
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Velica Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
:) Thanks! Its a very interesting country too, Morocco.
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very good. Any particular reason why the hidden women are at the top of the image?
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Velica Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Thats the way I pictured it in my head. Why? Maybe because I like to read it top-down, with women becoming less covered as you go through.
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It makes sense. :nod:
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Fievel-the-Mouse Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great idea! And executed really well, very nice indeed :)
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Tordo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like also how the go from serious to cheerful.
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Velica Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
This was not by accident. The less covered women do seem to be more cheerful, at least on the outside.
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Tordo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what I thought, it may have something to do with the possibility that those women have a bit less restricted way of leaving, but like you said, that's only what we can guess from the outside. :)
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Velica Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Or maybe its our biased liberal views that make it seem like they are happier.

Gracias por el comentario! Un abrazo de Portugal.
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Tordo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, serious doesn't necessarily means sad.

¡De nada! Saludos desde México.
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cuygirl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I like the black and white contrast...It´s funny how the clothing gradually lessens...You captured it very interestingly in the chain style :)...
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DailyAtheist Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I'd (perhaps?) throw in Escher as inspiration. Nicely done!
Liked your gallery quite a lot too!
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Velica Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thanks man!
It would take a lot more to pull an Escher, I think.
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Ivy-Sui-Cho Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Que interessante :)
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