Imperial Officer of Rome

Imperial Officer of Rome

This is a prestigious officer of the Roman imperial army. As you can see, this individual can trace his ancestry to one of the Empire’s five provinces on the African continent. However, he could be stationed anywhere in the Empire’s vastness, as the skeletal remains of African individuals have been uncovered from Roman colonial sites as far north as Britain.

This is a redrawing of a portrait I did last year. I decided to revisit the subject matter after reading a recent Twitter conversation where a prominent British”alt-right” propagandist (Paul Joseph Watson) was complaining about BBC portrayals of African people living in Roman Britain. Suffice to say the guy got schooled pretty good by people who knew better.

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).