72DEMONS is a project that appears to have started back in July. Well, it’s been making the rounds because of a recent Boing Boing post about it. But, it seems like a pretty interesting project with lots of potential, so you may be interested in checking it out!

“Inspired by The Lesser Key of Solomon, comics, mythology and 17th-century grimoire, the 72DEMONS project is a venue for new and budding visual artists. Our goal is to compile and publish an illustrated book depicting the 72 demons archived in the Ars Goetia, believed to be a guide for summoning spirits.

The 72DEMONS project started in the summer of 2011. We encourage all artists to apply.”


“Both traditional and digital pieces are accepted, so long as it is 2D. It is suggested that you work large (300 dpi at least) and keep it rated…oh, PG13. Above all, have fun with the project, evoking demons being dangerous and all. Try to bring out something in the demon that the original illustrators missed way back when.

Also consider the background/setting of the image. Where does your demon live when he’s not being summoned? In what situation would your demon be summoned for? While one demon may be an all-around baddie, another may just want to be alone with his books/women/garden. Completeness and concept are emphasized here. At Ars Goetia we are aiming to redefine fantasy art as people view it.

The tone of the piece is completely up to the artist. Be lighthearted if you’re striving for something different! Though I love a slobbering menace as much as the next girl if you want to keep it classical.”