Pigma Micron and Graphite on Photoshop created Background...
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2012...so many theories, and most of then apocalyptic. But, according to the Chilam Balam of Chumayel (The book of Destiny) , it will be a great time of change. A time for the human race to rethink the way they are doing things and make social and political changes that can cause great worldwide upheaval.
Here, we have my interpretation of the Mayan Vision serpent. The vision serpent would bring messages to the priests and nobility through sacred smoke, this smoke emanating from a brazier full of sacred bark paper that has been soaked in the blood of the noble or priest through self sacrifice. This self sacrifice was performed usually with either a stingray spine and/or a rope of thorns. An incision was first made with the stingray spine in either the tongue or penis, then the thorned rope was drawn through it. The blood from the wounds was collected on the sacred paper to be burned. The blood loss was usually so great, combined with either intoxication with balch wine or other hallucinogenic substances, that induce strong visions.
Out of the mouth of the vision serpent, images of ancestors or gods would bring their messages and prophecies to them.
The glyph on the right sidebar is the calendar date for the winter solstice this year ( December 21, 2012), which is the date that their calendar will end. The glyphs represented are in Long Count as follows:
VERY TOP- EVENT INTRODUCTION GLYPH Then line by line from left to right are:
13 BAKTUN (13 X 144,000 days)....0 KATUN (0 X 7,200 days) 0 TUN (0 X 360 days) ............0 UINAL (0 X 20 days) 0 KIN (0 X 1 day) .............4 AHAU (Tzolkin date) 3 K'AN K'IN (Haab date) .....LORD OF THE NIGHT FIGURE G9
I have always been a self taught student of Mesoamerican cultures, particularly the Maya...and I enjoyed doing this piece, as it is something I had not done in a very long time.
Technically not a game asset, this was actually the web-background for the game's initial website (for a game I worked on several years ago, 'Call of Cthulhu- dark corners of the Earth', before the publisher made their own. I used to be a web developer for a few years before joining the games industry.
This website was supposed to give some hints about the main-character a private detective, who used to in the police force, there is also a bus-ticket stub for his journey to Innsmouth and naturally the book on the one side would have doodles on it for navigation around the site, while the blotter was where screenshots and write-ups appeared.
My good friends, Tom Maund made the website, and that guys is an astounding web-guru, much better at it than I ever was, and I take my hat off to him (yes a fedora off course)
Sorry I had to delete the previous version (deviant art wouldn't let me choose a different file, it gave me text box and after that do what I want couldn't reload the image)
This is a project for a college class of mine. We have to choose an article and do an illustration for it. My article is about mayan gods and goddesses. So I picked my four favs and drew them as close as i could to their descriptions but still how I think they look.
Gukumatz "feathered serpent" (he is considered the equivalent of the Aztec god, Quetzalcoatl), they one day thought he would come back to Earth and destroy it.
Itzpapalotl "Obsidian Butterfly" was a fearsome skeletal warrior, she was described as having black butterfly wings, jaguar claws for hands, and eagle feet for her own, she is associated with birds too. (Later after I have drawn it I found out she was actually Aztec, whoops)
Kinich Ahau "Sun-eyed Lord" He is the Mayan sun god. He is usually depicted as a king because most kings of the mayans were assimilated to be the sun deity, he is also the highest solar deity.
Toci "Mother of the Gods" She was described as having markings on her face and an elaborate headdress, she is also associated with healing. (She might be Aztec too, wiki messed me up with which gods belonged to which civilization)
Birthday present for :] He likes him some Mayan gods so I found an image of an old Kukulkan carving ( [link] ) and made my interpretation. He liked it. lD And I love drawing monsters so everybody wins!