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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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Egyptian with Braids and Puffs

egyptian with braids and puffs

This ancient Egyptian girl is wearing her hair in braids that come together into a series of “puffs” running down the middle. I did this because I wanted to practice drawing an “Afro” hairstyle that I haven’t done before.

Kratotyrannus imperator

kratotyrannus imperator

This is a concept for a fantasy species of tyrannosaurid dinosaur, which I have named Kratotyrannus imperator (“powerful tyrant emperor”). It’s supposed to be a slightly larger and even more powerful and fierce-looking cousin of the Tyrannosaurus rex, either descended from the latter (if the Cretaceous/Paleogene extinction were to never happen) or an analog from a totally fictional world. Whichever it is, Kratotyrannus is beyond doubt the apex predator of its native habitat, using its bone-shattering jaws to slay almost any big game animal with a single bite.

Man and Woman

man and woman

I drew this human couple to be used for size comparisons in some upcoming dinosaur/creature design art of mine. They’re not supposed to represent any real culture from our world, although you should be able to tell that their fashion is loosely based on that from assorted African cultures (including ancient Egypt).

Itaweret and Philos

itaweret and philos

This is an illustration of a scene I have planned for my alternate-history novel, which is set in Bronze Age Greece around 1600 BC. Here, the young Greek shepherd Philos has recently learned a hidden truth about his family’s past that has placed a special burden onto his shoulders that he is reluctant to carry. He goes out to the countryside outside his village to brood over the matter, and the Egyptian priestess Itaweret comes over to comfort him. Since Philos and Itaweret are my leading man and lady, respectively, it was about time I did a tender scene with them together.

Three Gods and Their Heroes

three gods and their heroes

This is an illustration inspired by a dream I had, from which I also developed the seed of a video game premise. The protagonist would be a hero who would draw their power from the gods Zeus, Odin, and Isis, and they would possess the ability to “switch” between which god they followed. Each god would grant the player a different weapon, abilities, and magic spells they could cast.

For example, Zeus would grant the hero a sword and shield, stronger armor and defense capabilities, and the power to cast lightning or turn invincible; Odin would give the hero a big battle ax, enhanced attack, and the ability to freeze enemies or go into a wanton murderous “berserk” rage; and Isis’s gifts would be a bow and arrow, superior speed and agility, and spells such as full health restoration and summoning African animals like crocodiles, lions, and gorillas for backup in battle.

As for the story, it would have the hero defend the world against a fourth, malevolent god who wanted to exterminate the other gods and conquer everything with their demonic army.

In my original game premise, I envisioned the player character as one of a brother-sister team who shared a triracial heritage (Northern and Southern European on their father’s side, African on their mother’s). However, for the purposes of this artwork, I needed three hero characters to represent each of the gods watching them from above (and to showcase the different equipment associated with following each god).

Brontosaurus by the River

Brontosaurus by the River

A thirsty Brontosaurus excelsus lumbers towards a river on a hot and steamy Jurassic afternoon around 150 million years ago. This is an illustration inspired by an old documentary with stop-motion dinosaurs which I had on VHS as a kid. One of the scenes had a Brontosaurus lumbering towards a body of water, presumably either to drink or wade through it (the documentary was made in the time when artists still reconstructed sauropod dinosaurs as semi-aquatic like hippopotamuses). Consider this a modern-style tribute to that old video.

On the Border

On the Border

Somewhere in the area of Mexico during pre-Columbian times, morning is about to arise over a sleeping nomadic encampment laid near the spot where the prairie gives way to the jungles further south. Think of it as a crossroads between two very different cultures of ancient America.

I have no idea if a scene like this would have ever appeared in pre-Columbian times. But seeing as the bison-hunters of the North American Great Plains and the civilizations of Mesoamerica (such as the Aztec Empire and the Maya) are perhaps the two most iconic Native American cultural groupings, I felt that placing them together in the same scene would make for a interesting “two cultures collide” sort of composition.

Dihya al-Kahina versus the Arabs

Dihya al-Kahina Versus the Arabs

Dihya al-Kahina, the warrior queen of the Zenata people, is defending her kingdom in the region of Numidia (now northern Algeria) against Islamic Arab invaders in the later 7th century AD. Her people, like the other tribes of Numidia, are every bit as proficient on horseback as the Arabs are on their dromedary camels.