DEITIES || Inktober Challenge 2015 Picture

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More artwork found on twitter and tumblr!
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Happy Halloween everyone! Here's the massive "treat" I've been working on all month, and now posted on DA!

As I mentioned earlier on twitter and tumblr, I wanted to participate in this year's Inktober challenge. The last time I attempted Inktober was 2 years ago, and I only got to 15 ink sketches. And then Pokemon XY was released and I was never heard from again--

This year, my theme was character designs from my DEITIES Project. While my story will focus on a few gods as main characters, I've wanted to also design some other deities that are part of the mythology. These inks are not meant as final for DEITIES, but as early concepts based on even earlier sketches I've worked on in the past several months.

SO yeah! Here's the entirety of my Inktober run -- 31 days, 34 inks, and 37 deities and demons in total o)9 they and all in ballpoint and colored pencil, though I used PS to adjust levels on the images, and to clean / fix some mistakes. Should also be noted that the order of some of them on this sheet, were swapped a little with their respective days, to help keep the groups of 4 -- or at least the pairs -- more related to each other; Ra was technically day 1 and Khonsu was before Nekhbet.

( Speaking of which, I had been grappling for the longest time on how to present these inktobers on devART, and after completing all of them I decided I'd crop them to fit for the sake of the layout. For anyone who wants to view the full, uncropped versions of each ink, you can view them here on tumblr)

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Below is some additional info on all the gods featured. Note that this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of what each deity represented in the mythology, or a comprehensive description of each god; it simple covers their basics as they appear in the DEITIES story.

SHU -- The personified God of Air and Wind. Shu is the husband of Tefnut, and the father of Nut and Geb.
TEFNUT -- The personified Goddess of Moisture and Rain. Tefnut is the wife of Shu, and the mother of Nut and Geb.
NUT -- The personified Goddess of the Sky and Heavens. Nut is the daughter of Shu and Tefnut; the wife of Geb; and the mother of the royal siblings (Osiris, Set, Isis, Nephthys).
GEB -- The personified God of the Earth and Vegetation. Geb is the son of Shu and Tefnut; the husband of Nut; and the father of the royal siblings (Osiris, Set, Isis, Nephthys).

OSIRIS -- The God of the Dead, the afterlife, and resurrection – the King of Duat. Osiris is the first-born and eldest of the royal children of Nut and Geb; the husband of Isis; and the father of Horus.
SET -- The God of Chaos, deserts, storms, foreigners, and violence. Set is second-born of the royal children of Nut and Geb; the husband of Nephthys; and the [supposed] father of Anubis. His sacred animal is the Set Animal.
ISIS -- The Goddess of Magic, health, marriage, and motherhood – the Queen of Duat. Isis is third-born of the royal children of Nut and Geb; the wife of Osiris; and the mother of Horus.
NEPHTHYS -- The Goddess of Mourning, nighttime, rivers, and service. Nephthys is the fourth-born and youngest of the royal children of Nut and Geb; the wife of Set; and the mother of Anubis.

HORUS -- The God of the Sky, midday sun, protection, & royalty – the Prince of Duat (in story). Horus is the son and heir of Isis and Osiris; the nephew of Set and Nephthys; and cousins with Anubis. His sacred animal is the Falcon.
ANUBIS -- The God of Mummification and funerals, and guardian of the dead. Anubis is the son of Set [supposedly] and Nephthys; the nephew of Osiris and Isis; and cousins with Horus. His sacred animal is the Jackal.
THOTH -- The God of Knowledge, writing, and wisdom, and a lunar deity. Thoth is a self-begotten deity and an honorary brother of Ra (in story). His sacred animals are the Ibis and the Baboon.
BASTET -- The Goddess of Cats, joy, music, and dance. Bastet is a daughter of Ra, and her sacred animal is the Cat (and felines in general).

