Matriarchs

Matriarchs

This young warrior queen is resting on the back of her tame elephant during a warm African afternoon.

With this simple piece I was trying to climb out of a recent creative slump. I hope it jump-starts me back to full productivity within the next few weeks.

Hatshepsut Mod for Civilization VI

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Link to mod on Steam

This is a mod I made for the game Civilization VI. It adds the New Kingdom Pharaoh Hatshepsut as an alternative leader for Egypt (since the game’s default is the Ptolemaic Cleopatra VII). The mod is still a work in progress, as I’ve still yet to learn how to program things like leader gameplay bonuses and AI agendas. But she should still be basically playable.

Australian Civilization Concept for Age of Empires II: HD

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This is a sketchy concept sheet for a hypothetical Australian civilization that could be added (or modded into) the game Age of Empires II (specifically the HD version you can download on Steam).

The Australians would have as their unique unit the Boomeranger, a fleet-footed huntsman with little armor but high movement speed and an attack bonus against cavalry (since the boomerang was traditionally used as a hunting weapon). Although the Australians would be able to build fish traps at the cost of 50 stone (instead of 100 wood like most of the game’s other civilizations), and fortifications such as Castles and Walls would cost much less stone, they wouldn’t be able to build Farms or Stables (so no cavalry). However, their unique Dreamtime technology would allow Monks to “convert” any wild animals that are capable of an attack.

Finding a unique Wonder for the Australian civilization was admittedly tricky. Although some Aboriginal societies in southern Australia did build stone houses, I am not aware of any Aboriginal structures that would register as “monumental”. So I opted for the natural rock formation known as Uluru or Ayers Rock. As far as the Australian civilization’s architecture set is concerned, I chose the African set introduced in the African Kingdoms expansion since it seemed the least awkward (and its brown color scheme would best suit the deserts and savannas of much of Australia).

Amenhotep III the Hunting Pharaoh

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Amenhotep III was a Pharaoh of the Egyptian New Kingdom whose reign (1391-1353 BC) has been described as a time of unprecedented prosperity for his country. He was a prolific builder, diplomat, and patron of the arts, as well as an avid hunter (he was recorded as bagging over a hundred lions during the first ten years of his reign). His chief wife was Queen Tiye and his heir was the “heretic” Pharaoh Akhenaten (whose reign appears to have been much more disastrous for the dynasty than his father’s).

Here I’ve chosen to portray the huntsman facet of Amenhotep’s character, by showing him hunting in the floodplains of the Nile Valley. This piece was actually something I did for a client who wanted an illustration for a website of African history he’s setting up (he liked it, but decided my style wasn’t quite what he was looking for).

Wrath of Sekhmet

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Sekhmet, the Egyptian goddess of war, has just gone through a destructive rampage. One Egyptian story claims that the sun god Ra sent Sekhmet down to punish some mortals who conspired against him, but when her rampage went out of control to the point of nearly destroying humanity, Ra had to get her drunk with beer dyed red to look like blood. As would have befitted her role, Sekhmet had as her animal totem the lioness, which would have been among the most formidable predators known to the ancient Egyptians.

Princess of the First Dynasty

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An Egyptian princess from the period known as the First Dynasty (3100-2890 BC). This period is so named because it was the first dynasty when singular Pharaohs ruled the whole country, beginning with Narmer’s conquest of Lower (northern) Egypt from the south (Upper Egypt). The necklace this princess is wearing is based on an actual one made from cornelian, garnet, and coral which was uncovered in a First Dynasty tomb.

Y’all Got No Idea

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“So you tellin’ me I’m a timeless symbol of ancient beauty? Y’all got NO idea…”

I started out simply wanting to draw Nefertiti again, but then decided to throw in a comical caption as a way to take up composition space. Considering how Western audiences have tended to declare Nefertiti an icon of ancient and timeless beauty based on a weathered old bust of her which is missing the pupil of one eye, she might have been a bit amused.