The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come by John Bunyan
(published February, 1678) is a Christian allegory. Translated into more than 200 languages, it is regarded as one the world's most significant works of English literature and has never been out of print:This painting of good vs evil depicts the first moments of a 12-hour epic battle between a newly redeemed Christian and the arch devil, Apollyon "the Destroyer."
Pencil, Photoshop CS2 and Wacom tablet:
(I deliberately went with a more stiff composition to mimic the primitive, old world style of the early woodcuts and pencil drawings that were first used to illustrate this story.)Close-up is here
Part 1: Chapter 142 - 151:
"So he (Christian) went on, and Apollyon met him. Now the monster was hideous to behold; he was clothed with scales, like a fish, (and they are his pride,) he had wings like a dragon, feet like a bear, and out of his belly came fire and smoke, and his mouth was as the mouth of a lion. ...
Then did Christian draw, for he saw it was time to bestir him; and Apollyon as fast made at him, throwing darts as thick as hail; by the which, notwithstanding all that Christian could do to avoid it, Apollyon wounded him in his head, his hand, and foot. This made Christian give a little back; Apollyon, therefore, followed his work amain, and Christian again took courage, and resisted as manfully as he could. This sore combat lasted for above half a day, even till Christian was almost quite spent; for you must know that Christian, by reason of his wounds, must needs grow weaker and weaker.