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Title: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 16, 2016, 06:09:27 PM
I had an earlier art thread in this forum a few years back under the username Taharqa, but apparently you're discouraged from posting in thread over 120 days old. So instead I'll just create a new thread with updated work.

I'll start with a Youtube video showcasing my best stuff so far:
[youtube]tkZiRmvKydc[/youtube]

Some more recent output:
(http://img02.deviantart.net/c831/i/2016/044/2/2/narmer_the_founding_pharaoh_by_dabrandonsphere-d9rk6re.jpg)
Narmer the Founding Pharaoh of Egypt

(http://img10.deviantart.net/d126/i/2016/045/7/e/the_emancipator_by_dabrandonsphere-d9rqm35.jpg)
The Emancipator

(http://img03.deviantart.net/2449/i/2016/045/d/2/the_thunder_rolls_by_dabrandonsphere-d9rtc9w.jpg)
The Thunder Rolls

(http://img11.deviantart.net/4848/i/2016/045/9/c/egyptian_valentine_by_dabrandonsphere-d9rrk2k.jpg)
Egyptian Valentine

You can find more on my Wordpress blog (https://tyrannoninja.wordpress.com/).
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 16, 2016, 11:43:20 PM
(http://orig01.deviantart.net/b277/f/2016/047/9/b/formation_tribute_by_dabrandonsphere-d9s0xsh.jpg)
This sketch was inspired by Beyonce's recent "Formation" song which she sang at this year's Super Bowl (the pose is based on her dance in the official video). The song itself is all right, and I actually don't like how the "albino alligator" line sounds like an anti-white slur to me (I hope it's meant to be ironic or non-serious). However, I wanted to express my endorsement for the song's proud and pro-black sentiment by sketching some fan art for it. Happy Black History Month!
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 17, 2016, 06:48:19 PM
(http://img06.deviantart.net/55d1/i/2016/048/2/d/jungle_queen_cartoon_concept_by_dabrandonsphere-d9rg24p.png)
This is Ikaba, the young Queen of a jungle kingdom called Mayombi. She has the difficult task of juggling her regal responsibilities with her youthful desire for adventure and need to manage her even more rambunctious younger brother. She follows in the footsteps of her mother Queen Mwala, whom she views as a role model, and wants more than anything to honor her memory.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: Shay_Fox on February 18, 2016, 09:37:25 PM
Its a great thread. You know what i love Egyptian arts. I love to read some stories of it. Send some more stories i really like your work you are working.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 23, 2016, 12:14:41 AM
(http://img03.deviantart.net/0c69/i/2016/053/4/a/cretaceous_isis_sketch_by_dabrandonsphere-d9squ7b.jpg)
If the Egyptians were to colonize the late Cretaceous world via some kind of time portal, their settlers might redesign their gods to incorporate the native wildlife. Isis here for example has a Torosaurus helmet and pterosaur wings. Maybe Anubis on the other hand would be part raptor and Sekhmet part tyrannosaur, or something like that.

What can I say, Egyptology and paleontology are two of my dearest loves and I wanted to combine them into one piece for once.

(http://img14.deviantart.net/0957/i/2016/048/6/2/eohippus_the_dawn_pony_by_dabrandonsphere-d9s5xpm.jpg)
Before there were horses, zebras, or those goddamn ponies, there was Eohippus, or "Dawn Horse". This little critter, who lived around 10 million years after the non-avian dinosaurs became extinct, was for a long time sorted into the genus Hyracotherium as a junior synonym (much as Brontosaurus was sorted into Apatosaurus), but apparently it's classified as a distinct genus again. So just like ol' Brontosaurus, Eohippus is back in the house of scientific nomenclature! The name certainly sounds more poetic to me than Hyracotherium anyway.

As you can guess, my Eohippus's color pattern mixes influences from the modern zebra and a Central African jungle antelope known as the bongo. They were actually found in North America, but I felt an African-influenced color scheme fit their tropical habitat better.

(http://img15.deviantart.net/0325/i/2016/049/8/4/civilization_evolution__egyptians_by_dabrandonsphere-d9sa7nq.jpg)
This procession draws from the concept of civilizations evolving through time as presented in "world history" computer games like the Civilization and Empire Earth series. Sometime I'd like to use this as concept art for a game like those, or at least a mod for one of the existing titles out there. I have here a couple of everyday Egyptians as they might have looked in prehistoric times, their "classical" attire from Egyptian civilization's heyday, and then some speculative industrial- and modern-age designs. In Civilization, they'd probably represent the settler or worker units, and in real-time strategy games like Age of Empires they'd be the villagers gathering your resources.

While this was exhausting to put together, I want to do more of these for a few other ancient civilizations (e.g. Babylonians, Romans, or Maya).

(http://img03.deviantart.net/facb/i/2016/052/3/e/caligula_s_chameleons_by_dabrandonsphere-d9skk18.jpg)
Emperor Caligula (12-41), among the most infamous of Roman emperors, is showing a secret soft side by tending the "giant chameleons" in his personal menagerie. The one he's feeding is showing its gratitude with a vibrant color change in its plates.

I actually don't know for sure if any Roman emperors ever kept menageries or zoos, but the Egyptians and Mesopotamians had them thousands of years earlier, so I think it likely the Romans did too. Certainly they were big on displaying exotic wildlife at public arenas (before having them disembowel troublemakers or fight gladiators, of course). As for how Caligula would have access to these particular "chameleons", I'll just say his legions found an anomalous "glitch" in the fabric of the Universe that allowed unparalleled travel throughout space-time.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 23, 2016, 05:12:30 AM
(http://img03.deviantart.net/4182/i/2016/053/2/d/zbrush_stegosaurus_by_dabrandonsphere-d9ssk1y.jpg)
I couldn't let my ZBrush skills rust from prolonged disuse, so here's a simple Stegosaurus I doodled with it. Most of the time this dinosaur is portrayed with alternating rows of plates rather the symmetrical double row I went with, but I recently read somewhere that one species of Stegosaurus (S. ungulatus) actually did have at least one symmetrical pair of plates, so maybe this isn't a real inaccuracy on my part.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: ScarletBea on February 23, 2016, 08:32:07 AM
All of these are really cool :D
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 24, 2016, 06:29:47 PM
(http://img09.deviantart.net/8ccf/i/2016/054/2/f/cave_bear_sketch_by_dabrandonsphere-d9suls0.jpg)
This is my doodle of a cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) that would have lived in Europe during the ice age until 24,000 years ago. With a mostly but not strictly herbivorous diet, it would have been a contemporary of the woolly mammoth and rhinoceros as well as Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon Homo sapiens (modern humans). Most artists draw the cave bear as basically resembling an overgrown brown "grizzly" bear, but they diverged from the ancestors of brown and polar bears around 1.4 million years ago. So I chose to give my cave bear mostly black fur with some white patches instead of drawing on brown bears. Indeed, most living bear species other than the brown and polar bears have mostly black (or very dark brown) fur, so it wouldn't surprise me if darker fur was the ancestral state for bears (family Ursidae).

(http://img04.deviantart.net/5155/i/2016/055/7/f/jamba_the_elephant_queen_by_dabrandonsphere-d9sxlqt.jpg)
Sometime in the near future, Queen Jamba must defend her remote African kingdom from an invasion of US Marines orchestrated by rogue President Clinton Trump. They may have guns, tanks, and choppers, but then she has intimate knowledge of the terrain and a thriving elephant population at her command.

This was designed to look like those pulpy old "Jungle Comics" covers with Tarzan-influenced heroes fighting hostile wildlife and other perils in the African wilds. As worthy of wincing as the unsubtle racism in those comic covers could be, you have to admire the brazen over-the-top spirit of adventure they evoked.

