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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2016, 12:43:42 AM »

Takhaet, my Egyptian warrior heroine, is enjoying some quality downtime with her little niece Nebet. In the story I've written for them, "The Battle Roar of Sekhmet", Takhaet will have to protect her niece (along with her family's deeply held beliefs) from persecution by the renegade Pharaoh Akhenaten and his head minion, the Vizier Ay.

Of course I need more practice with little kids. Damn shame too; I think kids of African descent can be absolutely adorable! (OK, all kids can be adorable, but you know, #BlackLivesMatter and all).
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2016, 06:56:38 PM »

What was once a lush and thriving world has been devastated for good. The rains that fall upon it may heal any survivors that hide within the ashes, but the paradise before has been lost and will never return with the same majesty.

I've chosen to name this piece "Deafening Silence" after an old song by Machine Head, which is one of my favorite songs to listen to whenever I'm feeling down. The rainy sound effects it opens and closes with conjured the image of a post-extinction environment receiving rainfall after the great fires have burned away. And it was something I drew when I was in another one of my sadder, angrier bouts.

I've learned that the best way to deal with feelings of anger and depression is to take your mind off it with creative work. I don't mean using art to lash out at the people who've hurt you---that only attracts their attention and makes things even worse---but instead using it as a way to distract yourself from that pain. Channeling your energy into something productive in the end is far more rewarding than dwelling on your misery.


This medieval Frankish knight, who has chosen to run away from the atrocities of the Crusades, is being nursed back to health by a beautiful nganga (healer) from Central Africa. As you can see, they're clearly enjoying each other's company in the process.

I can't help but think the guy reminds me of the (horribly inaccurate) portrayal of John Smith from the Disney Pocahontas movie. But don't worry, these aren't real historical characters, so there's no real historical events to forcefully hammer into the Disney romantic formula this time.
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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2016, 04:13:45 AM »

This Smilodon fatalis, or saber-toothed cat, would have enjoyed its grizzly bear breakfast had an alligator not interjected with its own predation. Now the sabertooth knows what it's like to have something higher on the food chain than itself!

When I was a kid I had this Zoobooks magazine issue with a spectacular illustration of a Nile crocodile nabbing a male lion on the leg, and I wanted to channel that with the alligator's attack on the sabertooth. I have to say I love seeing reptiles dominate mammalian predators this way.
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« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2016, 05:44:37 AM »

What if the Pharaoh Hatshepsut were into rap music and the hip-hop culture. Here she is introducing herself with a "gangsta" hand gesture (made that up, actually, but you get the idea). She is in the house, homies!

There is something about the concept of a rapping Pharaoh that I find totally dope. I think it's the seeming contradiction behind it; we expect royalty to behave all classy and associate hip-hop with lower-class communities. Yet who's to say queens can't loosen up and get down with the commoners once in a while?
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« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2016, 04:57:24 PM »

Pencil sketch of my original heroine Henda, a Mande ranger from ancient West Africa. Her job is to protect her kingdom's countryside and its inhabitants, human and animal alike, from poachers, bandits, and other troublemakers. She started out a professional ivory hunter when I first created her, but I decided that a ranger involved in conserving wildlife would be a welcome change of pace.

In the story I was writing for her, she was tracking down elephant poachers until her party intercepted some stranded Native Americans. She would very much like to help them get back to their homeland, but worries it would distract from her mission.
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« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2016, 05:05:29 PM »

The king of the savanna (Panthera leo) has the lord of the northern forest (Ursus arctos) in a bloody embrace for supremacy.

This is actually a moment from a story I was writing which had prehistoric Native Americans fall through a warp in space-time into the countryside of Africa. They were being chased by a grizzly bear which fell through with them, and it got attacked by lions. The match started with a one-on-one between the grizzly and one male lion, but suffice to say the tide of battle took a major turn when the rest of the lion's pride leaped into the scene.
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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2016, 08:13:51 PM »

Pencil doodle of a jungle babe surveying her domain beside her trusty raptor sidekick. I originally wanted this to look like the "pencil sketch" stage that professional comic book art goes through before it gets inked and colored, but then I got carried away with shading in the lady's skin. I still like how the highlights on her skin look. In that kind of humid tropical climate, she'd be perspiring enough to look glossy anyway.

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« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2016, 10:16:15 PM »

Whomever it was that developed the first writing thousands of years ago can fairly be credited with changing the world for the better in many ways. Unfortunately, not everyone throughout recorded history would use that invention for noble intentions, or even use it properly. You only need look around the Internet for evidence of that.


Experimenting with a different digital art style here.


Eli, a long-suffering Hebrew merchant with the special misfortune of falling into the business of used carpets, had to promote his enterprise somehow. Unfortunately for him, the Egyptian shopper he's trying to court doesn't seem any more impressed than you or I would be.

