|Royal Mosque, Isfahan, 17th century.|
The little niches are called muqarnas.
|19th C. Mughal Qur'an--from Iran or India|
|Great Mosque, Damascus c. 715|
|Samanid bowl with calligraphy, 10th century but looking somehow very modern.|
|Another one. There are lots of types of Islamic calligraphy--this long geometric|
kind is called kufic script, it's fairly common.
|Incense burner, Egypt, 8th-9th C.|
|Wonderfully enigmatic image of the Prophet looking at|
a David Lynch box. 1222. The veiled face is one
convention adopted to avoid depicting him.
|Blue Qur'an--North Africa, 9th-10th C.|
|Ince Manare madrasa, Konya, Turkey, 1258. That's a knotted|
prayer running up the front of the building.
|Amulet case--10th-11th C.|
The black stuff is a compound called niello, often
used for medieval inlay.
|Great Mosque, Cordoba, Spain|
|Persian Qur'an, using Nasta'liq script-- 16th-17th century|
|Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Samarkand, Uzbekistan (1404, but|
completely reconstructed in the 70s I think)
|Lutfallah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran, finished in 1618|
|Various medieval braziers...|
|Great Mosque, Yazd, Iran 1330|
|Weird cat-shaped incense burners were fairly|
common in 12th Century Iran
|I have no idea how accurate this is, but here's someone's|
explanation for the variety of weird felines: "While zoomorphic and anthropomorphic representations were forbidden under Islamic religious law, the so-called “principle of improbability” was employed to create animals that were so far removed from reality that they could not be argued to be in any way representational of nature; thus were the strictures avoided. "
|From the Bayasanghori Shahnameh|
|Bahram Gur Kills the Dragon. 1371.|
|Meaux Cathedral gargoyle|
|Gargoyles are so distinctive a form that even though|
they're just carved images of demons, in D&D & other games they're actually
their own class of monster
|Case in point: This isn't Medieval at all. The flowing lines and naturalistic ear give this away|
as being, like many famous gargoyles, a product of
the 19th century Gothic Revival. The Gothic keeps getting revived for
|This is the Moneymusk Reliquary. That tracery lets you know its|
from Scotland or Ireland. Reliquaries are special expensive boxes
to keep the body parts of saints in. This is a dumb idea.
|Another dumb reliquary.|
Some Irish monk spent all this time painting ("illuminating")
this one page of a copy of the bible. Like as if they had
nothing better to do.
|Painting in the Middle Ages raised the pattern established in ancient art of|
"animals drawn well and lots of ways, people drawn poorly and always the same"
to the level of a fetish.
|The entrance to Hell (dumb idea) was frequently depicted as|
being a big mouth called…a 'hellmouth'.
And, yes, it says 'penis'.
|Classic Greek column capitals are divided into three orders:|
Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. All of which are a subset of
the Not As Cool As These order.
|The Roettgen Pieta|
|Ivory chess pieces from different sets.|
|I've told this story on the blog before:|
The first time I saw this in the Met it was labeled "St George
Chesspiece". I asked, in an essay, "if St George is
your knight, what the hell does the rest
of the chess set look like? Is it all saints? Is your
king Jesus? It's either not St George or not a
chess piece." My teacher worked in the Met.
The next time I saw it, it was re-labeled.
|Again: Monsters done well. People done poorly.|
|This is Scandinavian knotwork on this staff-end,|
it's chunkier than Celtic tracery
|Hey guys, lets make folding Marys!|
God tell you to do that?
Alright. On it.
|We don't know whether people back|
then thought this guy looked funny.
But they might've: Chess is less
important than God, so the
chess piece carvers had a
|More Irish graphomania--|
The Book of Kells
|Hey let's keep water in a lion!|
|These shaped jugs are called "aquamaniles"|
|Often these unimportant domestic objects are|
the most interesting. Art historians hate that.
|The Tara Brooch. More insane Irish intricacy. This was before|
whiskey had come to the Isles.
new piece for this Colossal article.