I should emphasize that the scenario illustrated here takes place sometime in the future, so the Marines being rightfully terrorized here aren't necessarily the current generation who might be reading this. I know our armed forces are necessary for national security and am thankful for that, but I chose US Marines as the antagonists because you never see them as the bad guys in movies. Usually it's either Germans, Russians, Islamic terrorists and other Third World troublemakers, or generic criminals. I thought making our own forces the imperialistic antagonists (albeit at the behest of a corrupt President) would be a welcome change of pace.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 25, 2016, 01:13:26 AM
(http://img15.deviantart.net/1158/i/2016/055/b/a/zbrush_tyrannosaurus_rex_by_dabrandonsphere-d9szwbb.jpg)
Now that I've gone back to modeling with ZBrush, I had to do my favorite animal of all time sooner or later. Actually this project got started a few months back, but I kept putting off its completion because I wasn't sure how to do all the teeth. Turned out inserting one tooth (made from a cylinder mesh) and then moving it with the Transpose tool while holding the Ctrl button did the trick of copying it across the mouth just fine.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: Lady Ty on February 25, 2016, 01:29:29 AM
@NinjaRaptor (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=18600) I am enjoying all your African/Egyptian style art very much, and really liked the idea of Jamba the Elephant Queen. ;D

Just wondered if you could make your pics smaller as they don't fit on my screen in one piece?

The second answer here may help

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/forum-help/fantasy-faction-forum-faq/

Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 26, 2016, 04:05:08 AM
Let me try that resizing thing out now:

(http://img01.deviantart.net/2e7b/i/2016/056/6/a/omo_i_in_life_by_dabrandonsphere-d9t464w.jpg)

This is my artistic reconstruction of an early Homo sapiens individual named Omo I. This specimen's remains, which have been dated to around 130,000 years ago, were found by Richard Leakey's team near the Omo River in southwestern Ethiopia. They show a mix of anatomically modern and so-called "archaic" features, by Omo I is nonetheless regarded as firmly within the modern human species.

I don't know if the fragmentary skull Leakey et al found was ever sexed, but being the fan of scantily clad tribal chicks that I am, I went for a female portrayal. Nonetheless I can't help but think she came out looking a little "masculine" (maybe it's the jawline). Nonetheless, I still believe there were hot early Homo sapiens out there at this time period.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qh4jLY8x2MU/TtVk5nxC7yI/AAAAAAAAFrU/OWJq5RHh4uU/s1600/omo1.jpg)
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 27, 2016, 04:01:43 AM
(http://img03.deviantart.net/3ecf/i/2016/057/5/6/queen_nefertari_of_the_nile_by_dabrandonsphere-d9t8gcb.jpg)
Queen Nefertari, beloved consort of Pharaoh Ramses II, enjoys her view of the Egyptian Nile that sustains her hubby's empire.

This is actually the third iteration of a "Queen of the Nile" composition I've drawn twice before. Looking at old art has a paradoxical way of both embarrassing yourself and restoring your confidence by showing your improvement.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 28, 2016, 11:26:52 PM
(http://img12.deviantart.net/a16c/i/2016/059/3/0/takhaet_the_egyptian_soldier_by_dabrandonsphere-d9th65e.jpg)
Takhaet comes from a lineage of professional soldiers who have fought for Egypt since the rise of the New Kingdom, a family inheritance she takes much pride in. She herself has earned many golden fly medallions in honor of her skill and courage in service of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. She credits much of her success, and that of her forebears, to the divine aid of the lion-masked goddess Sekhmet. But when Amenhotep's spoiled and power-hungry son Akhenaten takes the throne, declaring himself the leader of a new religion under his god Aten, Takhaet must defend her family's traditions and her orphaned niece Nebet from the upstart Pharaoh's persecutions.

Takhaet is the heroine of a short story I recently finished titled The Battle Roar of Sekhmet, which is about her struggle to protect her beliefs and her niece. Its first draft is about 3800 words long and is undergoing review as I type this. As for Takhaet's upper garment here, it's supposed to be some kind of linen undershirt. I think undershirts look badass on both men and women, and I didn't want every female character of mine to have a simple brassiere.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 04, 2016, 11:44:17 PM
(http://img05.deviantart.net/657e/i/2016/064/b/1/primal_confrontation_by_dabrandonsphere-d9u15kh.jpg)
This prehistoric chick and her tame raptor have chosen to stand their ground (or rather tree bough) in the face of this territorial Tyrannosaurus rex.

This is the product not only of half a day's hard work at the desktop and tablet, but also playing three hours of Far Cry: Primal. I'm not very far into the game; I've just gone through the "vision quest" level with the shaman Tensay, but so far I love the game's world-building and setting design. On the other hand, I wish the Neanderthals (called "Udam" in the game) would be portrayed as more than one-dimensionally savage man-eaters, and the fact that you actually have to gather resources from the environment in order to build your weapons is a mechanic I am still getting used to. You can scavenge some of those resources from Neanderthals you kill, but damn, I wish you could also take their spears and arrows wholesale to save you some trouble.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 06, 2016, 08:32:26 PM
(http://img12.deviantart.net/1311/i/2016/065/0/9/libyan_portrait_by_dabrandonsphere-d9u4k34.jpg)
This is a quickly doodled portrait of a tribesman from the Mediterranean coast of Libya who would have been contemporaneous with the ancient Egyptian and Kushite civilizations. These people, who presumably spoke Berber languages like those of the North African Maghreb further west, would have started out as nomadic herders, but later in Egyptian history they grew in number and started settling the Nile Delta in large numbers until they even took over the whole country under Shosenq I in 945 BC. Conventionally Egyptians would portray the Libyans as having fair or light brown skin as they would Middle Easterners as seen in their "table of nations" murals.

The grayish-blue eyes I gave this Libyan tribesman do appear occasionally among Maghrebi Berber-speakers, and it's my belief that they and other "Caucasian" characteristics in these people reflect distant European ancestry from the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal, which would have been practically a stone's drop away from the northwestern African coast). Skeletal remains of people living in that area near the end of the last Ice Age (20-10,500 years ago) have yielded Eurasian mtDNA haplogroups, and the tools associated with them additionally resemble those of the Iberian peninsula (hence why the culture is known as Iberomaurusian).

On the other hand, it should be added that after that period, the Sahara would turn to grassy savanna which would have brought these Iberian migrants into contact and intercourse with darker-skinned native Africans who would influence their culture and language. The Berber languages for instance are actually part of a larger linguistic phylum called Afrasan or Afroasiatic which would have originated along the Sudanese/Horn of African coast (most Ethiopian languages as well as ancient Egyptian itself are also classified under Afrasan). Further, according to the skeletal analyses of bio-anthropologist SOY Keita, the people of Northwest Africa during historical antiquity (e.g. ancient Carthaginians) would show a mix of "Caucasian", African (i.e. Egyptian, Kushite, and West African), and intermediate traits which implies a mixed-race population. Ergo, even though my Libyan tribesman has blue eyes and tawny skin, I wanted his facial features to look intermediate between Africans and Mediterranean Europeans to reflect his people's "biracial" heritage.

(http://img00.deviantart.net/e8f3/i/2016/066/f/a/european_lion_by_dabrandonsphere-d9u9eyk.jpg)
The European lion (Panthera leo spelaea) was a subspecies of lion that prowled the subcontinent of Europe during the Pleistocene "Ice Age" epoch all the way to the 10th century AD in Transcaucasia. They would have been 8-10% bigger than the surviving African subspecies, but not quite as big as the American lions (Panthera leo atrox). Not only would they have terrorized Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon humans during the ice age, but they would earn prominent places in ancient Greek and Roman mythology; Herakles/Hercules for example slew one tough specimen of these known as the Nemean lion.

Many modern reconstructions draw the European lion, as well as its American cousin, as almost maneless based on certain Paleolithic cave paintings, but then classical Greek artwork shows them as having full manes like the African subspecies, so I prefer to think they did have manes and those cave paintings (possibly produced by female artists themselves) were simply showing lionesses on the hunt rather than the males of the species. Besides, a thick mane would make sense in the cooler European climate.

