Hotep, My Homies!

Hotep, My HomiesHaving more fun with ancient Egyptian chicks in modern-day outfits here…

The word “hotep” means “to be at peace” in ancient Egyptian, but the Egyptians actually would use the phrase “em hotep” (in peace) as a greeting. However, omitting the “em” in the phrase made for better alliteration with “homies”.

A couple of character concepts…

These are early concept artworks for the villain and heroine of a fantasy project I’ve started. As of now, it’s set in a fictitious, mythic era in our earth’s past and centers on a conflict between the ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations. The storyline is about a vengeful Chinese emperor named Bao Yen who steals a sacred Staff of Serpents from the Egyptians, hoping to use it to conquer and enslave them. The heroine on the other hand is an Egyptian princess named Nefrusheri who must retrieve the Staff. There’s a lot of blank spots about the story that need to be filled in at the moment, but I rather like the idea of the ancient Egyptian and Chinese empires duking it out this way.

Bao YenNefrusheri

Goddesses of Love

Goddesses of Love

These three goddesses are the Greek Aphrodite, the Egyptian Hathor, and the Norse Freya. Each of them had love and fertility as part of their domains in their respective cultures. Also, this gave me an opportunity to draw a trio of women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Goddesses of Love - Colors
My three goddesses of love—the Greek Aphrodite, the Egyptian Hathor, and the Norse Freya—now have some color for further beautification!
Picking Aphrodite’s skin tone was a bit tough as I wanted her to have a tawny Mediterranean complexion, but adding highlights made it seem paler than it was supposed to be. Also, I added a Norse valknut symbol to Freya’s cheek partly to indicate her Norse identity, but also because I think “tribal” face paint looks good on ancient Northern Europeans.

O Mighty Isis

O Mighty IsisIsis, the mighty Egyptian goddess, ascends to the sky to cast another one of her magical spells. Will she bless someone who needs her help, or rain destruction upon her enemies?

I wanted her pose to look like a comic-book superhero this time. In fact, there was a superhero character based on Isis who got her own show in the 1970’s and eventually became part of the DC Comics continuity. Unfortunately (but also predictably), they had to cast a European-American woman to play this African goddess.

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.

Lady of the Two Lands

Lady of the Two Lands

Hatshepsut, the mighty Pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt, stands with pride as she admires the accomplishments of her ancient civilization. One of the many titles that Pharaohs went by is “Lord of the Two Lands” in reference to the regions of Upper and Lower Egypt (or southern and northern Egypt respectively, since Upper Egypt is further up the Nile’s course).

It’s been a while since I last drew Hatshepsut, but she is perhaps my favorite Pharaoh in all Egyptian history. Certainly she’s the most fun to draw. 😀