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The King in Yellow by Grivetart The King in Yellow by Grivetart
"Along the shore the cloud waves break,
The twin suns sink behind the lake,
The shadows lengthen
In Carcosa.

Strange is the night where black stars rise,
And strange moons circle through the skies,
But stranger still is
Lost Carcosa.

Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
Where flap the tatters of the King,
Must die unheard in
Dim Carcosa.

Song of my soul, my voice is dead,
Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
Shall dry and die in
Lost Carcosa."

The King in Yellow -- Robert W. Chambers
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333CaspianFahey777 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Beatiful artwork! I am a big fan of the book tried drawing him aswell but this trumps mine!
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
Simply amazing :)
MostArtfulDodger Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Photographer
Top notch, Gov'na.
vagepaul Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
butifull work!!:D
you have make..
Rafellin Featured By Owner Edited Feb 22, 2015
Well isn't that just bloody awesome. Capturing himself in his 'natural element', pre-Chaosium.

Excellent work.
Webspidrman Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
I really love this depiction of the King.  Honestly, i'm so tired of these tentacled, Derlethian Kings in Yellow. :p

I can see this rendition takes a lot of inspiration from True Detective.  Say what you will about the portrayal of the King in Yellow mythos therein, but it has done a lot to re-establish the King in Yellow as its own mythology. :)

I'm not even a die-hard purist: i don't mind the interactions between the Carcosa and Cthulhu mythoi.  But they needed to respect each other's boundaries.  The King in Yellow shouldn't be a Great Old One (let alone Cthulhu's half-sibling) any more than Cthulhu should turn out to be a phantom being of Carcosa.  Can the Great Old Ones know of the King in Yellow?  Sure.  Can readers of the King in Yellow also have read the Necronomicon?  Why not?  But they are entirely different beings and forces at work, and each needs to be defined by its own canon.  Neither should be a "satellite" mythos of the other; neither mythos should subsume the other.  Rather they should be co-existing, parallel mythologies.

One interesting thing about True Detective's version of the King in Yellow is that it takes cues from Amrose Bierce's description of Hastur as an ancient protector god of shepards.  (By the way, in the story 'Demoiselle d'Ys' in 'The King in Yellow', Hastur also appears to be a benign protector.)  While the god-like being at work in True Detective is not benign, it nonetheless seems connected to nature with the connections to antlers and and trees, which is also related to ancient Celtic deities.

Personally i do not believe Hastur and the King in Yellow to be the same being even if they are both in the play, or they are both at least partially antagonistic aspects of a greater force at work, or unrelated enemies.  In fact, i think the word Hastur is being used to refer to many different things.  Fore example, if He Who Is Not To Be Named (who i think is the Nameless Mists and the Magnum Innominandum) is called Hastur, it is not because that is his name but because no one is supposed to say or know his real name and so sorcerers and others substitute the name 'Hastur' due to historical association.  This does not mean that he is connected to the shepard god Hastur or to the possible locale of Hastur in the Carcosa Mythos (which may or may not be named for the shepard god).

All of this is a long way of saying i really appreciate this art, and hope True Detective inspires many new acolytes to Hastur and/or the King in Yellow. ;)
Vaharamus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
It's reminds me of the king and queen in Pan's Labyrinth.
Awesome art. I really like the way the clothes are moving.
eterniss Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Wow, amazing work.
Stormfury93 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
And like a lot of dreams, there's a monster at the end of it.
ConnorCat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
This looks like something out of one of Guillermo Del Toro's sketchbooks!

I just started reading this book. Funny enough, I can't seem to put it down...
Fesbraa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
lady-of-the-quill Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have just started reading the book, I'm glad I came across your piece, it's quite haunting!
AtomicAgeEthan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
This is gorgeous.
Hadesreflexion Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Je viens de finir le bouquin... si c'était sa représentation physique, à ce Roi, je serai comblé! Bravo pour votre oeuvre, elle est fabuleuse.
ifoundawayout Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
Did you do another King In Yellow/Carcosa piece of am I mistaken?
jricht Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
"You sir should unmask."

Fantastic. :D (Big Grin) 
jricht Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Rub-Dias Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Thumbs up!
TamsinMWong Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
pablopelleg Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Possibly the best King in Yellow I've ever seen. In fact your drawing type is unique and wonderfully stunning. Congratulations.
psymonster1974 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Possibly my favourite depiction of the King in Yellow- ever!
Thelemiic Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
Wow:o Awesome!
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Papaver-rhoeas Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it reminds me of true detectives portrayal of the yellow king.
really nice work :)
Dhaundre Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
This is amazing. Great job.
NoNeedForNames Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Suck it parallax. This amazingly done and just down right gorgeous to look at.
Creatoristic Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student General Artist
True Detective?!!! Rock on dude, this is ART!!!
TheRutkula Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Amazing :O
Masquerade7 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Thats beautiful!!!
kP108 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Très très beau :)

Tu utilises un petit truc pour ces effets de déformation et tension sur le "drap" du personnage, ou tout fait main ?
Whistleman92 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! It's like the king of autumn!
ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, so cool. And original!
jemiu Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
laWlsARTstuff Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Very elegant. :) 
MotherOfArt Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
makes me think of nightmares
JBaulmont Featured By Owner May 19, 2014   General Artist
:wow: super conception, et un bon choix de couleurs !
Celestine8 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Best pic of Hastur ever. Well done.
SiegeOfTheSiren Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
The soft layers of orange from the sun that you did was magnificent!

Personlly I'm not really a fan of "gentle, round edges", so I also loved how your lines and details appeared sharp and slender.

I dig it 100%. :)
mindscapebd Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is stunning! Amazing lighning and composition.
Quoriil Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Ooo! Ooo! What's behind the mask of the King?
manitwo Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
INSANE! you rock! Headbang! 
Grivetart Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!! :)
MellowSunPanther Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The figure in this picture reminds me of one of the characters in Middle Earth.  This is a nice piece, and I especially like the poem you provided.
Grivetart Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haay thanks! :D
MikeShawIllustrator Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great use of atmosphere very creepy - in a good way!
Grivetart Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
MarcoBrambini Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work!
Grivetart Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
AnthropomorPhillie Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
All I can relly say it's beautiful. :)
Grivetart Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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