Wednesday 12 April 2017

Devil May Care

When one of these compilation works out, it works out really well. I like drawing demons/devils and here I did a bunch and some of the other minions or denizens of hell.

I find the trick of drawing one of these pages is three part:

  • Try not to care what they look like
  • Draw them close together
  • Fill the page
Check out the one just below the winged one on the top left.  He's got a really odd mouth and his eyes are black with white pupils.  SCAAARY!!!  I liked the long fingers with long nails. Starting it all off with a good one, not a great one, but an interesting one really helps to get the whole thing going because I have a place to go with it. I didn't "say" all I wanted to with that one, so I did the one to it's immediate right with spindly arms and odd fingers - fingers are not so obvious because he's holding a stick.

Every ring of hell needs a huge muscly demon in a bondage type harness, ram's horns and no pants. Extra scary. So that's why I did the one in the bondage harness. I think doing that one freed me up to just go for it and draw whatever, which is why I drew the bird type things with the single eye. Hell... carion, carion with one eye that sees everything. It's an easy logic step!

When I was sufficiently freed up, I had a yen to draw the one on the bottom center... yes, he's "making a pile" as it were. I wasn't going to draw him actually deficating, but by this point I felt I was drawing what isn't usually allowed and that was fun, especially with demons. It was probably at that point that I decided the devil in the bondage harness needed a wee wee, and so he got a very wee wee wee.

There are two others that are particularly interesting.  The bull-headed one and the griffin like creature shown below

I thought they were pretty cool because I didn't think they fit the grouping. They do because of the line style and use of dark accents, but they are actually quite beautiful, not ugly or repulsive like the others, which is an interesting idea. Are there devils that are beautiful and amazing, not hideous or repellent?

Who knows? When I go to hell, I'll let you know what I find!


  1. I send one request for more drawings -- and this happens, just minutes later!

    I gotta make requests more often!

    Nice, NICE drawings here. Every stinking one of them. The last two - being simpler and more elegantly designed - are maybe my favs. Maybe -- because there's so much to love here! Other standouts for me are the goofy vulture-type guy and -most scary to me - the pig-like guy with the pitch fork. Somehow, his face just looks deformed - which is scary!

    Thanks for the new lot of art to chew on!

  2. Those two last worked out especially well, I think, because they were small, so the lines are nice and flowing. They look dynamic and strong.

    I really like the pig one too. Something about extra big lips and a pig snout really work. Interesting that you find him scary. I was thinking of you when I drew him.


    And yes, the goofy vulture is pretty fun. You can just hear the squawk of laughter as you're pulled along from one cell to another and step in that dog devil's steamin' heap.

  3. Not sure about the stepping in the steamin' heaps but I AM sure about those last two figures.

    There's something about drawing small that brings out the best of a design. There's no room for detail, so only the important lines make it on the page.


  4. I wonder if another reason why little tiny drawings work so well is also because they are like silhouettes. As you said, there is no room for detail and the important lines you spoke of are the MOST important, crucial lines - strong silhouette and line of action.

  5. I think that's totally it. Maybe we should all just be drawing little, tiny stuff?!!


Thanks for your input!