alphabet illustration

A is for Amidala 

This is the first drawing for my “draw a star wars character for every letter” 

I thought this would be a good way to challenge myself into drawing different kinds of people and characters 

I hope y’all like it :)

Name: Lamassu, Shedu, Alad
Area of Origin: Ancient Mesopotamian cultures

The Lamassu, or less commonly referred to as Shedu or Alad, were ancient Assyrian and Sumerian protective deities, depicted with the body of a bull or lion, eagle’s wings and a human head, usually male. They are celestial beings and were household protective spirits of the Babylonians, but were later associated as royal protectors, usually placed as sentinels at the entrances to palaces in the form of colossal sculptures. They may have influenced the look of Sphinxes and other chimeric creatures found in future civilizations. Recently, a large statue of one of these was found destroyed at a historical archeological site demolished by ISIS. 

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Since I’m now back from CTN, I can get back to my Animal Alphabets Movie/Book Monsters Edition.  These three are B for Babadook, C for the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and D for the Demogorgon from Stranger Things.  Hope you all like them!

Name: Penanggalan, Hantu Penanggal
Area of Origin: Malaysia

The Penanggalan are ghostly variations of the Vampire myth found in Southeast Asian folk mythology, and are similar to the Manananggal of Filipino folklore. The words Manananggal and Penanggal may both mean ‘detach’ or 'remove’ due to both languages having a common root in the Austronesian language family. A Penanggal is a detached female head that is capable of flight, with its entrails and organs dangling below. Though often classified as an undead creature, it can re-attach itself to its body and live as a human being. In folklore, a Penanggal may either be a beautiful old or young woman that has obtained her beauty through use of black magic or through other supernatural means. They are usually midwives that have made pacts with the devil; a stipulation in the pact is to not eat meat for 40 days. Breaking this stipulation will afflict a curse upon the midwife, turning her into a bloodsucking vampire or demon. After the detached head returns from its hunts, it will immerse its organs in a vat of vinegar in order to shrink them for easy insertion back into the body. The Penanggalan traditionally prey upon pregnant women and young children, and perch on the roofs of houses where women are in labor, screeching when the child is born. It is said that the use of the thorny leaves of the Mengkuang plant will help protect houses that are susceptible to a Penanggalan attack, as the creature’s exposed organs could get damaged by their sharp exterior. However, the demoness could still come up through a house’s floorboards if the area is unguarded. 

T is for the Tree Kangaroo! 🐨

Specifically, the golden-mantled tree kangaroo, which was discovered in 2005.  This tree kangaroo is critically endangered, due to overhunting and habitat loss. Since 2006, local communities in its native range of New Guinea have come together to protect the remaining populations from hunting. Currently there are only 500 golden-mantled tree kangaroos left in the wild.