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aztecia by lenkalamari aztecia by lenkalamari
Right here's some gods and things from Aztec mythology. It's mainly for my portfolio assignment at university but I've been wanting to do something that would top that stupid tiki thing as my 'big piece'

the big crocodillian thing is called Cipactli. In a lot of creation myths it is the Earth God that lurks in the universal sea, and it is constantly hungry. Even its joints have mouths
Although it is mainly represented as a crocodile, it also has elements of toads and fish.

The gigantic toad in the sky is called Tlaltecuhtli. It's a very similar God (or Goddess) to Cipactli in that it represents the Earth (and additionally, fertility). The Aztec creation myth usually involves two brothers breaking either this fat toad or the Cipactli into seperate parts (they still survive though, and demand to be fed hearts on a regular basis).

The coolest thing about this God is that it was said to devour the Sun once a day, causing night to fall. When morning came, it would simply spit it back out.

The fact that the Aztec people ACTUALLY BELIEVED THIS still blows my fucking mind.

The animal spirit thing made out of the girl's shadow is a 'nagual' or 'nahual' - there are two uses of this name. The first is to describe some sort of spaceshifting witch or whatever, and the second term (which the pic is based on) describes a 'guardian spirit' which all humans and Gods were thought to have had from birth till death.

If anyone's familiar with the Dark Materials books, it's an extremely similar concept to the daemons in that. Or, uh, Digimon.

Nahuals were usually represented by plants or animals, and would reflect the spirit and intentions of the user. In this pic, it's a jaguar. They were often said to hide in a person's shadow.

Cihuateteo, the mourning ghost thing, is a spirit of a woman who died in childbirth. To the Aztecs, childbirth was seen as a sort of struggle or battle, and those whom died during it were seen as fallen warriors.

These are kinda related to Tlaltecuhtli, who was said to supervise difficult births. The kid is playing with toy versions of two rival brother Gods - Quetzalcoatl (who could turn into a feathered, flying serpent/dragon) and Tezcatlipoca (who could turn into a giant jaguar)

Chantico, the mean looking woman in red, is both a domestic goddess and a fire goddess. She is extremely protective - if you want to get on her bad side, steal her jewelry. Her animal representive is a red serpent, although in one myth she gets turned into a dog as punishment for breaking a fast by eating paprika (i dunno if she stays as one though)

Perhaps as a safeguard, her head-dress comes complete with poisonous cactus spikes.

Ahuitzotl the human-eating monkey-dog makes a return from an earlier pic. I changed up its design a bit to make it more frightening. Here, it's about to lunch on one of its victims after pulling it underwater with its tail-hand.

done in photoshop cs3 in 10-14 hours overall, hope you all enjoy because I now have a huge blister on my thumb from drawing this
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cacturnespook Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
They look really cool. Are there any more Aztec gods and goddesses you've drawn out?
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seattlelovei Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
This is wonderful! I love the way you portrayed each of them.
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icesnowqueen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
i love it! woot!
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deidara-14 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
holy shit :|

That's awesome!
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Snettelin Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Oh, these are absolutely wonderful. The colour scheme is stunning and effectful, the designs innovative and the patterns very inricate. The characters really come to life in a modern medium. :+fav:

I think the piece with the Ahuitzotl might be my favourite. I love the shades of blue and the clear eye, the threatening rendition of the creature - and then that tiny frowning man. "Aw hell no". It's a nice balance between a serious and well-done character and an element of comedy. :)

Cihuateteo displays the same kind of contrast, with a bright background and happy child but a grey and sorrowful spirit. I am awfully fond of contrasts and the effects they can have, so I'm particularly fond of these two as well. :heart:
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
thankyou very much
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ninjakirby14 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
These are all wonderful.
I really love the coloring.
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noisebeast Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Fucking amazing...All this brillance compressed in one piece of awesome.
Crocodile with shouldermouths and Ahuitzotl are winnn. Cx
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:iconzhicago:
zhicago Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010   Digital Artist
If they had a god of digital art, you'd be it.
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:iconzantchan:
ZantChan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
so awesome! =3
I like all the pics =)
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kantieb0 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
cool stuff bro! You're on a different level.

