The Beginning of a New Year

     Ink pen and colored pencil on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.),
     spiral rings removed after the scan, and neatened up a bit digitally:

   

My nice, thick 2013 sketchbook is flowing over into 2014! So I've created an initial drawing for the new year.

I've taken the example of personified ankh holding the feather of Ma'at, (who represents truth, justice and balance) from the one at the Ramesseum, photo by Hans Kontkanen, and flipped it to get a symmetrical view. (And, yes, I suppose I could of written the year number using hieroglyphs, but the year number is not one the ancient Egyptians would have recognized. Perhaps 'year six of the reign of Obama', except that he's not that sort of ruler, and....) So viola, the 'Roman' numerals!

I liked the colors of my first adaptation of this, which I colored digitally, and which later went into the creation of a mandala.


Ma'at Mandala