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Cherubim and Ophanim by Thylanos Cherubim and Ophanim by Thylanos
WARNING, THIS IS NOT AN OPENING FOR RELIGIOUS/THEOLOGICAL DEBATE. this is merely an artistic interpretation as to what I (as a non-christian) see these angels as looking like based on my studies. state corrections if you absolutely insist, but i will not change the drawing.

my interpretation of what Cherubim and Ophanim (angels from Judeo-Christian theology) look like.

obviously the big guy is a Cherubim. Cherubim are enormous four winged angels with four heads. the head of a man, a lion, an eagle, and an ox; all of which are supposed to face different directions. they have the bodies of men, but the feet of an ox with bronze hooves. they carry flaming swords which they use to protect paradise
- my version was greatly inspired by my first Cherub (well make that arch-angel of cherubic appearance)that i got to know (( [link] )) that wonderful fellow. thus taking artistic liberities, i created this guy. i molded the cherub into a more singular anthro form, like Irios. i combined 3 of the heads into one (eagle head, ox horns, lion mane) the man's head was omitted because i failed to work it in. i of course made it less humanoid and more beastly.

above him is an Ophanim.
Ophanim are described as wheels within wheels with hundreds of eyes alone the surface. they are sleepless and can see in all directions. when they are not carrying and protecting the throne of god, they accompany Cherubim. it is said that Cherubim and Orphanim, when together, always stay close and always move in unison, even though they are separate entities.

there is more than one reason as to why cherubim and Ophanim stay together, my reason is thus. my version of the Cherub as it lacks the 4 heads and cannot see in all directions is actually blind. therefore it actually needs to ophanium to see for it. the Cherub protects the Ophan from harm, and the Orphan allows the Cherub to see through the Ophan's eyes. thus all the power of a cherub, with 360 degree vision.
makes sense to me. this is how it works in my head
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squishiergnat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
i would think the heads were separated
LupineGamer Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They are normally but you gotta admit this is better lol

SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Ehh, nah I think the separate heads are way more badass. They're like angelic chimera.
anim8freek Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i am totally loving it!
xXTogepiXx Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
OMG! it's so cool! awesome!
Rennaitale Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who tought myth also had their personal seeing-eye-animals.

i have to say a really nice fix of combining the faces features instead of just pasting it on the end of the spine. its a creative but yet such a simple solution~
Your version is making sense, i wonder if the original name of both these creatures somehow connect to each other~
Azorokuizumaho Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I love that flame sword.
samcherry Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Awesome! Great Work!
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