Great work. The contrast between the two leaders is awesome, with the colorful feathers and shining armor. The Christian native woman in the center is a very interesting, and you can tell she's spent a little more time around horses than other indians. The blond bearded soldier on the far left looks very pleased with himself and I find him a little amusing.
Just a few questions: is that the banner of the Holy Roman Empire in the background? And what is Cortes holding?
Magnificent work! I hope to see more Aztecs and Spaniards in the future
Thanks a lot! Because: 1) Charles V (Spanish: Carlos I; Dutch: Karel V; German: Karl V.; Italian: Carlo V; French: Charles Quint; 24 February 1500 – 21 September 1558) was ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1519 and, as Charles I, of the Spanish Empire from 1516 until his voluntary retirement and abdication in favor of his younger brother Ferdinand I as Holy Roman Emperor and his son Philip II as King of Spain in 1556. 2) The ceremonial baton is a short, thick stick, carried by select high-ranking military officers as a uniform article.
Maybe not everyone was doing correct, I do not know everything
"History would be something extraordinary, if only it were true."
The emperor Moctezuma and Cortez face to face but for some reason "Montezuma" is how many call to him because as Americans call it. Aztec is the nickname used by the neighbors of the Mexica Tribe , but they called themselves Mexica. The correct pronunciation of the Nahuatl in spanish are Meshico but the Criollos in the New Spain (Today Mexico) , White Rebels take the name of the tribe who opposed more to the spanish conquest to have the sympathy of the Indians and mestizos in the independence war vs Spain but again with a wrong pronunciation in Castilian (Spanish) Meshico pass to be Mexico , the fail written interpretation of nahuatl name. Mexico is today the official and correct name in Mexico but continues to be writing Mejico in Spain whit the correct use of the phonetic and writing in Castillan (spanish) Cortes and Montezuma were found in a driveway respectfully and all Spanish were received with hospitality in the city , in their domains Moctezuma was taken as prisoner and puppet by Cortez to control the people because Spanish were less than 300 men , the conquerors needed the alliance of all tribes hostile to the Aztecs to defeat this empire but his escape from the city was difficult when Moctezuma dies , while trying to escape at night occurred the "sad night" for Cortez with heavy casualties because many Spanish Conquerors fleeing loading gold , could not fight well and some were drowned in the lake but eventually the Spanish survivors and their allies besieged the city , even Cortez order the shipbuilding of 3 boats on the lake with cannons for this siege and destroyed the Aztec aqueduct , finally the authentic Aztec people were exterminated in the battle , diseases and vengeance of the other Indians but in modern Mexico defends the mythology and insists on calling Aztecs survivors to all Slave or friendly tribes of the close lands of empire.
The truth is that the Tlascalans are the real root of mestizaje with Spain , Tlascalans , "Tlaxcaltecas" was the biggest army who joined to Cortez to destroy Mexico City.
Talk of the comon cannibalism acts in Aztec Culture is also complicated with modern Mexicans because after independence the Mexican nationalism was formed taking the Aztecs as Heroic roots of the new Country and Spanish pass to be the bad guys in all Mexican History , even if modern Mexicans are more connected with them and not with the real Aztecs.
Malinche called Dona Marina by Cortez was not Aztec and his tribe was hostile to them for this reason she helped to Cortez but in Modern Mexico "Malinche" are a traitor!
From the North American Indians lands (Ex New Spain Territory) into the territories of the Mayan empire and Patagonian lands there were multiple Indian nations they made wars , they took slaves and finally they were allied with the Europeans to continue fighting each other. Aztecs , Mayans and Incas were empires for subject to other Indians. in fact hated by many cultures , the alliance with Spanish Troops , artillery and cavalry is the true History , the Mayan empire was divided and had wars between their cities before to the Spanish Conquerors the decay was cultural and ecological in this case everything was more simple for the Spanish Empire.
OK, I have no idea how in the world you can do something this cool using a digital program. I can barely get photoshop to open, let alone draw something so complex and captivating. I really like the rich colors that you've used. I forget the Aztec king's name, but I like the "what the crap?" expression on his face. And I like the expression on the blond-bearded Spaniard behind Cortes - he's totally thinking, "We are so about to pwn your butt." Very cool.
It´s a wonderful representation between Spanish kingdom and Azteca empire, which it had a big impact with Cortés´s image, above all with his physical features, that they inmediately associated to Quetzalcoatl or Kukulkan.