I was experimenting again with a more painter-like, line-free version of digital art with this piece. I'm still inexperienced with that method, but I like to think I'm getting better at it with practice.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 08, 2016, 12:43:42 AM
(http://img12.deviantart.net/2620/i/2016/067/0/8/takhaet_and_nebet_by_dabrandonsphere-d9uf74u.jpg)
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).
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 12, 2016, 06:56:38 PM
(http://img03.deviantart.net/ab08/i/2016/071/e/d/deafening_silence_by_dabrandonsphere-d9uvhby.jpg)
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.

(http://img15.deviantart.net/3db8/i/2016/072/7/9/healing_the_crusader_by_dabrandonsphere-d9uyb48.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 13, 2016, 04:13:45 AM
(http://img11.deviantart.net/729b/i/2016/072/4/1/hunter_gets_hunted_by_dabrandonsphere-d9v082v.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 19, 2016, 05:44:37 AM
(http://img04.deviantart.net/ca62/i/2016/078/3/d/hatshepsut_in_the_house_by_dabrandonsphere-d9vqihw.jpg)
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?
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 21, 2016, 04:57:24 PM
(http://img13.deviantart.net/0783/i/2016/081/5/2/henda_the_mande_ranger_sketch_by_dabrandonsphere-d9w1lgt.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 21, 2016, 05:05:29 PM
(http://img14.deviantart.net/2fa3/i/2016/080/3/9/lion_versus_grizzly_by_dabrandonsphere-d9vxkzf.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 22, 2016, 08:13:51 PM
(http://img11.deviantart.net/c45e/i/2016/082/6/0/surveying_her_domain_by_dabrandonsphere-d9w6mex.jpg)
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.

Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 24, 2016, 10:16:15 PM
(http://img12.deviantart.net/b5bb/i/2016/082/e/9/the_invention_of_writing_by_dabrandonsphere-d9w7qb3.jpg)
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.

(http://img05.deviantart.net/afec/i/2016/083/e/a/another_style_experiment_by_dabrandonsphere-d9wcwc3.jpg)
Experimenting with a different digital art style here.

(http://img00.deviantart.net/3e7e/i/2016/083/7/d/eli_the_used_carpet_salesman_by_dabrandonsphere-d9wcfgh.jpg)
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.

(http://img13.deviantart.net/95e1/i/2016/084/3/5/eli_and_the_djinn_of_the_bong_by_dabrandonsphere-d9wfhr8.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 25, 2016, 04:25:15 AM
(http://img06.deviantart.net/43a3/i/2016/084/8/a/triceratops_discovers_alcohol_by_dabrandonsphere-d9wh5a0.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 27, 2016, 07:59:00 PM
(http://img08.deviantart.net/a41f/i/2016/086/2/8/discovering_the_nile_by_dabrandonsphere-d9wr010.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 29, 2016, 01:38:23 AM
(http://img14.deviantart.net/4ac2/i/2016/088/f/7/takhaet_on_a_glider_by_dabrandonsphere-d9wz7b2.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 29, 2016, 08:52:21 PM
More Takhaet stuff:

(http://img08.deviantart.net/bc42/i/2016/089/8/f/hittite_knockout_by_dabrandonsphere-d9x1dth.jpg)
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.

(http://img04.deviantart.net/46aa/i/2016/089/e/a/takhaet_suns_herself_by_dabrandonsphere-d9x1egt.jpg)
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
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 31, 2016, 09:15:16 PM
More fun with Takhaet:
(http://img02.deviantart.net/e8de/i/2016/089/0/b/breakdance_like_an_egyptian_by_dabrandonsphere-d9x45xg.jpg)
(http://img12.deviantart.net/ddd5/i/2016/091/d/5/takhaet_does_a_selfie_by_dabrandonsphere-d9xbn3e.jpg)
"Yo, check out my crib, y'all!"
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 03, 2016, 01:53:54 PM
(http://orig11.deviantart.net/6144/f/2016/093/6/7/wrestling_sketch_by_dabrandonsphere-d9xk94t.jpg)
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.
(http://img09.deviantart.net/867d/i/2016/094/8/0/queen_uncrowned_by_dabrandonsphere-d9xo93z.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 05, 2016, 08:34:03 PM
(http://img06.deviantart.net/ab8a/i/2016/096/0/d/a_dump_of_doodles_by_dabrandonsphere-d9xyezv.jpg)
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.

(http://img14.deviantart.net/c563/i/2016/095/4/5/a_wholesome_diner_ad_by_dabrandonsphere-d9xukez.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 06, 2016, 10:35:28 AM
(http://img06.deviantart.net/a6b2/i/2016/097/1/8/the_zannanza_affair_by_dabrandonsphere-d9y0yl2.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 09, 2016, 04:59:02 PM
(http://img03.deviantart.net/2474/i/2016/100/9/2/sumerian_caveman_by_dabrandonsphere-d9yel73.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 10, 2016, 02:36:20 PM
(http://pre06.deviantart.net/f94d/th/pre/i/2016/101/0/f/valeria_of_pompeii_by_dabrandonsphere-d9yj2mx.jpg)
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".
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 10, 2016, 09:55:26 PM
(http://img06.deviantart.net/484b/i/2016/101/f/8/brianna_the_dragonslayer_by_dabrandonsphere-d9yk7c9.jpg)
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.)
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 12, 2016, 01:58:03 AM
(http://pre03.deviantart.net/6aa9/th/pre/i/2016/102/3/4/egyptian_rhino_knight_sketch_by_dabrandonsphere-d9yp05o.jpg)
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.

(http://orig15.deviantart.net/f591/f/2016/102/2/4/egyptian_leopon_wrangler_by_dabrandonsphere-d9yq37j.jpg)
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?
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: Lady Ty 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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor 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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 12, 2016, 09:06:54 PM
More on my Egyptian rhino knight concept:
(http://img11.deviantart.net/b886/i/2016/103/f/f/cruisin__by_the_pyramids_by_dabrandonsphere-d9yszs8.jpg)
This one's simply cruisin' by the pyramids (at full speed, of course).
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 14, 2016, 03:23:20 AM
More of my current Egyptian kick:
(http://img10.deviantart.net/6da0/i/2016/104/c/8/check_out_my_rhino_by_dabrandonsphere-d9yy8m6.jpg)
(http://orig02.deviantart.net/a2a5/f/2016/104/4/a/egyptian_blues_by_dabrandonsphere-d9yww4j.jpg)
In the second one, he's singing the blues.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 15, 2016, 08:04:44 PM
(http://orig14.deviantart.net/c04a/f/2016/106/7/7/sea_goddess_sketch_by_dabrandonsphere-d9z4fwy.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 16, 2016, 12:40:03 AM
(http://img01.deviantart.net/e86b/i/2016/106/2/1/conceptual_world_map_by_dabrandonsphere-d9z3iev.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 20, 2016, 06:38:44 AM
(http://img15.deviantart.net/4078/i/2016/107/1/c/dance_of_the_sea_by_dabrandonsphere-d9z81uf.jpg)
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.

(http://img15.deviantart.net/9c0d/i/2016/108/a/e/cruisin__by_the_pyramids_2_0_by_dabrandonsphere-d9zfjc0.jpg)
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.

(http://img00.deviantart.net/7c19/i/2016/110/7/8/modern_style_egyptian_chick_by_dabrandonsphere-d9zm9mc.jpg)
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.

(http://img13.deviantart.net/d28a/i/2016/110/5/f/jungle_tomb_sketch_by_dabrandonsphere-d9zo68x.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 24, 2016, 06:44:25 PM
(http://img14.deviantart.net/592d/i/2016/115/1/a/antiguan_beauty_by_dabrandonsphere-da0770g.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 27, 2016, 01:10:12 PM
(http://img13.deviantart.net/cce9/i/2016/117/0/b/egyptian_giraffe_scout_by_dabrandonsphere-da0hvml.jpg)
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.

