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 […]
[I wrote (and drew) this on October 1, 2017 – the day that 58 people were gunned down by a mass shooter at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas. 851 people were injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting in US history, and it was a few days before my son’s […]
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 […]
In this section Burton discourses on common sense, phantasy (or imagination), and memory. On imagination he writes: In melancholy men this faculty is most powerful and strong, and often hurts, producing many monstrous and prodigious things, especially if it be stirred up by some terrible object, presented to it from common sense or memory. In […]
I don’t really have time to watch TV anymore. Follow me on Instagram! I’m @devon_isadevon on there, until someone suggests a better name?
I would love to write more about how much I love Mary Shelley, but there is no time for words this week. Instead here is a thing that I wrote about Romanticism a while back. Happy Mary Shelley’s birthday!
“What are you drawing, honey?” “Oh just a bottle of souls in space, something cute our kid said.” Or in my kid’s precious little words: “Have you ever heard of a space bottle? It has air in it. From all the people who have dried out in space.” Yeah, she is going to turn out […]
The Parallel Universe Theory (AKA the Many Worlds Theory/the Multiverse), Quantum Mechanics: Wow, there is so much fun and difficult stuff to read on this one, sadly I did not have time to read much of it this week. I will return to this post and spruce it up at some point. But here is […]
Hey look, I’m back! Welcome back, me. In this section, Burton describes the body’s five senses: vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. It really is not very interesting. Burton mentions “Scaliger’s sixth sense of titillation,” which would be interesting, but unfortunately he seems icked out by it and doesn’t have any fun quotes for us. […]
I wrote and illustrated this story for a little Instagram contest. And now, I really am taking a brief hiatus. See you soon! ps: As always, please for the love of everything good, follow me on Instagram!
See? This is me reading. I am really doing it. But I am also so terribly sleepy, and that makes me bad at art. I have both kids home for the summer, and it has been tiring. But not tiresome, that’s for sure. So, I am going to take a few weeks off. After that […]
Have you ever been the cactus in this situation? It is super annoying. But either side is pretty sucky. Petrarch was a fourteenth century Italian poet who established this thing called the Petrarchan lover. The Petrarchan lover chastely pines away for an unobtainable, perfect woman and writes a lot of poetry about her in the […]
Burton’s translation: A term of life is set to every man, Which is but short, and pass it no one can. So I drew a little memento mori for you to brighten your day 😀 No better way to draw in readership than reminding everyone of the brevity of life, eh? I am into memento […]