One thing I cant get over tho. Chantico? Did Starbucks really name their drinking chocolate after an Aztec goddess of fire? That's uncharacteristically cool of them.
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Hoboweasel Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice, they lack a bit of depth though :.
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:iconsashur:
Sashur Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Student Interface Designer
holy fuck lenk these are gorgeous. i cant even imagine how long it must have taken you to draw all those tiny fucking details. bravo
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
danke sasha
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:iconkr3id:
Kr3id Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Wow, these just get better and better!
I love how you play with contrasting colours on the glowy eyes and what not :P
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
oh yeah i love doin that!
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:iconkr3id:
Kr3id Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:P What uni thing is all this for? Art?
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
illustration portfolio pretty much
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:iconkr3id:
Kr3id Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
ahh sweet :)
I'm hoping to get onto an animation course after a year out
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:iconskrane:
skrane Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Artist
someone's been bitten by the myth bug :B
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
definitely
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fefeTea Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
These are absolutely stunning! I just can't believe the rate at which you work, man. The Aztec myths really do fit your style so much!

I love them.
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
thanks!
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010   General Artist
I could imagine that all these details would cause such an injury, but at the same time I'm in awe of your struggle of producing fine work. Really dig those textures :)
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
thanks, they were a pain in the ass but i'm glad they turned out well
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iusedit Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
This is not only a really cool looking set, it was interesting and educational. The only God I was familiar with was Quetzalcoatl and even then I had to scroll back up to figure out how it's spelled. Thank you!
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
no probs!
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Comickpro Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Man I love these! Are all these Aztec gods your own design/interpretation? Because I had an ancient mythology class where we read about all the above characters but with no pictures to associate with them :c Colors are great as usual. I especially like the different poses and atmospheres in each pic. My fav is the crocodile with the teeth on its elbows and the monkey hand dude (in a water scene!). Faved :+fav:...and I am even going to fav the NG one, thatís how much I love this. Great job!
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
some of them I just designed off the descriptions and some i based on the old drawings. thanks for the fave
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Comickpro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
no prob man :) great stuff
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:iconemanhattan:
Emanhattan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Student General Artist
it seriosuly amuses me the speed at wich you make these
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
blame your ancestors for having such a fuckin badass religion
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Negative-Crown-Ent Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
That...is one BIG FROG.
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
massive
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hyperboy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
DUUUUUUUUUDE, Aztec mythology fits your style soooo well.

These are great, the blister was worth it.

I wish they weren't so tiny, though. :C
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
now you mention it i might upload a higher res one. it'd definitely give people more print options
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:iconhyperboy:
hyperboy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
EXCELLENT. :)
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ToxicToothpick Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hardcore. Also I learned something today.

:3
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
mesoamerican studies with prof joel
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ToxicToothpick Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
My favorite class other than lunch.
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RadioactiveZombeh Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
i have to take that class
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Hnilmik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
DFJNASJFHS MFH BKFVB DFNBHD BN

SOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOLL!!

I absolutely LOVE the colors and details and the descriptions and the personality and and and--!! <3 <3

@@; Yay for learning about Aztec mythology!
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
its probably the most interesting mythology IMO. i just hate how hard to pronounce some of the names are
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:iconhnilmik:
Hnilmik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
I certainly like it! What go you going into Aztec stuff?

o_o; And to this day, the only few Aztec names I can pronounce include Quetzalcoatl and the typical ones that show up in history books.

When I learned how to pronounce Xoloitzcuintli ("SHO-lo-eetz-kwin-lee"; Mexican Hairless Dog), I felt pretty proud of myself.
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Shufly Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Very awesome man. 14 hours? thats pretty damn fast considering the quality. Nice work. Love the designs!
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
i pretty much worked nonstop lmao

thanks
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:iconbaracai:
baracai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Very cool! Definately tops the tiki.
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:iconlenkalamari:
lenkalamari Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
thank you
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