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So it's been a while since I last shared my artwork with this community. Now that Punos_Rey has done such a good job of cleaning it up, I feel more comfortable sharing my creations in this venue.

I'll start with some of my latest stuff:

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This is a portrait of the princess Amenirdis, who was a daughter of King Kashta of Kush. After her brother Piye conquered Egypt, she served as the God's Wife of Amun (the highest rank of priestess) between 714 and 700 BC. She was actually the first of two Kushite high priestesses to have the name Amenirdis, the second one being her niece Shepenupet's own niece.

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This lovely young lady represents the ancient Indus Valley civilization which thrived in the northwestern Indian subcontinent, along the Indus (or Sindhu) River, between 3300 and 1700 BC. Among their achievements are sophisticated systems of irrigation and urban sanitation, a distinctive written script that remains to be deciphered, and possibly the first taming of Asian elephants for labor. The cause of the Indus Valley culture's breakdown in the second millennium BC remain unknown, but it is around this time when another group of people known as the Aryans started pouring into the region from Central Eurasia.

Recent genetic research indicates that modern Indian people are descended from admixture between these incoming Aryans and the subcontinent's aboriginal inhabitants, the latter having the closest genetic affinity to the "Negrito" Andaman Islanders. Of course, it's most likely that it was these pre-Aryan aborigines who erected the Indus Valley civilization and thus laid down the foundations for latter Indian culture.

This girl's design is cobbled together from multiple sources, but one big inspiration was an ancient Indus Valley figurine commonly identified as a female dancer. However, since the original was completely nude, I've added some clothes to my Indus Valley girl so I could show her off to a broader variety of venues. The designs on her necklace's centerpiece are drawn from seals bearing the Indus Valley culture's distinctive script.

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In ancient Greek legends, the Macrobians were a people living somewhere to the far southern reaches of the world, who stood out due to their remarkable longevity (up to 120 years). They were also considered the tallest and most attractive of all human beings, and they apparently had so much gold in their land that they even made their prisoners' chains from gold. Sources disagree on the Macrobians' exact location, with some identifying it with Somalia or India. However, other writers position the Macrobian homeland further west, in the region south of the Pillars of Heracles (also known as the Straits of Gibraltar). For my portrayal I chose this latter interpretation of the Macrobians as a West African people. The markings on this girl's face are based off an African mask representing a female character.

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This is a doodle of an African swordswoman character, with strong Egyptian and Kushite influences in her design (the sword she's carrying is called a khopesh). I wanted to draw a swordswoman like this after seeing the new Wonder Woman movie, but I chose to make her a character of my own creation rather than actually having her be Wonder Woman (though I am aware that, in the comics, Wonder Woman had an African twin sister named Nubia). Drawing racebent versions of established characters can be fun, but in the end you can do so much more with your own characters than someone else's.

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In the ancient Egyptian worldview, Ma'at was a concept representing truth, justice, and order in the universe. It formed the basis of morality that every Egyptian citizen had to follow and every Pharaoh had to uphold. Sometimes the Egyptians would represent Ma'at as a goddess wearing an ostrich feather under her headband. This feather was a symbol of truth against which the hearts of the dead would be weighed on a scale; only if the heart weighed less than the feather could the dead enter the afterlife.

And finally something that I'll link to offsite, since it's NSFW (but not pornographic either):

Poolside Beauty

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Some more Egyptian stuff:

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This modern-style Egyptian chick is going shopping at the mall with her crocodile-skin purse. Don't worry, it's only faux crocodile skin, but you can't deny faux croc skin would fit particularly well into the Nile Valley setting.

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This young Egyptian beauty, whom no man other than Pharaoh himself may touch, saunters through the palace during a balmy evening. This character is inspired by the "Pharaoh's Mistress" Anck-su-namun from the first two Mummy movies, who was Imhotep's lover and partner-in-crime in his big power grab. In fact, the gold/orange tint you see here (achieved through a lowered-opacity Overlay layer in Clip Studio Paint) is meant to emulate the lighting in the first movie's opening scene. It took trial and error to figure it out and I still don't think I have it right.

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Somewhere in the ancient Middle East, an Egyptian army led by Pharaoh himself has laid siege to a native fortress. The Pharaoh is rallying his troops for battle should the local population hurry out to defend their city from his invading forces.

Drawn on 11x14'' Bristol board paper which I then taped to my wall.

