This is the second illustration for the Arab folk tale I described earlier. Again, this is just the pencil stage; I haven't quite finalized things yet- for example, the flower-like scribbles will actually become flowerlike flowers. I'm not quite sure yet about the position of the eyes- but I like the way in which they appear to be looking past us, past the boy, off to the distance (towards the wronged fiancee?)...I may return the solid wall (which I will texture when I paint it to look as though it is worn stucco) to the way I had originally sketched it, ending a bit past the shutters- this would necessitate another colour/background behind the boy and the eyes- but another colour might be good. The inside of the room will be a darkened colour (still thinking about the colours for this one) with a small pattern on the wall. I was thinking mustardy-ochry yellows/browns for the wall. More progress soon to follow!