Three mythological ladies! Artist proof commissions from Perna Studios’ Classic Mythology II set. I was so happy to work on all three of them. Sekhmet is Egyptian, the goddess of war and plague (among other things, some benign… but one of her monikers is “Lady of Slaughter”, which is just so metal); Sedna is Inuit, the mistress of marine life, from whose severed fingers were born the animals of the sea; Macha is Celtic (specifically Irish), the queenly aspect of the Morrigan triple goddess who represents (at turns) war, strife, and sovereignty. I dig most mythology as a general rule, but all of these goddesses are among my all-time favorites, so I was thrilled to get a chance to draw them.
I tried to keep clothing and jewelry detail as close to historically-supported as I could (yes Sekhmet’s shawl I know, no nudity was a rule, some artistic license is inevitable), and the research led me to some (I thought) surprising details: did you know ancient Irish women dyed their nails red? I didn’t. And I thought I knew plenty of various and sundry details about them. Go figure.
All of these are trading card size, Micron pens, Copics, gel pen. I think most of you know the drill by now. :)
Gorgeous! And don’t worry about Sekhmet and her shawl, it’s just a reminder (for those of us who get sunburned very easily) that she’s an aspect of the sun.
Sekhmet’s story, simplified, is this: The gods were getting a bit upset about not being worshiped as much as they thought was due them. Someone said something, did something, and boom, Sekhmet, the daughter of Ra, and born from the sun, goes down to Kemet (Egypt), and starts slaughtering people left and right; hey, mass death does get people’s attention. Anyhow, at first the gods were pleased, humans were being taught a lesson, and then they realized Sekhmet wasn’t slowing down, and was nowhere near stopping. So someone else had the bright idea to get a hell of a lot of beer, color it red, and put it some place obvious Sekhmet would find it. She did, and thinking it was blood in her crazed state, she drank it up and got so drunk she passed out. Grateful for the peace, the gods gathered her up, and got her out of of the human lands. Later, she was recognized as a healer, the setter of broken bones.