Demon Sketches:

They're Devilishly Fun, Alluring and Humorous

Demon sketches are a great way of releasing the dark side within ourselves in a light way. Sketching out demonic creatures takes a bit of bending your mind into a darker train of thought.

The darker you can think the odds are, the more twisted and realistic demons you will produce on paper. It’s really fun to see what you can actually produce from nothing. This is a good way of venting some dark thoughts without going out and murdering a bum for kicks. Not that you want to do that! Perhaps in my writing I am thinking a little too darkly, I'd better start drawing some demons after I finish writing this.

So what is a demon, should you have a preconceived thought about what and how it behaves?

Well it really depends on what you've read and whose stories and opinions you value. The original definition of the word demon derived from the Greek language simply meant a spirit. That is something connected to a human or animal in a spiritual way such as the soul. So if you take this definition of a demon to be true then you might be drawing angels instead of little horned pig-faced beasts. Demon sketches don't always have to be dark! Hey, but they are always fun.

However in more recent times, and in western cultures, the word demon has become a dirty unclean word. It is associated with evil spirits, poltergeists and exorcisms—pretty serious stuff! Nobody wants to have a demon sucked out of them through their mouth (or anywhere else for that matter.)

The images that we have of demon exorcisms are extremely vivid, visual and graphic thanks to horror movies and other pop cult references. This leads to a lot of interesting and creative demon sketches being produced around the subject. We have to ask though which influenced which, the sketches or the movies. Since medieval times the occurrence of drawings and depictions of demons have been rife.

The subject is discussed and talked about differently in different cultures and scenarios. For example there have been stories of demons that have been "playful" and move things around houses, make weird noises and other scary things. There are other accounts of demons literally possessing individuals, and using their mortal bodies to commit heinous sins. Neither of these accounts are particularly pleasant, but they show the variety of tales that are told about these oddities.

There is an element of human psychology that is fascinated with the occult and the unknown. This is even more so when it comes to art and culture. So it is no surprise that there have been depictions of demons in art throughout time. Man is both fascinated and scared of them, and so visualizing them through art makes them more "real."

Try drawing your own demons and see what comes out of your subconscious. Here are a few demons and devils you can get together with!

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