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« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2016, 10:35:28 AM »

The incident known as the "Zannanza Affair" took place shortly after the death of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. His widow, Queen Ankhesenamun, sent a request to the Hittite king for his son Zannanza's hand in marriage, but he died en route for mysterious reasons. Odds are his death may have been orchestrated by an official named Ay, who would take on the throne after Tut's departure.

I designed this piece of art to look like the poster of an old-fashioned 1950s movie in the "ancient historical" genre of Ten Commandments or Ben-Hur. The actors are all fictional but inspired by real ones from that period. In retrospect, I probably should have cast a Middle Eastern actor like "Umar Shareef" as the Hittite prince Zannanza, but since the Hittite culture was Indo-European rather than Semitic in origin, I wouldn't totally rule out the possibility of a blond Zannanza yet.
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« Reply #31 on: April 09, 2016, 04:59:02 PM »

This prehistoric forager dude is meant to be an ancestor to the Sumerians, whose civilization thrived in what is now southern Iraq (or Mesopotamia) near the delta of the Tigris-Euphrates rivers. I always thought the Sumerians, as portrayed in their own art, looked almost like cavemen with their sheepskin tunics despite being one of the earliest agricultural civilizations known to archaeology. I wouldn't be surprised if they did indeed inherit that kind of sheepskin fashion from Paleolithic ancestors.
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« Reply #32 on: April 10, 2016, 02:36:20 PM »

Here's a simple portrait of an upper-class female citizen from the Roman Empire. I've chosen to name her "Valeria of Pompeii" because it sounded nicer as a title than "random Roman lady".
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« Reply #33 on: April 10, 2016, 09:55:26 PM »

Whenever the wicked plea mercy from Purgatory, the Devil grants them immortality as Dragons. Whenever the righteous plea to save their loved ones, the Devil grants them immortality as Dragonslayers.

And so here's my concept for a Gothic-styled, immortal monster-slayer named Brianna. She entered her line of work as part of a Faustian bargain with the Devil to save her boyfriend's life, and has wandered the earth hunting down dragons ever since. In this world, dragons are what happen to bad souls who want to buy off their Purgatory in the afterlife. They must maintain their immortality through eating the flesh of the living, and they must avoid being slain lest they end back in Purgatory where they belong. You could say dragon-slayers like Brianna are the biggest catch in the Devil's deals with sinners, as well as a necessary force in protecting humanity from dragons' depredations.

The typeface used for her title is called "Evanescent" and is based off that of the band Evanescence. Not only did I feel it added to the "Gothic" theme of this character, but I came up with the character in the first place while listening to their song "Bring Me to Life".

(I'm not at all religious by the way, but I see all mythology as fair game for fiction.)
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« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2016, 01:58:03 AM »

Doodled concept for an Egyptian-style "Rhino Knight" character. Of course I remember a similar battle rhino in the movie 300, but disappointingly it never got to put up much of a fight. :( Anyway, this one would probably serve as shock cavalry in a battle.


Another doodle of an Egyptian character handling an animal, this time a guy with a leopon (leopard/lion hybrid). As you can tell by now, I love juxtaposing ancient Egyptian cultural influences with African wildlife like this.

Ever since I saw Tarzan as a kid, I've tended to like leopards more than lions, but there's no getting around that lions are bigger and stronger. I figured a leopard/lion cross would feature the best of both species. You would have the agility, stealth, and tree-climbing talents of the leopard juxtaposed with the lion's brute strength and courage. Only downside is that it'd be very hard (at best) to breed them together.

On the other hand, recent genetic studies have indicated that, within the Panthera genus, lions are most closely related to leopards and jaguars (tigers on the other hand are closer to Himalayan snow leopards). So I guess this leopon could represent a common ancestor of both lions and leopards rather than a strict hybrid?
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Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
« Reply #35 on: April 12, 2016, 02:30:41 AM »
NinjaRaptor are you producing this art with a book in mind? Your characters seem to be perfect for a graphic novel, is this what you are working up to? I'd like to see a full adventure in that style.
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« Reply #36 on: April 12, 2016, 02:34:24 AM »
NinjaRaptor are you producing this art with a book in mind? Your characters seem to be perfect for a graphic novel, is this what you are working up to? I'd like to see a full adventure in that style.
In most cases, no. But someone on DA suggested to me that I use some of these concepts in a book or RPG setting, and I would love to do that someday.
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« Reply #37 on: April 12, 2016, 09:06:54 PM »
More on my Egyptian rhino knight concept:

This one's simply cruisin' by the pyramids (at full speed, of course).
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« Reply #38 on: April 14, 2016, 03:23:20 AM »
More of my current Egyptian kick:


In the second one, he's singing the blues.
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« Reply #39 on: April 15, 2016, 08:04:44 PM »

This sketch illustrates my concept for a sea goddess who presides over a culture of tropical island-dwellers. Their culture is supposed to draw from ancient Minoan, Greek, and Afro-Caribbean influences, so I've tried to incorporate those influences into the design of her attire. I'd name her something like "Thalassa" after the Greek word for sea.

