Legend of the Nyami Nyami

I entered a competition recently to paint an African themed image.  I did a bunch of research and after eliminating the trope ideas that came to mind I came across this story about a river god with the head of a fish and the body of a snake.  The river god Nyami Nyami was very important in African legends and stories both revered and feared.  A great flood occurred during the time they will building a dam and it was said that Nyami Nyami's wrath had incurred the tragedy.

I had a really fun time doing the image of an elder regaling the tale to others sitting around a fire.  It was a unique and fun process that I haven't done before and I think the result was pretty.  It still carries some of that traditional look but is much more refined and detailed than I am able to achieve normally with just watercolor.  Process below: