Category Archives: Artwork

Behind the mask: Daro

This is part of a series where I share my art and the stories behind it. You can also see them and their stories here: My DeviantArt


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Daro ©2019 Shane (Blackheart) Lestan

Daro, or Darokin the demon prince as he’s better known in demonology, is one of my spirit guides. He started lurking around when I was in high school after I doodled a picture of him while dozing off in class. I didn’t know who he was at the time, other than what my semi-conscious brain delivered onto a piece of notebook paper.

He was around off and on, but not much until I was in my mid-twenties. He’s a philosopher and is very spiritual, and he’s extremely vague and wise. Sometimes it’s like being spoken to in riddles (but he isn’t actually speaking in riddles). He tends to make me answer my own questions by rewording them and turning them around on me, and then he gets a spark in his eye and a half-grin that lets me know he was being a little shit.

Generally, he’s calm, quiet, and collected all the time. He’s the definition of tall, dark, and handsome, but with a tribal flair. His name is Chaldean and means ‘pathways’ or something like that, but I can’t remember much since I did the research a while back. He tends to be the reason I am drawn to tribal things lately.

I liked this drawing of him more than the ones I usually do. Despite wearing nothing, he’s still relaxed and sort of has this look like it doesn’t matter either way. He’s not a very sexual being to begin with and is mostly asexual, but he has his rare moments. Otherwise, imagine Commander Data trying to be seductive, which is pretty comical.

Daro is an INTJ-A personality type, which is the assertive Architect.

Art and writing ©2019 Shane (Blackheart) Lestan

Behind the Mask: Baalthazar

This is part of a series where I share my art and the stories behind it. You can also see them and their stories here: My DeviantArt


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Baalthazar ©2019 Shane (Blackheart) Lestan

Baalthazar is only around as often as his idol is, which is my demon guide Daro. Baal adores him and I know he’s only here because of that, but he is still a big part of my life and I love drawing him. He’s into Voodoo, but I don’t think he really understands how that works.

He’s a demon/fiend hybrid and isn’t really supposed to exist, so because of that he’s extremely unstable mentally and it’s apparent in his voice, which changes in tone and pitch, as well as speed, in mid-conversation several times. He’s not really dangerous despite it and mostly likes playing pranks.

His appearance is pretty unnerving with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, large orange eyes, wild hair, and horns. He’s pretty thin as well, but is filling out a bit the longer he hangs around Daro. It’s also done wonders for Baal’s mind and he’s starting to stabilize on some level, even if it only is just a small improvement.

Daro is the only demon who doesn’t discriminate against him or treat him like a pest. He was Baal’s guardian. They both have been away from their home for a while now though, so neither have had to worry about much of anything, especially not Baal, although Byleth, a fallen angel who I’ll also introduce later, is discriminatory against him. They’re mostly harmless and petty jabs, though.

Just the linework for this one. I’m not good with color, and I like the way black and white looks. I’m not sure what’s going on with the lightning on the sides. I was just messing with brushes.

Art and writing ©2019 Shane (Blackheart) Lestan

Behind the Mask: Doppelganger

This is part of a series where I share my art and the stories behind it. You can also see them and their stories here: My DeviantArt


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Doppelganger – ©2019 Shane (Blackheart) Lestan

Doppelganger has been around for a while. I’m not sure who he is to me exactly, just that I’ve been drawing him for years and I know a few things about him. He’s a fiend from Hell, and he’s an artist. He drinks too much coffee, is a punk, and has bipolar. His temper is pretty nasty and he despises children, but he has a good heart despite all of that. The more I decided to explore him, I found that he’s a neat freak and he’s the parent figure in any relationship; friendship or otherwise.

Jag, my demi-human cat boy, ended up living with him and Doppelganger takes pretty good care of him. Jag was a mess when he came back around, so he definitely needed the extra care. He was stealing things, running off in the middle of the night, and doing shady stuff for money. Doppelganger finally got him to stay home, trust feeling safe, and they’re getting along pretty okay. Jag is doing better because of him, at least.

This drawing is a redraw of the first sketch I did of Doppelganger years ago. I have an alternate version with a weird cut-out-paper effect, but I wasn’t sure about it. I included it below.

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Doppelganger (alternate ver.) – ©2019 Shane (Blackheart) Lestan

Doppelganger doesn’t come around, but I know he’s there. He looks after others like Jag, who only pops in every so often. Maybe one day soon I’ll be able to write a story with him. I have no doubt if/when that happens, it’ll be an interesting one. Writing something with him and Jag together would be even better.

Art and writing ©2019 Shane (Blackheart) Lestan

Stories in art — if they’re appropriate, that is

I’ve been wondering for a bit now what more I’d like to do with this blog. Posting excerpts of my stories was an initial theme and will still remain, and book reviews were something new but not often enough to keep a regular flow of interesting content. I will also keep doing those, but I felt like there needed to be something more.

Something more personal, maybe?

I reopened my DeviantArt account, and I’ve been posting my art scattered across a few days so far. The writing project that came about because of that wasn’t intended at first, but it has become something I’ve been eager to share. A lot of the subjects in my drawings do appear in my books — major parts in them, including being main character(s) — and it’s another way to get my stories out there and hopefully entertain in a different way. It’s also a way for me to be transparent, so to speak, and give them the life they truly have.

The blog posts will be one picture each with the story/explanations beneath them, and they’ll be linked to their original DeviantArt post. A few will have mild mature themes, but no explicit nudity or anything that couldn’t be viewed by an older teenager. As per DeviantArt’s rules, I’ll just have censored my art where it needs to be.

Which brings me to another topic: Censoring art. What is the purpose of art, then?

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Rather than get into it fully myself, because goodness knows I could write a novella about my feelings about it, what do you think about censoring art as it is now on the internet in 2019? With the fall of Tumblr alienating sex-positive communities and queer people, as well as Facebook banning simple combinations of words in posts or anywhere — creative intent or not — the world has taken strides to send time backward.

I’m not implying we should be posting erotica and nudity and sex in all open areas — free play — but I believe we should be allowed to post our art (drawings, artistic videos, photography, writing, etc.) uncensored online in our personal spaces (sans Facebook, since that really isn’t a platform that’s good for sharing art unless you want it stolen), but with the ability to mark it with a rating to hide from younger eyes. And while sites like DeviantArt do have a mature filter, why are we still instructed to censor our art? Women’s nipples, all genitalia, especially, are an important part of art and viewing ourselves and our horribly conservative way of seeing something we look at every single day. What are we hiding it from? Or are the powers that be just frightened of a bit of base human need that we all feel because… well… we’re animals. But I won’t get into that.

So what do you think? Should art be censored, thereby killing its means of expression and message in this new ‘family-friendly’ trend online that is killing adult creators, or should artists be allowed to just be artists, all the while putting up reasonable barriers, like warning covers that can be clicked away to deter minors, when it comes to mature art?