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Lucifer sketch

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A sketch of Lucifer that I had drawn and posted onto the class’ Facebook page. I didn’t mention it on there, but this depiction of Lucifer is based off of Kaneko’s Lucifer, which appears in SMT.

The image was drawn in my sketchbook, which is 8 x 11.5 inches – the same size as standard copy paper.

Our professor loves to blame everything that goes wrong in this class on Satan. Clicker out of battery? Must be the work of Satan. Can’t get the video to play? Must be because of Satan. Personally, I think she’s a little too hard on Satan. After all, it might be divine punishment, not the devil’s meddling.

While I joke about this sort of thing (and I do hope the professor is joking as well), this was reality for medieval people. They truly believed that the supernatural was intertwined with their daily lives, as they didn’t have any scientific explanations for phenomena. Thus, for example, if your children got sick and died, it wasn’t due to lack of hygiene or bad nutrition. It was either God’s punishment or the influence of demons. In this way, our society’s sarcastic phrase “thanks Satan” is something that’s stayed with us for centuries.

Albinus’ Skeleton

In my Design 14 class, we were required to draw one of Dutch anatomist Bernhard Siegfried Albinus’ skeletons. While our class lecture about the Bubonic Plague was something in the distant past, it appeared on our recent midterm. The skeleton’s pose, with its leaning to its right side (our left) and welcoming arms reminded me of Hans Holbein’s Danse Macabre woodcut prints. Its left hand, in particular, with its pointing index finger, is what reminds me of Holbein’s prints.

To me, that gesture appears to make it look as if the skeleton is welcoming the viewer into the realm of death, as if it were a waiter at a restaurant would direct his customers to their table. It’s a very casual pose, and shows off the bones in the arms while adding some charm.

The drawing was done by me on 18 by 24 inch Bristol paper, with brush and ink pen.

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