The Queen of Sheba

I am the Queen of Sheba

The pose for this character (which I inked and colored in Clip Studio Paint Pro) owes inspiration to an ink drawing I’ve seen from the late artist John Flanagan, who specialized in illustrating adventure stories. For some reason Flanagan’s art reminded me of the Queen of Sheba from the Bible, so that’s what I’ve named this chick.

Modern historians generally identify the Biblical Sheba with the Sabaean civilization in southern Arabia, but for this I was working with the old idea of a connection between Sheba and the Great Zimbabwe civilization. The bird statue behind the Queen is based off soapstone sculptures recovered from the Zimbabwean ruins, and its likeness graces the modern Zimbabwean flag.

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