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« Reply #60 on: May 27, 2016, 06:39:01 PM »

Continuing with the theme of mixing ancient Egyptian and Chinese influences, here's an influential Egyptian lady dressed for a visit in China. As they would say, when in China, do as the Chinese do. Or at least dress for the occasion.
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« Reply #61 on: May 30, 2016, 02:38:54 AM »

If the ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures ever met, how would they draw each other in their own native art styles?

I would say drawing in a recognizably "Chinese" style was tougher, because while the Egyptian style and the creative liberties it takes with human anatomy are very distinctive, the way Chinese artists would draw their human subjects seems a bit more realistic and less obviously stylistic. However, when drawing the Egyptian guy's face, I did study how the ancient Chinese would draw portraits of their emperors to get it to look as stylistically Chinese as possible.

The textual labels above are meant to name the opposite culture's country; on the left are the Chinese characters for "Egypt" and on the right are the letters in "China" converted to Egyptian hieroglyphs.
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« Reply #62 on: July 01, 2016, 05:21:31 PM »
New arts...


The Egyptian goddesses Sekhmet and Bastet (left and right respectively) are having a little spar together. Don't worry, it's the friendly kind.

Obviously I hatched the idea after watching a clip from The Mummy Returns, which has the two leading Egyptian ladies prize-fighting for the Pharaoh's entertainment. It's historically inaccurate and racially miscast to atrocious degrees, but at least it was a fun concept. It's also why Bastet is wielding sai even though those come from Japan.

Normally Sekhmet is the one portrayed in red clothing, with one of her epithets being "Lady in Red". But here I wanted to reference the two goddesses coming from different parts of Egypt. Bastet was associated with Lower Egypt (in the north, downriver) whereas Sekhmet represented Upper Egypt (in the south, upriver). Therefore Bastet gets red clothing in reference to Lower Egypt's red crown, whereas Sekhmet has a white/blue palette in allusion to Upper Egypt's white crown. That's also why the goddesses in my portrayal have different skin colors, with Sekhmet having darker skin since Upper Egypt is immediately downriver of the Sudan and Lower Egypt is adjacent to the Mediterranean basin.


Nyarai the Muvhimi (huntress) is driving this angry bull stegosaur into the walled enclosure you see in the background. The strategy is to lure the beast into a trap and then have her hunting peers dispatch it with arrows and javelins, but it will be a task easier said than done.

Nyarai is the protagonist of a short story I recently wrote titled Mark of a Muvhimi, which you can read on my Wordpress.


Queen Nefertari of New Kingdom Egypt is about to receive a bowl of dates from her trusty Middle Eastern maidservant.

I meant this as an inversion of the old Gone with the Wind movie from 1939, in which Hattie McDaniel played the white heroine's plump slave "Mammy". She may have won an Academy Award for her performance in that movie, but I personally feel poor McDaniel got screwed with that role. She deserved better.


A Tyrannosaurus rex gives off a territorial roar within sight of a misty waterfall deep in the jungle. It's always fun to juxtapose dinosaurs against such scenic backdrops.


This Egyptian scribe is recording the goods brought by a procession of merchants from afar. From left to right, his visitors are a South Sudanese dude bringing ostrich eggs, a Greek guy with a vase that's probably full of olive oil, and a West African chick bearing ingots of gold. Unfortunately for the West African lady, the Greek dude isn't the most pleasant male to stand behind in line.

Of course, I got the idea for this from various ancient Egyptian wall paintings portraying processions of foreigners (typically from the Middle East or Sudan) bringing tribute to the Pharaoh or his officials.
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« Reply #63 on: July 01, 2016, 05:32:22 PM »

Quick portraits of two of the ancient world's earliest recorded empire-builders, Narmer/Menes of Upper Egypt and Sargon of Akkad. Narmer was the guy who unified all the tribes of Egypt under the so-called First Dynasty of the Pharaonic period, whereas Sargon of Akkad brought all of Mesopotamia and surrounding regions of the Middle East under his sway. Together they were among the first rulers recorded in history to have established extensive nation-states linking together what were once competing tribes or city-states.

Narmer and Sargon were not contemporaries, and I don't think anyone knows if either would have been aware of the other. But I like to imagine that Sargon saw Narmer's Egyptian empire as an inspiration for his own Mesopotamian ambitions and sought to bring about the same order and unity in the Fertile Crescent that Narmer brought to the Nile Valley. Maybe we will never know if that was the case at all...
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« Reply #64 on: July 01, 2016, 06:03:44 PM »
i'm not going to lie, i love the thought and effort and attention to detail you put in all of these posts.

nice work, my friend.

