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Bast - colour by ashkey Bast - colour by ashkey
Finally, lol.

Firstly, I'd just like to say how surprised I am with people's reactions to this. Not on the internet, but with people at school. Myself, I don't think it's a great picture, I think it's rather sloppy, but, holy cow, everytime I'm freaking working on it at school someone pops out of nowhere and says something like "OMFG THAT'S SO PRETTY1!!11" It's SCARY! I'm gonna have NIGHTMARES of excited faces! My friend Cat practically glued her face to the page when I showed her the almost-finished copy (she really likes cats... can you tell by her name? XD)

Anyway, I had to make the background brown. It was calling out to me "colour me brown... colour me brown..." I thought it looked like crap at first but now I sorta like the unevenness to it. But I wish I made it look more like a shadow than an outline. Bah, oh well.

Why does she have a nose ring? Go read the description for the inked version.

And now, some Egyptian Mythology for you. [Just skip to the end if you don't want to read.]
Bast is one of the more famous of the Egyptian Gods. She is said to be one of the daughters of Ra, and is described as a desert cat or woman with the head of a cat. A later God[dess], likely after the domestication of cats. She was Goddess of the Sun until contact with the Greeks, then she was known as Goddess of the Moon, and associated with the Greek god Artemis.

Bast is also called Bastet, because the T is supposed to be clear, and another name is Ailuros. There is [was?] a temple for her in Bubastis, a cult centre, and place of great splendor and beauty. Cats are sacred to her, and to harm one comes with great punishment. She's also the perfume protector, since perfume was a very important thing for the ancient Egyptians.

Learn something? Damn right you did. I'm an amazing teacher. >D

Coloured pencils, markers, colourless blender pencil and marker (all Prismacolor), black (.5) and black-brown (.25) liquid ink on 8A paper.
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Lyndale1608 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
That rosey brown shade is a very close colour to pink sandstone, probably why it was calling to you.
The extra t thing really bugs me, it just speaks to me of the immigrant population who needed it just not bothering to learn the language properly. Or not botherin'...
As well as associations with Artemis, Bast was considered to possess some of the attributes of Athena. As a goddess associated with fertility, birth and destruction (like Sekmet), she could also be compared to Kali, the Morrigan, etc.
ashkey Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
Very interesting! Good trivia :D Thanks for your comment!
childofbast38 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very pretty, I love how added the perfume bottle.
Rotrock Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I saw it...I liked it! And great history add! The Blue Eyes with the Gold Blush arround + the feminin style and the Parfum :D Good Job!...and sorry for my bad english!^^
ashkey Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
vanillastar42405 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
This is absolutely amazing.
MrsTodd Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
I LOVE Egypt!!
To be even weirder...
I studied the Cat-goddess Bast for my 3rd grade project!!

Followerofstars Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Student General Artist
*reckons the background looks like chocolate* YUMMY CHOCOLATE!!! *drools*
kazzisato Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ashkey that is friggin awesome O_+ i'm jealous of your pencil skills!
suburbian-kat Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004
wow, that looks great. I love the colour
TornMaidenTerra Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004
Neat~O All egyptiany very nice!

Terra :earth:
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Hyjekna Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004
Sorry, but I was just being honest. o_O

The way I see it is just that you spent so much time on the picture, and it looks totally awesome, but the background is just...there.
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Kahvie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2004
Very beautiful:)! I love how her eyes and facial expression came out:D!
soneko Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2004
Wow. o_o The gem... the eyes... and the plate on her chest are amazingly colored. My favorite parts. ^^; Oh, and the plate on her arm. So pretty. x_x She is most obviously godlike. Mmhmm.
LufaMouse Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2004  Student Traditional Artist
woah totally awesome! The gold on the neck thing is really well colored!!! Awesome work!
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