Blasphemous Things You Find In A Cave
|Medieval European Art:|
Beyond Things With Weird Necks
|Indian & Middle-Eastern Art of the Middle Ages:|
Imposing a Sense of Bejewelled And Labyrinthine
Order On Every Fucking Thing
|The Northern Renaissance & The International Style:|
Way Better Than That Other Renaissance They Taught
You About In School
|Painting & Printmaking in China and Japan:|
Mountains, Mist, Nightmarish Tentacle-Porn
|Post-Renaissance But Pre-Modern Europe:|
Guys Holding Swords They Probably Won't Use
|Wood, Water, and Wire:|
The Art That Freaked Colonialists Out
|Decadent Art of the Call of Cthulhu Era:|
Please Nobody Tell Wundergeek Europe Exists
|Symbolism, Surrealism and Other|
Products of Drug Abuse
|Every Good Early Illustrator I Can Think Of:|
A.K.A. The Post That Other DIY D&D People
Have Probably Already Done Better Than
Me But I Should Probably Do Anyway
|Fine Art After WW2:|
Actually, You Do Like Modern Art, It's Just
They Don't Want You To Know That
|(This is from Greenland.)|
|One of the earliest tattoos--there are stags in there|
|The spur of the tattoo on the left appears to be a hoof|
|This is Coatlique--she has 2 snake heads|
|Jade masks from Mexico|
|That nose and those fingers look like nothing else you'll see--|
if you find a museum with Colombian or Peruvian art in it
I guarantee you'll see something totally out of left field every
|click to enlarge the madness|
Why do I have this feeling this is a monty python and the holy grail sort of question?
What is the air-speed velocity of unladen Succubi?
What do you mean? Asian or European Succubi?
Huh? I… I don’t know that. AUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGHHH!!
How do you know so much about Succubi?
Well, you have to know these things when you’re the Queen, you know.
But I digress… and I’m being silly, but that’s… another story…
Considering that the wings of Succubi are similar to that of angels (and really they are, whether feathered bird like or bat like or really any sort of wings) they would have to work in the same way wouldn’t they?
Turns and so on are done by bending the shape of the wing, which would have to be an inherent skill they have. As for drag, g-forces, and so on, it would be the application of some of the magic within themselves to create a bubble around their bodies that protects them from the harm such things might cause… That bubble would adhere and shape to their bodies, likely, again, an inherent skill or ability…
And now I have this sudden idea for a story to tell on Monday… Mebby…
As for the question, thank you Anon! I thought that was an really interesting question!
Queen of the Succubi
A setting of the Latin Mass for jazz/rock combo and full choir.
Tumblr has spoken!
"a haunting combination of sacred chamber music and jazz (I know, right?)" – joshsundquist
"seriously my album of the year, guys." – countingnothings
"yooooo this album is pretty cool" – sexyboitommo
"I need to pigeonhole it, but it can’t be done!" – tumble-pie
"kinda exciting" – thecalmthestorm
"You just don’t hear music like this anymore" – lyebymistake
"Jason Oberholtzer is so fucking talented I can’t stand it." – rachelfershleiser
Two bits of great news, guys!
1) My album is streaming for free on bandcamp!
2) The double vinyl, 180 gram 45rpm LP copies of the album finally arrived, and they sound absolutely beautiful. For what it’s worth (hopefully something), it’s my favorite format to listen to the album, so I’m thrilled to be able to share. If you like what you hear on the stream, please consider picking up the vinyl, so you can hear my saucy piano playing the way it was intended to be heard.
This is a comic I did not want to have to draw, and a post I did not want to have to write. But here we are. You guys have been a great audience for almost seventeen years now, and without your support I never would have had this career. But I’ve reached a point where I can’t rely on the income I make from the strip to cover all of my expenses.
These are not crazy expenses. I’m not an extravagant person. I don’t go out, I don’t buy lots of jewelry or yachts. My major concerns are paying for my kids’ day care, my mortgage and my car payments.
Way back in Olden Times, many artists could rely on support from a patron; someone with mad ducats who would pay the bills so the artist could concentrate on making art. In that spirit, the good people at Patreon have introduced a tool that allows artists to crowdsource the patronage model. Rather than depending on a single individual to do the heavy lifting, it allows lots of people to each contribute a small amount.
There are a lot of SFAM readers. Between the people who read the strip on the website and through various social media outlets, there are probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 35,000 daily readers. If every one of those readers contributed just a dollar a month, my financial troubles would be a thing of the past.
