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Something Wicked This Way Come by JessiBeans Something Wicked This Way Come by JessiBeans
This one took FOREVER... And I want to fix it, but that will have to be later, with fresh eyes... I am only making a mess at this point.

For the (sort-of) Annual All-Girl Thunderdome this year. Topic was "Something Wicked This Way Comes..." which was probably the most awesome topic ever. :heart:

I based mine VERY loosely on the 2012 doomsday cult built around the Mayan Calendar... some kind of horsewoman (snakewoman) of the apocalypse and Quetzalcoatl and a little human sacrifice. Trying to make myself consider whole illos and backgrounds and all that stuff...

Go see all the awesome work here: [link]

Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Wacom Intuos 3
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About 8 hours
Image © J, Oyhenart, 2009
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Bysthedragon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
In Aztec Mythology the god Quetzalcoatl was actually the most notable god who was completley opposed to the practice of human scarifies.
Bysthedragon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Actually in mythology, Quetzalcoatl was completly opposed to the act of human sacrafice
dimorali Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Her name is Coatlicue, means the woman with the snake skirt!

Great illustration!
Estonius Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
gizburg Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm lovin' those leopards.
starchaser98 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
That is amazing
Freddy1016 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing. <3
DemonCartoonist Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Most people doesn´t know about it, but sacrifices by Mayans were for the Sun God, they were afraid Sun will never rise again. I like what you do. Quetzalcoatl was a GOD. But Spanish conquers thinking always on the Devil, they never stop to ask what the snake means for the people. The snake was sign of fertility.
Kuroashino Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AMAZING O_o
WickedPrince Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Beautiful piece.

You know there is a belief that the Mayan's weren't actually predicting the world would end in 2012 with their calenders, but that the fellow who originally worked the first one out simply got tired of continuing it when he got so far into the future that nobody he knew would ever see it - and nobody else had the mad math skills to continue? :D
vamphose Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
great work love it
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BaB-Jane Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
OMG this is just mind-blowingly amazing! :heart:
Rowanelle Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Meso-American culture. Fancy this very much!
Nemehotatse Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Wow I'm please to see someone else researching into the Mayan Culture! That's interesting you depicted a painting of this because I also am working on a piece, but about the Aztecs..Coatlicue..because she just sounds epic to draw. She birthed Huitzilopochtli,who was where the Aztecs supposedly received the believe of their violent nature. I'm reading a book called Native American Prophecies by Scott Peterson. You should look into it!
sparklepunk Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
I really like this. The detail and the fact that it tells a story. Also the colour and composition stand out.
Katana991 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way come.
venturadiva Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"Something Wicked This Way Comes"

from Macbeth
also the title of a book by Ray Bradbury
Fairchild12 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
first of all, this is absolutely amazing! where do i start? the colours? the details? the imaganation? i think i covered everything. second, there needs to be more artwork done with mayan mythology. their gods, were so creative, their culture. you did a fantastic job!!
izcoart Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
wow sorprendende
Hidden-Wings Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
It was worth the work.. Personally I think 2012 is a bunch of hooha, but I'm starting to believe after seeing this >.>
Kiori-pi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
This is AWESOME! It totally creeps me out which you should take as a compliment --> It affects me DX

LOL! But seriously, very thought out and intelligent.
Yamina20 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the history behind this one, the colors are really good and I think the lighting is perfect for this scene. I have no idea what could be wrong with it.
Apollo5000 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Well considering the Mayan calendar is just a giant clock ... well, we go back to ... one! Maybe some major changes in all of our lives, but definitely Not the end of the world. However, I digress. This pic is gorgeous and must say that you did good. I love the detail on the snakes and Kukulcan (sorry just can't say Quetzalcoatl!) and the as yet unspecified goddess or demigoddess. Fabulous!
Xinmai Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
love the snake head
YTcyberpunk Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! Very cool, strange style. The jaguars also score this picture points with me :D
cherrydelux91 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
I just wanted to say that i love all of your concept art challenge entries! they are all beyond amazing and i always favorite them! keep up the good work!
JoshuaJParker Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
great work!!
Nonosama Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Student Filmographer
the snake head is amasing!

Looks great this...apperance effect
studiocartoon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
m-dot Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Videz-Le-Sourire Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
This is wonderful, I really love the coloring on the apocalypse woman.
gypsy3p0 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
This is gorgeous! Of course, I love anything Mayan/Aztec/Inca. :-) The colors in this are very dark and brooding... much like a storm. And I like all the extra detail you put into the etching. :-)
frost-rot Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
AMAZING this is so friggin' cool!
i love the perspective of everything and the unwielding and unmerciful look on the snakewomen's face,her throne is wicked awesome too!!:+fav:
zano Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
kick ass work.
HalfBloodOutcast Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
ONIsauce Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I used to say that every time my sister would stalk around the house all moody like. This is a great recollection for me. lol, i like the mayan sacrifice you have there, very awesome.
MrSludgy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Student Filmographer
Absolutely awesome. I love the use of ancient culture. ^^
(Pardon me if I posted a couple times. >.<;)
MrSludgy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Student Filmographer
Badass! Awesome job with the ancient... Mesoamerican cultural reference. Pretty sure that's the right word. Aztec, right?
Ctozzi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
very interesting
TheLastHetaira Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional Writer
Awesome picture is awesome! :D Doom has never looked so spectacular! Huge weakness for ladies with snakes and 'coatls is enough to make me fave this, but WOW. The extra Mayan imagery (including the jaguars) makes it all the more amazing! :love:

So, yeah...fave!
mirie Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Awesome, I love it!
Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Beautiful work! I like the thought you put into the pic--the attention to detail really shows through. :) Love the moodiness and use of colour. :) Very well done!
SissyBeth Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
wow! amazing work!! i really like it xD specially because its part of my culture really cool the picture i love the blood flowing and the gods!:)
2wingo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Eh, I don't put ANY stock into all that "world will end on 2012 because a long dead civilization predicted it" crap.
WendyLynn Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks wonderful - I especially like the snake!
C-Katt Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing :clap:
Tukatzz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!!!
kateechan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
The snake is very good!
Also the pose of the Maya at the bottom of the picture is very good.
Most details at Quezalcoatl and the snakewoman are great.

I dislike the pyramids in the backbroung a little, because the perspective is imo a little weird.
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