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Hypatia of Alexandria (370-415 AD) was a female philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer who worked and lectured at the University of Alexandria in Roman-controlled Egypt. Despite the gender prejudice that prevailed during her time, she nonetheless won respect as a brilliant academic by her contemporaries as well as later historians. Unfortunately this did not save her from the wrath of fanatical Christian monks who had her dragged by her chariot down the street, stripped naked, beaten to death, and then burned. These same radicals would then proceed to burn down her university and then drive out the city's artists and intellectuals. It was a tragic end for both a woman of Hypatia's intellect and the institution she represented.

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Sketch of an Egyptian woman in a ritual mourning pose. This is based off a wall relief from the New Kingdom tomb of Horemheb in Saqqara (a little to the south of Giza and Cairo), which shows a whole procession of female mourners in this kind of pose. I thought the way they had their dreadlocks bound together in this relief particularly interesting and I wanted to draw it down in my own style.

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An Egyptian princess spends the balmy evening relaxing on some comfortable furniture.

I admit that the background here was an afterthought which I rushed, but I am rather happy with the chick's reclining pose.

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And some prehistoric creatures for a change:

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Something I drew as a commission for a longtime family friend who's redecorating her 12-year-old son's room.

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I think this Tyrannosaurus rex is eyeing you with curiosity now that you've entered his Cretaceous kingdom. You better hope he's uncommonly hospitable for his species (or, if he isn't, you're fast enough to get away in time).

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The saber-toothed cat Smilodon fatalis prowls a forest of giant sequoia trees in prehistoric California. It's not a backdrop you often see in sabertooth art, but since we know that Smilodon populations lived in California, I think it plausible some some might have hunted around the state's famous redwood trees.

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Quetzalcoatlus northropi, a giant pterosaur that grew as big as a small plane, soars above the Late Cretaceous jungles. Scientists think it would have hunted on the ground, using its elongated neck and beak to pick up prey such as small dinosaurs.

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Kaprosuchus saharicus, the so-called "boar-croc", prowls the jungle treetops of Cretaceous Africa around 95 million years ago. Though it was obviously a relative of crocodiles, paleontologists believe Kaprosuchus lived on land rather than the semi-aquatic existence of its modern cousins. On the other hand, the arboreal portrayal I've gone for is strictly my own artist's speculation.

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Baryonyx walkeri, a smaller European cousin of the Spinosaurus, lunches on an Early Cretaceous lizard. I was originally going to make the prey animal a primitive mosasaur, but I think the mosasaurs evolved sometime after the Baryonyx became extinct. But since the mosasaurs were essentially marine lizards, maybe the one being eaten here is among their ancestors?

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Never trust a big butt and a smile
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harem intrigue will get you killed quick

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And that city seige scene? I'd buy that comic book, yup.

Classic AE Illustrated
The Battle of Megiddo
Brando F Tyrannohotep

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Journey into Mystery with Ausette
Tales of Amami

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Wow! I love your art man. Perfect.

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^ if he only knew, lol
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Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of love, beauty, and fertility, takes a stroll amidst the fields of Aaru (which was essentially the Egyptian conception of heaven). The staff she's carrying is called a was-scepter, and it's believed to represent power and authority. Both gods and kings could be portrayed as wielding the was-scepter in Egyptian art.

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My interpretation of Ahmanet, the titular antagonist from the recent Mummy reboot with Tom Cruise.

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It's been years since I last did anything with colored pencils. But once upon a time, they were my preferred medium of coloring before I learned how to do it digitally. For old times' sake, I decided to practice using colored pencils on a sketch of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. It'll probably never look as clean as my digitally colored works, but it was good for nostalgia.

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Another take on Hathor since I wasn't happy with the last one:
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Nephthys (also known as Nebthet) was a protective goddess of the dead, nighttime, and rivers in the ancient Egyptian pantheon. She was also the sister of Isis, the wife of Set, and the mother of the jackal-masked Anubis. After Set murdered Osiris in the famous Egyptian myth of Horus, it was Nephthys who helped Isis recover Osiris's scattered body parts (she was also Isis's nursemaid for the infant Horus). In allusion to her role as protector of the dead, I've given Nephthys some linen mummy wrappings as part of her dress (e.g. her hair-wrap).