I’m not asking for that, though. I know even a dollar a month is a difficult thing to ask for from many of you, and that’s okay. But if you enjoy SFAM and you’d like to see it continue, please consider becoming one of those dollar-a-month patrons. If only 2,000 of you pitch in a buck each month, that (in addition to my merchandise sales and ad revenue) will be enough to create that cushion of stability I need to keep things going. If 4,000 of you contribute, I’ll even be able to increase my comics output.
Patreon’s tools allow you to set a patronage level for each piece of published content. They also allow you to set a maximum monthly donation so you’re not overcharged if I make a whole lot of comics one month. I suggest you set the maximum donation to the same amount as your monthly patronage level. That way, you won’t be charged per comic — just one time a month at a small, predictable level.
Patreon also allows me to give small rewards to patrons at different contribution levels. Current rewards include custom haikus, sketches, original art, access to occasional comic-drawing streams and Google hangouts and more. As a patron, you’ll also have access to any bonus content I create, like extra comics, wallpapers, illustrations and such. I’ll add more rewards and reward levels as I think ‘em up.
But the real reward here is more comics for you, every month. I want to keep making them for you. I want to keep drawing. In a very real way, you guys are my collective employer. All I’m asking for is continued employment and a living wage. If you can help out with that, you will have my eternal gratitude.
No matter how this plays out, I want to thank all of you for your incredible support over the last seventeen years and for letting me do this thing that I love for so long. It has been a true honor.
If you have any thoughts or concerns, please email me or tweet at me and I’ll do my best to address them.
Something to help people just getting into Game of Thrones.
For this week’s Succubus, I found a really deliciously evil image on Hentai Foundry, She’s sexy, she’s quite red, and I think she’s the image of a classic Succubus… There aren’t a lot of those that I like and I really do like this one a lot…
New Demon Girl by creativeodditiesstudios
This art is called New Demon Girl and is by Creative Oddities Studios. You can find the original page on Hentai Foundry with this art here.
I love her boots and gloves, they really go nicely with her red skin I think… A sexy cute tail is a bonus of course and I even think her wings suit her perfectly. Her horns are a bit large for me and I never really have liked bands or other things wrapped about Succubi tails, but, again, in this case everything just seems to be perfect for her…
Especially her hair, which is just delicious and makes the image for me…
I think there is a story around her, possibly something a bit on the Domme side, or a lot so. I do wonder though if she wouldn’t look better wearing something and not being nude as she is here. I think a little bit of something latex like on her would have added to the seductiveness of this Succubus…
Nevertheless, she is wonderful and I love her a bunch.
Lovely sexy Succubus and I’m really happy that I found her too…
This week I didn’t have the time to write for Storm Clouds as I had hoped to. Some know the reason why, and it is a good reason.
Perhaps this short thing can explain it some…
Storm Clouds will return next week all things willing once more…
If you ask him, he’d tell you about me. It’s never about him. He doesn’t see a need to point to himself, to try to bring attention to himself. That just isn’t who he is.
If you questioned why he doesn’t act in a certain way, he’d tell you that he’s never seen the need. To be the be all or end all does not allow him to be who he is.
If you asked how he can accept his Queen being everywhere and everywhen, he’d tell you that he always knows where I am. He’s comfortable with who I am and why.
If you asked enough questions of him, you might begin to understand what I see in him. What brought us together and made us both whole.
If you could see what I see, you would understand why he is my Eternal.
If you could know what I know, you would believe why he was the one to be.
If you could believe as I do, you would see there is a thing as just knowing.
If you could understand as I do, you wouldn’t have to ask at all.
He is with me always.
He never leaves my thoughts.
He stands with me when I am alone.
He protects me without asking.
I am with him now, always and forever.
I am always his.
I feel his love within me, never fading.
I know nothing shall part us.
Words cannot explain what he means to me.
Words are shadows of the truth we know.
Words like forever, always, eternally, are not enough.
Words only hint at our truth.
The day we came together …
… the day that our lives changed …
… the day that souls became one and the universe changed …
… that day is, forever, our day.
I found another work in progress YouTube of a Morrigan Aensland drawing and so, since she is one of the most popular Succubi there are…
And in case you can’t see it here:
And one screenshot of the art as well, which is by an artist named Seraz…
I think that this is quite a lovely image of Morrigan, it’s sexy and not too much over endowed, which I think is always a good thing then it comes to Morrigan Aensland myself…
Lots of lovely art can be found on their site and I hope you have a look!