Saturday, October 18, 2014
"King Balam (also Balaam, Balan) is a great and powerful king of Hell who commands over forty legions of demons. He gives perfect answers on things past, present, and to come, and can also make men invisible and witty.
Balam is depicted as being three-headed. One head is the head of a bull, the second of a man, and the third of a ram. He has flaming eyes and the tail of a serpent. He carries a hawk on his fist and rides a strong bear. At other times, he is represented as a naked man riding a bear. His name seems to have been taken from Balaam, the Biblical magician. " - Wikipedia
Apologies for the late posting, I've been so booked with work this week.
Friday, October 17, 2014
"I saw old Autumn in the misty morn
Stand shadowless like silence, listening
To silence, for no lonely bird would sing
Into his hollow ear from woods forlorn"
This was a bit of an experiment for me. I've been working in gouache lately and usually focus on figures with no backgrounds. I decided I'd try out more of a complete scene this time around.
Pencil, gouache & digital.
charcoal 18 x 24
When he raises himself up, the mighty fear;
Because of the crashing they are bewildered.
The sword that reaches him cannot avail,
Nor the spear, the dart or the javelin.
Nothing on earth is like him,
One made without fear.
He looks on everything that is high;
He is king over all the sons of pride.
-– Job 41:15-32
A great monster of the sea is an image that recurs in many stories. In the myth of Job, God describes Leviathan in detail to Job to remind him of his smallness. It is mentioned several times in Judeo Christian stories but probably originated in the Mesopotamian myth of Tiamat- the great chaos goddess. The running theme is the embodiment of nature and our helplessness against forces we will never control.
From the Ars Goetia:
Forneus is a Great Marquis of Hell, and has twenty-nine legions of demons under his rule. He teaches Rhetoric and languages, gives men a good name, and makes them be loved by their friends and foes.
He is depicted as a great sea monster. He causes men to have a good name and to have the knowledge and understanding of tongues. He makes one beloved by his foes as well as of his friends. He is partly of the Order of Thrones, and partly of that of Angels. His name seems to come from Latin "fornus" or "fornus" (oven). He can take many different forms but mainly prefers his human form.
Duke Agares, ruling the eastern side of hell, is described as an old pale man riding on a crocodile. The picture on wikipedia mde him look so dignified, I had to knock it down a bit. Supposedly, he also takes pleasure in "teaching immoral expressions." Rather than some royal dude in armor, I can much more easily picture this dude teaching me swears.
"Hey kid!" <looks around> "Fuck."
14" x 14"
Charcoal and digital.
Here's a sketch I've worked up for a painting I'm creating for a group show in November. I thought the subject matter fits perfectly for the demons challenge here at Month of Fear.
"The Baykok is a demon from the mythology of the Ojibway nation, which is said to fly through the forests of the Great Lakes region. The cries of Baykok are described as being shrill. Described as "Death" in The Song of Hiawatha, it is said to appear as an extremely emaciated skeleton-like figure, with thin translucent skin and glowing red points for eyes. The Baykok only preys upon warriors, but does so ruthlessly, using invisible arrows or beating its prey to death with a club. The Baykok, after paralyzing or killing its prey, then devours the liver of its victim."
On Sunday, I went to see Journey Into The West: Concurring the Demons. Which is a great movie. Very funny. The basic plot, a young Buddhist Demon Hunter tries to convert demons, rather than slay them like other demon hunters.
The demons he faces in the story, are all people who have had horrible deaths/life experiences. The River Demon was set upon by villagers who mistook his actions to save a girl as trying to kidnap her. They beat him to death and hacked his body apart and threw it in the river.
The Pig Demon, his wife betrayed him and he vowed to take revenge on all women who looked only at the physical aspects of men, and all beautiful men.
I have always like the idea that monsters come from us, and not some outside world/plain of existence. The background story of Freddy Kruger, or Jason are great modern examples of this kind of monster.
The idea that we create our own monsters or demons out of our actions towards each other is what true horror stories are made of, for me.
The demon within is often ourselves.
The Fifty-third Spirit is Camio, or Caim. He is a Great President, and appeareth in the Form of the Bird called a Thrush at first, but afterwards he putteth on the Shape of a Man carrying in his Hand a Sharp Sword.
Probably the most badass looking president ever.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
|When the candle goes out, I fear to think what will be left to power the machine.|
A self portrait with a passenger - acrylic ink over pencil & white charcoal. I think it needs oil paint, but for the time being is finished out with some slapdash digital color because the true prince of demons is the Deadline God.
