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A jungle huntress stands in front of her house, a temporary shelter made from dead leaves over a framework of branches. Many rainforest-dwelling hunter-gatherer peoples in our own world, such as the Central African Pygmies and the Negritos of Southeast Asia, construct similar shelters for their camps.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: October 20, 2017, 10:32:35 PM »

This young Semang girl hails from the Southeast Asian island of Singapore sometime in its ancient past. The Semang are a "Negrito" people native to the jungles of peninsular Malaysia. They most probably represent the region's aboriginal inhabitants before the coming of the Malays and other "Mongoloid" Southeast Asians, and I'm confident some of them would have crossed the Straits of Johor to colonize Singapore in very early times. Nowadays, most of Singapore's resident population is made up of Chinese, Indian, and Malay people (along with expats from all over the world), but who knows what remains to be found deep in the island's surviving jungles?

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:22:51 PM »

This is my portrayal of Sundiata Keita, the warrior prince who founded the empire of Mali in West Africa around 1235 AD. He is the namesake protagonist of the Sundiata Epic, a copy of which I have on my bookshelf.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: October 18, 2017, 06:27:49 PM »

I've come down with a nasty case of the flu in the last couple of days, so I colored my earlier drawing "Elegant" to cheer myself up and kill time. I think she came out even prettier here than in the original pencil drawing.


This is my interpretation of Menat, an Egyptian fortune teller who is a recently introduced playable character in the game Street Fighter V. She's the second character from the continent of Africa in the entire game series, the first one being Elena from Kenya. I should probably draw Elena next, especially since her design is in severe need of an overhaul (c'mon, Capcom, are people of African descent really that hard to draw for you guys?).

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The Artist's Corner / Re: Art from or for our writings
« on: October 17, 2017, 01:12:08 PM »
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I'm curious, though... what exactly does "on the backburner" mean in this context?  "I'm working on something else for the nonce but intend to get back to it soon?",  "I don't know that I'll ever work on it again, but I can't stand to trash it"?  Something else?
(I call the first one "cooling off" and the second one "on hold" myself, and I'm not sure I have a something else.  But everyone works differently.)
I would say the former. I don't want to trash it completely, but I'll be working on a different project for NaNoWriMo this year.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: Art from or for our writings
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:04:32 PM »
I like drawing my characters from time to time.

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Those are amazing!  I'd love to be able to draw my characters in that sort of style.  I had a go at constructing some of my characters when the Bitstrips app was around but I only saved a few of them before the app was shut down, or whatever happens to apps when they're withdrawn from service.   I'm no good at hand-drawing so I can only look at your characters with envy.  They are beautiful.
Thanks!

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The Artist's Corner / Re: Art from or for our writings
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:25:12 PM »
I like drawing my characters from time to time.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:20:06 PM »

For some reason, the word "elegant" was what came to mind when I was doodling this character in my sketchbook.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:02:32 AM »

Did you know that the oldest recorded variation of the Cinderella fairy tale was set in ancient Egypt? According to a brief account by the Greek historian Strabo, an Egyptian courtesan named Rhodopis had one of her sandals carried off by an eagle, which then dropped it in the Pharaoh's lap. Once the Pharaoh's men identified the sandal as hers, Rhodopis became his wife, and he buried her within the third pyramid at Giza. Of course, over the centuries the story would be embellished into a classic underdog tale, which Walt Disney would adapt into the animated movie we all grew up with.

For my interpretation of Cinderella, I combined influences from her original Egyptian background and the Disney design. Her sandals are supposed to be made of glass like in the Disney version.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:56:01 AM »

Deep in the eastern Egyptian desert, diorite statues of the lion goddess Sekhmet guard an ancient diamond mine.

I'm not actually aware of diamonds ever being found in Egypt. But since the desert hills in the eastern part of the country are made of igneous rock (the kind of rock where diamonds are often found), maybe there are some waiting to be discovered over there?

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: October 15, 2017, 05:33:29 PM »

Tyrannosaurus rex stands at the edge of a glade deep in the rainforest. There's a bit of compositional inspiration here from the paleo-artist Doug Henderson, who's known for dinosaur scenes dominated by the foliage rather than the animals themselves.

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Tonight I had a conversation about writing with my mom, and she suggested that I should consider writing for a particular target audience. In my case, this would be younger male readers, since I'm a young dude myself and my interests (e.g. action, adventure, and sexy women) are typical for that demographic. I understand her reasoning, but somehow I'm a bit uneasy about narrowing my audience to a specific demographic to the exclusion of others. For example, if my target audience is straight young dudes like myself, wouldn't that require alienating female readers for example? That would sound rather sexist.

Do you ever take into account a target audience when writing your stories?

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: October 13, 2017, 02:20:46 PM »

This is a work-in-progress scene which I will color over the weekend. There's a bit of compositional inspiration here from the paleo-artist Doug Henderson, who's known for dinosaur scenes dominated by the foliage rather than the animals themselves.

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Introductions / Re: Storm of Thieves
« on: October 13, 2017, 02:09:32 AM »
Welcome to our humble community, Storm!

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Characterization / Re: Help me choose some character names!
« on: October 12, 2017, 08:56:35 PM »
Referring to the OP, I personally prefer Jasira for the Fairy Queen (sounds more exotic to me) and Cade for the brother (less confusion with the Queen that way).

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