Kabanga the Watenga Princess

Kabanga the Watenga PrincessThis is a character concept I’ve drawn as part of an assignment for one of my game design classes. We’re learning storytelling for games this term, and for the current assignment we’re supposed to do concept art for one of the characters from our hypothetical games.

This character would be a warrior princess who has to unite the disparate chiefdoms of her jungle homeland against industrial-tech invaders, braving dinosaurs and numerous other perils along the way. Her game would probably be an open-world action RPG roughly similar to Skyrim or Far Cry: Primal.

Sue the T. rex


My portrait of the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimen found thus far, the one called FMNH PR 2081 (better known as “Sue”). In life the dinosaur would have caught a bad case of Trichomonas gallinae, the scars of which remain on their skull. Not to mention numerous other injuries (e.g. broken ribs, a torn tendon on the right arm, and a damaged shoulder blade) and pathologies obtained from a violent predatory lifestyle. Sue would have been approximately 28 years old by the time of death, which is old as far as T. rex specimens go.

A couple of Martial Arts works


This Kushite warrior is practicing his kicking skills, much as I drew him to practice my own drawing of martial arts-inspired poses.

As far as the martial arts in ancient Kush are concerned, they are known to have had a wrestling tradition like their Egyptian brethren further down the Nile. It also seems probable that they shared with the Egyptians a tradition of stick-fighting, which is commonly practiced throughout Africa as far south as the Zulu lands of South Africa. This kicking style however is artistic speculation on my part.


It occurred to me that the distinctive Egyptian threshing flail, which is best known as part of the Pharaohs’ regalia along with the crook, might have made for a formidable nunchuck-like weapon. Imagine swinging one of two or those things in combat! You could probably knock someone’s brains out with it. Also, the mix of ancient Egyptian/Kushite culture with the martial arts is starting to grow on me.



One Sexy Mummy


The vast majority of ancient Egyptian mummies are shriveled-up, gross-looking things that have had their vital organs taken out. But this one is better-preserved than most if you know what I mean. 😉

Of course, the fact that it’s the month of Halloween right now influenced me to draw this. I don’t think the Egyptians actually had a belief that mummies would literally come back to life like zombies, but they’ve been a stock Halloween monster since that old Boris Karloff film.

Sacred Band Fighter of Carthage

Sacred Band Fighter of Carthage

The Sacred Band of Carthage was an elite infantry unit recruited from the upper echelons of Carthaginian society. They did most of their fighting during the fourth century BC, but they would disappear from mention in the historical record after 310 BC (long before Hannibal appeared on the scene, unfortunately). They were unusual among soldiers in the Carthaginian army in that they were all native citizens of Carthage, as opposed to the foreign mercenaries whose ranks formed the army’s greater bulk.

My design for this Sacred Band fighter is predominantly speculative of course, but I wanted to get away from the Greek-influenced outfits Carthaginian warriors are usually portrayed as wearing. The white areas on his face and chest are meant to represent body paint made from white ash, such as that used by the Dinka of South Sudan and some societies in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley.

Nefertiti the Trap Queen

Nefertiti the Trap Queen

Queen Nefertiti, the consort of the infamous “Heretic” Pharaoh Akhenaten, is taking her smoke break with a nice blunt of weed. I drew the idea from the popular Fetty Wap song “Trap Queen”, which is about a drug dealer’s girlfriend and partner-in-crime (since a “trap” is a place where you deal drugs). Given how Nefertiti would have almost been Akhenaten’s partner-in-crime during his reign, he too must have thought of her fondly as his own personal “trap queen”.

And yes, the ancient Egyptians did in fact use cannabis (the marijuana plant), as indicated by numerous papyri prescribing it as medicine.

By the way, I don’t smoke anything, let alone weed. I actually consider it a turnoff most of the time. But then everyone has their personal vices, even Egyptian royalty.

Eli and the Djinn of the Bong

Eli and the Djinn of the Bong

Eli, a down-on-his-luck seller of used carpets from ancient Israel, has recovered an enchanted bong wherein lives a djinn (or genie) that can lift him out of his misery. Or ground him deeper into it. Who knows what this being of smokeless fire can do for—or to—him?

Yes, bongs do go far back into ancient times. For example, we know from archaeological digs that the Scythians were using them 2,400 years ago, and the smoking of cannabis itself goes back to the third millennium BC at least. So it’s conceivable to me that ancient Israelites would have been familiar with cannabis products and/or bongs.

Earlier design of Eli, this time trying to sell his carpets (and failing) to an Egyptian maiden below:

Eli the Used Carpet Salesman