6 x 6 inches
watercolour, acrylic, and metallic ink on paper
Demons and demonology have had a substantial role in my past work, so I wanted to do something more playful for this week's prompt. This little painting is of the Marquis Andras, one of the demons described in the Ars Goetia as a winged angel with an owl's head and a black wolf for a steed.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
10.5x15 Graphite and Charcoal on board
Naberius appears as a three-headed dog or a raven. He has a raucous voice but presents himself as eloquent and amiable. He teaches the art of gracious living. He is depicted as a crow or a black crane.
8x10 Graphite on Paper
I'll admit I'm cheating here a bit. I started this piece for the first MoF challenge "Things That Go Bump", but I got waylaid with some contract work and didn't get her finished on time. She seems to fit here better anyway.
This is a vision from a recurring nightmare I've had a few times. A partially skeletal, horned demon emerging from a lake of spiders.. I have no idea what it means or why she visits me, but it scares the shit out me every time!
Hope you like her!
The Lesser Key of Solomon: "The 62d spirit is called Valac, he is a mighty great president & appeareth like a Boy wth angels wings, ridding on a 2 headed Dragon; his office is to give True answares of hidden Treasures, and to tell where serpents may be seene, wch he will bring & dilever [deliver, discover] to ye Exorcist without any force or strengeth, he governeth 30 Legions of spirits..."
Moths don't scare me, they upset me.
Moths seem to have only two states, flailing panic or utter apathy. They fly without purpose or direction, often throwing themselves into mortal danger. Otherwise they just sit there, waiting to be crushed, making no movement toward self preservation. Life matters not to the moth, to me moths inspire the very worst existential anxiety.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
|Demon of Ill Omen | Aaron Miller | 2014 | acrylic on board | 5"x7"|
Black cats have been the blame for all sorts of luck, good and bad. So I thought there could be a demon of ill omen in the guise of a black cat. At least if we see this one we know our luck has taken a turn for the worse.
We have two black cats at home. Thankfully they are of the good luck variety. The head on the left is for Alley and the head on the right is for Sasha.
Yllescu is a Great Prince of Hell, with 64 legions of Demons in its service.
It is the Face of Withholding, the Comforting Lie of The Other, and The Ache for Fame.
It has the aspect of a snow leopard and its wings are those of a griffin.
It may also appear as a gilt-crowned raven, a blood red leviathan, or human with golden eyes.
Monday, October 13, 2014
“It is better to re enter hell and become an angel, than to remain in heaven and become a demon.”
Vual is a mighty Great Duke of Hell, commanding thirty-seven legions of demons. He gives the love of women, causes friendship between friends and foes, and tells things past, present and to come. He first appears as a camel, then changes to a man and speaks egyptian.
Some demons are worse than others and often the line between angel and demon seems blurred. Illustrate a demon from mythology (the Ars Goetia is a wonderful, weird list to start with) or create your own.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Week 2 is done and the internet is full of fears. Here are some highlights from outside the blog this week:
"The “Curandera”. These ladies would help you get rid of any
illness physical or spiritual, they frankly scared the s$&@t out of
me when I was young, all my friends and I though they where witches!"
|Cameron K. Lewis|
"I have and probably always will find myself extremely afraid of the ocean and open water. Maybe it’s the sheer size of the sea - that it doesn’t care that we’re there. One person is insignificant compared to the immense power of the tides, the incredible depth and darkness at the bottom, and multitudes of life in the water. Floating there, you don’t really know what’s going on below.
Then again, maybe I just watched Jaws wayyy too much as a kid."
"When it's dark, every every door has to be shut. Who knows what might come through?"
"It took me a while to decide on this one (what ISN’T there to be afraid of these days?) I eventually decided one of the scariest things to me right now is the thought of losing myself to a disease like Alzheimer’s. (Grandma had Alzheimer’s. I am not happy about that disease. Not at all.) So, this is 'Loss of Self”. "
And here's one more from last week's challenge that's too unique not to share:
"Me and my sister invented this guy when we were really little, and anytime we were walking down a dark path at night and saw a mysterious light up ahead, we’d freak each other out saying it was “the pumper monster.” All I remember about it is that it had a light in its stomach and a suction pump toilet plunger thingy on its tail. I think it sucked people up and ate them. Because that’s what monsters do."
And here's one more from last week's challenge that's too unique not to share: