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My other Egyptan Gods
Detail of his head

Anubis giving to the Ammit a heart to devour.

The dead one, in order to reach the after-life, has to have his heart weighted.
After having sworn he did any bad things during his life, Anubis takes his heart and weights it with the Maat feather (Maat is the embodiement of the social order).
If the heart is as heavy as the feather, it means the dead can go to Osiris' lands, among the other "Ahu": the "Glorious Deads".
But if the heart is heavier, meaning the dead was a bad person, he's eaten by the Ammit (crocodile head, lion front legs, hippopotamus back legs). He can't reach the second life. He is anihilated, and so returns the chaos (the non-being) (In my drawing, the back ground represents the chaos; no light can reach it; the damned ones, ennemies of Pharaoh and the gods are represented up-side down, asexual, in great sufferings)

About the drawing it-self:
:bulletred: The background represents the non-being.
:bulletred: Anubis has a canine head, its black colour representing "revival". And he's not a furry, please :please: . He's a human with an animal head.
:bulletred: His bracelets represent: Nephthys his mother, Osiris his father, the Wdja Eye (representing the recovered fullness).
:bulletred:The panther head was an ornament of the "sem" priests, who were revitalizing the mummy.

And why is everybody thinking he's a bad deity?? Stop playing video games. Open books. :(
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wachwurd Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
xtcgm Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Good commentary.
sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Thanks!! (:
xtcgm Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Thanks for lodging him with "The-Gods-Themselves." I am sure he will be most welcome.
DragonPud Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
weren't most, if not all, the Egyptian gods humans with animal heads? Very nicely done!
sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Yes, but the Egyptians did't actually think they had bugs head or falcon head. It's a way to show the unkown forces.
DragonPud Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh? that i didn't know! Thanks :} Mythology is so fascinating
lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SNAPADILE Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Becky123190 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
love anubis
hyuuga-tashigi-chan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just freakin' love you! Thanks for this! I hate when people compare Anubis to Satan...he's my favorite god ever \o/ Your drawing is awesome!
chotabear Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Great representation of Anubis throwing the heart to Ammut. Very effective atmosphere. Awesome !!!
mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! Fantastic. I love myths and legends. Ppl say Anubis is either a jackal or a dog.... He seems more doglike here the way you depicted him. Btw even though hes snarling, the head tilt kinda makes him look cute. Lol.
Amberwood Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
I lurve teh puppah! Of course he isn't a puppy, but a powerful friend to call to your aid when need be. Wonderful painting of Anubis!
Magydisney Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like so much Anubis, he's like the forensic of the Past ^^
KwehCat Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow, that is amazing! Anubus has always been one of my favorites of the Egyptian gods, I even based one of my old school clay projects on the Anubus box found in King Tut's tomb.
And the Ammit.. that is great!
sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Tut's Anubis is splendid!! :love:
SpiritHolly Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Anpu! *clins to* ^^
Bryseyas Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artist

what materials did you use to DRAW and paint this work???

some of your works do not seem TRADITIONAL ART drawings,
sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
I use pencils.
And for that one [link] I made highlights with photoshop.

What make you believe my drawings are not traditional?
Isa009 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010   Writer
Beastwithaddittude Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Anubis is my favorite egyptian mythical God!!!! :iconmonkeyloveplz: And you drew him so well with such amazing detail!!! Wonderful job!
Seth19931 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
wwoooaah...aaww...sooo cool drawing
avadowysznurekxD Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
I agree with the last sentence. He looks a little scary on your picture- he has no mercy for bad people. Yeah.
Winged-Isis Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist
*** J'aime Anubis... superbes images! J'aime l'Egypte aussi! *** Lumiere dorée sur ton Etre *** Amon-Ra ***
Pissedoffofwrongnick Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
gorgeus work

I always had feeling toward Anubis
Cloudstreaker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I too have trouble with shiny objects on my pencil work. I found that putting dark brown in the middle of a gold shine seems to work, though I still haven't perfected it. [link] The guy in the sky's horns turned out REAL well. I don't know if this'll help but I figured since you use colored pencils and so do I, maybe it'll help.

About this picture - wow. Words cannot express how awesome this is. I thought Ammit at first was photo shopped! This is sooo cool, I've always like Anubis best :D Hey people think the grim reapers are evil too and what exactly do they do beside reap souls that have died?