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This is a drawing of Sekhmet, the Egyptian goddess of war and violence, which I colored using a new set of colored pencils. Someone suggested that I dip my pencils into water first, and that trick seems to have smoothed out the coloring even though the pencils aren't technically watercolor.

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Tyrannosaurus rex is shedding its old skin. Almost all reptiles must do this periodically, and big dinosaurs like the T. rex would probably not have been exceptional in that regard.

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Isis, who is perhaps the most famous of all the Egyptian goddesses, is casting one of her magic spells. According to Egyptian mythology, she apparently got her powers after learning the sun god Ra's "secret name" (since the Egyptians believed learning a person's secret name would allow you to control them magically), but for the most part she would use them for benevolent purposes such as healing and protection. This helped make Isis one of the most popular deities in the whole Egyptian pantheon in ancient times; even the Greeks and Romans would adopt her into their own religions.

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This is my personal interpretation of the mermaid heroine from the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Little Mermaid". Her pose is loosely based on the statue in Denmark named after the character, although the oyster piercings on her tail are from the original fairy tale. What I find most fascinating about the Andersen original is how bittersweet its ending became. In the story's first draft the mermaid simply dissolves into sea foam after a move of self-sacrifice, but in later drafts she becomes a spirit of air who can ascend to heaven after doing good deeds for three centuries. However, I must admit that I never cared for the popular Disney adaptation (I think it was because the sea witch scared me when I was little).

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This is my interpretation of the sea witch from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid. She is the one who transforms the mermaid protagonist into a human being for the price of her voice. Although the sea witch in the original story was portrayed as very sinister in appearance, she wasn't the main antagonist as in the famous Disney adaptation (also, she had no name, much like the original little mermaid herself). My design for her is supposed to have a shark motif, with shark's teeth on her crown and necklace as well as a shark's tail. Even her blood-red hair is an allusion to sharks being drawn towards blood in the water.

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I forget what those little hard paper dowels
(yes dowels not towels) are called but you
can dampen then and use them over the
wetted pencil work for an ink wash effect.

But nothing beats your digital colors, fantastic.

More please, and keep up the good work!

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Here's a digitally colored version of the last Isis picture:
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The ruins of an ancient Egyptian colony lie deep in the jungle, most probably hiding treasures that no white man (or woman) has ever seen...yet.

This was a time-consuming environment to create, of course, but it was worth the effort in my opinion.

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No, Cleopatra (the most infamous and well-known of all the Queens of Egypt) really don't need no introduction.

(Sorry, I was just listening to the new TLC album.)

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This urban babe is flashing a sign to welcome you to her part of the 'hood. I'd eagerly accept her invitation if I were you.

Sexy hip-hop chicks like this can be fun to design because of all the bling and other decor they have on them, not to mention their far-out color schemes.

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Keep up the good work. Also I see black women are your taste. [Smile]
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Yehuecauhceratops mudei was a ceratopsian dinosaur that roamed Mexico around 72 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period. Though known only from fragmentary remains, these are enough to show it was relatively small, with a length around three meters (or less than ten feet). But I have to say it has one of the most challenging names to spell of any ceratopsian species thus identified.

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This is a quick late-night sketch of an Egyptian-style pagoda. Which is to say, it's what a pagoda would look like if the Egyptians made their own version after seeing the original Asian models.

I find there is something uniquely fascinating about "hybridizing" fusions between different cultures like this. For example, when I was recently playing the game Far Cry 4, it stood out to me how the game's fictional setting of Kyrat mixed Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan influences in its aesthetics (it is supposed to be located somewhere in the Himalayas). Of course, with a concept like an Egyptian pagoda, one would be mixing cultures even further removed from one another since they're on different continents altogether.

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This Egyptian girl is strutting her stuff with little care for what any detractors say behind her back. For as the ancient proverb goes, haters gonna hate.

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Bastet (or alternatively Ubasti or simply Bast) is the Egyptian goddess best known for her African wildcat motif. She originally started out as a warrior goddess much like the leonine Sekhmet, but over the centuries she softened up into a playful goddess of music, joy, and the family. Her sacred festival, held in the northern Egypt town of Bubastis every year, would attract over seven hundred thousand "pilgrims" who would get themselves drunk on wine---a bit like spring break for today's college students.

When drawing this "about to pounce" pose, I used as my reference a decade-old photo of the model Jessica White, on whom I crushed real hard when I was in high school.

