"Cleopatra" - Illustration by samspratt
My Afrofuturistic take on the Egyptian queen. This would’ve been done way sooner but I was dead set on designing chained shoulder and chest pieces and unsurprisingly: chains take a ridiculously long time to paint.
I really don’t think you can tell me and convince me she was not at least half-black, you know. Maybe half medeteranian. But probably all African. Right?
She may have been part African. She’s a Ptolemy, and they came out of Macedonia, and so that makes up the majority of her bloodline. People more familiar with Ptolemaic Egypt than I am can tell you how much they mixed with indigenous Egyptians. Wikipedia says her mother is unknown. That said, it’s not as if Macedonians of the time were what folks would consider “white”. And even before they rode into Egypt as a conquering force, there was much mixing going on. Cleopatra, like a lot of people in that region in those times, was probably a mix of many ethnicities. Maybe not as dark as depicted, but not light, either.
Long story short: I love this art and it would be the Cleopatra in my headcanon if Gina Torres as Cleo wasn’t already there.
That’s fucked up. That’s real fucked up. That’s some ice spider shit and I do not approve.
That is the sickest shit ever
i just imagined a tiny little ice-spider on the mirror singing ‘let it go’ as he builds his little icy webby fortress.
Art Nouveau jewelry is 98% flowers, peacocks, and dragonflies, so I am especially in love with this piece for not following trends.
I should note I LOVE dragonflies and peacocks, but I also love cephalopods!
Junot Díaz, speaking at Yale (via malinche)
Those final four sentences are something else.
Get ready for the Disney movies, people.
So I’m reading the article and then this:
For example, there is the tale of a maiden who escapes a witch by transforming herself into a pond. The witch then lies on her stomach and drinks all the water, swallowing the young girl, who uses a knife to cut her way out of the witch.
German fairytales are so brutal. (I love that)
Where did the knife come from though
All young girls in fairy tales have knives in their hearts. They come in so handy. To cut away threads of lies; to slice open lips that have been sealed. To part the bellies of witches.
All young girls contain blades. The trick is knowing how to use them.
Trippy ice effect after a flood.
The terrain glitched
Laura, just because you have menstrual cramps does not justify THIS.