Friday, 16 November 2007

Illustration Friday - scale

This is Anubis - Egyptian protector of the underworld. After they died, an Egyptian's heart would be weighed on a 'scale' by Anubis, against the "feather of Ma'at" (the feather of truth/justice), and then judged by Osiris (the god of life and death). A pure heart would be equal in weight to that of the feather of Ma'at, and the person would be able to live for the rest of eternity in peace. If the person's heart was heavy with burdon, however, it would weigh more than the feather of Ma'at, and the Egyptian with the heavy heart would be fed to Osiris' vicious baboon, Babi or fed to Ammit, the "bone devourer". In the event that a heart was lighter than the feather of Ma'at, that Egyptian would be sent to an area of Duat called "Aaru", a realm ruled by Osiris where Egyptians could exist in pleasure for all eternity.
I find Egyptian mythology very interesting, and decided that this would be a perfect interperatation for this weeks theme 'scale'.

Arrabella - comic book character

I am developing a comic-type book that I will write and illustrate myself, and I decided to share my first character with you. Her name is Arrabella (I have always loved those pretty names!).
As I am a devoted recycler, I have used the same facial features as is on Mhina (one of my earlier posts). In fact the bottom drawing has almost the exact same face! I'm not lazy - I just really liked the character, so I re-created her image to fit my story. (And maybe I am a little lazy). Anyway - I hope you like her so far - I may share some of the other characters once I am happy with them. Enjoy - comments or suggested improvemets are welcome!

Monday, 12 November 2007


A while back there was a charity sale where a number of artists created un-signed pieces of work, all on the same sized canvas. My boss actually suggested that I do a painting for it, and this is what I came up with. It was atually my first completed painting done in acrylics, so I was quite happy with it. I was even more pleased when my painting sold in a reasonably short period of time! I hope you enjoy it - any comments are welcome!