"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
- Jude 6, King James Version
Angels are defined as "any benevolent...spiritual being that mediates between the transcendent and temporal realms." Throughout history, various cultures have recorded such beings in their art, often endowing them with wings. Ancient examples can be seen in the Assyrian relief panel and other works displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Today, popular culture often glorifies fallen angels. Books and movies portray them as romantic figures. Interestingly, both ancient mythologies and the Bible did the same - though typically in an unfavorable light. In Greek mythology, for example, gods such as Zeus fathered half-human children.
In the Bible book of Genesis, it states that "the sons of God came unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them." It was this event that caused the "great flood" to occur.
Did you know? The term "angel" means "messenger." While modern artistic renderings of angels depict them as female, this has not always been the case. In the holy writings of Christianity and Judaism, materialized angels are always seen as males. The idea of female angels, such as the one in this drawing guide, may have been adopted from mythological goddesses worshiped throughout the world.
Would you like to draw a fallen angel? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial will show you how. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser.