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aelur is a 20 something year old who was born and raised in the glorious Peronist republic of Argentina.
Her previous career choices as a kid were a paleontologist and an intelligence officer, but at some point she figured machines would end up ruling the earth and she wanted to stay on their good graces, so she began studying Information Systems Engineering at the National Technological University.
Because waiting for the inevitable technological singularity might take way too much time she also began writing and drawing, and her work in the last couple of years has been mostly focused on raising human spirituality in order to avoid the aforementioned technological singularity. She believes life is too short not to sabotage herself once or twice.
As an occultist, she is mainly interested in the qabbalah and its relationship with alchemy and hermeticism. She doesn't know shit about eastern practices nor gods with fancy names. Don't let her fool you into thinking she knows something: she makes shit up. All the time.
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A late cover for chapter 5, Mariposa Technicolor. Decided to go for Alulim in ancient times. Alulim appears as both the first king of Eridu and the first king of Sumer in the Sumerian king list; however I chose to depict Ur in the background (Eridu and Ur would’ve been at some point close enough and big enough to see each other from a distance). Clothes are based on votive figures from 2900-2500 BC; they would wear sheep skins with the fur on the outside. The jewelry, except for the head dress is based on a relief of king Ashurbanipal; he was a neo assyrian king and very much anachronistic to the period (2500 years of difference), but I took some inspiration from findings from royal tombs in Ur (2800 BC) as well to see what kind of designs were in fashion then. There isn’t that much reference for male jewelry so I kinda winged it. There is, however, one find of a helmet of the King of Kish which kinda shows the hair tried in the back, along with band so I kinda went with that for the hairstyle.
In the background, there’s the great Ziggurat of Ur, built in the 21st century BC. I read some accounts of it having different colors, probably revealing some sort of connection with the planets. I kinda improvised the colours, but I wanted to break tradition with the idea that every building in the ancient world was not painted/monochrome.
Other anachronistic and completely made up details include the dyes of the sheep skin; I don’t really know what kind of dyes were available then, I went with purple as it’s traditionally been a very expensive dye associated with royalty. The red nails are actually an egyptian royal custom; both men and women would paint their nails in bright colors. Peasants would paint it as well, but wouldn’t have access to the expensive, bright colors that the royalty would have access to.
Mountains are purely decorative/for composition purposes. I don’t really know if there’s any nearby mountains in Ur.