In the beginning, Bumba was all alone in the water. He got sick and vomited up the sun, moon, stars, and land. He vomited up nine animals: a leopard, an eagle, a crocodile, a fish, a tortoise, lightning, a white heron, a scarab and a goat. The last thing that he vomited was mankind. The animals and Bumba’s three sons then created plants and the rest of the animals.
Sketches for the creation myth series I’m working on. This is a legend of creation from the Bushongo people of the Congo. Their creator is a god named Bumbawho created the world by vomiting out the sun, moon, stars, lightening, nine animals and one man.
Clouds aren’t my strong suit. I’m not a painter and clouds are so soft that drawing them is difficult if you’re attempting a semi-realistic look. I decided to stylize them which works really well for this project because the clouds are actually a figure, the father, being shoved upward.
I found some good reference for the angry cloud burst. The military usually offers up a disturbing image when you want to make something look supernatural.