Angel o’ the Lord

There are a lot of angels in the Book o’ Revelation, and I’ve been dithering about how to depict them. But they mostly seem like they can be represented like this, except for the one that has legs of fire (I’ll figure out what to do about him/her/it/them/zir later). Flying-hands-with-eyes should be able to handle most apocalyptic angel duties, such as hurling fiery censers, dumping bowls of plagues, blowing horns, and whatnot.


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

4 thoughts on “Angel o’ the Lord”

  1. The numbers 4 and 6 are associated with angels. There is a description of angels as having four faces (Ezekiel 1, and another of them having six wings (Isaiah 6:2). (Hence J.S. Bach, who was into a certain amount of numerology, set the Sanctus in the Mass in B minor for six voices.) The angels of Ezekiel also have hands. And can go in four directions at once without turning.

  2. Dear Nina, I have an idea for a short animation, I already prepared one but I feel that you will like the idea and you will be able to make it much better. I am a physicist by education and environmental engineer in the last 6 years, and I wanted to share this crucial message with the world, and I hope this message reaches you and you find it valuable to play with this idea and turn it into one of the most meaningful and beautiful animations. I also wrote you on facebook and sent the animation there (and also you can find here:, please have a look, and let me know what you think. I know this message is one of the most important messages to be communicated with humanity, and your style and mindset might be one of the most appropriate to convey this message. Looking forward to hearing from you, best!

  3. Hi, Ms. Paley. Just wanted to say I’ve enjoyed your art for years, ever since “Story Minute” in the New York Press back in the nineties. Thanks for everything.

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