Since the worldwide pandemic forced everyone into lockdown, I’ve decided to pick up one of my favorite hobbies; drawing. I’ve made a few illustrations that I would like to share with you today.
The return is my first digital painting. It depicts Hayk (the founding father of the Armenian nation), overlooking the return of his people to the Armenian Highlands near mount Ararat.
According to ancient Armenian folklore, also recorded by the 5th century historian Moses of Chorene, Hayk’s forefathers had migrated south (from Armenian Highlands) to the lands of Babylon. There, Hayk grew up and became an influential person but the land of Babylon was ruled by a wicked tyrant Bel. Bel tried to impose his tyranny upon Hayk’s people but Hayk refused to submit and moved back to the land of his ancestors and build a village at the foot of mount Ararat. But Bel did not take lightly with Hayk leaving, so he headed an army to retrieve Hayk. Hayk’s men learned of Bels advancing positions and at Dyutsaznamart (Armenian for: “Battle of Giants”), Hayk slew Bel with a nearly impossible shot using a long bow, sending the king’s forces into disarray on August 11, 2492 BC. There Hayk established his nation and build the first kingdom of Armenia. Hayk was described by Khorenatsi as follows:
Hayk was a handsome, friendly man, with wavy hair, sparkling eyes, and strong arms. He was a man of giant stature, a mighty archer and fearless warrior.
Interestingly enough, this story has gained some credence after a recent genetics study suggested the foundation of the Armenian nation to have occurred between 3000 to 2000 B.C. It was even reported in the New York Times.
I’m not a professional artist by I hope you guys like the outcome. And if you really really like it and want an awesome poster you can order it from this great company called Displate that prints posters on sheets of metal. I didn’t want this to be an ordinary paper poster that didn’t last, so I’ve send my artwork to Displate and they have recently published it. You can chose from several sizes and finishes. To order “The Return” go to THIS LINK or click one of the following images bellow.
3 Cosmic Warriors
In addition the “The Return” I’ve also created 3 Cosmic Warriors. You might recognize one of my cosmic warriors of the Ararat era from my PeopleOfAr Shop. But I’ve added 2 more to represent the 3 colors of the Armenian flag (Red, Blue and Orange). All the warriors represent different era’s in Armenian history. The blue warrior represent the Iron age Armenian kingdom of Ararat, the red warrior represent the Hellenic age that influenced the Armenian kingdom of the Artaxiad era, and the yellow representing the medieval Armenia.
I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed making these posters. I will be making new posters in the near future. So if you’d like you can check out my Displate account sometimes by clicking THIS LINK. But of course I’ll also keep you guys updated. And as my final wish in these difficult times I want to wish you all a productive and inspiring time in quarantine. Stay safe and know who you are! – PeopleOfAr