This is a redoing of a female basketball player I drew a year ago. Both the Egyptian ankh and the tattoo on her left shoulder (a West African adinkra representing energy) are meant to honor her African heritage, of course.
In the ancient Egyptian worldview, Ma’at was a concept representing truth, justice, and order in the universe. It formed the basis of morality that every Egyptian citizen had to follow and every Pharaoh had to uphold. Sometimes the Egyptians would represent Ma’at as a goddess wearing an ostrich feather under her headband. This feather was a symbol of truth against which the hearts of the dead would be weighed on a scale; only if the heart weighed less than the feather could the dead enter the afterlife.
A Hindu apsara, a beautiful female spirit of the clouds and waters, performs her ballet high up in her heavenly abode. The concept of the apsara being originated in India like the Hindu religion itself, but would later spread to Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Champa kingdom in southern Vietnam.
Originally I had a New Guinean or Melanesian heritage in mind for this specific character, but I believe she could also represent the aboriginal dark-skinned peoples of India before the Aryans started moving into the subcontinent from their Central Asian homeland. Southeast Asia too would have been populated by darker-skinned “Negrito” peoples before “Sundadont” Asians migrated into the region from the south of China.
An Egyptian princess spends the balmy evening relaxing on some comfortable furniture.
I admit that the background here was an afterthought which I rushed, but I am rather happy with the chick’s reclining pose.
I wanted my modern Egyptian shopper character to have a background, so I gave her a big mall for her to browse in. I reckon that if the Egyptians were to ever build shopping malls like we have today, their stores would have big hieroglyphic signs declaring what they sold as you can see here.
This young warrior comes from a kingdom of great antiquity hidden within the Sahara Desert of Libya. When the Nazis come knocking on their door in 1940,seeking their most treasured possessions, it is she who must defend her people with all the courage and ferocity she can muster.
As of now I don’t have a name for the character (or her kingdom) yet, but I imagine her people speak a Nilo-Saharan language related to those of Chad, South Sudan, and parts of East Africa. They would essentially descend from Nilo-Saharan peoples who moved into the Sahara when it became a grassland between 7500 and 3000 BC.