(http://img01.deviantart.net/bfdc/i/2016/117/0/d/t__roosevelt_and_the_t__rex_by_dabrandonsphere-da0g913.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: tebakutis on April 27, 2016, 02:42:12 PM
(http://img13.deviantart.net/cce9/i/2016/117/0/b/egyptian_giraffe_scout_by_dabrandonsphere-da0hvml.jpg)
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
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: Lanko on April 27, 2016, 04:54:11 PM
I liked the rhino knight. Some steel helmet with spikes on it and there it goes something not afraid to crash head-on on a wall of spears.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 27, 2016, 05:34:23 PM
(http://img13.deviantart.net/cce9/i/2016/117/0/b/egyptian_giraffe_scout_by_dabrandonsphere-da0hvml.jpg)
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
Good point about the discomfort. Maybe he should have a saddle? Those were invented in eastern Asia, I recall, but then this is more fantasy than historical reality obviously.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 29, 2016, 01:05:20 AM
(http://img07.deviantart.net/7283/i/2016/119/f/b/late_cretaceous_east_africa_by_dabrandonsphere-da0p2o0.jpg)
This scene is supposed to represent eastern Africa as it might have looked in the latest Cretaceous, circa 70-65 million years ago. Given the paleontological record from the African mainland during this time period is relatively sparse at the moment (especially compared to the Early Cretaceous), I must caution that this portrayal is highly speculative on my part. The dinosaurs depicted here are based on taxa from the late Cretaceous of Eurasia, Madagascar, and South America; the latter two landmasses were connected to Africa (as part of a larger subcontinent called Gondwana) before Pangaea had fully broken up.

Dinosaurs depicted are based on:

- Tarbosaurus bataar (tyrannosaurid)
- Austroraptor cabazi (dromaeosaurid)
- Sinoceratops zhucengensis (ceratopsian)
- Majungasaurus crenatissimus (abelisaurid)
- Titanosauria spp. (sauropods)
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 29, 2016, 03:49:07 PM
(http://img08.deviantart.net/791c/i/2016/119/b/1/jungle_queen_on_her_steed_by_dabrandonsphere-da0pqlj.jpg)
This concept depicts the matriarch of a jungle kingdom who has a Triceratops as her royal steed. You may not be able to see it well unless you look closely, but her funneled hairstyle is patterned after those of the Mangbetu women of Central Africa. As for her shield, it's supposed to have been cut out of ankylosaur hide, hence the osteoderms.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 30, 2016, 12:26:30 AM
(http://img10.deviantart.net/6b06/i/2016/120/5/a/egyptian_witch_smeller_by_dabrandonsphere-da0sy4m.jpg)
This Egyptian priestess serves the god Sutekh (better known as Set) and uses his aardvark's sense of smell to detect malicious witches and sorcerers.

The idea actually comes from various Bantu-speaking societies in southern Africa that have traditionally female "witch-smellers" trained to root out evil-doing magicians (think of their trade as basically professional witch-hunting). However, since malicious sorcery was a widespread fear across the ancient world, it wouldn't surprise me if the Egyptians had their own institution for countering it.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 01, 2016, 04:42:27 AM
(http://img10.deviantart.net/2ba0/i/2016/121/7/0/gudit_the_ethiopian_conqueror_by_dabrandonsphere-da0ynet.jpg)
In Ethiopian legend, Gudit (or Yodit) was a warrior queen who lived sometime between the 920s and 980s AD. The specifics of her ethnicity and religion are unknown, with some sources saying she was an Ethiopian Jew (or Beta Israel) and others suggesting she was "pagan" (i.e. following an indigenous Ethiopian religion). What is agreed upon is her conquest of the kingdom of Aksum and her infamous burning of Christian churches in that region. On the other hand, once she became Queen, she ruled for 40 years and apparently established positive relations between Ethiopia and Middle Eastern countries like Yemen and Syria. But other than that, not much is known for certain about her biography.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 02, 2016, 12:23:52 AM
(http://img07.deviantart.net/5202/i/2016/122/8/7/pharaoh_s_elephant_by_dabrandonsphere-da11qb3.jpg)
Concept of an Egyptian Pharaoh with her bow and arrow atop an African bush elephant. Of course the Queen of the Nile had to get dibs on Africa's largest land animal. The elephant's red coloring draws inspiration from Disney's Tarzan, but real African elephants can sometimes look reddish if they splash red dirt on themselves.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 02, 2016, 02:02:37 PM
(http://img03.deviantart.net/7e59/i/2016/123/6/6/cretaceous_colony___pencils_by_dabrandonsphere-da1524q.jpg)
Mansa Musa of Mali once recounted a story in which his predecessor Abubakri (or Abu Bakr II) outfitted two sailing expeditions across the Atlantic, even abdicating his throne to lead the second one personally. Abubakri was never heard from again. What if he and his explorers had stumbled into the so-called "Bermuda Triangle" (if it were real) and ended up back in the Late Cretaceous Period? And what if they were to set up a permanent colony in that distant time and place?

For this "pencils" stage I wanted to emphasize the line weights more than usual, since taking advantage of line weight has traditionally been one of my weaker areas in drawing.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 04, 2016, 04:48:08 PM
And heeere's the colored version!
(http://img07.deviantart.net/f8c7/i/2016/124/3/9/cretaceous_colony___colors_by_dabrandonsphere-da1c3o2.jpg)
Mansa Musa of Mali once recounted a story in which his predecessor Abubakri (or Abu Bakr II) outfitted two sailing expeditions across the Atlantic, even abdicating his throne to lead the second one personally. Abubakri was never heard from again. What if he and his Malian explorers had stumbled into the so-called "Bermuda Triangle" (if it were real) and ended up back in the Late Cretaceous Period? And what if they were to set up a permanent colony in that distant time and place?
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 07, 2016, 11:11:19 PM
(http://img07.deviantart.net/e7c6/i/2016/126/6/b/king_tut_swings_by_by_dabrandonsphere-da1is7h.jpg)
An adolescent Tutankhamun (aka "King Tut") swings over a stampeding herd of elephants somewhere in the Egyptian Nile Delta.

(Yes, I know African elephants didn't live in Egypt after the Sahara dried up. But art like this is meant to depict fanciful "what if" scenarios. And besides, I think it's totally cool.)

As for the bandages on Tut's left foot, they're meant to be a cast for the club foot he was apparently born with due to his dynasty's long history of inbreeding.

(http://img05.deviantart.net/d753/i/2016/127/b/0/voodoo_student_by_dabrandonsphere-da1p68k.png)
Apparently the Harry Potter fandom these days maintains that Hermione Granger is of African descent. I don't remember how she was described in the books, and truthfully the whole "racebend established characters from popular franchises" meme has gotten a bit old. But it did inspire me to draw my own character who's a student of voodoo (or more properly Vodun), much as Hermione would have studied European traditions of witchcraft and wizardry. The colors of her dress are based on those of Hermione's uniform in the movies (namely dark blue, red, and gold).
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 10, 2016, 02:37:58 AM
(http://img12.deviantart.net/ffbf/i/2016/130/2/b/egyptian_guard_duty_by_dabrandonsphere-da21omj.jpg)
This Egyptian soldier is on guard duty at night. The torch will provide her with valuable warmth against the chill of a dry Egyptian night.

I've been playing the newly released game Pharaonic on Steam (think of it as an Egyptian Dark Souls), which opens with a dungeon level at night and pits your character against Egyptian guards. That put me in the mood to draw this.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 12, 2016, 05:03:43 PM
(http://img07.deviantart.net/69a1/i/2016/132/1/4/coffee_comes_from_africa_by_dabrandonsphere-da29vrv.jpg)
It's true. The coffee plant, though named Coffea arabica, is native to the African continent. The species that makes most of our coffee is believed to have originated in the highlands of Ethiopia specifically before diffusing to the Islamic and Western cultures in that order. Legend has it that an Ethiopian goat-herder was the first to notice the effects of caffeine after his goats consumed the plant's fruit and began engaging in lewd behavior.

