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Tepeyollotl - Aztec Jaguar God
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Published: June 4, 2009
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This is an ink drawing of the Aztec god Tepeyollotl. It took forever!! Ink pens are not the best medium for making something this detailed. It was fun tho, and it let me do a bit of research into one of the the more unusual cultures in the world - the Aztecs.

According to Aztec lore, Tepeyollotl is known as the Jaguar of Night. He is the lord of animals, darkened caves, echoes and earthquakes. In some legends he is a variant of the god Tezcatlipoca - who is the opposite and rival of the snake god Quetzalcoatl. This is why I've depicted him looking brooding and holding an anaconda. In one version of the Aztec creation story the two gods work together to create the world, but in it Tezcatlipoca looses his foot to a huge crocodilian monster - which is why the serpent is encircling one of his feet.

It was an interesting project, tho it took over a month of lunches, coffee breaks, and before-bed sessions. After this pic I had to take a break from traditional media; my current project is in photoshop. :) I'll save that for another post tho. I hope you like this guy -
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Wow. Looks great!
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Africa2000Hobbyist Artist
The hyroglyphics were Mayan but great concept.
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QuickSilverArtistProfessional Traditional Artist
Cool. I like the concept.
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superdashpinkieHobbyist Artist
Can I make my own version? I wont upload it it's for my work
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Mercy-HarrisHobbyist General Artist
DUDE.

TALK ABOUT SKILL AND PATIENCE.

I tried to draw certain animals in Aztec style and believe me, catching the interesting, cultural details (like the engraving on the side of the throne) is DIFFICULT. I'm still practicing but... you're so talented to have challenged and completed this. ;w;
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Wow this is just awesome !! Brilliant ink work and with soo much detail , i just love the snake coming out didnt see it before , absolutly great.
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MoonmansArtworksStudent Traditional Artist
Great!
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NixKatHobbyist Traditional Artist
Fawesome, looks well researched.
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Aztecatl13Student Writer
This is so awesome. I love that picture!! This is going to my favorites list. By the way, it would be such an honor if you join this: [link]
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RudeGirl2180Student General Artist
Stumbled across this in the middle of researching Tezcatlipoca and Tepeyollotl. It's a really great picture, I love the detail, and the attention to lore that you gave in the image itself. Well done!
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aztlantikalProfessional General Artist
Sweet Headdress and Armor. Jaguar and snake combination bestow a nice atmosphere. Serious detailing.
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ehatsumiHobbyist General Artist
Nice art! I would like to ask for permission if it's okay to have your art be part of my list on my site? I am looking forward to feature some great gods and goddesses on my site. You can check out my site here, at the bottom. Of course I'll put a credit that this is your own art. :)
Hope you'll agree! \(^_^)/
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TashinaKalmbachHobbyist General Artist
wow, really awesome! :D
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BrightAkiraHobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the detail and the symbolism you put into this picture. Very beautiful.
Amaterasu-Omikami's avatar
Tepeyollotl is just Tezcatlipoca's nahualli. (Quetzalcoatl is a rattle snake.)

This is pretty good though. Is that jaguar on the throne from the werejaguar motif of the Olmecs? I know I've seen it before.
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THAT AINT NO SCRIBBLE SF HA... HATS OFF TO YOU WONDERFUL WORK! I AM ENTHUSED THAT YOU DID YOUR HOME WORK AND TOOK CARE TO GET IT RIGHT. THAT MEANS ALOT TO "US" THANK YOU PLEASE MAKE A PRINT WILL BUY
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I love it !!! Fabulous !!!
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NefariousDrunkPunxHobbyist General Artist
We mexicans had the best most beautiful culture ever :) x3<333
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fun-vanyStudent General Artist
i love it
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I don't even... This is so far beyond amazing that I can't figure out where to start the compliments on it. Jaguar obsessed me is beyond thrilled, but I'd love this even if jaguars had no significance to me. In a bit I'll post something more coherent comment-wise, but I'm almost in shock at the awesomeness that is this :) Oh, and by the way, this is fav'd :)
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Azaz16 Digital Artist
cool. thats what i am. i am a jaguar. both aztec and mayan. iv been alive for about 2,000 years.
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Quetzacoatl and Tepeyollotl are again a symbolic opposition between the moon which is the aquatic world for Aztecas and the sun wich is the earthly world. It is an opposition between influences of oriental civilizations from the Gulf of Mexico (the aquatic world) and the Chichimeca past of Aztecas (the earthly world) in deserts from the North.

I really like your artwork and I think symbols and colors are good for this god who is probably an oriental God with tropical colors like blue and green. Really beautiful.
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zu-2099Professional
tepeyolotl: the heart of the mountain
el corazon de la montaña
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This is beautiful, I love it!
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