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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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Tenerian Woman

Tenerian Woman

A woman of the Tenerian culture, carrying a barbed harpoon, stands along the banks of the Gobero lake in the grasslands that will someday dry out into the desert of northern Niger. The Tenerian people, who occupied the Gobero region between 5200 and 2200 BC, would have subsisted as Neolithic herders of cattle as well as hunters and fishers, and they are known to have produced pottery as well as jewelry carved from hippopotamus tusks. They were actually the second culture to settle alongside the now-desiccated lake during the early Holocene, with the first being a culture of hunter-gatherers known as the Kiffians (from 7700 to 6200 BC).

Queen of the Garamantes

Queen of the Garamantes

This portrait depicts a Queen of the Garamantes, an ancient civilization which developed in the Libyan Sahara of northern Africa between 500 BC and 700 AD. Since their culture would have had commercial times with both the Roman- and Hellenistic-controlled Mediterranean and the cultures of West and Central Africa, I wanted my Garamantian queen’s design to show a mixture of influences from those regions.

Nebta the Wawatian Warrior

These are drawings of a character named Nebta, who is a mercenary warrior from the ancient kingdom of Wawat (which was situated along the Nile River between the Egyptian and Kushite kingdoms, in the area now covered by Lake Nasser). I created her with the intention of her being a supporting character in my alternate-history novel, but first I need to figure out how she fits into the larger plot.

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

66 million years ago in South America, at the very end of the Cretaceous Period, a pair of titanosaurian sauropods look up from the jungle canopy to witness the biggest shooting star they have ever witnessed. Little can they fathom that the verdant paradise they call home is about to be lost in the upcoming catastrophe.

The dinosaurs here are based on the Dreadnoughtus schrani, a South American titanosaur from the Late Cretaceous that may have been the heaviest dinosaur yet discovered. Its maximum weight would have been around 42 tons.

Moros intrepidus

Moros intrepidus

Moros intrepidus was a meat-eating dinosaur that hunted in North America a little over 96 million years ago, near the beginning of the Late Cretaceous Period. Although nimbly built and weighing 172 lbs (similar to a modern-day leopard), Moros would have belonged to the group of theropod dinosaurs known as Tyrannosauroidea, and it could very well have been ancestral to the famous Tyrannosaurus rex and other larger tyrannosaurids. Since it may represent the arrival of tyrannosaur ancestors into North America from eastern Asia, it was named after an embodiment of impending doom in Greek mythology.

T. rex Head On

T. rex Head On

Tyrannosaurus rex looks at you head on with an open maw. Those are indeed big teeth in there, ranging as long as one foot in length! Combine that with the most powerful jaws of any land carnivore, and you have a recipe for dealing death to almost any creature with a single bite!