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Drawing and writing aren't my only creative interests. This is a little music track I made using Music Maker Jam:

Temple of Isis

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This is a simple portrait of an Arab woman in her traditional hijab.

I feel that Arab and other Middle Eastern women could use more respect in today's world. Everyone knows that many Middle Eastern countries don't treat their own female citizens well, but even in the "enlightened" West, people of Middle Eastern heritage often receive the same suspicion, distrust, and alienation that Jews once suffered. It's gotten to the point where businesses in European countries have recently been allowed to ban employees wearing traditional Middle Eastern attire such as the hijab (as ruled by the European Union's Court of Justice). Sometimes I wonder if there is really a form of resurrected antisemitism at work here, especially since Arabs share the same Semitic heritage as the ancient Hebrews. Between the problems in their original homelands and what they experience in the West, I imagine Middle Eastern women (and men) must feel trapped by injustice.

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A white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) trots over a grassy hill within viewing distance of some ancient pyramids. The white rhino is the larger but less aggressive of the two extant rhino species in Africa, the other being the black rhino. Their names notwithstanding, the most distinctive difference between the white and black rhino is not necessarily their but rather the morphology of their lips. White rhinos have wider lips for grazing on grass whereas black rhinos have smaller, pointed lips for browsing leaves.

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This Egyptian palace servant is venting to her Hebrew fan-bearing colleague about the daily drudgery of workin' for the man (in this case, the Pharaoh). "Yo, if I gotta drop another fig into Pharaoh's mouth like he some kinda baby, he better invent us some minimum wage! 'Know what I'm sayin'?" (Translated from Egyptian commoner dialect, of course).

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There are few activities more relaxing than drawing a sexy woman resting on the neck of a Brontosaurus excelsus. Though as far as she is concerned, actually resting on the neck on said brontosaur is already pretty relaxing. As long as the dinosaur remains in a good mood itself, of course...

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This huntress is taking a stroll through her neighborhood, with her hunting spear in hand and a machete on her thigh. Hey, if you lived in a jungle where dinosaurs roamed wild, you'd opt for open-carry too.

The dinosaurs in the background are a Triceratops and a generic microraptorine (the flying bird-like one).

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A young Egyptian girl enjoys the natural calm beside the Nile on the bough of a sycamore fig tree. Native to the Nile Valley and the African tropics, the sycamore fig tree (Ficus sycomorus) was a sacred tree to the Egyptians, who referred to it as the "Tree of Life" and would make their coffins out of its wood. Even in modern Egypt, the sycamore fig is associated with the family of Jesus Christ since they sheltered under one after fleeing to Egypt.

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Armed with a bone harpoon and flint knife, this prehistoric huntress is wading through a misty tropical swamp in search of her next meal. Things she'll have to watch out for would include crocodiles, giant snakes, schools of carnivorous fish, and (if she's real unlucky) maybe a grumpy spinosaur.

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This Egyptian sorceress has devoted her loyalty to Apep, the serpentine embodiment of chaos. Is she a true villain herself, or has she somehow been misled into this service to evil? I will leave that interpretation up to the viewer.

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Nice artwork, Brandon.

I'd say you have two things on your mind-- black chicks and dinosaurs! LOL [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Djehuti:
Nice artwork, Brandon.

I'd say you have two things on your mind-- black chicks and dinosaurs! LOL [Big Grin]

That is certainly true!
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Hatshepsut, the mighty Pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt, stands with pride as she admires the accomplishments of her ancient civilization. One of the many titles that Pharaohs went by is "Lord of the Two Lands" in reference to the regions of Upper and Lower Egypt (or southern and northern Egypt respectively, since Upper Egypt is further up the Nile's course).

It's been a while since I last drew Hatshepsut, but she is perhaps my favorite Pharaoh in all Egyptian history. Certainly she's the most fun to draw. [Big Grin]

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Somewhere off the western coast of Africa, a silverback gorilla who has somehow fallen into the water must defend himself against a sadistic pack of bottlenose dolphins. Because dolphins can be nasty bastards (they're known to attack porpoises for reasons we haven't figured out yet).

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This mother Tyrannosaurus rex is leading her little son through the Cretaceous forest. For even future kings must follow the lead of their elders.

