A message from Anonymous
Hi. I really enjoy your Art :) I was wondering if you could recommend any good books/websites on ancient Egyptian/Greek clothes and History?

Thank you very much :D  I’ve looked through my books and here are some of my favourites about ancient Egypt and Greece:

Books about Egyptian/Greek history/society:

Egypt: The World of the Pharaohs

The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean

The Greeks

Many of these books contain chapters on fashion and clothing in Egypt/Greece, but I also recommend that you take a look at:

Pharaonic Egyptian Clothing (it’s out of print, but I know that it’s available at quite a few libraries)

Ancient Greek, Roman & Byzantine Costume

NB! I also use art from ancient Egypt/Greece/Rome etc. as a valuable source on historical fashion. I usually start with looking at some original artwork to get a general idea of how people dressed in a specific society/period and then start to research it more thorough afterwards. Knowing what you’re looking for always makes research a lot easier!

"The wonderful thing about Egyptian art is it’s immense dignity and restraint. Only the ancient Egyptians could have produced it. A sense of the sacred was in their everyday lives and in their art. It was made with eternity in mind."  
—  Stuart Graham as Howard Carter, The Search for Tutankhamun (2005)
Every time I look at a piece of ancient Egyptian art I can’t help wondering about the artists who created it and the people who were surrounded by it. Who were they? What were their lives like? It is this curiosity that often inspires me and influences my work and it is this curiosity that is one of the main reasons to why I wish to study egyptology … :-) 

"The wonderful thing about Egyptian art is it’s immense dignity and restraint. Only the ancient Egyptians could have produced it. A sense of the sacred was in their everyday lives and in their art. It was made with eternity in mind." 

—  Stuart Graham as Howard Carter, The Search for Tutankhamun (2005)

Every time I look at a piece of ancient Egyptian art I can’t help wondering about the artists who created it and the people who were surrounded by it. Who were they? What were their lives like? It is this curiosity that often inspires me and influences my work and it is this curiosity that is one of the main reasons to why I wish to study egyptology … :-) 

http://omgcatsinspace.tumblr.com/
Just rediscovered this blog and it is now one of my favourites! XD

http://omgcatsinspace.tumblr.com/

Just rediscovered this blog and it is now one of my favourites! XD

I’ve got time to draw again!

I’ve got time to draw again!

Home, Sweet Home

Yup, I’m back (and really tired) after an absolutely wonderful week in London! It’s DEFINITELY not my last trip to the city - or to England for that matter! :-D Nevertheless, it’s great to be home again and I look forward to finally being able to start working on some new drawings! (The last couple of weeks has been really stressful for me, so I havn’t been able to draw as much as I usually do)

Woop Woop!

I’m soooo ready for my holiday now! Can’t wait to spend a week in good ol’ London town - haven’t been there for ages and I’m so excited about finally going back! :-D

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Cheers!

virtual-artifacts:

Cosmetic vessel in the shape of a cat, 12th Dynasty, Egypt

virtual-artifacts:

Cosmetic vessel in the shape of a cat, 12th Dynasty, Egypt

A message from Anonymous
Why the Greek woman and the Roman woman have skin so dark? They seem more dark than the egyptian, the Greeks and the Romans have many more differences in physiognomy.

Thanks for your question.

Well, at first, (and yes I now this probably just sounds like some sort of “pseudo-excuse”, but it’s the way things are) my main focus for this drawing lies in the clothing. I wanted to create something that shows the (general) difference between the Egyptian, Greek and Roman way of dressing. This is, by the way, also why all three women stand in the same posture, have white, empty eyes, lack in any prominent facial expressions, characteristic physiognomy etc.

It’s a study of ancient fashion.

Secondly, I’m actually growing a bit tired of the way many people catagorize humans as being either entirely white or entirely black (or “darker-skinned”). There are many things in between. The Greeks and Romans had a sort of dark golden, olive-ish complexion and it’s this colour that I’ve tried to capture. As for the Egyptian, I wanted to show that “black” can mean many different things. I believe that the Egyptians were a “mixed” race, at least when talking about the later dyasties (which is what I’m doing now). I’m not saying that the Egyptians were both “black” and “white”. I’m merely suggesting that some Egyptians might have been as dark-skinned as, say, ancient Nubians, and some might not.

