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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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:iconstefane976:
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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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner 3 days ago  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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:iconaliciane:
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  New member
Awesome!
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:iconprojectanimation:
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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:iconaliciane:
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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:iconaliciane:
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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:iconpsychedeliczen:
psychedeliczen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:icondc-girl:
DC-Girl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
absolutely amazing!!!!!
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconbloodyash24:
bloodyash24 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Exceptional.
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your kind comment !
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:icona1calypso:
a1calypso Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.. so beautiful!
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks !
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:iconramwoc87:
RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is super beautiful ;~;
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your kind words :)
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:iconramwoc87:
RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome XP
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:iconfeyborg:
Feyborg Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
she´s so gorgeous!
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconelfvenartist:
Elfvenartist Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconelfvenartist:
Elfvenartist Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome
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Sherit-Ra Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this is breathtaking!!! :heart:
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it ! :)
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Rachopin77 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Wonderful work on this! The texture of this lips is great
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconundevicesimus:
Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   Artist
Great work! :clap:
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ! :)
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:iconlenayga:
lenayga Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Her lips are gorgeous!
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much ! :)
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:iconmissterkelsen:
missterkelsen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful :-)
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much !
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:iconpsycadela:
Psycadela Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beautiful portrait. I really love the skin and the eyes, very beautiful. The lips are slightly crooked, but no one is perfect, right? :P :)
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't know what "crooked" meant, so I had to look for it :XD: yeah, I've learned a new word today ! :la:
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:iconpsycadela:
Psycadela Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha well, that's a good thing then :D
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:iconhdearman6:
hdearman6 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing :D
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you !
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:iconhdearman6:
hdearman6 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome :)
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:iconinvisiblejune:
InvisibleJune Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very good!
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I do my best ! :)
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InvisibleJune Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And you do it very well! Clap 
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NeferNeferu-Aten Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I faved this one a while ago, but I could not think of anything sensible to comment, back then. In fact, I still can't. But, I keep on coming back here to view this, because I just can't get enough of it! I guess maybe that could suffice for a comment. :D
Besides, I love the way you did her skin. I wish I had a skintone like that!!
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely, your comment is very pleasant to read, I'm flattered my portrait made such an impression :D Illustration isn't like videos or comic books, there's nothing to follow, it doesn't "last"; usually people forget about the paintings they've seen as soon as they leave the page, so I'm really glad I managed to make something at least a little memorable :)
So thanks again ! :hug:
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NeferNeferu-Aten Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, I most certainly won't soon forget about this one! I think it's one of the most beautiful Nefertiti-portraits I've found so far. :D I particularly love her kind eyes. She doesn't look haughty or bitchy ... unlike too many other portraits I've seen.
You're welcome, and thank you for making this! :hug:
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's probably helped by the fact that my reference (Lupita Nyong'o) has those kind eyes :D
But yeah I see what you mean, it's true that many portraits represent her with a vain/proud look... Thanks again !
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NeferNeferu-Aten Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, I see! I've looked up some pictures of her, and she looks very lovely and gentle indeed. Good choice for a reference. As you already know, I love the result! :clap:
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