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.
“I could see everything in space if I had an eyeball-head!” is a thing my kid said last week, because she is amazing. I tried to do this one in black and white, but… then the markers came out. Which do think is better? Or should I add EVEN MORE color? I know what my […]
How far their power doth extend it is hard to determine; what the ancients held of their effects, force and operations, I will briefly show you: Plato in Critias, and after him his followers, gave out that these spirits or devils, were men’s governors and keepers, our lords and masters, as we are of our cattle. They […]
It’s been another strange week I guess. I’m not on Facebook much anymore, because who is? But you can follow my stuff on Instagram – @devon_isadevon
We’re floating in space… I’m not on Facebook much anymore, because who is? But you can follow my stuff on Instagram – @devon_isadevon
Um yeah… don’t know what to say about this one. At least everyone is wearing their socks. I want to leave it as is, but my brain is saying that I should add more color? Facebook here, devon_isadevon on Instagram.
Wherefore of these sublunary devils, though others divide them otherwise according to their several places and offices, Psellus makes six kinds, fiery, aerial, terrestrial, watery, and subterranean devils, besides those fairies, satyrs, nymphs, &c. There, I drew all six types of sublunary devils. Are there lunary devils? I don’t know yet, but I sure […]
Subterranean devils are as common as the rest, and do as much harm. Olaus Magnus, lib. 6, cap. 19, makes six kinds of them; some bigger, some less. These (saith Munster) are commonly seen about mines of metals, and are some of them noxious; some again do no harm. This post is part of a […]
So as mentioned before, Burton seems to say that there are six types of devils-spirits: fiery, aerial, terrestrial, watery, subterranean, and fairies/nymphs/satyrs/etc, but then terrestrial and fairies/etc. seem to collapse into the same category. Which is to say, I am really not sure what “terrestrial” devils are, according to Burton, but I drew one anyhow. […]
I set out to draw Neptune’s moons, but I messed it up, so here is a drawing of… just a lot of moons.
Another not at all unsettling wallpaper design. Eyeballs. Yes, I know it looks like boobs too.
So starting around here, it starts to get kind of difficult to differentiate between the six kinds of spirit-demons. I think that the fifth kind is basically fairies? Or more like hobgoblins, trolls, satyrs, and all other mythical – at least vaguely human-like – creatures that usually but not always live in the woods, especially […]
But there it is. Best not to ask too many questions about this one. Facebook here, devon_isadevon on Instagram.
Are you heretofore conversant about waters and rivers? Are you also woman-shaped? You might just be a water-devil: Water-devils are those Naiads or water nymphs which have been heretofore conversant about waters and rivers. The water (as Paracelsus thinks) is their chaos, wherein they live; some call them fairies, and say that Habundia is their […]
Leave it at the beach, kids! Facebook here. Instagram devon_isadevon.
Aerial spirits or devils, are such as keep quarter most part in the air, cause many tempests, thunder, and lightnings, tear oaks, fire steeples, houses, strike men and beasts, make it rain stones, as in Livy’s time, wool, frogs, etc. Counterfeit armies in the air, strange noises, swords, &c., as at Vienna before the coming of […]
Fiery spirits or devils are such as commonly work by blazing stars, fire-drakes, or ignes fatui; which lead men often in flumina aut praecipitia, saith Bodine, lib. 2. Theat. Naturae, fol. 221(…) likewise they counterfeit suns and moons, stars oftentimes, and sit on ship masts: In navigiorum summitatibus visuntur; and are called dioscuri, as Eusebius l. contra Philosophos, c. xlviii. informeth us, […]
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.