Portraits of two arachnid divinities from African mythology, Anansi the spider and Serket the scorpion. I settled on a more human appearance for these deities’ faces because spider and scorpion anatomy are frankly not my favorite subjects to look up. Spiders, along with dogs and giant squid, creep the heck out of me.
My design for these two deities may look sinister, but while Anansi has always been the archetypical trickster, both he and Serket also have some beneficial roles in their respective traditions. Serket functions as a protector deity whereas Anansi is credited with teaching agriculture to humankind.