Showdown with a Shark

Showdown with a Shark

This woman is either going to swim home with some very large fish sticks, or she’ll end up a bite-sized meal for the Megalodon shark (Carcharodon/Carcharocles/Otodus/etc. megalodon) she’s facing up against.

I should have probably drawn the Megalodon bigger in comparison to the girl, but perhaps it is a juvenile of the species.

African David

African David

This is my “Africanized” reinterpretation of the Renaissance artist Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Of course, the biblical David of Israel would have probably looked Middle Eastern (and worn at least a tunic) if he existed at all, but my goal here was to put an African spin on one of the most iconic masterpieces of Western art history.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Moon Girl and Devil DinosaurThis is my interpretation of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur from Marvel Comics. When their comic came out a couple of years back, I remember liking the idea of a female protagonist of color joining forces with a Tyrannosaurus rex, but wasn’t so crazy about taking Devil Dinosaur out of his native jungle and dropping him into modern times. So for my take on the duo, I decided to make Moon Girl a prehistoric/tribal twentysomething instead of the modern-day nerdy kid portrayed in the comics. Or, this could be her once she gets older and decides to move with Devil back to his original habitat.

Ba Yek from Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Ba YekThis is my personal interpretation of Ba Yek, the protagonist from the upcoming Ubisoft game Assassin’s Creed: Origins. As I understand it, he’s supposed to be this professional assassin from ancient Egypt around the time of Cleopatra VII. Even though the only Assassin’s Creed game I’ve ever played is the very first one (the one set in the Middle East during the Crusades), I’m looking forward to this newest iteration of the series simply because of the Egyptian setting.

Dual-Wielding Jump

Dual-Wielding JumpThis Paleolithic warrior babe is springing into battle with spear in one hand and knife in the other. It’s a prehistoric antecedent to dual-wielding, if you will. I dunno how practical it would be in an actual battle, but at least it looks cool.

Early Homo sapiens

Early Homo sapiens

This is a couple of early Homo sapiens, or anatomically modern humans, representing how the species might have appeared between 300-100,000 years ago. They would have emerged in Africa before dispersing throughout the rest of the habitable world between 100-70,000 years ago. Of course, all humans living today belong to this species, although those humans living outside of Africa appear to carry trace amounts of ancestry assimilated from other hominins (e.g. Neanderthals and Denisovans).

Firebringer

Firebringer

Exactly when human ancestors began to use fire remains uncertain, but it probably began with Homo erectus somewhere in Africa around a million years ago. Some paleoanthropologists, most notably Richard Wrangham, believe that the ability to cook with fire allowed humans to consume and digest more of the food (especially meat) they needed to fuel their growing brains—hence humanity’s distinctive ingenuity. For whomever it was who first tamed and made fire, we might have to credit them with jump-starting the evolution of who were are.

Dinosaurs in Prehistoric Fiction

One fact I’ve observed while looking up the prehistoric fiction genre is that surprisingly very little of it seems to feature any dinosaurs.

Of course, the fantasy of prehistoric humans (or “cavemen”) coexisting with non-avian dinosaurs has appeared in numerous movies, cartoons, and comic books. But if you look at prose literature with prehistoric human characters, dinosaurs and other Mesozoic fauna appear to be absent altogether. Instead the majority of prehistoric fiction novels, such as Jean M. Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear or Steven Barnes’s Great Sky Woman, try to represent the prehistoric human experience more or less realistically. Literary equivalents to One Million Years BC or When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth are few and far between.

(There are the ape-like hominins in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, of course, but that doesn’t really count as “prehistoric fiction” since it’s really an isolated lost world surviving into the late Victorian era.)

Now, I don’t necessarily have a problem with realistic prehistoric fiction. I actually enjoyed the portrayal of prehistoric African foragers and their world in Great Sky Woman quite a lot. However, I’m also a longtime dinosaur fan, and I see a lot of potential in the cavemen-and-dinosaurs brand of prehistoric fantasy that I think more authors should exploit. Instead they seem to have left it for the filmmakers and comic book artists. What’s up with that?

Cretaceous Jungle

Cretaceous Jungle

Deep in a Cretaceous jungle where dinosaurs roam free, this primitive bird is stretching its wings while perched on a mossy tree branch. It’s probably one of the Enantiornithes, which thrived throughout the Cretaceous Period before becoming extinct along with all the non-avian dinosaurs.

Mostly I drew this scene to sharpen my skills at drawing jungles some more.