When a giant angry turnip was elected president of the United States last year, I started to feel a little down. Naturally my response was to buy an unabridged copy of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. My get-out-of-bed-without-crying-plan is to read a little piece of this gargantuan lump of knowledge daily, and I will illustrate it as I go.
Yup, I am still hung up on the devils section: And yet for all this Thomas, Albertus, and most, hold that there be far more angels than devils. I was at a party recently where everyone knew each other very well, and I knew only two people and not very well. Also I was grumpy. It […]
The Holographic Principle AKA Holographic Universe Theory, Astrophysics: A holographic universe, an idea first suggested in the 1990s, is one where all the information, which makes up our 3D ‘reality’ (plus time) is contained in a 2D surface on its boundaries. (https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2017/01/holographic-universe.page) I don’t think I understand this one very well at all, and […]
This is what air looks like according to Paracelsus, a 16th century Swiss physician, astrologer, and alchemist. From the Anatomy of Melancholy: The air is not so full of flies in summer, as it is at all times of invisible devils. Yes, I am still stuck in Pt. I, Sec. 2, Mem. I, Subsect. 2: […]
Oh what’s that, a unisex nursery wallpaper pattern?
Let’s look a little closer…
And here we have Dido’s ghost haunting Aeneas.
‘Omnibus umbra locis adero : dabis, improbe, poena.”
I dunno… I’m very sleepy again, and when I am very sleepy, I draw zombies. Why does a zombie have a box of seahorses? Why is he wearing socks? Shhhhhhhhh quiet now! Sleeping. Follow me on Instagram! devon_isadevon! Facebook too!
What’s your favorite month? Well, mine definitely is not February.
Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken, may rejoice.
I really like a show called It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Happy birthday! Follow me on Instagram! devon_isadevon! Facebook too!
Well, it seems like I am going to compulsively illustrate every sentence of this section on demons. It is pretty great. Concerning the first beginning of them, the  Talmudists say that Adam had a wife called Lilis, before he married Eve, and of her he begat nothing but devils. If you don’t know the […]
Have you ever wondered how ghosts are shaped? Like, really thought about it. What shape are ghosts? Squares? Circles? Rhombi? Well apparently four hundred years ago Jean Bodin thought about that question a lot: Bodine goes farther yet, and will have these animae separatae [abstract souls], genii, spirits, angels, devils, and so likewise souls of […]
So… I was going to wait a bit to get back into this whole drawing, Anatomy of Melancholy, thinking, writing thing – wait until life settled down – but I dunno, I missed it. So here is today’s quote: [Facius Cardan] asked them many questions, and they made ready answer, that they were aerial devils, that […]
Just a quick doodle thanks to my bigger kid who said: “I know THREE WORDS that begging with R! Red! Rat! Rabbit! So naturally, I had to draw a red ratrabbit for her.
This right here is the reason I do not make, or send, Christmas cards. But for Christmas 2018, I think I will try selling these in that Etsy store that I STILL haven’t managed to set up. Just to see what happens. Merry Not Christmas Anymore to all, and to all a good night. Follow […]
Happy New Year! Once again life has to take priority over art, so sadly I won’t be posting for a while. Hopefully I can get back To It in a couple of weeks 🙂 Here is a little mash-up of my most popular pictures from 2017, and see you again soon I hope!
As requested by my daughter: Rosie goes swimming in the water. Rosie is the feral cat who lives in our backyard. I love that damned cat so much, but she is never going to let me pet her because she doesn’t know what petting is. Poor Rosie. She does like to sit approximately five or […]
Oh this section is really good. I might have to draw an awful lot of pictures for it. That He can by His angels, which are his ministers, strike and heal (saith Dionysius) whom He will. This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. More […]
If you have been following my site, it probably will not surprise you to hear that On Being Blue is a book that I like. The author, William H. Gass, died last week. So I drew a little tribute. Furthermore, the sense of passion or of power, of depth and vibrancy, feeling and vision, we […]
I think it is high time for a picture of a poem. So, a drawing of “All for a Day” by Robert Sward. Hey, look, I illustrated something that isn’t at least 200 years old, preferably 400. Since this is a contemporary poem by a living poet, I’m not going to copy and paste it […]
Do you suspect that you suffer from melancholy? Have you recently offended God? Well, it is just possible that He cursed you. In which case, I guess you need to cancel that appointment with your therapist and pray or something instead. You know who else God cursed with sadness? Nebuchadnezzar: That God Himself is a […]
I would totally run into this guy’s mouth if he had Copic markers on sale. Please follow me on Instagram, devon_isadevon! Facebook?
I drew some ghost things for my kids. They like ghosts. I am pretty sure that my younger one believes in ghosts, because when it is dark he points outside and says, “DARK. BOO.” Please follow me on Instagram! Facebook?
When the matter is diverse and confused, how should it otherwise be but that the species should be diverse and confused? This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. More info here and follow along on Facebook here. Illustrations posted via devon_isadevon on Instagram.
What is melancholy made of made of? What is melancholy made of? Snips and snails and puppy dogs’ tails. That’s what melancholy is made of: If the humour be cold, it is, saith Faventinus, “a cause of dotage, and produceth milder symptoms: if hot, they are rash, raving mad, or inclining to it.” If the […]
Would you buy this wallpaper? Probably not! But I had fun drawing it. I spaced out while I was drawing it and messed up the edges sadly, so it wouldn’t repeat correctly. I guess I’ll just keep on drawing these things obsessively until I get it right. Did I mention that I now work in […]
Inspired by a prompt from @buyusyour.tv over on Instagram: “Give Octavio a fire extinguisher and show us what happened.” If you are on Instagram, I highly recommend following @buyusyour.tv. I’m on the fence about whether Instagram makes me feel better or worse about life, the world, human nature, myself, etc., but @buyusyour.tv is good. Please follow […]
Were you born under Saturn? Do you live in a climate that is too cold? Too hot? Too moist? Are you too moist generally? Is your head unusually small? These are just a few of the many sources of a saturnine temperament. Here Burton also addresses the hotly debated topic of whether melancholy affects […]
This is my drawing of my daughter’s drawing: “This is a house person. These people live in the house person. This is an alien” I left the alien out of mine, and that was probably a mistake. Her ideas are so much better than mine. It is absolutely crushing. Here is the original:
Hey look! I made it to Member III! I didn’t even know that I was in Member II before! What are Members?! And why didn’t I notice them before?! I am pretty sure that we have four levels of sections and subsections going on here: Parts, Sections, Members, and Subsections. Wow. So anyhow, at last: […]
Those natural and vegetal powers are not commanded by will at all; for “who can add one cubit to his stature?” These other may, but are not: and thence come all those headstrong passions, violent perturbations of the mind; and many times vicious habits, customs, feral diseases; because we give so much way to our […]