aztec is a made up word


My current work-in-progress for my art history class. We are learning about ancient mesoamerica- the olmecs, the Mayans, the Aztecs, and so on. I was really inspired by the Mayan system of writing. I did a lot of research on how it worked, how they put the symbols together, how they made their words, and how they read and wrote. They had folded books on parchment made from bark (for my project thick watercolor paper stained with coffee was sufficient). I referenced the Dresden Codex for how they structured their folded books. Not many survive today and that one is rare and the most famous. I also referenced some wall frescos and sculpted stele to come up with how to draw and decorate my characters like the mayans would have. My last step here is to add color.