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Deep in a Cretaceous jungle where dinosaurs roam free, this primitive bird is stretching its wings while perched on a mossy tree branch. It's probably one of the Enantiornithes, which thrived throughout the Cretaceous Period before becoming extinct along with all the non-avian dinosaurs.

Mostly I drew this scene to sharpen my skills at drawing jungles some more.

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I seem to be going through another "prehistoric warrior babe" phase at the moment. This one's outfit was based on that of Raquel Welch's character in the classic caveman movie "One Million Years BC".

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Another product of my current "prehistoric huntress" artistic phase. Actually, I've been drawing these sorts of characters for years now, but I've been really feeling them the past few days.

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More fun with prehistoric fantasy babes...

Exactly when human ancestors began to use fire remains uncertain, but it probably began with Homo erectus somewhere in Africa around a million years ago. Some paleoanthropologists, most notably Richard Wrangham, believe that the ability to cook with fire allowed humans to consume and digest more of the food (especially meat) they needed to fuel their growing brains---hence humanity's distinctive ingenuity. For whomever it was who first tamed and made fire, we might have to credit them with jump-starting the evolution of who were are.

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The imperialist desire for cheap Third World labor has not gone away. We simply call it "outsourcing" these days.

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Apparently Ursula, the sea witch from Disney's The Little Mermaid, has a daughter from Uma. At least that's according to the upcoming film Descendants 2. But looking at the generic pirate costume they've given her, she looks more like a colleague of Captain Jack Sparrow than a daughter of a part-octopus sea witch. So I decided to redesign this Uma character to look more like, well, a sea witch like her mother.

I will say that her theme song, "What's My Name?", is quite catchy though...

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This is a couple of early Homo sapiens, or anatomically modern humans, representing how the species might have appeared between 300-100,000 years ago. They would have emerged in Africa before dispersing throughout the rest of the habitable world between 100-70,000 years ago. Of course, all humans living today belong to this species, although those humans living outside of Africa appear to carry trace amounts of ancestry assimilated from other hominins (e.g. Neanderthals and Denisovans).

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This Paleolithic warrior babe is springing into battle with spear in one hand and knife in the other. It's a prehistoric antecedent to dual-wielding, if you will. I dunno how practical it would be in an actual battle, but at least it looks cool.

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This is my sketchbook doodle of Palaeoloxodon recki, a giant cousin of the African forest elephant which lived throughout Africa between 4 million and 600,000 years ago. With a shoulder height of around 14 feet, it would have been one of the largest elephants that ever lived (its Asian descendant, Palaeoloxodon namadicus, would have grown even bigger). On its backside you can see a few spears sticking out, which probably don't do much to improve this individual's attitude towards humanity.

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This is my personal interpretation of Ba Yek, the protagonist from the upcoming Ubisoft game Assassin's Creed: Origins. As I understand it, he's supposed to be this professional assassin from ancient Egypt around the time of Cleopatra VII. Even though the only Assassin's Creed game I've ever played is the very first one (the one set in the Middle East during the Crusades), I'm looking forward to this newest iteration of the series simply because of the Egyptian setting.

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And now for something completely different...fooling around in Photoshop.

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Nice.
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Originally posted by BlessedbyHorus:
Nice.

Thanks!

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I wanted to practice a "comic book" style of penciling, inking, and coloring with this one. That's why the black lines are thicker on the shaded sides of the character. By the way, the personage depicted is supposed to be the Egyptian Queen Nefertari, the beloved Great Wife of Pharaoh Ramses II.

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Some fun with practicing different facial expressions in my sketchbook...

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This is the "pencil sketch" stage for my interpretation of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur from Marvel Comics. When their comic came out a couple of years back, I remember liking the idea of a female protagonist of color joining forces with a T. rex, but wasn't so crazy about taking Devil Dinosaur out of his native jungle and dropping him into modern times. So for my take on the duo, I decided to make Moon Girl a prehistoric/tribal twentysomething instead of the modern-day nerdy kid portrayed in the comics. Or, this could be her once she gets older and decides to move with Devil back to his original habitat.

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And this is the colored version of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, from Marvel Comics:
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This woman is either going to swim home with some very large fish sticks, or she'll end up a bite-sized meal for the Megalodon shark (Carcharodon/Carcharocles/Otodus/etc. megalodon) she's facing up against.

I should have probably drawn the Megalodon bigger in comparison to the girl, but perhaps it is a juvenile of the species.

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