Saturday, June 2, 2012

72DEMONS Book - The proof is in!

The first full-color proof is in! 72DEMONS was featured in the Miller gallery in Pittsburgh along with other works by Carnegie Mellon's graduating class of 2012. Check out our flickr page for photos of the show last month -- plus previews of the 72DEMONS book. (A warning for those at work: some images contain cartoon nudity)

 Inspired by the Lesser Key of Solomon, comics, and 17th century grimoire, the 72DEMONS project is a venue for new and budding visual artists. Our goal is to publish an illustrated book depicting the seventy-two demons archived in the Ars Goetia, believed to be a guide written by King Solomon for summoning both helpful and malevolent spirits. Thousands of years later these entities persist, although they have changed their names and faces! 
    Since summer of 2011, 72DEMONS has expanded into a diverse collective of illustrators, painters, graphic designers, writers and video artists - making for one hefty book! Like what you see? What you are viewing now are only a few pieces from the first full-color proof.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Artist Feature: Audrey Morris

Audrey Morris brings us a bosch'n band of minions for the month of March. A comic artist, she draws inspiration from underground comics, violent manga and punk artwork. Her work can be recognized by her gritty, gooey, toothy but piercingly colorful characters. She has produced several zines and anthologies.

We broke into the crystal dimension to get a word with the artist:

yeah...dang i GUESS this blog is cool.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Artist Feature: Caitlin Rose Boyle

Let Slip the Sparkledogs of War - from sadsadkiddie

For the month of February, Caitlin brings color to Ars Goetia!

I decided to pull heavily from the natural world for my banner demons. Using animal imagery that typically evokes thoughts of pestilence or horror, I wanted to use expression and color to saturate the characters with a kind of unrestrained and manic glee. Do they want to hug you or eat you?

Set Your Sights on Good Fortune - from sadsadkiddie

Caitlin Rose Boyle goes by her full name because there are a lot of "Caitlin Boyle"s on google, dammit. She is a creator of the creepy-cute, working in illustration, animation, comics & code. Caitlin's current work is a chimera of popular geek & cult culture mixed with depictions of grinning, toothy fauna.

Southwood Plantation Road - from sadsadkiddie

Caitlin's work can be found at,, and occasionally on twitter as @rattusRose, but you'll have to wade through tweets about noodles and coffee and Pittsburgh weather to get to the crunchy art center.

Dead Pets - from sadsadkiddie

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Artist Feature: Blanca Martinez

This month's banner was done by animator and illustrator Blanca Martinez de Rituerto.

I went for the more classical approach to the way demons look, in that they were drawn as weird half-animal grotesques in old paintings and woodcuts.

Kappa - from escapecomplex

Blanca is the co-creator of Dungeons and Drawings an ongoing illustration blog where artists re-imagine monsters from the classic RPG Dungeons and Dragons. Check out more original artwork and animations at escapecomplex.
Tiamat, Mother of Evil Dragons - from escapecomplex

Lola Dances - from escapecomplex

Spackle Trush, Gnome - from escapecomplex

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

72DEMONS at Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo 2011

PIX is Pittsburgh's Indy Comics Expo and it happens this weekend! While 72DEMONS is a long way from being published, we'll be there making a lot of noise.

October's Artist: Sarah "Zarathus" M.

October's banner was created by DEMONS artist, Zarathus.

Zarathus' work explores fantasy and distopian themes. Familiar and fierce creatures are pictured bound and stretched into almost showmen-like displays. Inspired by iconography, Zarathus draws symbols realized into flesh.

I am an artist mainly into in creature concepts and monstery work, which is part of where my interest in the goetia draws from. I like to express my ideas through a variety of mediums, both 2d and 3d to explore different ways to bring otherwise non-existent creatures to life.

In addition to illustration, Zarathus makes masks and custom dolls and figures.
Thumbnails used with the artist's permission. See the gallery of Zarathus here!

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Look: September

This post is long overdue, but you probably noticed that the 72DEMONS blog has gone under a few graphical changes. Our new banner was created by the lovely Slugbones, a specialist in surreal monsters and creepy caricatures. Check out her work!

As an artist, I specialize in the grotesque, bizarre, and traditionally unappealing. I work mainly in 2D, in a mix of both real media and digital, and do a variety of concept work and illustration with a focus on monsters and creatures. I strive to evoke a plethora of feelings and reactions towards my creations - bonus points if they're conflicting, or end up telling my viewers stories that are far from what I had in mind while creating the piece.

Throughout the course of production Ars Goetia will feature a new banner by one of our artists every month - a sample of what to expect when the book is released.

Thumbnails used with the artist's permission. See more of Slug's work here!