Around a year ago I drew my version of the Egyptian goddess Isis as she was portrayed in the RTS game Age of Mythology. But since I’ve grown embarrassed at how I drew people and their anatomy back in those days, I’ve taken another shot at the same theme.
My Egyptian tomb guard, a warrior-priestess of Anubis, now has a tame hyena by her side to help protect the Pharaoh’s tombs. You really do not want to mess with either of them, let alone together!
Character design for an Egyptian warrior who has the special responsibility of protecting the Pharaohs’ tombs from robbery and vandalism. Her black jackal helmet is of course an allusion to Anpu (Anubis), the jackal-headed god of embalming in the Egyptian religion.
“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.
When Alexander of Macedon (or Alexander the Great) entered Egypt in 332 BC, the native Egyptians were actually grateful because they hated the ruling Persians and happily handed him control of the country instead. And so began the Ptolemaic Dynasty, the period when Egypt entered the Hellenistic cultural sphere around the Mediterranean. As you can see, this Greek dude is clearly happy for the, ahem, Egyptian bounty he now has has the opportunity to savor.
(Seriously speaking, I know not all African women have big shapely butts, nor is it even the main reason I have a special soft spot for them. But a little junk in the trunk is still welcome on a woman.)