A Portuguese Folktale – The Knight And The Pact With The Devil ~ Lines

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Today we’re sharing the lines behind the illustration of a rare opportunity to see the Devil be slapped on the hand, caught red-handed on his mischief!

Read our translation of the Portuguese folktale right ►here◄, along with the finished illustration for the lines above!

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A Portuguese Folktale: The Knight And The Pact With The Devil

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Often stories with a devil’s pact as their theme have the ill-fated hero offer his or her soul as a prize for such deal.
That is not the case in this very old folktale we chose to translate and adapt and now have the delight to share with you!
We invite you to sit back and enjoy this folktale from the Middle Ages colleted by Teófilo Braga!

The Knight And The Pact With The Devil
(translation, adaptation and art by StarTwo)

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The Knight and the Pact with the Devil ~ Sketch

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Here’s one of the images we’re working on right now!

This one will accompany the next Portuguese Folktale we will soon release. It’s a very old medieval story and the version we got, though more recent, it’s still a doozy to translate.
As you can guess from the title though, it will involve knights, devils and… holy ladies?
It’s a mystery for now!

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A Devil’s Weaving ~ Detail

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Weaving a wheel of fortune with the thread of destiny, the weaver calls the question: how much is fated and how much is up to one’s responsibility? Would you take chances and turn away from values and beliefs in the excuse of fate?

This is the detail of a previous illustration, made from the inspiration of a common phrase in Portuguese that you can read all about by clicking on the image below!

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A Devil’s Weaving ~ Lines

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The Devil’s Weaving Lines are here!
When a sweet voice promises you the world with very little effort and merely in exchange for a smile, surely a web is being carefully laid to catch you by surprise. Such is the nature of temptation, the type that keeps testing you, time and time again.

We wanted to bring an appropriate set of symbolic elements that spoke for the idea of a weaving devil, checking in which path the unfortunate soul’s decisions will fall on, when faced with tempting situations.
Righteous even if arduous or wicked yet effortless. And what about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you? But what if others are already stuck on such a web? Decisions…

With the tear (or loom) we wanted to follow the idea of weaving that can symbolize the structure and movement of the universe in its own microcosms, a very simplified analogy to the creation of human life where the cutting of the strings replaces the cutting of the umbilical cord of a new-born. A creation from the weaver’s own substance.

The thread around his arms are a call out to the red thread of fate, which connects to someone you’re pre-destined to meet and said that you will mutually feel affected by such an encounter. But which path will lead you to the best meeting point?

The wheel of fortune (on the weaving) shows us the wheel in which human life spins, unstable like a wagon wheel, a constant movement with its rises and descends, symbols of a permanent instability and the eternal return.

In a bed of webbing, this devil doesn’t wish you harm. He is merely entertained with how easy it can be to make people listen to a sweet voice full of promises and highly curious by the unknown outcome for their next step.

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