I designed this piece of art so that it could be printed on a coffee mug. I want to get back in the habit of making art that I can sell as products. The fortification in the background is based on the castle at Gondar in Ethiopia.

(http://img10.deviantart.net/f361/i/2016/132/6/c/theropod_life_by_dabrandonsphere-da2aaxd.jpg)
What do you call a dinosaur that makes hip-hop music? A raptor, of course!

(http://img03.deviantart.net/3d2a/i/2016/131/0/4/urban_makeout_by_dabrandonsphere-da24i4p.jpg)
This couple has chosen a quiet alley in the streets for their intimacy.

The guy's necklace is supposed to feature the Hammer of Thor from Germanic mythology while the girl's earrings should be recognizable as Egyptian ankhs.

(http://img02.deviantart.net/be2e/i/2016/130/d/c/a_naughty_look_by_dabrandonsphere-da22209.jpg)
Doodle of a little Egyptian boy with his toy soldiers, looking either mischievous or annoyed with his elders. His facial features and expression are based on a photo of the late child actor Gary Coleman (upper left).
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 16, 2016, 05:11:44 PM
(http://img00.deviantart.net/5160/i/2016/133/3/7/the_stupendous_stegosaurus_by_dabrandonsphere-da2e4f9.jpg)
"Ladies and gentleman, prepare to be stupefied as we present to you our Stupendous Stegosaurus!"

I don't know about you, but I would pity any stegosaur that had to perform for the circus. The clowns alone would be more abuse than any animal should be subjected to.

(http://img03.deviantart.net/2e4c/i/2016/135/4/0/shivering_in_captivity_by_dabrandonsphere-da2mau2.jpg)
Back in the tropical country from whence they came, they would have kept their distance from each other. But now that they've been thrown into the captivity of an inhumane zoo, this woman has formed an unlikely bond with the Stegosaurus with whom she shares a frigid cage.

Apologies for the dour mood of this piece, but it was inspired by the old-time phenomenon of the "human zoo" where humans from across the non-Western world would be displayed in captivity like zoo animals. Sometimes they would even been housed with zoo animals to further emphasize how "uncivilized" or "subhuman" they were. It's a very depressing facet of history to read about and I wanted to capture that in this piece. When you consider that zoo enclosures use to be cold, simple cages, you really wonder how those people felt being imprisoned in there all the time while onlookers sneered at them.

(http://img11.deviantart.net/7a54/i/2016/134/e/9/rise_and_shine_by_dabrandonsphere-da2h3tk.jpg)
This princess from southern Africa is letting in some morning sunlight to start her day.

I wanted the color palette to have a fairy-tale quality, with lots of pinks and purples like you might find in the girls' aisle at a toy store. However, I feel her ostrich-plumed headgear resembles that of a Vegas showgirl. So...maybe she's a Vegas showgirl playing a princess at some African-themed resort? Vegas sure loves to give their resorts atmosphere after all...

(http://img03.deviantart.net/e7b1/i/2016/136/e/3/tracking_by_dabrandonsphere-da2ppzq.jpg)
This chick is examining a theropod track impressed into the jungle floor. Could the beast lurk somewhere nearby?

Lately I've considered doing more modern/futuristic characters like these along with my usual tribal and ancient-era themes. I think a fantasy setting with modern or futuristic technology would be a welcome novelty in a genre dominated by pre-modern (especially medieval) tech. Plus, if you throw in some dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, you'll have a fun juxtaposition of the ancient and modern in your setting.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 23, 2016, 06:50:22 PM
(http://img01.deviantart.net/747a/i/2016/137/9/1/the_princess_s_ride_by_dabrandonsphere-da2uq2d.jpg)
I drew this for a girl I recently met and friended on Instagram. She's liked a lot of my arts on there, but seems fondest of all of the elephant pictures. So I decided to draw her as an Egyptian princess riding her elephant by the Pyramids (she is in fact African-American).

And it so happened that she liked this picture too.

(http://img10.deviantart.net/484a/i/2016/139/4/a/plymouth_mastodon_by_dabrandonsphere-da31tjd.jpg)

An American mastodon (Mammut americanum) visits a fledging Puritan colony in New England sometime in the 1620s. Because I'm partial to the "what if" scenario of prehistoric megafauna from the Ice Age surviving to later times in American history.

(http://img05.deviantart.net/3971/i/2016/141/6/f/she_who_must_be_obeyed_by_dabrandonsphere-da3ai6d.jpg)
"She who must be obeyed!"

I wanted to channel my inner Frank Frazetta by doodling a seductive Queen with a fearsome feline at her side. Of course, you could say that there's a little bit of a H. Rider Haggard influence here as well, what with the concept of a regal temptress in Africa.

(http://img12.deviantart.net/7c5a/i/2016/142/8/e/crossing_the_cataract_by_dabrandonsphere-da3cx01.jpg)

This archer chick is cautiously making her way across a river cataract (rapids). She'd better not stumble, or the current will carry her away to who knows where!

More than anything else, this was an experiment with sketching a different pose from what I usually do.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 26, 2016, 05:05:26 AM
(http://img11.deviantart.net/28fc/i/2016/146/8/5/chinese_egyptian_portrait_by_dabrandonsphere-da3xegj.jpg)
I wanted to mix the ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures with this quick portrait. This character is probably an Egyptian maiden who was given over to the Emperor of China as a trophy wife or concubine. And given ancient China's dubious record on women's rights, especially when compared to Egypt's, it's no wonder she looks less than enthusiastic about the arrangement.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 27, 2016, 06:39:01 PM
(http://img05.deviantart.net/e10d/i/2016/147/9/9/dressed_for_china_by_dabrandonsphere-da40ygg.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on May 30, 2016, 02:38:54 AM
(http://img09.deviantart.net/112d/i/2016/150/0/8/cultural_perceptions_by_dabrandonsphere-da4dp4o.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on July 01, 2016, 05:21:31 PM
New arts...

(http://img10.deviantart.net/c668/i/2016/178/1/3/catfight_by_dabrandonsphere-da7w8d2.jpg)
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.

(http://img11.deviantart.net/c76e/i/2016/178/1/7/nyarai_and_the_stegosaur_by_dabrandonsphere-da7uago.jpg)
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 (https://tyrannoninja.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/mark-of-a-muvhimi/).

(http://img15.deviantart.net/2d11/i/2016/178/c/2/gone_with_the_nile_wind_by_dabrandonsphere-da7td85.jpg)
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.

(http://img06.deviantart.net/a58f/i/2016/180/8/8/roar_at_the_falls_by_dabrandonsphere-da85yt2.jpg)
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.

(http://img11.deviantart.net/6269/i/2016/170/6/0/traders_by_dabrandonsphere-da6wk1o.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on July 01, 2016, 05:32:22 PM
(http://img13.deviantart.net/91fb/i/2016/181/7/f/the_first_emperors_by_dabrandonsphere-da8alu3.jpg)
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...
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: m3mnoch 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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: Syner on July 02, 2016, 11:56:13 PM
Lot of fluid motion in these pieces, good work :)
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: Lady Ty 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?
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor 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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor 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:

(http://img11.deviantart.net/ff24/i/2016/315/a/9/sitting_on_a_tree_by_dabrandonsphere-dao1uq1.jpg)
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.

(http://img04.deviantart.net/0d77/i/2016/313/1/9/mistress_of_the_megantereon_by_dabrandonsphere-danvvvi.jpg)
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.

(http://img14.deviantart.net/f479/i/2016/305/9/3/i_m_comin__by_dabrandonsphere-dan0uq9.jpg)
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.

