Queenin’ Before It was Cool (T-shirt design)

Queenin_Before_It_Was_CoolThis is a T-shirt design starring Hatshepsut, who was perhaps the mightiest of Egypt’s female pharaohs. You could say she was Queenin’ before it was cool!

Get your own version here on my Redbubble!

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Hatshepsut “Waifu Pillow” Design

Hatshepsut Waifu Pillow Design

This is a design for an illustrated “waifu pillow” (or dakimakura) starring the female Egyptian Pharaoh Hatshepsut. I did this as a commission for a guy on DeviantArt, and I gotta say it was a pretty appealing subject to draw (for reasons that should be obvious to anyone who knows me 😉 ).

Tenerian Woman

Tenerian Woman

A woman of the Tenerian culture, carrying a barbed harpoon, stands along the banks of the Gobero lake in the grasslands that will someday dry out into the desert of northern Niger. The Tenerian people, who occupied the Gobero region between 5200 and 2200 BC, would have subsisted as Neolithic herders of cattle as well as hunters and fishers, and they are known to have produced pottery as well as jewelry carved from hippopotamus tusks. They were actually the second culture to settle alongside the now-desiccated lake during the early Holocene, with the first being a culture of hunter-gatherers known as the Kiffians (from 7700 to 6200 BC).

Queen of the Garamantes

Queen of the Garamantes

This portrait depicts a Queen of the Garamantes, an ancient civilization which developed in the Libyan Sahara of northern Africa between 500 BC and 700 AD. Since their culture would have had commercial times with both the Roman- and Hellenistic-controlled Mediterranean and the cultures of West and Central Africa, I wanted my Garamantian queen’s design to show a mixture of influences from those regions.

Nebta the Wawatian Warrior

These are drawings of a character named Nebta, who is a mercenary warrior from the ancient kingdom of Wawat (which was situated along the Nile River between the Egyptian and Kushite kingdoms, in the area now covered by Lake Nasser). I created her with the intention of her being a supporting character in my alternate-history novel, but first I need to figure out how she fits into the larger plot.

The Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania

The Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania

A woman of ancient Mauretania visits her country’s Royal Mausoleum to pay respect to her ancestors.

Not to be confused with the modern West African country of Mauritania, the region known as Mauretania to the Romans would have covered the region of north-central Algeria and Morocco all the way south to the Atlas Mountains. One of their kings, Juba II, was buried with his wife Cleopatra Selene II (who was actually the daughter of the famous Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony) in a monumental Royal Mausoleum located in the area of modern Tipaza, Algeria.

Although the Ionic columns mounted along the Mausoleum’s circumference betray an obvious influence from Greek or Roman architecture, I thought the structure’s general shape (a stout cylinder with a conical roof) reminded me of a traditional African mud hut. Maybe that was the foundation for the design underneath the superficial Hellenic decor?