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Cherub by Level9Drow Cherub by Level9Drow
This has been the hardest angel (or demon) to translate to image. I read SOO many sources to try to pin down a consistent image for these pain in the balls. Here's what I got: 4 wings, stature of a man, fourfold face BUT the main face is an ox OR the human face is the center of the wings (how does that work at all?), arms and hands of a man, eyes within their wings, hooves of bull or calfs or ox, and a flaming sword. I drew this guy a few times before settling on this one. I know there are even more things I can change with him but I give up, this is what I'm going with. Mythology is too crazy sometimes.
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Adamarcymag Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Funny tho, accual angels from Bible can be as freakish as demons XD
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YusukeYoukai Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like the demon fusion with the eagle, lion and bull with Dosu-Roku from Amon: The Dark Side of Devilman.
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nullzz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sometimes there is just to much to mix
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
I didn't make this monstrosity up. Thank ancient Mesopotamians. 
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nullzz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
creative bunch
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SanctusNocturne Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Lucifer was one of these if memory serves.
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
Lucy was a Seraph, probably even greater, as he was the second to God. Cherebib are too low on the ranking order to be second to God. Beelzebub was a cherub though. 
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SanctusNocturne Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Ah. I see. Demonology has been a particular interest of mine. Thanks for the lesson!
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
To be honest the Abrahamic faiths have rewritten, made up and changed it so much over the years, it really doesn't matter anymore. 
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
Very true. Hell, the only time a being called "light-bringer" was in a string of verses taken from Persia that wasn't even about angels.

And the one time a being directly called Satan was referenced was in Job, and the being worked as an investigator for God. So many rewrites and misinterpretations.
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SanctusNocturne Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
Uh huh
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TheIvoryFalcon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I like how faithful you were to the source material eventough how crazy the descriptions are 
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Yea I redid this one a few times, that's how weird their description was. In fact, I think this one is wrong to. 
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Yes...
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KingOfCopper16 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
you can redo it if you want, i think is kind of good, but i prefer them with a humanoid stance
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
That's what I am going to do next time, make them human with platinum oxe feet, fourfold face, 4 wings, yada yada
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keep the good work
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KingOfCopper16 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
hey can you please take a look at this, i kind of like this desing, yours is great BTW if this was a diferent creature.
www.epochalypsis.org/wp-conten…
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shiztupup Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Imagine that as a  back tattoo it be epic
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backup-character Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
god damn, the details on this creature are amazing; the hooves particularly caught my eye
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
TY
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TheStripelessTiger Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, I like how the concept paid off. Mythology is metaphorical most of the time, but this is way more interesting. Which demonology are you using for this particular daemon?
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Abhrahamic
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kr1st1s Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
only the colors needed
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kneedragon76 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Cherubim is allso the winged creature on top of the Ark of the Covinent...
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
There is a link, actually, which I find interesting between the Chrubim, Lamasu, Sphynx and Sedu. You could say an "evolution" through culture,region and time, but they are all the same thing. This is a common thing you see in mythology, the mythology of a creature/legend renamed and slightly changed as it passes through time and place.
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kneedragon76 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Demon? The Cherubim was gods bodyguards...
he had four wings so he could fly any direction...
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
These types of "creatures" were gaurdians for many things actually. As described in the other response. Babylonian sires, Egyptian pyramids and tombs, Sumerian stonecuts, etc...

Many archeologists thing that their "design" was actually a symbol of something else and not a literal creature, as many now seem to think. But of what is up for argument. Ships? Machines? Affiliation or group? Gilgamesh had to fight something like it, but I think they are some sort of flying machinery, because of the symbolic meaning described in their form. I don't think the machines looked like them though, I think the visual symbology of them describe, metaphoricly, aspects of the machine. But people didn't understand what they were by later times so the best thing they could do as they read the legends was to create these various "gaurdians". This idea is supported when you notice how they took pains to preserve the basic symbology of the creature over the cultures and times.

