In demonology, Dantalion (or Dantalian) is a powerful Great Duke of Hell, with thirty-six legions of demons under his command; a Jinn, he is the 71st of 72 spirits of Solomon. He teaches all arts and sciences, and also declares the secret counsel of anyone, given that he knows the thoughts of all people and can change them at his will. He can also cause love and show the similitude of any person, show the same by means of a vision, and let them be in any part of the world they will.
He is depicted as a man with many appearances, which means the faces of all men and women. There are also many depictions in which he is said to hold a book in one of his hands:
"The Seventy-first Spirit is Dantalion. He is a Duke Great and Mighty, appearing in the Form of a Man with many Countenances, all Men's and Women's Faces; and he hath a Book in his right hand. His Office is to teach all Arts and Sciences unto any; and to declare the Secret Counsel of any one; for he knoweth the Thoughts of all Men and Women, and can change them at his Will. He can cause Love, and show the Similitude of any person, and show the same by a Vision, let them be in what part of the World they Will. He governeth 36 Legions of Spirits; and this is his Seal, which wear thou, etc." - The Lesser Key of Solomon
I won't be able to do much drawing for at least one more week (or two) but I thought to put up some initial thoughts I was having.
I hope to do 3 versions of this demon, I'm saying "hope" because while the first one is pretty much straight forward for me, the other 2 will need a bit of experimenting so the result is not set on stone. The main focus obviously is the many Countenances, which is the main reason I chose this card over others.
For my first version I'm going to run off with a wordplay: Dantalion/Dandelion, even if Dantalion assigned plant is Honeysuckle i so do not care.
Therefore the main inspiration will be this:
sooo... I managed to steal an hour to do a quick explanatory sketch.
I am making him a little boy for this version because obviously little boys are the most wise of all, plus I'm interpenetrating Man as human because Dantalion can take a form of every single human there is and him being a child will give me more space for the head and what's not.
Next there will be thumbs...maybe. I'm thinking of a library or a place with many books, but it could go either way. Good thing with not being able to draw is that you have plenty time to think!
PS. Also it is pretty overwhelming how busy this forum is!