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Antagonist by shoomlah Antagonist by shoomlah
The first half of an antagonist/protagonist assignment. I have no idea why I went for the Aztec bent, really, besides liking Aztec culture, so not too much explanation behind that. Looked at a lot of Incan mummies and peat people for reference, which was enjoyable as always.

(ballpoint & Photoshop 7.0)
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Dotterall Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   General Artist
Super awesome. 
TheOwlPerson Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
always been one of my favorite character concepts on DA. Glad I found this again.
karhiio Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional
SapphireGamgee Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
What an interesting concept! And adding a peat-mummy in there just adds to the mysterious quality.
diamondwhitewolf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
woooo! lets hear it for ball point sketches! I've been on a ball point sketch binge myself as of late. Its a great way to get lines down and I love the variance in value that it can give ^.^
BudgieFace Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
I don't know what to say about this, and put it any better than all the other comments. So I'll just say I love this so much.
Nenufarblanco Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
thatīs the most incredible and strange character Iīve ever seen... Itīs so scary and cool!
LMS99 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
krass cO
nice :)
Katie-Murphy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Amazing stuff, please continue to this work share with us!
lydario Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
now which is the dominant "figure"... and does she move? i mean like... who is the one who would address the protagonist... would it be like the "human" part is just a host an a detached deathly voice comes from the corpse? or what? i must admit i want to know more!
art-of-rem Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Fantastic concept. In the assignment, was the man the protagonist and the mummy antagonist? Sort of like a shoulder angel/devil theme?

Loving your designs, creativity, and observations of various cultures in your gallery. Very entertaining stuff! :D
twistedcortex Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
when I saw that picture, I was thinking Huestec. They are known for their sculptures of people with their skeletal ancestors carved behind them.
zu-2099 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Professional
nice work but there's nothing in mesoamerican culture about carrying on dead bodies, there's some rites about dressing on the skin from a prisioner but nothig about a whole corpse
shoomlah Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Well I assumed these were clearly from a fantastical mesoamerican culture, but she's not carrying the dead- she's fused with the dead. It's a symbolic character design for self-betrayal, and the matching one is for knowledge.

zu-2099 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Professional
ok that's nice but people are so literal that they'll think that mesoamerican people were carrying corpses behind them so its good to tell about your origianl idea about your character
shoomlah Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I doubt I have to take responsibility for people doing their anthropological research on DeviantArt, though. The piece doesn't say it's Aztec, it says it has an Aztec bent. And if people see a woman fused to a corpse and assume it's historical fact, then I'd guess they're picking up just as much false info from movies. *shrugs*

zu-2099 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Professional
that's right about movies, I think taht most people are lazy to get real info about historical antics, so they get used to cliches that they see in the movies or popular books editions and that`s a shame
mijelly Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
If the protaganist has to do with the preservation of culture through knowledge and this the loss of culture over time leading to mysteries we will never understand?
lokkita Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
oh man, that's one freaky antagonist! How'd you ever come up with this?
gyre Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
These! These are bitchin'.
toasty-fresh Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
Wonderful. :heart:
suit-of-nine Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
that's incredibly interesting! =)
guiltius Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
man you see stuff like i do. right on
Siochanna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008   Photographer
I like this style. There should be more of it
DSil Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Student General Artist
Wooo, mighty creepy!
sketchylization Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
This is a very cool concept. The scratchy rough lines work really well on the mummy.
knez-iole Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
O GOD thats insane, reminds me voldemort on quirrels head, is very cool , love the colors
tentaculus Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
I remember those old days when I was actually quite phobic toward those South and Meso-American mummies, whenever they suddenly popped out from that odd smelling pages of National Geographic (the aroma reminds me of the mummy, heh). It was almost like looking back to my childhood nightmares. You did a really good job. :+fav:
zu-2099 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Professional
actually, there's no mesoamerican mummies, you guys like to confuse south american cultures with that from mexico...
tentaculus Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Ehh thanks for the correction......Sometimes it can be quite hard to sort out the tangled information bundles, and yes, I can finally remember that the only Tropical American mummies in existence are the South American ones.
zu-2099 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Professional
yes man, most people confuse prehispanic cultures a lot, but if the get the correct info they'll discover fascinant facts and no a bunch of cliche's
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty cool! :D
Linkette Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Holy shiznit, that's so awesome and creepy at the same time. What a great balance!

Very creative piece! :)
SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
I like the Aztec design, especially the body paint.
WinkGuy1 Featured By Owner May 9, 2008   Filmographer
Forrez Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
that's so cool and so creepy at the same time.
nicholaskole Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
dude. I love this. Definitely my favorite character design so far...very awesome :)
geniusadvice Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
this is so cool
igcreator Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
morbid yes. but very very cool.
hah i remember when i went through the mummy/peat people/bog mummies year in grade school. so much fun. the pictures! 8D

good to know someone else was or still is on that same page. good job!
palooka-jock Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Have you seen Apocalypto?
Bananazone Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Student Filmographer
Oh my God I'm in LOVE with this :]
Even though it has that freaky-ness.
Artoveli Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, my, goodnessthatisscary!
g3m1n1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
i remember hearing of an african monster like that. the front was a handsome man w/ long braided hair. the back was a wolf-like man eating monster. i can't recall what it was called.
JonFreeman Featured By Owner May 6, 2008   Digital Artist
:D very creepy cool stuff. excellent work on the anatomy and face structure as well. ^^
Amedyr Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool idea for an antagonist! Made me remember right away that some cultures keep their loved ones as mummies and treat them as if they were still alive (carry them around for festivals and such, lay food out for them, etc)
AmbrMerlinus Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
Well, my mind's been blown. I like the way the petrified half is reaching out with half-arms.
wigglepie Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
awesome yet creepy o.O
Kerong Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
So Cool. I love your ideas. I'm always happy to see new pieces by you.


Lun-Sei Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
Curious thing... I'd like to know the story behind it.
Funky-T Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Once again, very well done!
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