SEKHMET -- The Goddess of War, fire, women, and vengeance. Sekhmet is “The Eye of Ra” and one of Ra’s daughter. Her sacred animal is the Lioness.
HATHOR -- The Goddess of Love and Beauty, mining, and dance. Hathor is a daughter of Ra, and her sacred animal is the Cow.
MAFDET -- The Goddess of justice and protector against dangerous and venomous animals. Mafdet is a daughter of Ra, and her sacred animal is either a feline ((I’m leaning towards the Caracal, Serval, or Cheetah)) and/or the Mongoose.
SERQET -- The Goddess of scorpions, medicine, and all manner of poisons and venom. Serqet is a daughter of Ra, and her sacred animal is the Scorpion.

MA'AT -- The Goddess of Truth, order, balance, and justice. Ma'at often takes the form of a single ostrich feather, or a woman wearing the ostrich feather in her headdress.
KHEPRI -- The God of Scarabs, the Sunrise, and rebirth. Khepri is associated with Ra, and his sacred animal is the Scarab beetle.
PTAH -- A creation deity and the God of art, craftsmen, masonry and architecture. Ptah is associated with Ra, and appears as a man with green skin. His sacred animal is the Bull.
KHNUM -- A creation deity and water deity, and the God of the evening sun. Khnum is associated with Ra, the husband of Neith, and the father of Sobek; his sacred animal is the Ram.

NEITH -- The Goddess of Hunting, warfare, and weaving. Neith is the wife of Khnum and mother of Sobek.
SOBEK -- The God of the Nile, warfare, the military, and crocodiles. Sobek is the son of Khnum and Neith, and his sacred animal is the Crocodile.
SESHAT -- The Goddess of Writing, Wisdom, and History. Seshat is the counterpart and wife of Thoth, and her sacred animal is the Leopard (tho normally it's the leopard pelt associated with her).
WEPWAWET -- The God of Hunting and warfare, and the "opener of ways." Wepwawet is sometimes associated with Anubis, and his sacred animal is the Wolf.

NEKHBET -- The Patron Goddess of Upper Egypt. Nekhbet is the counterpart to Wadjet, and her sacred animal is the Vulture.
WADJET -- The Patron Goddess of Lower Egypt. Wadjet is the counterpart to Nekhbet, and her sacred animal is the Cobra.
TAWERET -- The Goddess of maternity & childbirth, and protector of women & children. Taweret is sometimes associated with Bes, and her sacred animal is the Hippopotamus.
BES -- The God of humor, dance, fertility & childbirth -- also a demon-queller. Bes is sometimes associated with Taweret, and is described as a dwarf god with feline or other beastly features.

KHONSU -- The God of the moon and time. Khonsu is often depicted in the form of a never-aging child with blue or silver skin, though he's one of the oldest in the pantheon.
ANAT & ASTARTE -- Semitic war Goddesses that were adopted into the Egyptian mythology. They are also goddesses of fertility and sexuality, and associated with Set in one version of The Contendings.
RA -- The God of the Sun, Light, and Radiance, and the High King of the deities. Ra is commonly shown as a hawk- or falcon-headed god but in my project, his main sacred animal will be the Bennu bird (a phoenix-like bird).

[Bonus Demon inks]
AMMIT -- The “Devouress of Hearts”; and BABI -- The demon “Chief of the Baboons.” Ammit and Babi have similar roles, where they eat the souls of the damned that fail to pass the Weighing of the Heart ceremony.
APEP -- The demon manifestation of darkness, destruction, and primordial chaos. Apep (or Apophis) is the representation of evil in Egyptian mythology, the enemy of Ra, and a threat to all deities. He takes the form of a giant, demonic serpent.
NAK & SEBAU -- The snake-fiend demons and agents of Apep. Not much is mentioned about these two in myths except their association with Apep, but they will play a role in the DEITIES story. They each take on the form of large, horned vipers.

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On a final note, thank you to everyone who followed my progress on my other accounts as well -- this is my first successfully completed Inktober challenge, and also my first month-long art challenge that I've been able to see thru from start to finish. It's a surreal feeling, but a really nice personal win too o)7

It also felt like I learned a lot about each of the deities; after having to reference and design them for the challenge and project, I think I gained even more appreciation for many of them -- especially the ones that I hadn't known as much about before -- and gained some new favorites as well /o/

Overall this inktober was fun to watch and fun to join!

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