African-American

African-American

Both this woman’s design and her background are supposed to represent the fundamentally dual heritage that the African-American people have. One part of it is rooted in Africa (most of all West Africa) and the other in the culture that developed in the United States of America. The amulet hanging from the woman’s necklace is a cross between an American star, an Egyptian ankh, and a West African adinkra symbol for freedom and emancipation.

Under the Sauropod

Under the Sauropod

Fish in a Jurassic river go about their routines around the feet of a wading sauropod dinosaur (I had in mind one of the brachiosaurs). Although the old belief that sauropods would have been primarily aquatic has been discredited for the most part, I’m sure they occasionally waded or swam across water, either to get from place to place or to cool off under the intense Mesozoic heat.

Defender of the Lost Oasis

Defender of the Lost Oasis

This young warrior comes from a kingdom of great antiquity hidden within the Sahara Desert of Libya. When the Nazis come knocking on their door in 1940,seeking their most treasured possessions,  it is she who must defend her people with all the courage and ferocity she can muster.

As of now I don’t have a name for the character (or her kingdom) yet, but I imagine her people speak a Nilo-Saharan language related to those of Chad, South Sudan, and parts of East Africa. They would essentially descend from Nilo-Saharan peoples who moved into the Sahara when it became a grassland between 7500 and 3000 BC.

Dragon

Dragon

This is a simple concept doodle of one of my personal interpretations of dragons (I’ve designed a handful over the years). In this particular scenario, dragons would have evolved from common ancestors with monitor lizards and would be native to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World (e.g. Africa, southern Asia, and northern Australasia). They would prey on large game such as elephants, rhinoceros, hippos, and bovines like buffaloes or cattle, and they would hunt with scalding hot venom sprayed from special glands in their mouths. The biggest of them would have a body mass comparable to the Allosaurus, with a wingspan as long as that of a small plane.

Malian Mademoiselle

Malian Mademoiselle

C’est une belle mademoiselle du Mali, as the French would say. Which might either be fitting or ironic considering the French conquered Mali, along with large chunks of the rest of West and Central Africa. Which wouldn’t have been such a positive development for the most part, but the silver lining is that French pick-up lines would work well on Malian chicks like this one.

Pharaoh’s Mistress Walks In

Pharaoh's Mistress Walks In

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.

Hi-Tech Egyptian Warrior

Hi-Tech Egyptian Warrior

This is a futuristic upgrade for my Egyptian warrior princess Nubkhas. She got her start as a character from ancient times (specifically the year 1990 BC), but then I entertained the possibility of changing her setting to a more hi-tech one (albeit retaining her ancient Egyptian cultural influences). As you can see, I’m still undecided on exactly what I want to do with her.

But if nothing else, I rather like this concept of an Egyptian warrior princess from the future.