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« Reply #65 on: July 02, 2016, 11:56:13 PM »
Lot of fluid motion in these pieces, good work :)

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Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
« Reply #66 on: July 03, 2016, 01:47:18 AM »
Ninja Raptor have you thought of you doing graphic books/ comics or animated shorts on your You-tube site with all these great animals and characters?
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« Reply #67 on: July 06, 2016, 12:58:27 AM »
Ninja Raptor have you thought of you doing graphic books/ comics or animated shorts on your You-tube site with all these great animals and characters?
I have considered comic books. Problem is that those require a lot of writing as well as drawing, and I'm not confident in my ability to finish longer stories. Maybe I will sometime in future years though.
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« Reply #68 on: November 11, 2016, 03:18:39 AM »
Whoah, it's been ages since I last posted anything in this thread. I'll just share the best of the very newest today:


Recently I was checking out the work of the brilliant comic-book artist J. Scott Campbell and felt motivated to draw this pin-up of a prehistoric huntress. Of course I draw that sort of thing quite often anyway, but sometimes looking at what other people have produced can get you in the mood to do your own thing.


I find prehistoric humans fun to draw because their attire and way of life leave so much more to the imagination than their counterparts from recorded history. It's almost like you can design them any way you want.

This woman's pet is not the Smilodon, but another saber-toothed cat called the Megantereon which originated in Africa around seven million years ago before spreading to Eurasia and the Americas. I don't know for certain if there would have been any surviving populations of Megantereon in Africa by the time anatomically modern Homo sapiens showed up 200,000 years ago, but I wanted to give her a companion that was recognizably prehistoric.

And yes, there is some inspiration from the game Far Cry: Primal here. You can even pretend that she's a remote African ancestor of Takkar the Beastmaster if you like.


When drawing the Tyrannosaurus rex, I feel that one of the most important qualities to convey is its sheer power. I always aim to make it a real beefcake when it comes to musculature. The prize-fighter of antiquity is not a dinosaur you want to shrink-wrap, believe me.


My portrait of the Zulu fertility goddess Mbaba Mwana Waresa, who presided over agriculture, rain and rainbows, and beer. She was said to live in a house made of rainbows up in the sky, and one story has her falling in love and marrying a mortal man in defiance of the other gods. Mbaba Mwana Waresa has been called the Zulu Demeter because of her similar niche in the Zulu belief system, and I put a pot on top of her head in reference to certain statues of her Greek analog (which also have her wearing some kind of bowl-like vessel).
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« Reply #69 on: November 16, 2016, 07:19:17 PM »

This is another character from my short stories. She works as a safari guide escorting tourists through the jungles of her native country, and she keeps a tranquilizer rifle around for protection against the local dinosaurs. Her latest client is a desperate freelance photographer named Sid Francis who's paid an arm and leg for the trip, and he's determined to get that perfect shot of the wildlife that will boost his career and make the investment worth it. Of course, it won't be a simple walk in the park for either of them...

The story takes place in a fictional "secondary world" of sorts, albeit one substantially based on our own. The technology level is more or less modern, but there are dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures still roaming about. You could say it's a modern/prehistoric sort of fantasy setting.
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« Reply #70 on: November 26, 2016, 01:52:45 PM »

This is an archer character I drew as reference for a little animation project I'll be doing over the weekend. My mom suggested that I pursue a career as a freelance animator as a way of bringing together my writing and drawings skills, and this would be my first step onto that path. The technique I'm attempting is two-dimensional and digitally hand-drawn with my trusty tablet pen in conjunction with special animation software like Toon Boom Harmony. It should be enough to keep my occupied over the weekend between homework assignments.


Neithhotep, from the 31st century BC, is the first royal woman attested in recorded Egyptian history. At one point archaeologists believed she was the consort of Narmer, the southern Egyptian king who conquered the north and thereby "unified" the country, but new data suggests she was instead the spouse of Narmer's successor Hor-Aha as well as the motherly co-regent of their son Djer. The latter distinction would have made her perhaps the first woman to have ruled the united Egyptian state right at its very beginning. Neithhotep's name is in honor of the goddess Neith, whose patronage of warfare, hunting, weaving, and wisdom have convinced some scholars that she might have been a mythical prototype for the Greek Athena.


This is my speculative portrayal of physical differences between the sexes in the ceratopsian dinosaur Triceratops. In my vision the males (or bulls) would be larger, with more imposing horns and more brightly colored frills, than the females (cows), since in distantly related animals like birds and reptiles it's often the males that have the enhanced display structures.
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« Reply #71 on: December 02, 2016, 10:44:33 PM »

I wanted to do a simple composition that juxtaposed ancient Egypt with the Wild West, since they're both associated with desert environments. When I was making this, I did have a little story in my head about how these characters would meet, but then I have a lot of stories in my head competing for my attention (my imagination is fast-paced like that). Time will tell what will come of this.
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« Reply #72 on: December 02, 2016, 10:57:33 PM »
Wish you would write a story in the monthly writing contest for fun and brought your Egyptians and Africans and even cowboys to life there for us as well NinjaRaptor ;D
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« Reply #73 on: December 03, 2016, 01:00:27 AM »
Wish you would write a story in the monthly writing contest for fun and brought your Egyptians and Africans and even cowboys to life there for us as well NinjaRaptor ;D
You know, that sounds like a cool idea. The current prompt is dragons, right? So I have to figure out how to work cowboys from the Wild West, ancient Egypt, and dragons into a short story less than 1,500 words long...
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« Reply #74 on: December 03, 2016, 01:03:05 AM »
No problem  ;D
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