Ancient Ladies

Ancient Ladies

sandrosanio:

The Kukani People*drew with my tablet, haven’t use it about a year!So these are some of the Kukani people from my fictional story. For now it’s about a young boy who lives in a villiage in a rainforest and he has to find a lost princesses. Hare god Tuntak, friend of a boy and a girl help him in his quest. While he is searching for the princess another royal family came to the throne and followers of the evil goddess Barog want to have the throne for themselves. Other gods help in the quest but there is more then one obstacle in the way, from living dead to huge serpents and eagles. (This is just a rough storyline, so if you have any idea please give me a note! ;) )
The characters here are actually random people who live in huge cities all around Kulkuania (land of Kukani’s). The sign behind them is a Sun sign used by the nation. Btw yeah, I know. my Kukani people look a lot like ancient Mayans. I already said, they are something similar to Mayans riding hairless mammoths, horses and building huge pyramids. (I did however mix some Asian/ Egyptian/ Arabian stuff in my characters, hope you can see them). Hope you like it! :Dhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gAbvfrrT0E

Always nice to return to tumblr and see some of your new artwork! So glad that you chose to work on the story, these characters look brilliant! :D Can’t wait to see (and read) more :D

sandrosanio:

The Kukani People

*drew with my tablet, haven’t use it about a year!

So these are some of the Kukani people from my fictional story. For now it’s about a young boy who lives in a villiage in a rainforest and he has to find a lost princesses. Hare god Tuntak, friend of a boy and a girl help him in his quest. While he is searching for the princess another royal family came to the throne and followers of the evil goddess Barog want to have the throne for themselves. Other gods help in the quest but there is more then one obstacle in the way, from living dead to huge serpents and eagles. (This is just a rough storyline, so if you have any idea please give me a note! ;) )


The characters here are actually random people who live in huge cities all around Kulkuania (land of Kukani’s). The sign behind them is a Sun sign used by the nation. 
Btw yeah, I know. my Kukani people look a lot like ancient Mayans. I already said, they are something similar to Mayans riding hairless mammoths, horses and building huge pyramids. 
(I did however mix some Asian/ Egyptian/ Arabian stuff in my characters, hope you can see them).
 
Hope you like it! :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gAbvfrrT0E

Always nice to return to tumblr and see some of your new artwork! So glad that you chose to work on the story, these characters look brilliant! :D Can’t wait to see (and read) more :D

A quick sketch of the god Odin, because I’ve been watching to much Vikings! I love how the series revives my interest in Norse Mythology! :D

A quick sketch of the god Odin, because I’ve been watching to much Vikings! I love how the series revives my interest in Norse Mythology! :D

No!  S t o p !

Can’t wait for the episode! :O

theancientworld:

Mummy mask, Early 18th Dynasty Ancient Egypt, 1500 BCE
"Cartonnage mummy-mask of Satdjehuty: on this splendid female mask, gold leaf not only covers the woman’s face, but also her huge collar necklace and the vulture-headdress that embrace the front and sides of her voluminous, lapis lazuli-coloured wig. The wings are examples of protective symbolism that, like the feather patterns on many anthropoid coffins of the Seventeenth and early Eighteenth Dynasties, evokes the guardianship of Isis and other deities. This woman’s name, once written at the bottom of each column of hieroglyphs, has been lost. There are two columns of hieroglyphic text on the chest."
The British Museum

theancientworld:

Mummy mask, Early 18th Dynasty Ancient Egypt, 1500 BCE

"Cartonnage mummy-mask of Satdjehuty: on this splendid female mask, gold leaf not only covers the woman’s face, but also her huge collar necklace and the vulture-headdress that embrace the front and sides of her voluminous, lapis lazuli-coloured wig. The wings are examples of protective symbolism that, like the feather patterns on many anthropoid coffins of the Seventeenth and early Eighteenth Dynasties, evokes the guardianship of Isis and other deities. This woman’s name, once written at the bottom of each column of hieroglyphs, has been lost. There are two columns of hieroglyphic text on the chest."

The British Museum

Egyptian Noblewoman
I really love to draw Ancient Egyptian women - especially with loads of jewellry and fancy wigs! :D
Hope you like it! :D

Egyptian Noblewoman

I really love to draw Ancient Egyptian women - especially with loads of jewellry and fancy wigs! :D

Hope you like it! :D

Embalmers at Work
This piece is partly inspired by my general (you may call it weird and/or creepy) interest in Ancient Egyptian embalming and partly by this song, which I’ve had stuck in my head for nearly four days now!
Enjoy! :-D

Embalmers at Work

This piece is partly inspired by my general (you may call it weird and/or creepy) interest in Ancient Egyptian embalming and partly by this song, which I’ve had stuck in my head for nearly four days now!

Enjoy! :-D