(caption copy/pasted from my instagram)
i saw someone on tumblr made a post talking about how very few artists draw alex with her ethnic mexican features, particularly the nose. which is true!! i’ve drawn her like three times and i didnt even think about that! so i went on google images and typed in “mexican person profile view” and i got. many different results. so i kinda mostly referenced more native mexican people and i really hope i got it sorta right.
but then it got me thinking. theres probably some really really cool art in mexico. and rlly cool folk and historic pieces. and that led me down a rabbit hole of researching indigenous mexican art (mostly old aztec and mexica) and tried to make a mandala similar to this one aztec (?) piece that kept popping up. i did not do it justice at all this thing is literally gorgeous but i hope its at least kinda recognizably the style i was going for with my silly digital artist hands. i also drew her in a very similar fabric to this one i saw on google and tried to draw the mexican evil eye bracelet because its very cool.
if you or someone you know is latino or native mexican please let me know if i got something terribly wrong! im south african so your country is incredibly far away from mine and im very unfamiliar with your cultural practices and artwork and one hour of research probably isnt enough lmao. but regardless please enjoy alex looking snazzy
A new temple was erected to the goddess Coatlicue in Mexico, after more than 500 years of the destruction of the old Mexican shrines, I think it's great news that the natives can return to worship their gods and goddesses. Photos by Naren K. Schreiner
Emperor Ahuizotl in warrior attire.
Today, October 28th, is Ahuizotl's birthday*, and coincidentally I was designing his military attire for the comic, so I made a full illustration.
(*Fictional birthday, no one knows when he was actually born).
~ Mask of Mictlantecuhtli, Lord of the Underworld.
Culture: Aztec (Mexica)
Place of origin: Mexico
Date: A.D. 1450-1521
Period: Late Postclassic
Medium: Wood, white ground with traces of black and red paint.
Music video to 2022 single “Tenochtitlan” by Mexican goth, postpunk, coldwave, industrial, and synthpop band Calaverx
Dos generaciones de danzantes aztecas.
“These people that are often labeled “illegal immigrants” and “foreigners” are Indigenous peoples of this continent”
I LOVE designing clothes for Thedas and DND that draw from different cultures. For @thedasincolor Splash of Color Saturday, I wanna talk a little about my Evanuris/Elvhenan re-design project.
First of all, credit where credit is due: there are a lot of historians and artists working together to study Late Classic and Late Post-Classic Mexica and Maya garments, their uses, their stations, and such.
One of my favorite artists is Daniel Parada (ArtStation,Comic,Twitter). I can only show some snippets because Tumblr hates topless female-presenting people, but here’s just one example of the amount of detail and research is available for historical mesoamerican dress:
My work: The Evanuris
*Disclaimer: All of this is preliminary and everyone will be varying shades of brown if/when I actually color them.
Doing these portraits, I was heavily inspired by the incorporation of brightly-colored feathers and ribbons, and body paint, we find in historical sources like the Magliabechiano Codex. But I did want to also have visual parallels to modern Dalish dress--like Andruil’s choker being similar to that of the Keeper’s Vestments in DAI, and Mythal’s hair ornamentation being similar to Flemeth’s.
One of the things I love thinking about is: in a world where you are immortal, and fight perhaps more with magic than with weapons, and you are vain af--what does your armor look like? (And as an artist: maintain an interesting silhouette and shape language.)
You learn pretty quickly in pre-modern times, armor wasn’t actually that “sophisticated.” Woven fibers that are hardened with something like mud and baked in the sun. Maybe a shield. But mostly, people went into battle wearing less clothes and more intimidating displays and dressed for luck.
Andruil and Falon’Din and Elgar’nan are the warhawks of the bunch, so I chose Andruil as the first Evanuris to fully redesign. None of these are final designs but my iterative process started with the one on the left, and then has started to narrow in on designs that are SHARP and DANGEROUS and with POISONOUS COLORS. I don’t want to give the Evanuris themselves vallaslin designs given the connotation we have of vallaslin, but body decorations and body paint were important in religious and social contexts. Giving Andruil the spots of an honored predator/god felt fitting.
Some other resources and Inspiration
(mostly linking Twitter and ArtStations but most link to many scholarly sources)
Maya and the Three
And as a bonus, here is Felassan in a sarape.
Mayahuel, the Lady of Maguey
Mexica goddess by Mi Corazon Mexica more at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiCorazonMexica?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=951125817
The ‘ancient’ University of Oxford predates the ‘ancient’ Aztec civilization… by more than 200 years.