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.
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 […]
“Squid Socks” Squid in socks. Socks on squid. Who put socks on squid? Did you know that it is Cephalopod Awareness Week? Well it is. Please follow me on Instagram! Facebook?
In this subsection I learned that there are fourteen “species” of understanding, so I drew fourteen things: Now these notions are twofold, actions or habits: actions, by which we take notions of, and perceive things; habits, which are durable lights and notions, which we may use when we will. Some reckon up eight kinds of […]
This is a drawing of a Catwings vampire. I made it to try to win some stickers on Instagram, because I am a real grownup. What are Catwings, you ask? I guess you were never an eight-year-old girl in the early nineties. Catwings is a pretty phenomenal series of illustrated starter chapter books by the […]
Today I am thinking about other planets, because I am not so sure I want to live on this one anymore. This is a drawing of the night sky as seen from Mars. Mars has two moons – Phobos and Deimos – named for the Greek gods of fear and terror, respectively. And Mars, […]
What, is this not how you pictured your immortal soul? A pink glob with two more pink globs inside of it, that it may or may not have eaten? Well, today’s reading was about souls, and I didn’t really have much time to think about what souls might look like before I drew this masterpiece. […]
Once again, I am trying to “win” an Instagram “contest.” Or in Instagram-speak, I am trying to get another account to feature something from my account and tag me so that I get two or three more followers, which would be nice because every time I post an Anatomy of Melancholy illustration over there I […]
Nothing too deep here, but I guess it is neat that humans can move around. Better than being a fungus or something. This moving faculty is the other power of the sensitive soul, which causeth all those inward and outward animal motions in the body. It is divided into two faculties, the power of appetite, […]
This is a drawing of the sleep zombie. The sleep zombie will eat your sleep and your face, and she is also very tired. In other words, this is how I draw on extreme sleep deprivation: not very well and mostly zombies. So… hopefully I will do better next week. At least I drew… something…? […]
So the three inward senses are memory, phantasy, and common sense. I already drew phantasy and memory, and I guess this is a drawing of the common sense shark. This common sense is judge or moderator of the rest, by whom we discern all differences of objects. Are you scared of sharks? I would be […]
Seriously, I am never going to finish this project if The Anatomy of Melancholy keeps making me have so many ideas. Given that I have exactly eight and a half hours of free time per week to work on this, I would say we are looking at approximately ten years until completion if I keep […]
Suggestions? It’s been keeping me up nights. Not my best work, but this week has been a little bit of an asshat. Instagram, anyone? Facebook?
No time for words or thoughts this week – and only about 20 minutes to draw – so here is a picture of Rosie, the feral cat who lives in our backyard. For some reason she is on the moon. It’s been a rough few weeks. Do me a solid and follow me on […]