Theres a reason they say Mesopotamia is the seed of human culture and civilization.
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DarccWrath Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
what were your sources you were reading/interpreting from?
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Gustav Davidson's Dictionary of Angels was one and another was The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures, Wkipedia and a few other books on mythical creatures i don't have the name of off the top of my head. I have to "average" out what it looked like. The Cherub really is just a newer version of the Shedu and Sphynx, they're actually all the same creature reinterpreted by different cultures in different times.
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DarccWrath Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
thank you I will look at those. any actual religious documentation or books to refer to with these also? I've been personally trying to compare interpretations of mythical creatures, so i'm trying to find first sources as much as possible too.
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Mythology is simply dead religion, or religion that is no longer popular. The documentation are mythology books themselves, pretty much. I treat religious books as mythology books since I hold all of mythology, fantasy and legends in the same regard.

I am Atheist, byt the way.
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DarccWrath Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
ok, thanks for the help. I'll be looking around a lot. Just have a fascination with interpretations is all ;)
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UndeadKitty13 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
nice work
i love the inking

i like this angle because you have alot of freedom with how you want to depict it
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
TY!
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ERBlountIII Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
This is a great attempt. It really really is. However, the beasts in Ezekiel and Revelation are all together something else, and because apocalyptic literature is often metaphorical each of the beasts has another meaning. Let me throw this at you. In Ancient Near Easter culture cherubs were the guardians of all things of wealth and power. Cherubs guard the Garden of Eden, along with a floating fiery sword with a mind of its own. The sphinx in Egypt is a good example. There were many Assyrian kings whose thrones were two cherubs standing side by side. Their wings make up the back and arms of the chair creating the symbolism the king has more authority or authority these incredibly powerful creatures. Cherubs typically have the head of a man or woman (usually androginous), the body of a lion or bull (not usually both), and the wings of an eagle. They are incredibly wise and powerful both physically and spiritually. It puts a whole new twist on what the Ark of the Covenant looks like from its description in Exodus. Imagine the mercy seat resting on top of the Ark as a chair made up of cherubs. I really like your take on the cherub, and understand your frustration with what they look like and how the anatomy works together. Take this idea into account the next time you take a stab at a cherub.
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
What your describing sounds like Shedu.
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ERBlountIII Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Yup. That's right. I've not heard it called Shedu before, but that's closer to the Ancient Near Eastern version of a Cherub. It's way nastier than some mamby pamby renaissance cupid with wings. Here's something to consider. Angels, Cherubs, the beasts mentioned in Ezekiel and Revelation all serve different purposes, both in God's plan and as literary devices.
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
The litle cupids are Putti. I think they are all misconstuded and edited over thousands of years of an original source coming from Sumer and Akad. So in a sense the Cherubib, Shedu, Sphynx, Lamia, Hoyoth, Ophanim were all just interpreted and edited versions of eachother and thus all sourced from Sumer. the creature just kind of changed slightly as it went through human culture and mythology. I think they're spaceships.
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Nayzor Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Now for the cherubim we made them kinda like the way people know them as, loveable and pink-skinned.

But we did give them two pairs of wings for a unique look.

What do you think?
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We would love to use this version of cherubim for another angelic race. What others look like them?
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
This hebrew chrub here was basically taken, by the hebres, from the Lamassu.
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TheDifferentUsername Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can barely imagine how challenging it was to draw this guy ( Am i right - guy?)
You`ve got a class, sir, keep going
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Yea, it was annoying hard. Yhanks!
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TheDifferentUsername Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If Voltron and Predaking could have a child...
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
LOL I know right.
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MugoUrth Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Cherub is probably one of the coolest of all demons, but has pretty much been bastardized and stereotyped as a Baby with Wings, even though there's already a name for those, it's called Putti. It's nice to see a badass rendition of a proper cherub.
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Level9Drow Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Thanks you sir! :D
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The-loving-one Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
This is amazing! Great to see a REAL cherub for once!!!
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Serpentine16 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Hi. Dunno if you care, but I did an Order of the Stick-style version of this. Cuz it rocks.
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