As for the mosasaurs swimming around her, her followers consider them sacred to her and so offer them war captives as sacrificial offerings on a regular basis.
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« Reply #40 on: April 16, 2016, 12:40:03 AM »


I haven't settled on a name for this entire world, but I have put some thought into the cultures populating it (with the help of some scavenged ideas from earlier projects, of course). Each of the cultures labeled on this map is named for their most important god which is always based on an element from nature.

Sunborn Kingdom - A savanna kingdom of tall and slender people with very dark skin and tightly curled hair, rather like the southern Sudanese of our world. They take pride in having the world's oldest civilization which remains a global superpower to this day. They venerate the Sun as their supreme goddess, believing her to be the mother of all existence and erecting the grandest stone temples and colossi in her honor. The Sunborn also boast universities teaching advanced science and mathematics, advanced technology rivaling our world's Hellenistic kingdoms, and a formidable army that employs savanna creatures such as giraffes, rhinoceros, and elephants as battle mounts. Their primary influences are northern African kingdoms like Egypt, Kush, Mali, and maybe Ethiopia.

Thunderborn Jungles - Dinosaurs and other monstrous reptiles thrive in this equatorial rainforest basin bordered by volcanic rifts. The native population is distantly related to the Sunborn, with dark skin, kinky hair, and Central African physical features. However, instead of uniting into one vast superpower, the Thunderborn country remains divided into numerous smaller kingdoms with horticultural villages supporting royal cities of stone. They worship a fearsome god of thunderstorms whom they liken to an airborne black tyrannosaur, describing thunder as his roar and lightning as his teeth. Many of the wars that break out on a regular basis between the Thunderborn kingdoms are meant to collect captive warriors as offerings to the storm gods, whom they feed by mounting the captives onto the spires of their temples. Influences come from Central Africa, Dravidian India, Mesoamerica (especially Maya), and maybe New Guinea.

Steelborn Tribes - They roam the savannas south of the Thunderborn country, herding stegosaurs which supply them with almost everything they need (food, shelter, clothes, and even shields and weapons). Physically they are tall and dark, like the Maasai and other East Africans, and they like to dye their hair red with ocher. They call themselves Steelborn after the gift their volcanic goddess handed to them in legend, and to this day they produce steel through harnessing volcanic heat from the northern part of their range. Their influences include the Maasai of Kenya, the Zulu of South Africa, the Hadza of Tanzania, and to a lesser extent Native Americans of the Great Plains.

Isles of the Oceanborn - Though they share ancestry and most physical features with the Thunderborn, the Oceanborn have evolved slightly shorter physiques after colonizing the tropical archipelago they call home (insular dwarfism). They too are divided into city-states which fight among themselves for sacrificial captives, though the Oceanborn offer theirs to the giant mosasaurs they interpret as representatives of their sea goddess. Despite this propensity for internecine warfare, the Oceanborn have a reputation for being cheerful, easy-going, and hospitable, and they are proficient mariners and merchants as befits islanders. Influences draw on Afro-Caribbean, Minoan, Greek, and possibly Melanesian sources.

Fireborn Republic - This smaller continent, which is bisected by a range of volcanoes, has a dry subtropical (or "Mediterranean") climate with scrubby vegetation supporting animals such as camels, straight-tusked elephants, and cave lions. The Fireborn people themselves have bronze skin, dark curly hair, and a "mulatto" physiognomy. They started out a collection of squabbling city-states before merging into one Republic governed by an oligarchic Senate. They believe their supreme god inhabits volcanoes, coincidentally like the Steelborn, and supply it with sacrifices picked from the losers of their recreational gladiator games. With soldiers clad in the strongest steel armor among any in the world, the Fireborn have established themselves as an intimidating superpower...even if the Senate has a habit of infighting over power. Of course, their main influence is the Roman Republic.

Cloudborn Empire - So named because they once believed in a godlike Heaven, the Cloudborn Empire has since changed to an atheistic, humanistic official ideology. Nonetheless, they are the only nation in all the world to harness steam power, which they use for their gigantic junks that can travel through air as well as sea. They are also the only nation to use gunpowder technology. Though they dominate the entirety of their temperate island continent, the Cloudborn got their start in the forested western regions before expanding to the prairies of the east, wherein they assimilated the bison- and elephant-hunting horse-riders known as the Earthborn. You could say the Cloudborn are steampunk imperial Chinese whereas their Earthborn subjects in the east are based on Great Plains Native Americans; all have light coppery skin, straight black hair, and epicanthic eyefolds that give their eyes a characteristically narrow "Asian" look.