In all seriousness, it would not surprise me if the whole "magic carpet" trope (as well as various other "magical" artifacts from mythology and folklore) got started because some merchant dealing in the stuff was starved for advertising their wares.


Eli, our down-on-his-luck seller of used carpets from ancient Israel, has recovered an enchanted bong wherein lives a djinn (or genie) that can lift him out of his misery. Or ground him deeper into it. Who knows what this being of smokeless fire can do for---or to---him?

Yes, bongs do go far back into ancient times. For example, we know from archaeological digs that the Scythians were using them 2,400 years ago, and the smoking of cannabis itself goes back to the third millennium BC at least. So it's conceivable to me that ancient Israelites would have been familiar with cannabis products and/or bongs.
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« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2016, 04:25:15 AM »

This Triceratops has discovered that the consumption of fermenting fruit can had adverse consequences. In other words, it has made him wasted.

I believe this could have actually happened. Flowering plants were well established by the late Cretaceous (having evolved ~80 million years earlier), so they would have produced fruit which presumably would have fermented to produce alcohol. Dinosaurs would have eaten some of these overripe fruit, and you can guess the rest.
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« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2016, 07:59:00 PM »

Around 6000 BC or so, when the Sahara is still a savanna, these Neolithic ancestors of the Egyptian people have set their first sights on the fertile floodplains of the Nile Valley. And so begins a long saga of history and civilization.

There was a bit of a challenge in getting these characters to look recognizably "Egyptian" even though they would have been wearing typically prehistoric attire at this stage. So I chose to give the beads in their necklace colors that would hopefully evoke Egypt (blue, turquoise, and a bit of red) and gave the guy a primitive falcon pendant on his back to represent the Egyptian god Heru/Horus. The spears though have flint heads based on actual Egyptian ones from 4000-3000 BC.

I originally planned to have the whole picture inked, but then I decided that leaving out lines and detail for the background would make it seem more distant. Therefore the approach I settled on was to have only the people and their foreground inked whereas the rest would be "painted" without lines.
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« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2016, 01:38:23 AM »


Takhaet, my Egyptian warrior character, is testing a heretofore undiscovered prototype of the hang-glider. I came up with the idea while daydreaming about her infiltrating some kind of enemy fortress (perhaps to rescue a prominent individual held captive?) and then brainstorming ways for her to get in. I thought, "hey, you don't need too much post-Bronze Age technology to make a hang-glider, so why not have her fly over the ramparts on one?" Plus it would give enemy soldiers a shock which could demoralize them.

In this picture Takhaet would be a few years younger than in previous ones I've drawn of her; she hasn't earned the golden fly medals I've drawn on her earlier yet.
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« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2016, 08:52:21 PM »
More Takhaet stuff:


Here she's giving a Hittite minion a K.O. For her kicking style, I used as my reference the high-flying moves of capoeira, a martial arts form that is ultimately of African origin and so would fit her Egyptian heritage well in my opinion.


And here she's treating herself to a poolside sunbath. Not that she really needs the tan, but then again, she doesn't need to worry about sunburn even in a North African noon!

I am very proud of how lovely she came out in this doodle. When I was working on it during a class break, the other students couldn't help but notice, ahem, certain generous proportions of hers. I consider that a sign of success. :D
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« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2016, 09:15:16 PM »
More fun with Takhaet:


"Yo, check out my crib, y'all!"
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« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2016, 01:53:54 PM »

Quick pencil sketch of a wrestler chick defending her village from dromaeosaurid depredations. She and her culture were inspired by that of the Nuba people in Sudan, who are known for their wrestling tradition which may have been related to that of the ancient Kushites and Egyptians.

This piece is meant to express my anger and sadness over how people of African descent continue to be treated, not only in the US but across the world. What's being removed from her head is an Egyptian-style crown like that Nefertiti wore.
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« Reply #29 on: April 05, 2016, 08:34:03 PM »

Going clockwise from the top left, we have some kind of biker chick, an Almoravid (Moorish) maiden, and a Tyrannosaurus rex with a jaguar- and crocodilian-influenced design.

The Almoravids were Muslims from the Senegal River region of West Africa whose empire stretched up to Morocco and southern Spain at its apex around 1120 CE. They were not the first Muslims to conquer Spain (that would be the Arab Umayyads), but given their West African origin, they would probably fit the "Moorish" (dark-skinned) descriptor best of all the Spanish Muslim dynasties. I believe the checkerboard pattern on the Moorish chick's gele is an Almoravid symbol.


This started out as a random doodle before I decided to turn it into an ad for a "wholesome" 1950s diner. It's targeted towards the whole family---even the rebellious teenage boys. ;)

Giving the place a name was a toughie, but I wanted something evocative of African-American culture, or rather how whites perceived it during that time period. I decided something in the genre of Uncle Ben or Aunt Jemima would fit best due to their nonthreatening, servile connotations, so "Aunt Maddie's" it was.
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