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Necromancer by Keithwormwood Necromancer by Keithwormwood
Madame Theodosia hearkens from the Aeolian islands and is part of a long lineage of necromancers. Growing up in a family with a long tradition of raising the dead, she was uncharacteristically shaken to learn of her barrenness, and in a rather emotional state vowed to give birth, if not to a new life, then to an already passed life. For this purpose she had found assistance in fashioning a steel, pressurised womb in which the souls of the freshly dead were to be trapped and condensed. This gestating entity came to be referred to in hushed tones as The Collect. The expectant mother now unnerves her followers with a detached resignation towards her eventual agonizing death; a necessity to feed her newborn babe in a self-sacrificial fashion akin to a mother spider.

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:iconnemedeus:
nemedeus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very interesting concept, gorgeously executed. Is this an entire fantasy universe or was it just this picture?
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flumenlimia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Cool. =)
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DarthRalek Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Excellent story and art. Kinda feel sorry for her.
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:iconwapolhouse:
WapolHouse Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
The lore here is amazing!
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:iconsooseskeyboard:
sooseskeyboard Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
The colours are just fucking fab.
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:icontheevilpeanut:
TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have your book of drawing the undead! yay!
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I wonder what her baby is actually going to be like. If it has more than one soul that went into making it would it essentially have multiple personalities if it had any at all beyond zombie-want-to-eat-brains?
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional
The baby's on my site. I should get around to uploading here some time.
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:iconcivilizedsavagery:
civilizedsavagery Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
the stories you make up for these pictures are so disturbing and creepy, but almost beautiful in an eerie way. very inspiring
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:iconlliaw:
LliaW Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
love this style too much!!
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thelder789 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
how does she take her cloths on and off while keep her womb "attached" or is it removable
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:iconkeithwormwood:
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional
The clothes would all be custom tailored around her mechanical additions.
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:iconthelder789:
thelder789 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
fair enough
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:iconahura98:
Ahura98 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Artist
oh... is sad... poor Theodosia... .
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:icontigerach:
Tigerach Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, what a story. You could write that.

or....I could...
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:iconpr1zm4:
pr1zm4 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
beauty grotesque, I love it!
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:iconproofrockpilchard:
ProofrockPilchard Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
The description of her just sent my spine a-jitter, but my eyes a-wonder all at once.
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:iconcastleofdoom:
CastleofDoom Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I first thought she was holding a gasmask, then I read the text xD
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:iconteambookwormm:
teambookwormm Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The details of your work and the haunting emotions have always astounded me. Excellent work :D
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:iconanimafelis:
ANIMAfelis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Brilliant concept!
:D :+fav:
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FlowerOfTheCourt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This photo, along with the description, is agonizingly exquisite. Well done.
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Goetikmagus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Excellent portrait, and an even better solilloquy. The Lovecraftian-steampunk genre has fascinated my friends and I enough to start some writings of our own, and this character is quite inspiring.
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting concept. :)
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:iconcassissy:
cassissy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
beautifully macabre, let me know if they ever invent one of these!
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:iconzebracorn97:
zebracorn97 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!!!
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:iconavalonswinter:
AvalonsWinter Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, looks formidable
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ukielover Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student Artist
i have the book with your drawings in it, it's called 'Drawing and Painting the Undead'

It's a really good book and your drawings are amazing
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CreepyFan0311 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I have that book too!
And this drawing is one of my favourites.
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MyNightmareWorld14 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
I LOVE IT :squee:
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:iconcuestionador:
Cuestionador Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Marvelous beauty!
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gruaige-doiteain Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love the pix, bt omg i love her foot best! idk y, it's just very well drawn lol.
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:iconhekate-chan:
Hekate-chan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
I love this picture :love: It's great
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:iconfantabulous55:
fantabulous55 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb character design. Love the details!
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AndrewJohnCraven Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful with so much brassic zing...excellent
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:icontathiel-valient:
Tathiel-Valient Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is a truly remarkable piece with a fascinating back story.
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Sheilathejaffa Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
The artwork and the story behind it are both stunning!
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CatQueenIris Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
I have a book of you !!
The zombie book , lovely works you have ^^
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:iconmechpro:
mechpro Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
now that weird but original
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AurorleFae Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This. Is. Awesome! I love it : )
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:iconesherymack:
Esherymack Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
creepy, definitely creepy....... I Like It!
:tux:
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:iconeyeseye:
Eyeseye Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Student General Artist
oh im shocking this history is absolutely amazing and the illustration oooobviously too :)
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Sylphxpression Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
She looks fey. And fay.
Amazing, the way you manage to create such unnerving artwork using earthtones.

Ummm.
Can I just take this moment to say that your book, 50 Fantasy Vehicles to Draw and Paint, is one of my go-to reference books? Your work is incredible, sir.
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staple-salad Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
I love the level of detail you give to your character's stories.

Brilliant! And certainly compliments the art.
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Asher-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
umm...wow. o_o
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:iconmr-howl:
Mr-Howl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
This concept is... haunting. And awesome.
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ejvalena Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
amazing work. All the wires at the ground are deeply disturbing :S

Cheers from Chile, I admire your work
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bsom1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
and i just happened to have seen this pic in a how to draw zombies book...
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bsom1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
oh wait, sorry you are the actual artist, sorry i didn't notice i'm
just being paranoid because of all
the tracers and art thieves here on deviantart...
otherwise i realy liked your book, it gave some nice impressions on style
and gave some nice inspiration, unlike most books about drawing these days
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WithinTheStars Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
i saw this out of a how to draw undead book are you the orginal artist?
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animeluv4ever107 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
wow, this is really cool XD it just gets creative thoughts flowing!
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