(http://img04.deviantart.net/8324/i/2016/311/5/a/the_zulu_demeter_by_dabrandonsphere-dann8sx.jpg)
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).
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on November 16, 2016, 07:19:17 PM
(http://img02.deviantart.net/b2e0/i/2016/321/3/c/masengu_the_safari_guide_by_dabrandonsphere-daoq7n0.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on November 26, 2016, 01:52:45 PM
(http://img11.deviantart.net/a9e6/i/2016/330/b/3/archer_animation_reference_by_dabrandonsphere-dapqiin.png)
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.

(http://img13.deviantart.net/da8f/i/2016/330/9/1/neithhotep_by_dabrandonsphere-dapd1mg.jpg)
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.

(http://img09.deviantart.net/08f4/i/2016/324/9/d/triceratops_sexual_dimorphism_by_dabrandonsphere-dap1vcz.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on December 02, 2016, 10:44:33 PM
(http://img07.deviantart.net/c616/i/2016/336/d/0/the_west_meets_egypt_by_dabrandonsphere-daqcsy4.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: Lady Ty 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
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor 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...
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: Lady Ty on December 03, 2016, 01:03:05 AM
No problem  ;D
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: The Gem Cutter on December 03, 2016, 03:00:44 AM
Follow the rivers - a common and prominent element in their mythologies, if you look at the Old West from an Indian/Native American perspective. Very prominent in Egyptian mythology, obviously, and less obvious, dragons in the West have often been associated in caves, often with rivers flowing through them.

Just an idea.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on December 06, 2016, 09:43:31 PM
(http://img04.deviantart.net/176b/i/2016/341/8/7/roman_imperial_officer_by_dabrandonsphere-daqvi7u.jpg)
This portrait is of a high-ranking military officer from the Roman Empire. I drew it after reading an article about the recent discovery of skeletal remains from Roman-era Leicester in the UK, six of which display what appear to be African physical features. That shouldn't be surprising when you consider that the Roman Empire straddled parts of Africa (including Egypt) as well as the Middle East and Europe. Of course its population would be multicultural and multiracial!

(http://img03.deviantart.net/8269/i/2016/339/6/e/beautiful_companion_by_dabrandonsphere-daqpsuo.jpg)
Recently they've discovered the dismembered legs of a mummy they think could be the Egyptian Queen Nefertari, the famously beautiful consort of Pharaoh Ramses II. That was part of my reason for drawing her yet again, but also my muse was otherwise a bit worn out for the night.

(http://img12.deviantart.net/8ae6/i/2016/340/d/e/swimming_spinosaurus_by_dabrandonsphere-daqtfl5.jpg)
Spinosaurus aegyptiacus swims in the muggy waterways of Cretaceous Africa. I based the look of its environment here on the Sudd swamps in South Sudan, along the upper reaches of the Nile River.

(http://img00.deviantart.net/46ed/i/2016/338/f/3/we_know_the_way_by_dabrandonsphere-daqkxe4.jpg)
This pod of mosasaurs must know their way across the vast Cretaceous oceans. I don't think anyone knows whether they were social animals like this, but one thing is for sure. As marine reptiles, mosasaurs must have always been voyagers.

Of course I was playing "We Know the Way" by Opetaia Foa'i and Lin-Manuel Miranda on iTunes while I was drawing this. It sure set the right mood for the piece.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on December 17, 2016, 02:35:37 AM
(http://img08.deviantart.net/aa5f/i/2016/351/c/b/birth_of_venus_by_dabrandonsphere-daryxz7.jpg)
I'm channeling Sandro Botticelli's famous Renaissance-era painting "Birth of Venus" here, except I decided to do my interpretation of the same theme from a different angle. You got to hand it to those Renaissance artists, they were able to pass off all sorts of nude imagery as fine art.

The symbol scarred into her back may look exactly like our modern symbol for the female sex, but it was the design I found when I searched for online images of symbols representing the goddess Venus. So I guess it started as an icon of Venus before turning into one of femaleness?

(http://img00.deviantart.net/b7b2/i/2016/351/d/a/march_of_the_legion_by_dabrandonsphere-darxiay.jpg)
A patrol of Roman legionaries marches through the misty forest somewhere in northern Europe, such as Gaul (France), Britain, or Germania (Germany). They should watch out for insolent barbarians lurking out there!

(http://img14.deviantart.net/5bcb/i/2016/348/2/3/queens_of_the_nile___colored_by_dabrandonsphere-darmq9r.jpg)
This is a portrait triad of three of the ancient Nile Valley's mightiest matriarchs. From left to right, we have the Ptolemaic Queen Cleopatra VII, the Egyptian Pharaoh Hatshepsut, and Kentake Amanirenas of Kush.

(http://img02.deviantart.net/ead0/i/2016/347/1/3/ancient_moroccans_by_dabrandonsphere-dariozf.jpg)
This man and woman come from the ancient Mauri culture that occupied the region of Morocco in northwestern Africa during Roman times. They were a Berber-speaking people who would raid the Roman provinces as far north as the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), but part of their territory was incorporated into the Empire under the provincial name of Mauretania (not to be confused with modern Mauritania further south). Their name would later evolve into the medieval term "Moor", and it may be related to the modern Greek word mauros for "black" or "very dark" (possibly having something to do with their dark African skin).

I don't know for sure how the ancient Mauri would have dressed, as depictions of them that date to ancient times are hard to come by. I know I wanted something that didn't look too Islamic or Roman though, so I went with my imagination on this one.

(http://img14.deviantart.net/2540/i/2016/347/1/1/soninke_queen_by_dabrandonsphere-darkjqa.jpg)
A queen of the ancient Soninke civilization admires the sunset from atop her palace's highest tower.

The Soninke are a Mande-speaking people whose civilization is among the oldest in West Africa. They were the architects of the Wagadu (or Ghana) Empire which dominated the region before 1200 AD, but their oldest uncovered settlement may be that of Dhar Tichitt in southern Mauritania. This town of stone masonry dates as far back as ~2000 BC, making it contemporaneous with the ancient Egyptian and Kushite civilizations. Today the Soninke people number around two million, with significant populations in the modern countries of Mali, Senegal, and Mauritania.

As an aside, I founding drawing the architecture of the tower's parapet a lot more frustrating than I anticipated. I'm still not all that happy with how it came out, but I liked the woman too much to totally scrap the piece.

(http://img14.deviantart.net/9579/i/2016/345/e/e/renaissance_beauty_by_dabrandonsphere-dar8en2.jpg)
This woman would be an African immigrant to Renaissance-era Italy (and yes, there were some Africans living in certain parts of Europe at that time). You could think of her as being an African peer of the famous Mona Lisa. In fact, I had originally set out to draw an African Mona Lisa before the composition became its own thing. I'm very fond of the idea of taking something from the so-called "Western Canon" and putting an Africanized spin on it.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on December 21, 2016, 11:45:32 PM
(http://img13.deviantart.net/63a5/i/2016/356/6/1/little_cleopatra_and_momma_by_dabrandonsphere-dasg3h4.jpg)
A young Cleopatra VII gets her hair braided by her mother along the banks of the Nile River. As she works, Cleo's mom promises her daughter of the future greatness that may await her. And so the seeds of Cleopatra's ambitions are sown...

The identity of Cleopatra VII's mother remains unknown for certain (although her father would have been Ptolemy XII), but here I was working with the hypothesis that she may have been a native Egyptian concubine. In which case, she might have told stories to little Cleo about the great Egyptian Queens of the past, including the mighty Pharaoh Hatshepsut. Now imagine how inspired a young Cleopatra might have felt if she ever learned who Hatshepsut was!

I had a tough time drawing the pose of Cleopatra's mom braiding her hair. Even finding decent photo references took some digging through the Internet. Nonetheless I thought it made for a cute mother/daughter moment.

