I am a big fan of Dostoevsky. In fact, I'm such a fan of The Idiot
I had to do this picture again-- at a more dynamic angle this time
(the old version is under "Ippolite's Dream"
This is Ippolit from The Idiot
. He's 17 and has tuberculosis, so he's been rebelling against God and society. Then, after meeting Prince Myshkin, who Dostoevsky intends to represent Jesus, Ippolite has a dream in which there is a nasty little creature like this that could attack and kill him, but just when it's about to strike, his old dog bites it and dies in his place. And when he wakes up, Myshkin is at his side.
Yeah, I cut the area where I was going to draw the dog because the picture was very squarish again. I have a problem making them like that instead of with divine proportions
But yeah, I subbed it with St. Nicholas.
I think Ippolite's situation is very sad and an important issue for people struggling with religion-- an idea Dostoevsky really expands on with Ivan Karamazov. It made me happy for him that he grew closer to Myshkin