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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!

An Adventurous Princess

An Adventurous Princess

This feisty young princess wouldn’t be content idling around her parent’s palace and looking pretty. Instead, she’d rather go on daring adventures with a big sword for protection.

The sword, by the way, is inspired by a 17th century design from the kingdom of Benin, located in what is now Nigeria (not to be confused with the modern nation called Benin, which has territory overlapping that of a separate West African kingdom called Dahomey).

Europa and the White Bull

Europa and the White Bull

In Greek mythology, Europa was a princess from the Phoenician city of Sidon (in what is now Lebanon), although her father Agenor was of Egyptian origin and her mother Telephassa (or alternately Argiope) was a daughter of the god of the Nile. While Europa and her maidens were out gathering flowers by the sea, the god Zeus appeared to her as a beautiful white bull who had her ride him over to the island of Crete, where together they had three sons (one of whom would become King Minos, the man who commissioned the infamous Minotaur’s Labyrinth).

As you might be able to guess, the myth of Europa is the source of our name for the subcontinent of Europe (as well as one of the planet Jupiter’s moons)…which is ironic since neither of her parents were supposed to be of European descent! Ah, well, that’s Greek mythology for you.

Herrerasaurus

Herrarasaurus

Herrerasaurus ischigualastensis, from the Late Triassic of South America circa 231 million years ago, is one of the earliest dinosaurs known from the fossil record. Although it lived before dinosaurs in general would get really big, Herrerasaurus itself was already a rather sizable animal, with some individuals reaching lengths of twenty feet and body masses approximating 770 lbs. Although its sharp teeth and claws would have made it an effective predator for its time, it is not certain whether Herrerasaurus was one of the theropods (the group to which the majority of carnivorous dinosaurs belong) or in a separate group of its own.

Fighting Out of Its Clutches

Fighting Out of Its Clutches

Deep in the jungle, our heroine is fighting her way out of the coiling clutches of a hungry giant python.

The theme of a woman struggling against a giant snake has become almost a classic one in the jungle-girl genre of art, so I wanted to do my own take on it. Unlike some of the other portrayals, however, my woman is more than capable of fending the ophidian titan off!

Numidian Woman

Numidian Woman

This would be a woman from ancient Numidia, a kingdom in North Africa that straddled the area between northeastern Algeria and western Tunisia. I wanted her design to mix elements of native African culture with that of the “classical” Mediterranean cultures the Numidians would have interacted with, such as the Greeks, Romans, and Phoenicians. That’s why she has both a Greek-style chiton and a hairstyle inspired by those of Punu women from the Central African country of Gabon.

Numidian Versus Roman

Numidian Versus Roman.jpgIn the hills of North Africa, within sight of the Atlas Mountains, a Numidian horseman squares off against a Roman legionary. I didn’t have any particular historical war in mind when I drew this, but confrontations like this must have taken place in abundance during the Jugurthine War (named after the Numidian king Jugurtha) between 112 and 106 BC.

In retrospect, I think I drew the Roman guy’s shield too small, but I sorta like the posing here nonetheless.

Siamraptor

Siamraptor

Siamraptor suwati prowls across a fallen log “bridge” overhanging a river in the jungle of Early Cretaceous Southeast Asia between 125 and 113 million years ago. Named for being uncovered in Thailand (once Siam), Siamraptor was not a “raptor” like Velociraptor but rather one of the carcharodontosaurs, the same group of meat-eating dinosaurs as Giganotosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus. Nonetheless, it would have grown significantly smaller than either of those dinosaurs, with its body length being estimated at twenty-six feet (or eight meters).

Looking Into the Valley

Looking Into the Valley

Our heroine lies perched atop a rocky precipice overlooking a jungle-swathed valley, gazing down to inspect the treacherous terrain she is about to claim as her new hunting ground.

The pterosaur soaring overhead would be a fictional species I created for this illustration, since it would obviously be taking place in a fantasy world.