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Inspired by the "Afrofuturism" movement, I've been toying with the idea of giving my original character Nefrusheri a futuristic redesign. She'd still be an Egyptian warrior princess, but from the future---that is, an alternate future where the ancient Egyptian civilization (aka Kemet) is still going strong. Not only would more advanced technology allow the characters to do things that they couldn't do with Bronze Age tech, but it also lets me give Nefrusheri an affinity for hip-hop. Because I just love the idea of a rapping Egyptian princess!

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It's Thanksgiving today, and what better way for me to celebrate that than to draw a couple of the Wampanoag people whose generosity inspired the holiday to begin with? For those of you who don't know, the Wampanoag were an Algonquian-speaking Native American people who lived in the region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island prior to colonization by the English in the seventeenth century. They're best known as the people who taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn and take care of themselves in the New World, inspiring the first Thanksgiving celebration. Unfortunately, they still ended up decimated by European plagues and invasions, which is why Thanksgiving isn't a particularly popular holiday among Native Americans today, but you still got to pay the Wampanoag nation the respect they're owed.

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Isis, the Egyptian goddess of wisdom and magic, spreads her wings in flight beneath a starry night sky. Because when you've drawn Isis as much as I have, sooner or later you got to show her with her wings.

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Deinonychus antirrhopus, a larger cousin of the Velociraptor, pokes its head out of the undergrowth deep in the jungles of Early Cretaceous North America (115-108 million years ago). I really like portraying raptors like this as having a mix of reptilian and avian characteristics.

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Watch out, it's an angry T. rex storming after you!

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This began as simple practice in drawing front-view portraits, but I wanted to imbue her with a bit more character and so made her a divination priestess from ancient Mali in West Africa. A number of traditional African religions have women responsible for divination, so it wouldn't surprise me if the Malians had female diviners too (at least prior to converting to Islam).

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'Tis another fantasy world map I doodled in Photoshop. The names of continents and islands are all taken from various myths, legends, and folklore, as I was inspired by the concept of fictional "past ages" used by writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert E. Howard (the creators of Middle Earth and the Hyborian Age, respectively). And that's all I'm ready to say about this world at the moment, really.

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This is a lovely young female specimen of the Garamantes, a (presumably) Berber-speaking people whose civilization spread across the desert of modern-day Libya in ancient times. They had horse-drawn chariots, irrigated agriculture for their cities, and a history of both trade and conflict with the Roman Empire. Much like the kingdoms of Egypt and Kush along the Nile, the Garamantes would have acted as a commercial intermediary between the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan regions. Their civilization seems to have fallen as a result of Vandal conquests in North Africa and a drop in the local groundwater that fed their crops.

I couldn't find a ton of sources on how Garamantes women would have looked or dressed, so I let my imagination fill in the blanks with this character's look. However, her tattoos and face paint are inspired by those of modern Tuareg people who roam the Sahara today.

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A young warrior of the Garamantes people stands alert amidst the dunes of the Libyan desert.

To reiterate, the Garamantes were a (presumably) Berber-speaking people whose civilization lay in the desert of what is now Libya. They had a history of recurring conflicts with the Roman Empire, but were also trading partners whose commercial routes would have connected the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan regions.

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Tacfarinas (d. 24 AD) was a leader of the Musulamii people, who lived as nomads in the Algerian Sahara south of the Roman imperial provinces of Numidia and Mauretania. Although once an auxiliary fighter for the Romans, he abandoned this position to lead his people in a rebellion against his former masters. His forces were able to harry the Roman legions before a final defeat in 24 AD, after which he committed suicide.

As for how Tacfarinas would have looked, I couldn't find any sculptures or other images of him dating to his time, so again I let my imagination fill in those blanks. That's one of the fun things about drawing historical individuals as obscure as this dude; you have a lot more creative leeway in reconstructing their likenesses.

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These are a couple of characters I created for a small "historical fantasy" project. The chick on the left is Tufayyur, Queen of the Garamantes in what is now Libya, and on the right is a Roman imperial officer named Claudius Atticus. At first they begin on bad terms with one another, but eventually they'll have to team up to defeat a villainous sorceress and her army of bandits in the North African desert.

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This portrait shows my character Tufayyur, a Queen of the Garamantes in the Libyan Sahara. Although the Garamantes were a real North African civilization, Tufayyur herself was a fictional character I created for a little "historical fantasy" story. In it, she and a Roman military officer named Claudius were supposed to team up against an evil sorceress and her army of desert bandits. To be honest, the plot still needs fleshing out if not a total reworking, but I still kinda like Tufayyur's design.

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These are portraits of two theropod dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus and Baryonyx) and an African-American chick in a cartoony style, which I doodled while listening to a online seminar on autism and exercise. The "webinar" turned out to have been a huge waste of time (it was directed not at autistic people themselves but to their parents and therapists), but at least I found something productive to do when it was playing.

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This warrior is unsheathing her sword from its scabbard behind her back. No name for her yet, but I imagine she's some kind of adventurous bounty hunter or mercenary who does her fighting in exchange for coin.

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This tough (yet prepossessing) cowgirl wields a couple of revolvers out on the plains of Texas. Apparently between a quarter and a third of cowboys out in the Old West were African-American, but I don't know how many (if any) of them would have been women.

The prairie in the background is based on my personal memories of Plano, TX, where I spent my preschool and kindergarten years. For the most part the place looked and felt more like the quintessential American suburb than anything evocative of cowboys or the Wild West, but I remember there were expanses of grassy plains and woodland here and there.

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Tyrannosaurus rex recently heard certain primates claim he's incapable of roaring because certain distant relatives of his, the birds and crocodiles, don't. He begs to differ and wishes to voice his opinion on the matter as loudly as possible.

Mind you, there's no guarantee that any dinosaurs were capable of roaring, either. It's hard to say without finding their fossilized vocal chords. I just find the argument that dinosaurs couldn't produce roar-like vocalizations (because extant birds and crocs don't) rather unpersuasive. Birds and crocs may be the closest living relatives of extinct dinosaurs, but they're still further removed than house cats are from lions and tigers. So their usefulness as proxies for how extinct dinosaurs might have looked and acted is rather limited in my view.

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