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Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt by Aliciane Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt by Aliciane
Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt

Medium : Digital Painting
Software : Krita, Gimp 2.6

She is probably one of the most famous Egyptian queens along with Cleopatra (even though the latter was in fact of Greek origin). Wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, some believe she briefly ruled during the time between her husband's death and Tutankhamun's reign. I like to believe this as well :) This representation is based upon her famous bust found by archeologists in 1912. In her time, she was believed to be the most beautiful woman in the world, so I hope I did her justice. I have a long time fascination for Antiquity, and for Ancient Egypt in particular, I've wanted to draw something related to Egyptian culture for a while. I've been inspired by the beautiful actress Lupita Nyong'o to paint this portrait.


References : Lupita Nyong'o
Also on : Tumblr, ArtStation, Facebook
Prints sold on : Society6
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latinaartemis Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE LOVE LOVE your rendition!!! She's gorgeous <3
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Aliciane Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad she pleases you :D
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KatherineDreams Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Professional Artist
I am in awe!
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Aliciane Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like her !
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falsedelic Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the info !
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falsedelic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No Problem
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silphium88 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015
Queen Nefertiti wasn't black - but that's the politically corrected bullshit they probably taught you in your school.

Link:   www.egy.com/P/royal/nefertiti-…
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waterstar70 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Or maybe the artist wanted to draw a different version?based on the comments everyone knows she wasn't black- but no one had a problem with this interpretation. Africa has a history of many kings and queens and yes Egypt is one of them.
It's one thing to have an opinion it's another to be an ass hole and ridicule people for wanting to be different and celebrate diversity. If you hate it so much join the kkk and leave those who want to embrace others alone.
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing your opinion. Please respect mine too. Have a nice day :)
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Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
how did you manage to tie in the two different art programmes on this peice? They blend so well herer :heart:
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I've used both software for pretty different tasks, that's why ^^
This was when I was learning to use Krita, so at the time, I had yet to found how to replace all the tools and brushes I was using.
So for this portrait in particular, I think I did the sketch with Gimp, then I painted most of it in Krita. After that, I went back to Gimp again to blend my strokes a little better and achieve a smooth look with the blending brush I was using. Finally, I also did the final post-processing (contrast and color correction) with Gimp :)
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Nighteba Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing : I faved it. :)
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your support !
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Nighteba Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
De rien EUH I mean you're welcome. :)
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5ilvara Featured By Owner Edited Jul 25, 2015
It's a welcome change to see that renowned Egyptian Queen drawn with Nubian features, instead of the almost Caucasian ones almost always chosen in occidental movies. Yay for ethnic diversity in ancient Egypt! ♥
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like my take on it !
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5ilvara Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
I like it because the art is great and she is beautiful, but most importantly than my personal tastes, I think it matters to modern racism. *hugs*
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dmaabsta Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
looks good
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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dmaabsta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
you're welcome
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JoshBeta1 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
W o W (>///<)
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it !
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JoshBeta1 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OK...xD
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Now that's how one should explain its opinion, thanks ! :D
I looked up what did Queen Tiye look like, she indeed resembles Lupita more than Nefertiti :) I never heard about her before, you're pretty knowledgeable on the subject !

I didn't choose Lupita for her likeliness though but rather by personal taste because I found her face extremely beautiful, kind and majestic. I'll call that "artist privilege" =p

As for making more portraits, I've spent a long time in 2013-2014 painting nothing but portraits, so I must admit I grew a bit tired of it... I will return to Ancient Egypt for sure as it is one of my favourites subjects, but it'll more likely be to paint environments and sceneries rather than portraits :)
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LeniaLDZ Featured By Owner Edited Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The thing about Nefertiti is that she was the Pharaoh's consort, therefore she wasn't even necessarily Egyptian, more likely the contrary. The Pharaoh would usually make political marriages to cement alliances with foreign kingdoms so his harem was full of foreign princesses from all over the Levant and Middle East. That is most likely the explanation for Nefertiti's olive skin and non-african features. In fact, the name she was given by the egyptians literally means "the foreign beauty has arrived", implying she came to marry the Pharaoh from a different country.

