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The Mamelukes. by AaronMk The Mamelukes. by AaronMk
I wanted to get this scanned in and uploaded before I head out to Cedar Point tommorow.

Depicted are two mamelukes drawn in pencile, then over again with pencil. The shading is a mix between hatching and cross-hatching (with some idle scribbling to make the dark-light looking chain). The writting at the top is Mameluk and my name in Arabic.

A Mameluk is basically a slave-soldier employed throughout most of the islamic world from the ninth century to the nineteeth century. Mamelukes were bought as slaves when they were boys (normally from Turkey). They were then tought to read and write, then tought to fight and enrolled in the military. Although slaves they were considered a class above true slaves in that they were allowed to carrey weapons.

As a warrior-class Mamelukes were long lived, lasting for a thousand years. They held both military and political power and many of them could become Sultans, Amirs or Behs (minor lords).
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LeadHeart787 Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O You're going to Cedar Point, huh!...Have fun, cuz its worth it to the fullest. Have you considered going on the Top Thrill Dragster, or are not that much of a ride person? ;)

I love the technique you used here. To every scale in the armour to the strokes of pencil on the shin-pads and shields... Good work.
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AaronMk Aug 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
pen*.

Thanks. :)


This'll be my second time there. The first time my step-sister and her friends took me to all the big rides, including Top Thrill. I look forward to taking it a second time.
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LeadHeart787 Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, whoops. XD

I've went there twice (the 2nd just as recently as a birthday present) but I've never brought myself to go on it...Its one of those things where you're confident about doing something, but when you actually face it in reality....my fist curls in defeat. I can't ever do it, unless I have a really great friend with me. Again, please have fun. :)
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AaronMk Aug 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Will do. ;)
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