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My new website

In case you were wondering what I’ve been up to the past few weeks…

I want to promote a new website I set up for myself using Bluehost and WordPress.org (as opposed to WordPress.com). As was the case with this blog, the site is meant to showcase my art and writing, but I wanted it to look more professional (like a sort of portfolio for me).

Brandon Pilcher’s Creative Adventures

To be honest, now that I’ve set the new website up, this old blog now seems superfluous and obsolete. I’m not going to shut it down right now, as I want people who have been following me for some time to check out the new site. But I might be less active here unless I can find an alternate use for this blog. Anyway, check out my new site!

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Hathor Dances

Hathor Dances

After my last drawing of the Egyptian goddess Hathor, I wanted to depict her showing a bit more motion. So here she is shakin’ it. I think it suits her well since she is sometimes described as a goddess of dance in addition to love and joy.

Hathor Smiles

Hathor Smiles

I did this simple portrait of Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of love and joy, as a means of getting myself back into the drawing groove after a week-long break. It’s not my most interesting work, but Hathor will always be a fun goddess to draw since she’s essentially the Egyptian equivalent of Aphrodite, Oshun, or various other female deities of love. Also, I gave her a nose ring since I felt it suited her cow motif.

UPDATE 6/22/18:

And this would be the pencil-shaded version…

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Meretseger the Cobra Guardian

Meretseger the Cobra Guardian

Meretseger was an Egyptian goddess whose role was to protect the Valley of the Kings and other tombs near the city of Waset (or Thebes) in southern Egypt, in the area of modern Luxor. She was one of several deities in Egyptian mythology to have a cobra motif (another one being Wadjet, who was a protector of northern Egypt). For my interpretation, however, I also drew upon the nagas from southern Asian mythology (think of them as people with snake bodies), simply because I liked that look for her.

Serket the Scorpion Goddess

Serket the Scorpion Goddess

Serket (or Serqet) was an Egyptian goddess known for her scorpion motif. Originating in the country’s northern region (known as Lower Egypt), she was a protective goddess with healing power against the scorpion’s venom. In some variants of the Osiris story, it is Serket who protects Isis with her scorpions while the latter gives birth to Horus. Other roles Serket performed in Egyptian mythology were watching over the souls of the death and punishing evildoers with scorpion stings.

Of course, my portrayal of Serket as a woman with a scorpion’s body is inspired in large part by the character of the Scorpion King (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) in the second Mummy movie with Brendan Fraser. You have to admit, the scorpion-centaur look is kinda neat.

Utahraptor

Utahraptor

This would be a sketchbook doodle of Utahraptor ostrommaysorum, the largest known of the “raptor” dinosaurs (or dromaeosaurids). The scaly hide I have portrayed here is purely speculative, since other members of the dromaeosaurid family seem to have been feathered like modern-day birds. However, since we know other dinosaurs, such as the tyrannosaurids, apparently “reverted” from feathery to scaly hides over the course of their evolution, I think it remains theoretically possible (albeit unlikely) that something similar could have happened in certain dromaeosaurid lineages.

Blue

Blue

I did this quick portrait of Blue the Velociraptor from Jurassic World after watching that movie again, this time to prep for the upcoming Fallen Kingdom sequel. JW still scores a solid 8/10 in my book, even if it could never be as technologically groundbreaking as the original Jurassic Park. So far, Fallen Kingdom has been getting mixed reviews from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless.

Surrounded

Surrounded

These two warriors appeared to be trapped atop a rock surrounded by a pack of ravenous raptors. But they will not go down without a fight to the death!

With this piece, I wanted to channel my inner Frank Frazetta. Recently watching the old animated film Fire & Ice (which Frazetta helped produce) on Youtube put me in that mood.

Eyes in the Dark

Eyes in the Night

One misty night in the late Cretaceous, the eyes of a Tyrannosaurus rex glow like twin embers. The effect is caused by a structure in the back of each eye called the tapetum lucidum, which helps the predator see even in these dark conditions. Modern crocodilians’ eyes have a structure very much like this one, and it wouldn’t surprise me if dinosaurs inherited their own version of it from the common archosaur ancestor they share with crocs.