Queen Tiye on the other hand is a very interesting character because she was actually Egyptian - hence her being darker than Nefertiti - and according to the ancient sources, the Pharaoh taking her as his primary wife rather than a foreign princess was considered unusual for the time.

If you're into Ancient Egypt I recommend you listen to Bob Briar's The Teaching Company lectures on Egyptian history, they're fascinating and would make great material to listen to while you're painting beautiful pictures like this one :D
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I've never thought about it that way ! That's a very interesting theory, thanks for sharing :D
I'll try to have a look to those lectures, thanks for the recommendation ! :)
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Gill-ia Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks for the feature :D

I don't think I'm that knowledgable lol I just really like ancient Egyptian culture and art, so I read some books in my freetime :D
Not many people heard about Tiye, despite that she was Akhenaten's mother, and also an important political figure... But Nefertiti became more well-known because of that bust.

I agree Lupita is really beautiful, I hope she gets to play some magical ancient princess one day, she would be perfect for the role :D
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ARTificialphanTOM Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Queen of the Sun. Great work.
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks !
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AgentStyx Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm amazed someone had the balls to claim Nefertiti was white. She did NOT have white skin, if anything she was a lighter brown, but definitely not white. Good job portraying her as she most likely would've looked like
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's the problem with ancient history; it happened so long ago it is hard to find proof solid enough to convince everybody. There will always be people to believe otherwise, and on some topics they may be right. That said, on that subject, I agree with you :)
Thank you for your kind words !
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Desertfire Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015   General Artist
This is beautiful!! =D I LOVE it!! 
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks !
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Desertfire Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015   General Artist
Welcome and thank you for the llama! =D 
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leolana Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
like a star, 4000 years ago; beautiful
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like it !
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Stefane976 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Wonderful, the care you brought to detail and relief, I love this drawing. It goes directly into my favorites. And besides, you chose an open source software GIMP to do, I add you directly in my favorite artists. Keep it up.Love 
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your support !
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boywarrior12 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
You say you portray your work as true to reality, yet you paint Nefertiti as black which she quite obviously was NOT. We have her official portrait which is lily white thought not politically correct like you.
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I said that I try to stay rather true to reality. Please do not change the meaning of my words ^^

I am no historian. I've simply chosen to illustrate a theory that seems valid to me, for the issue of ancient Egyptian's skin color is still debated. I think that they weren't the people with the darkest skin in Africa, which is why Nubia for instance was called "The Land of the Black Pharaohs" (You'll notice that my Amanirenas has a darker skin tone than my Nefertiti). That doesn't mean that were white; there is a whole range of colors in between. Have you told me that Cleopatra was white I would have agree with you since she was of Macedonian Greek origin. However, Nefertiti lived long before Cleopatra, and I believe that at that time, there weren't enough interaction with Europe for white people to be the majority in Egypt. I would also add, on the subject of the representations we have from that era, that pigments fade with time. Therefore, it is hard to know for sure how paintings and sculpture looked like in the time of their creation.

That said, this is only my opinion. I respect yours, so please respect mine :)
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Halynes Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Awesome!
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ProjectAnimation Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Beyond enchanting! She looks as though she surely would have, and I find this to be perfect. 
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for those kind words, I'm glad you find her believable !
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ProjectAnimation Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome! It's just that people usually portray her as this curvaceous, sexy, modern-looking white woman with plastered on makeup, and never consider that she was a Nubian descendant, or that she was simply beautiful (the Most Beautiful in History). You did her such justice, and I am very very impressed. Clap 
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
When I choose to depict an historical subject, I try to stay rather true to reality, otherwise I'd be painting Fantasy :)
At least that's how I see it, I love the research part that comes with painting from history !
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ProjectAnimation Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, I understand. I love doing research for art and writing, too. Well... I don't post my realistic pieces, only silly doodles. Realistic pieces are always the best! And you are just amazing, and your study and care is very evident in this. 
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psychedeliczen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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