Gbeto Huntress


This is a digital painting of a professional elephant huntress, or gbeto, from the West African kingdom of Dahomey. This all-female hunters’ organization would later evolve into the famous “Dahomey Amazons” which had a more military focus. But I have to say the idea of women hunting elephants is pretty badass already.

I was practicing a more painterly technique when rendering this. I think it came out a bit muddy, but it was good to try out a new art technique. As they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


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