BTW, I think what might help with the heart is making the cava and aorta (big tubes on top of the heart) bigger, they look squashed. Also, the highlights on his hand make it look like the soul is behind his hand, maybe highlighting the entire inside of his hand would not only bring out the heart but make it look like the soul is in front of his hand.

FANTASTIC JOB THOUGH! Way more detail than I would do (too lazy lol) Must have taken a very long time :)
PHarold Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful pencil work too!
PHarold Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always liked Anubis,ever since I read Huni,a children's book by Fiona Finch way back when I was 10.
I like how you captured the bad person's soul coming out of the heart as Anubis drops it into the Ammit's mouth.
NicholBarnes Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
People tend to think of death as an evil and bad thing, and thus Anubis must be evil... I dont know their logic.. If Anubis is evil so is every other 'judge' we go to.

This is very beautifully done, I love the greenish soul and the continuing souls behind him. Very nicely done.
Winged-Isis Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist
*** Beautiful Anubis! Great expression! ***
SoleiBee Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great pic and bon appétit to Ammit. If the poor soul was a evil bastard, serves it right. But I wouldn't wanna be in its shoes...:fear:
BTW I never understood why Anup is portrayed as evil god either. Seriously, God of Darkness, God of Misery, God of Evil, The Demon God.... Poor guy, those movie makers and game developers need to get original. Maybe it's because he was associated with death (although it was more the rebirth way). Figures. Nowadays, everything about death scares people.
sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
yeah, it's so sad. :no: and now when you take a look at the Anubises on the net, you see only that: that bad god who's, besides, furry-like! :steaming:
Doggy-Yasha Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Oh my goodness!

I saw this from a tiny little picture and i thought it would look cool, so i clicked it and it wasn't cool anymore....

IT WAS AWESOME! i cannot tell you just how much I am in awe of your talent and

The detail the symbolism ... you are truly amazing!

Oh and the tilting of his head! its so like, I least the dogs I have seen so that XD
sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
thank you so much!! :hug:

i did on purpose the tilting of his head. i also love when dogs do that, when they have their focus on something; well, here, we could say he's focusing on us, with his kind of grin... ^^
Doggy-Yasha Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
^^ you are most welcome :D

It really is awesome.
ninja-fish1 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
this is amazing, a very awesome piece! anubis is my fave eygption god :) very awesome!!!!! XD :D :)
sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
thank you :aww:
FlyingCianid Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
very nice!
TTBranwen Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Most of my memories of Anubis are from Neil Gaiman's book "American Gods" which does a superb job of keeping his godly splendor and the knowledge that he is not always kind, but also makes him seem like the kind of guy it would be great to sit with on a porch, drinking wine, and discussing books. (Gaiman's kind of an odd duck.)

I do love the head-tilt--very canine. :)

Though I think the reason the heart looks a little wrong to you is that you've caught him just as he's letting the heart go to be devoured, so it's caught in an awkward visual moment where the viewer isn't necessarily sure if it is a three-dimensional object, or if it's flat. If it were sitting cupped in his palm or if he was clutching it then they way his hand is shaped would act as a reference to tell the viewer, "Yes, what I'm holding is round." But since he's letting it fall from an open hand, tipping it off his palm, we don't have that reference so the heart looks a bit flat instead of obviously being rounded. At least, I think that may be the problem. Since I'm not a visual artist myself, I can only make an educated guess.

I am rather enjoying your whole Egypt section. I think I'll just fav them all. :+fav:
Svenimal Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010   Photographer
*opens a book*
Like the pic!
N-o-X-i-S18 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Realy really cool!!!!!:D
Agaterio Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Very interesting
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful scene, so powerfully imagined!
Ealaain Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Student General Artist
ahhhh the poor soul, he failed the Weighing of the Heart. I bet Ammut is a very happy demon right now. anyhoo, Anubis looks pretty cool here and Ammut looks pretty scary, as she should be. :D
sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Ealaain Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Student General Artist
hehe :D
Legendary-Airliners Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this is amazying, you did an awesome job with Anubis!
sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
thank you!! (i like your icon ;) )
Legendary-Airliners Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome, keep up the awesome work!
Thank you for the compliment on my icon :3
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