Storming Tyrant

Storming Tyrant

Watch out, it’s an angry T. rex storming after you!

Wampanoag Couple

Wampanoag Couple

It’s Thanksgiving today, and what better way for me to celebrate that than to draw a couple of the Wampanoag people whose generosity inspired the holiday to begin with?
For those of you who don’t know, the Wampanoag were an Algonquian-speaking Native American people who lived in the region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island prior to colonization by the English in the seventeenth century. They’re best known as the people who taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn and take care of themselves in the New World, inspiring the first Thanksgiving celebration. Unfortunately, they still ended up decimated by European plagues and invasions, which is why Thanksgiving isn’t a particularly popular holiday among Native Americans today, but you still got to pay the Wampanoag nation the respect they’re owed.

Nefrusheri – Futuristic Redesign

Nefrusheri Redesign

Inspired by the “Afrofuturism” movement, I’ve been toying with the idea of giving my original character Nefrusheri a futuristic redesign. She’d still be an Egyptian warrior princess, but from the future—that is, an alternate future where the ancient Egyptian civilization (aka Kemet) is still going strong. Not only would more advanced technology allow the characters to do things that they couldn’t do with Bronze Age tech, but it also lets me give Nefrusheri an affinity for hip-hop. Because I just love the idea of a rapping Egyptian princess!

Futuristic Egyptian War Chariot

Futuristic Egyptian Chariot

This is a design for a futuristic Egyptian vehicle, based on their ancient war chariots. I owe a lot of my inspiration here to the “Afrofuturism” movement, which sets out to combine pre-colonial African and Afro-Diasporan cultural influences with futuristic and science-fiction themes. I don’t normally do futuristic stuff like this, but this was nonetheless a fun concept to design.

Retro Tyrannosaurus

Retro Tyrannosaurus rex

This is a retro-style Tyrannosaurus rex that I drew while watching the old King Kong movie on a lazy afternoon. To be honest, the dinosaurs in the original Kong impress me far more than the titular gorilla, whom I think looks goofy and cartoonish for the comparison. Of course, the Kong inspiration is also why I added a ruined statue to the scene. I rather like the fantasy juxtaposition of prehistoric life with ancient ruins.

Nefrusheri’s Bust

Nefrusheri's Bust

This is a sketchbook portrait of my original character Nefrusheri. She was this Egyptian (or pseudo-Egyptian) warrior princess I created for a fantasy story wherein she had to retrieve a magic staff stolen by the Chinese (or pseudo-Chinese). Unfortunately, I am still stumped on the plotting process, but I don’t want to give up on it since I’ve given up on way too many projects in the past. Somehow I am going to figure out how to make it work!

Warrior of the Ancient Yue

Warrior of Ancient Yue

This is a warrior from one of the ancient Yue peoples, who lived in the subtropical jungles of southern China until the first millennium AD. Chinese sources portrayed them as tattooed savages without knowledge of bronze technology or even bows and arrows, but they seem to have been more than competent at cultivating rice, shipbuilding, ceramics, and working jade. Genetic analyses of their remains suggest an affinity with the Austronesian and Tai-Kadai peoples of Southeast Asia (as shown by high frequencies of the Y-chromosome haplogroup O1), but eventually they would be absorbed into the Chinese empire during the Han dynasty.

Egyptian Queen of China

Egyptian Queen of China

This character would be a woman from ancient Egypt who has married into the imperial family of China after a long journey across the Indian Ocean. Her story was inspired by that of Queen Ankhesenamun, who was Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s chief wife. After Tut died and his vizier Ay took over, Ankhesenamun’s known to have requested a husband from the Hittites of Anatolia, only for the man they sent to die en route. It’s likely that Ay and his goons had something to do with that.

It makes me think Ankhesenamun really didn’t want to be Ay’s wife, so what if she fled the country afterward? For all we know, she could have very well traveled all the way to China and married into the ruling Shang dynasty. Right now, though, her fate remains a mystery of ancient history…

By the way, the characters on the upper right spell “Egyptian” in Chinese.