Sekhmet Descends

Sekhmet DescendsSekhmet, the Egyptian goddess of war and violence, descends from the heavens to unleash her wrath upon those insolent mortals.

Getting the background to look right presented a bit of a challenge, but I think the lens flare I added in Photoshop gives a nice extra touch.

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African Love Divinities (Digital Version)

African Love Divinities_Digital
These would be two female divinities of love and fertility from native African religion and mythology. On the left is the Egyptian Hathor, and on the right is the Yoruba Oshun (from what is now Nigeria). Sometimes I feel guilty for drawing so many more Egyptian or Kushite characters than characters from other regions of Africa, so I wanted to juxtapose an Egyptian with a West African person. Egypt was the first African civilization (as well the first ancient civilization from anywhere in the world) that I ever got into, but you can’t ignore the rest of the continent either.

Original colored-pencil version here.

African Love Divinities

African Love Divinities

I should have drawn this during Valentine’s Day, but the idea kissed me too late. Oh well, better late than never.

These would be two female divinities of love and fertility from African religion and mythology. On the left is the Egyptian Hathor, and on the right is the Yoruba Oshun (from what is now Nigeria). Sometimes I feel guilty for drawing so many more Egyptian or Kushite characters than characters from other regions of Africa, so I wanted to juxtapose an Egyptian with a West African person. Egypt was the first African civilization (as well the first ancient civilization from anywhere in the world) that I ever got into, but you can’t ignore the rest of the continent either.

Bastet the Feline Goddess

Bastet Smiles

Although the Egyptian goddess Bastet (or Bast) is best known for her domestic cat motif, she seems to have begun as a fearsome lion goddess like Sekhmet. Over time, her image softened up so that she became goddess of the home and domesticity (though she still had a protective role against evil spirits). For this portrait of her, I went with a black panther motif in reference to a recent superhero movie I saw (and enjoyed quite a lot).
UPDATE 2/17/18:
Bastet Colorized
This is the “colorized” version of my doodle of the Egyptian goddess Bastet. When you colorize pencil art this way in Photoshop (by drawing the colors on a layer with the “Color” blending mode over the original drawing), it makes it look almost like art created using colored pencils.

Confronting the Denwen

Confronting the Denwen

Our young Egyptian warrior and her lioness companion confront a giant denwen that has terrorized the countryside with its flaming breath.

In ancient Egyptian mythology, the denwen was a fiery, dragon-like serpent attested to as far back as the Old Kingdom. It was capable of destroying even the gods themselves, but could be defeated by the spirit of a dead Pharaoh. We can only hope our heroine and her pet have the same luck against this monster!

Practicing Braids

I’ve been teaching myself how to draw braided hair the past couple of days. At first it appeared difficult and tedious, but as I continue practicing this skill, this initial challenge has given way to fun. I think I’m getting the hang of it now.

Braids appear to have been a favorite hairstyle among the ancient Egyptian and Kushite peoples, but they are also ubiquitous among many other cultures across the African continent. One particular braiding style known as cornrows (pictured in the upper left and bottom drawings) appears to have originated in ancient West Africa before spreading as far afield as Ethiopia and even across the Mediterranean to classical Greece!

By the way, the character depicted in the bottom drawing is supposed to be Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of feminine love and fertility.

Isis Across Cultures

Redrawing something I did over a year ago…

Isis Across Cultures V2

This is a split portrait of the goddess Isis (or Auset) as she would have been seen in the different cultures that venerated her. On the left is the original Egyptian and Kushite portrayal or her, whereas on the right is the version the Greeks and Romans adopted after incorporating Egypt into their empires. In both cases, the goddess would have been represented in the image of her human disciples. It’s a bit like how Jesus’s appearance in art changes from Middle Eastern to European, African, etc. depending on the culture depicting him.