Stoneborn Tribes - Their southern continent has a semi-arid to arid climate except for the swampy jungles of ferns and club mosses along its northwestern coastline. Ancient lineages of amphibians, reptiles, and pre-mammalian synapsids dominate the megafauna here, though there is an abundance of large venomous insects and arachnids as well. The Stoneborn people have dark skin, curly blond hair, and prominent brow ridges, and they claim to be descended from the eggs of a rocky Dimetrodon goddess. Stoneborn societies range from foraging nomads in the desert to sedentary sago farmers living in reed-hut villages in the north. Their culture incorporates influences from ancient Sumer in Mesopotamia and Aboriginal Australia.

Iceborn Clans - They are big, stocky, and fair-skinned people who dwell in the world's northernmost continent, which is topped by a polar glacier wherein their grim, aloof god is said to reside. Most live as hunters and gatherers on the open tundra and in the conifer forests, hunting mammoth, steppe bison, and woolly rhinoceros and competing with saber-toothed cats and dire wolves. However, a few along the forested coast have settled down in timber fishing villages and supplement their subsistence with summertime raids across the southern sea. By virtue of their physical strength and legendary ferocity, the Iceborn are both feared and valued as mercenaries by the more southerly nations, who in turn may raid them for slaves. The Iceborn cultures draw on ancient Germanic (especially Norse), Celtic, and Cro-Magnon European influences.
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« Reply #41 on: April 20, 2016, 06:38:44 AM »

Thalassa, the Lady of the Sea, dances with the mosasaurs that are her most sacred representatives. In my concept, she is the matron of an islander people called the Oceanborn, whose culture mixes Afro-Caribbean, ancient Minoan, and Greek influences. Although the Oceanborn view her as a benevolent provider for the most part, they understand she has a fearsome wrath which they try to placate with sacrificial human offerings to her mosasaurs.


This is a digitally inked and colored update for that "Cruisin' by the Pyramids" sketch I submitted earlier. The concept is still the same: an Egyptian warrior cruisin' near the great pyramids on her rhino steed.


This Egyptian chick's showing off some modern- (or urban-) style fashion. I don't know what they call tight pants like what's she wearing---I think they're called yoga pants?

This started out as an early morning doodle before I decided to colorize it in Photoshop (by creating a layer with the "Color" blending mode above the original drawing). Not my favorite process when it comes to the end product, but it's all right for quickies since it'll be a busy week for me.


This is a digital sketch of a ruined tomb entrance in the jungle, which I produced in Clip Studio Paint (aka Manga Studio). This stage of the drawing process can be fun because you're doodling what you want in the picture with an unrestrained momentum, postponing the slower precision drawing for the refinement stage later.

I wanted this structure's design to incorporate a mix of influences from Africa (especially Egypt and Great Zimbabwe) and southern India. Some might see traces of Aztec or Maya influence in the terraced roofs, but those actually draw from the terraced towers of Hindu temples in the Dravidian style. The "guardian" tyrannosaurs in the foreground are meant to stand in an equivalent position to the rows of ram-headed lion statues before certain Egyptian temples.
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« Reply #42 on: April 24, 2016, 06:44:25 PM »


This was inspired by a lovely young lady from Antigua (in the Caribbean) whom I recently asked out. She told me she had a busy work week but would tell me whenever she had time off to date, which I take as a positive sign.

It's my plan to give this to her next time I see her on my morning commute to school. The Stegosaurus and pterodactyl represent my personal touches on this piece.
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« Reply #43 on: April 27, 2016, 01:10:12 PM »

For obvious reasons, this Egyptian scout would have a most advantageous vantage point for scoping out enemies. Not to mention sniping at them with his bow and arrow.

Unfortunately the dude came out looking kinda small on this concept doodle.


Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth President of the United States, wants to "collect" a Tyrannosaurus rex specimen for the Smithsonian Institute. With the help of a Triceratops mount and his trusty "medicine gun" (Winchester rifle), of course.

This actually isn't the first time I've drawn Teddy Roosevelt or any other US President hunting a dinosaur, but the last time was a few years back and I got his rifle wrong.
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Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
« Reply #44 on: April 27, 2016, 02:42:12 PM »

For obvious reasons, this Egyptian scout would have a most advantageous vantage point for scoping out enemies. Not to mention sniping at them with his bow and arrow.

Unfortunately the dude came out looking kinda small on this concept doodle.

You have a dude riding a giraffe! That looks uncomfortable but awesome. :0