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Mythos: Tezcatlipoca by MurderousAutomaton Mythos: Tezcatlipoca by MurderousAutomaton
Yippee, more Mythos!  I was able to sketch a few more while running my table at Pop Culture Con last weekend, so now it's just a matter of throwing a li'l color on them. :D

Anyhoo, this bad kitty is Tezcatlipoca, Aztec god of the nocturnal sky, discord, temptation, sorcery, beauty, strife and war, among other things.  He's the embodiment of change through conflict, and in some myths, introduced mankind to human sacrifice.  Talk about conflict!  Like his counterpart, Mythos: Quetzalcoatl, he was recognized by many Central American cultures, and was worshiped as a lightning god by the Maya and Quiche peoples.  He's a fierce rival of Quetzalcoatl, but both had worked together in the creation of life, so I guess they're sorta like the John and Paul of the mythological world. ;p
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Estonius Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017
Wicked cool!
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Desert-Carnation006 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Professional General Artist
He's a Right Proper Hellboy Opponent.
From the Graphic novel.  :)

HES SO BUTIFUL!!!
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa! That's super bad ass. 

I really like the jaguaresque designs on the hands and feet. Very nice touch.
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johnnysugar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What a coincidence. I happened to be wearing Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Tezcatlipoca perfume oil today. (It's cocoa, patchouli, leather, incense, and flowers.)
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MurderousAutomaton Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Wow, what are the odds?  I feel like we're inadvertently fulfilling some sort of Aztec prophecy... :D

That sounds like a great scent, too!
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Gusindor Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Student General Artist
Impressive! I like the head-inside-a-mouth motif you're using for the Aztec gods.
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MurderousAutomaton Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Thank you!  A lot of the old Aztec art portrayed the gods as wearing headdress-like animal heads around their angular human heads, so I tried to reference that a bit.  But of course make it weirder. ;p
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Gusindor Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Student General Artist
Nice! I like weird and alien gods.
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Aetostheronin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Noe stretching into the Divine Pantheon of the Aztecs? That has so much potential Gods of harvest, rivers, sun and moon, animals etc. I hope to see more wonderful illustrations of yours in the very soon.
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MurderousAutomaton Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Thank you, sir!  It's a lot of fun to play around with these gods' aesthetics.  I try to give each culture their own sort of look and feel, and these stand out as being very unique among the others! :la:
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Aetostheronin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
You do well in that aspect, each one feels unique to their own respected culture. Yet all have the sense of power and monumentous stature that is to be expected of creatures of mythos around the world.
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ashenbach Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Oh! This is ssooooo awesome!!!  I love it!!
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MurderousAutomaton Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Thanks, Brannon!!!  I've got at least one more Aztec god in the pipeline... :la:
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ashenbach Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
That's some EXCELLENT news!  :D
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Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Cool design, but now you've got me wondering who the Ringo of the Aztec gods was.  ;P
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MurderousAutomaton Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Ha, ha!  That's a good question... probably the first guy to get sacrificed.  Or would that be Pete Best? :XD:
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armstmas14 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Is it just me or does the inner face look like Max from Sam and Max?
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MurderousAutomaton Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Ha, ha!  I guess he does! :D
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Jabalor Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017
Being mexican myself I simply adore this design! Amazing work as always. Now I am curious about Mictlantecuhtli
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MurderousAutomaton Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Awesome!  I'm glad you like it!  I love doing strange renditions of different gods, but I always want to respect the cultures they come from--even if the design is weird, I try to capture the spirit of the character.  ^_____^

Oh, yes!  Funny you should mention him, because I also sketched him out while at the con!  He turned out very strange, and he'll be showing up before too long... :la:
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superpika293 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beauty?
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MurderousAutomaton Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Ha, ha!  I know, right?  His symbol was the jaguar, so... I guess the beauty of a jaguar as it's about to kill you. :XD:
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