(http://img00.deviantart.net/e55c/i/2016/355/1/9/queen_of_zimbabwe_by_dabrandonsphere-daseoxy.jpg)
This glamorous beauty would be a Queen of ancient Zimbabwe. In the local Shona language, her title would probably be something like Mambokadzi (since that is their word for "queen").

(http://img10.deviantart.net/2e58/i/2016/355/1/3/sue_the_t__rex_by_dabrandonsphere-dasdpkv.jpg)
My portrait of the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimen found thus far, the one called FMNH PR 2081 (better known as "Sue"). In life the dinosaur would have caught a bad case of Trichomonas gallinae, the scars of which remain on their skull. Not to mention numerous other injuries (e.g. broken ribs, a torn tendon on the right arm, and a damaged shoulder blade) and pathologies obtained from a violent predatory lifestyle. Sue would have been approximately 28 years old by the time of death, which is old as far as T. rex specimens go.

(http://img15.deviantart.net/a3e1/i/2016/355/b/3/brewing_storm_by_dabrandonsphere-dasdflh.jpg)
A rainstorm is brewing over these jungle-swathed hills in the Late Cretaceous. I've been looking at paintings from the so-called "Romantic" period of the 19th century, which often feature storms brewing over lush landscapes, and I wanted to try out that subject matter myself. The prehistoric creatures portrayed here are the pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus northropi and the sauropod dinosaur Alamosaurus sanjuanensis, both from the Late Cretaceous of North America.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on December 31, 2016, 12:52:18 AM
(http://img05.deviantart.net/1938/i/2016/361/d/a/gbeto_huntress___painting_by_dabrandonsphere-dat18je.jpg)
This is a digital painting of a professional elephant huntress, or gbeto, from the West African kingdom of Dahomey. This all-female hunters' organization would later evolve into the famous "Dahomey Amazons" which had a more military focus. But I have to say the idea of women hunting elephants is pretty badass already.

I was practicing a more painterly technique when rendering this. I think it came out a bit muddy, but it was good to try out a new art technique. As they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

(http://img06.deviantart.net/21ad/i/2016/365/6/a/triceratops_by_dabrandonsphere-datixn1.jpg)
A simple doodle of my second-favorite dinosaur (its arch-nemesis T. rex being my first obviously). Since the horns are curved forward in this individual, it would have to be a mature animal since those of younger animals apparently curved more towards the back. And I rather like how zebra-like the stripes came out.

(http://img07.deviantart.net/a185/i/2016/361/d/8/happy_kwanzaa_2016__by_dabrandonsphere-dat41ci.jpg)
Something I drew for those friends of mine who celebrate Kwanzaa.

(http://img04.deviantart.net/bd81/i/2016/365/e/a/makeda_of_kush_by_dabrandonsphere-datlly5.jpg)
This is a character concept for a warrior princess from ancient Kush (in the region of Sudan called Nubia), whom I've named Makeda. I conceived of her as a brash, passionate, and idealistic young woman who fights on behalf of "undocumented" Arab migrants, whom the Egyptians have captured and detained for deportation. Her story is going to deal with the theme of so-called "illegal immigration" and how governments react to it, even if the setting is removed in time and space from the modern US.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on January 02, 2017, 06:11:24 PM
(http://orig01.deviantart.net/bf67/f/2016/366/0/4/ramses_ii_by_dabrandonsphere-datpmwn.jpg)
Drawing of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, or "Ramses the Great", on 11 x 14'' bristol paper. The inspiration for this was a large sculpture of the Pharaoh exhibited at the British Museum in London, UK. I think he came out looking rather magnificent personally, even if his head ended up a little too big.

(http://img01.deviantart.net/a9b3/i/2017/002/a/6/beauty_of_the_south___painting_by_dabrandonsphere-datxpnk.jpg)
More practice with digital painting techniques. I'm calling this one "Beauty of the South", since if Europe is the West and Asia is the East, Africa would probably be considered the South (dunno how the Americas or Australia would fit into this though).

(http://orig14.deviantart.net/4091/f/2017/002/a/2/cavegirl_with_short_dreads_by_dabrandonsphere-datyfzt.jpg)
Doodle of a cavegirl who has styled her hair into short dreadlocks. Because sometimes you simply got to treat yourself to some more prehistoric African booty.

To be honest, drawing this kind of sexy African cavegirl art can be a guilty pleasure. It's real fun to draw for me, but I am aware of the "primitive and savage African" stereotype which has historically been used to rationalize anti-African racism and oppression. But then, there's a ton of art of European cave- and jungle girls out there, so why not throw in some African cavegirls into the mix?
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on January 03, 2017, 12:44:35 AM
(http://img01.deviantart.net/9775/i/2017/002/c/1/primeval_beauty_by_dabrandonsphere-dau0519.jpg)
This is a colored version of my earlier "cavegirl" doodle, with an environment added to give her something to stand in.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on January 08, 2017, 08:37:17 PM
(http://img02.deviantart.net/abe4/i/2017/004/5/4/thoughtful_egyptian_queen___sketch_by_dabrandonsphere-dau8b4p.jpg)
An Egyptian queen in a pondering sort of pose. Her outfit and pose are loosely based on the portrayal of Cleopatra in the game Civilization VI, wherein she is the representative leader of the Egyptian civilization. I've been working on a mod for that game and think an image like this would suit it very well (provided it becomes possible to make custom leaders for that game).

(http://img12.deviantart.net/de25/i/2017/006/0/4/pharaoh_s_guard_by_dabrandonsphere-daug8g3.jpg)
Doodle of an elite Egyptian warrior tasked with the responsibility of guarding the Pharaoh's person. The khopesh/spear hybrid weapon he's wielding is my invention of course (albeit inspired by the Japanese naginata), because Rule of Cool and all.

(http://img07.deviantart.net/043b/i/2017/006/f/d/rasta_chica_by_dabrandonsphere-daui3a0.jpg)
'Tis a simple portrait of a babe donning a Rastafarian hat (or "rasta cap"), like they wear in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries. In other words, she would be a rasta chica, mon!

(http://img03.deviantart.net/06bc/i/2017/007/f/8/giganotosaurus_by_dabrandonsphere-daumaip.jpg)
A portrait of Giganotosaurus carolinii on the savannas of Cretaceous South America. This is the dinosaur that was touted as being "bigger than T. rex" when it was discovered, though some more recent research has called this claim into question (that is, it may have been only slightly if at all larger than the Tyrant King). Regardless, it remains a rather magnificent theropod dinosaur any way you look at it.

(http://img12.deviantart.net/ed40/i/2017/008/4/d/before_clothing_by_dabrandonsphere-daupjti.jpg)
A prehistoric Homo sapiens woman on the savannas of Africa, sometime before early women started putting on clothes. Unless you count her primitive jewelry and leather bands as clothing.

I recently encountered an interesting hypothesis on Quora that humans in the Homo sapiens lineage may have invented clothing originally for men, with the idea being to accentuate their male reproductive packaging. This would mean women in the early days of our species could have gone around mostly naked since their genitals didn't stick out as much. It's a speculative scenario at this stage admittedly, but I can obviously see the appeal behind it. ;)

Of course, Neanderthals and related hominins who had colonized northern Eurasia before modern humans did would have probably invented more extensive clothing for both sexes, since they would have needed protection against the cold. But that would have probably been an independent invention.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on January 09, 2017, 08:39:25 PM
(http://img14.deviantart.net/c9a9/i/2017/008/1/e/scanning_around_by_dabrandonsphere-dauqpx2.jpg)
A young Stone Age huntress surveys the prehistoric landscape for prey atop a rocky outcrop.

I drew her pose referencing a 2008 photo of the gorgeous Nigerian model Oluchi Onweagba, where she was crouching on a rock like this. As often as I tend to draw from imagination, photo refs can be very helpful when drawing tricky poses.

