Catronaut
Alf Gadberry
Designer, Illustrator
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Apotropaic Demons

 
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Apotropaic Demons, Illustration

Some people think demons are in the underworld waiting for the unlucky souls, others think they are the manifest of something undesirable or malignant in their daily life. I believe demons are entities that we create to protect us from others like them.

In this illustration work, I explore different archetypes that help us to understand the presence of modern malignant entities and give them a face tame this concepts.

 
 

 
 
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Green shade.

Green shade.

Bipartisan stripes.

Bipartisan stripes.

No-face, No-friend.

No-face, No-friend.

Eight right tentacles.

Eight right tentacles.

Minotaur.

Minotaur.

Jólakötturinn.

Jólakötturinn.

Fire wolf

Fire wolf

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apotropaic /ˌapətrəˈpeɪɪk/

ADJECTIVE

Supposedly having the power to avert evil influences or bad luck.

‘apotropaic statues’

ORIGIN

Late 19th century: from Greek apotropaios ‘averting evil’, from apotrepein ‘turn away or from’ + -ic.

The Lych

The Lych

 
 

 
 
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demon /ˈdiːmən/

NOUN

1. An evil spirit or devil, especially one thought to possess a person or act as a tormentor in hell.

2. [often as modifier] A forceful or skillful performer of a specified activity.

ORIGIN

Middle English: from medieval Latin, from Latin daemon, from Greek daimōn ‘deity, genius’; in demon (sense 1) also from Latin daemonium ‘lesser or evil spirit’, from Greek daemonion, diminutive of daimōn.