This page is from 2011, drawn over several of the talks given at a 2011 symposium held at Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art. It’s unusual among my sketches (especially the smaller ones; this is a page of an A6 notebook) for having some very thick lines of ink – although that happened because the first pen I tried to draw with broke! I rather like the effect, and hope to play with it again in some later work by incorporating sumi ink.
This is also the first instance of the starry sky motif that appears quite a bit in my later work. I believe that particular touch was inspired by Emilie Savage-Smith’s lecture on Al-Sufi’s Book of Fixed Stars, the oldest manuscript of which (she argues) is in the MIA collection.