(http://img12.deviantart.net/aa43/i/2017/009/4/c/the_girl_with_the_antelope_staff_by_dabrandonsphere-dautta4.jpg)
Doodle of a woman with an antelope-headed staff. I think she's probably a healer or mage of some sort, though she also looks like she could be a village headwoman or other leader. Really, after my two recent drawings of naked prehistoric chicks, I wanted to do a female character with more clothing on. I don't want to come across as too artistically fixated on naked women.

(http://img03.deviantart.net/7886/i/2017/009/3/0/thutmose_iii_by_dabrandonsphere-dautusn.jpg)
Thutmose III (1481-1425 BC) was the Pharaoh of Egypt who came after his aunt Hatshepsut. Since his military conquests (numbering at least seventeen campaigns) expanded the borders of the Egyptian empire to cover northern Syria all the way southward to the Nile's Fourth Cataract in Sudan, he has been named the "Napoleon of ancient Egypt".

Around the forty-sixth or forty-seventh year of his reign, he had his predecessor's monuments and depictions destroyed or defaced for unknown reasons. Some historians think it was to ensure a smoother succession for his son Amenhotep II, since "erasing" Hatshepsut's record would deny her surviving relatives their competing claims to the Egyptian throne. However, Thutmose built his mortuary temple right next to Hatshepsut's, so it may not necessarily be the case that he meant any hard feelings towards his aunt.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on January 28, 2017, 09:03:53 AM
(http://img10.deviantart.net/dfb0/i/2017/027/e/e/egyptian_kiss_by_dabrandonsphere-dawysp3.jpg)
The forces of evolution have given this Egyptian maiden a luscious set of lips, and she is going to employ that asset to full effect. Now that she's puckered up, here it comes...

(http://img01.deviantart.net/4d27/i/2017/026/a/7/blasians_by_dabrandonsphere-dawugyl.jpg)
Two individuals of "Blasian" (African/Asian), specifically ancient Chinese and Egyptian, heritage. I imagine they're a brother and sister whose parents split up for some reason, so each sibling grew up exposed to a different cultural upbringing. As always, the fun thing about drawing mixed-race characters is mixing the different cultural influences in addition to the phenotypes.

(http://img13.deviantart.net/31dd/i/2017/024/7/7/austroraptor_by_dabrandonsphere-dawma43.jpg)
In Late Cretaceous South America, around 70 million years ago, an Austroraptor cabazai scavenges on a deceased sauropod.

Austroraptor was a dromaeosaurid dinosaur (or raptor) characterized by a relatively narrow snout and short forelimbs. Most paleoartists depict it eating fish, and it very well may have done so most of the time. But who's to say it didn't treat itself to something different every now and then?

(http://img00.deviantart.net/f0b8/i/2017/021/f/1/egyptian_and_sumerian_love_by_dabrandonsphere-daw9duu.jpg)
(http://img00.deviantart.net/5fdf/i/2017/019/c/9/sumer_meets_egypt___colors_by_dabrandonsphere-daw0844.jpg)
These two warriors from very ancient times, she an Egyptian and he Sumerian, have formed a close bond and will fight to the death for one another. It's been a while since I last drew couples like these, and I thought a pairing from two of the world's earliest civilizations would be particularly interesting.

By the way, if you don't know where Sumer is, it's located in the southern part of Mesopotamia (now Iraq, in the Middle East).
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on January 28, 2017, 09:08:10 AM
(http://img13.deviantart.net/3d00/i/2017/027/a/6/a_prize_for_ptolemy_by_dabrandonsphere-dawxdlk.jpg)
When Alexander of Macedon (or Alexander the Great) entered Egypt in 332 BC, the native Egyptians were actually grateful because they hated the ruling Persians and happily handed him control of the country instead. And so began the Ptolemaic Dynasty, the period when Egypt entered the Hellenistic cultural sphere around the Mediterranean. As you can see, this Greek dude is clearly happy for the, ahem, Egyptian bounty he now has has the opportunity to savor.

(Seriously speaking, I know not all African women have big shapely butts, nor is it even the main reason I have a special soft spot for them. But a little junk in the trunk is still welcome on a woman.)

(http://img15.deviantart.net/348f/i/2017/019/8/6/leaders_of_the_ancient_world_by_dabrandonsphere-davx4vu.jpg)
From left to right, we have an Emperor of China, a Shah of Persia, an Egyptian Queen, and a Mansa (emperor) of Mali. Inspired by Sid Meier's Civilization game series.

(http://img03.deviantart.net/e048/i/2017/012/6/b/greetings_from_egypt_by_dabrandonsphere-dav7ama.jpg)
These Egyptian explorers, who have docked somewhere along the southernmost coast of Africa, are offering a friendly greeting to the local San population. The San, for better or worse, don't know what to make of these strangers from the opposite end of the continent.

This was inspired by a story related by the Greek historian Herodotus, according to which the Egyptian Pharaoh Necho II commissioned a sailing expedition that ended up circumnavigating the entire African continent. Whether or not it's true, it's an exciting premise for an art piece juxtaposing two different African cultures together (although in the original anecdote, the crew was of Phoenician descent).

As for the San (or Bushmen), they're a hunter-gatherer people who are aboriginal to Africa's southernmost extremity. Their Khoisan language is distinctive for its many click-like sounds (watch the movie The Gods Must be Crazy to get an idea what it sounds like).
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on January 29, 2017, 01:05:31 AM
(http://img14.deviantart.net/2a22/i/2017/028/1/b/destroyed_by_dabrandonsphere-dax2psq.jpg)
It's so easy to
destroy and condemn
the ones you do not understand.
Do you ever wonder
if it's justified?

--- "Destroyed" by Within Temptation

Suffice to say, recent happenings in my country brought both this image and the song to mind. That is all.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 04, 2017, 09:55:47 PM
(http://img10.deviantart.net/6a7e/i/2017/035/3/3/priestess_of_anubis___colors_by_dabrandonsphere-daxu53s.jpg)
Character design for an Egyptian warrior who has the special responsibility of protecting the Pharaohs' tombs from robbery and vandalism. Her black jackal helmet is of course an allusion to Anpu (Anubis), the jackal-headed god of embalming in the Egyptian religion.

(http://img12.deviantart.net/a3db/i/2017/033/6/7/tyrannosaur_hygiene___colors_by_dabrandonsphere-daxl82r.jpg)
Tyrannosaurus rex gives its legs a wash with its own tongue. This was inspired by photos of tigers cleaning themselves that same way, though admittedly I have no idea if T. rex would have possessed the anatomical flexibility to pull the same trick off. If not, it probably would have either immersed itself into a body of water or maybe entrusted smaller creatures to peck the bugs and parasites off its hide.
Title: Re: NinjaRaptor's Art Thread Redux
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 11, 2017, 04:46:25 AM
(http://img06.deviantart.net/cd1f/i/2017/050/b/e/aom_isis_redrawn_again___colors_by_dabrandonsphere-daz7v2y.jpg)
Around a year ago I drew my version of the Egyptian goddess Isis as she was portrayed in the RTS game Age of Mythology. But since I've grown embarrassed at how I drew people and their anatomy back in those days, I've opted to take another shot at the same theme to showcase my current skill level.

(http://orig05.deviantart.net/7d8b/f/2017/063/8/f/hatshepsut_mod_progress_by_dabrandonsphere-db11ab2.jpg)
This is an illustration for a mod I made for the game Civilization VI. It adds the Pharaoh Hatshepsut as an alternative leader for Egypt (the default is the Ptolemaic Cleopatra).

You can download the mod from the Civ VI Workshop on Steam here (http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=875747104).

(http://img06.deviantart.net/2fe5/i/2017/067/8/d/matriarchs_by_dabrandonsphere-db1nrmi.jpg)
This young warrior queen is resting on the back of her tame elephant during a warm African afternoon.