Dance of the Risen Picture

I'm filing this one firmly in the category of "Because I can, even though I shouldn't." This was a silly idea, and a whole heck of a lot of fun to color.

So what in the world is going on, anyway?

The first of the Aliens vs. Predator novels, Prey, by Steve and Stephanie Perry, is still one of my very favorite takes on the AvP universe. We get a sense of culture with the Predators that the comics, up to that point, didn't really touch upon. This book was a GEM to the early fandom.

In that book I picked up on an interesting little Predator pearl of wisdom: "Learn the gift of all-sights, or finish in the dance of Fallen Gods." Oh, I say, they have "gods" as in MORE THAN ONE - that must mean they have a PANTHEON! And what's more fun to think about than Predator gods running amok through legends and mythology? Also, what about the gods that DIDN'T fall?

Setg'in-de' paya Mni'awusthe is not a fallen god. Not in the least. He's actually a pretty good guy with a barmy sense of humor, a severe hero complex, and some of the best breakdance moves this side of the galactic core. He's also an unrepentant shapeshifter, and in this picture, he's working on wings. He doesn't quite get it.

...Yes, he's nekkid. I'd originally planned to draw his horribly ornate armor (I mean, c'mon, he's a god, and this is ME - is there any other KIND of armor?), but once I got done drawing all those muscles, I decided that I wanted to preserve the anatomy because it was so much fun to construct. I'll do a piece with his armor later on.

Setg'in also has no eyes of his own. He lost them on a bad bet aeons ago. The ones that orbit his head were won from other gods through... well... we don't necessarily want to go into that here. That's a story for another day.

Ink, watercolor, Prismacolor pencils, as always.

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