Up until this point I had avoided drawing Dante and Virgil because they simply didn’t interest me. But my illustrations had progressed to the point where this was an unsupportable luxury. To move forward I would have to design my two main protagonists, “The Poetic Duo”.
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Sunday, April 3, 2022
Dante and Virgil are now in the 6th Circle of Hell, the round of the Heretics. They pass a graveyard and and open tomb. Farinata, a partisan on the opposing side of the Florentine civil war, stands into view and starts trading insults with Dante. Then another shade pops up. He is Cavalcante, father of Guido, a poet ex-friend of Dante’s whom Dante caused to be exiled from Florence, leading to Guido’s death. The sight of his betrayed friend’s Dad causes Dante to feel guilty. I’m not sure what this has to do with heresy.
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Virgil and Dante are saved by an Angel, who contemptuously taps the barred gates of Dis with a wand. The gates fly open. The Hellish Host has vanished. Dante and Virgil enter, unmolested, free to explore ever more nether regions of the Netherworld.
Thursday, March 31, 2022
I will be performing open-mic surgery again tonight at The Jeweled Universe. at 1017 Mission Blvd. South Pasadena, CA 091030. The event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM. I’m not sure which 2 songs I’ll be performing. This will be my 5th open-mic in the last month and a half, so maybe I’ll be able to make it through my songs without blowing the chords on my guitar.
Here are my sketches from last week’s (March 24th) open-mic. I’ll be posting them alphabetically, by first name.
Virgil and Dante have reached the gates of Dis, and find themselves dissed. The city gates are locked and demons and fallen angels on the other side won’t let the poetic duo enter. Oddly, Virgil’s usual ploy (telling the recalcitrant locals “We’re on a mission from God”) isn’t working. The Hellish Host even trots out Medusa to petrify our hapless human. Virgil uses his arm to shield Dante’s eyes. #dantealighieri #dantesinferno #virgil #dante #dis #thegatesofdis #bradleycrader #artisiticrader #medusa #thegorgon
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
As Virgil and Dante reach the border between Inferno Circles Three and Four, they are confronted by Plutus, the God of Wealth, clucking gibberish at them. Virgil cries, “Be quiet, cursed wolf of Hell: feed on the burning bile that rots your guts”, continuing that they are on mission from God. “As sails swollen by wind, when the ship’s mast breaks, collapse, deflated, tangled in a hep, just so the savage beast fell to the ground.” (Mark Musa, “The Portable Dante”.)
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