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The Prophet by Keithwormwood The Prophet by Keithwormwood
Pilgrims listen in rapt attention to one of the many prophets imprisoned along this road. The town that can be seen was built about a cathedral which dates back beyond scholars' records. A large cache of gold was found in the cathedral's catacombs and the high class now lives in relative comfort despite the poor harvests of late. Those who can afford it live off the trade of a neighbouring coastal fishing town. Since the gold was discovered a rash of severe birth defects and sudden oncomings of insanity have been plaguing the populace. After trading began, the fishermen and their families who accepted the gold as payment have been suffering the same ills. The particularly opulent burgomaster has become worried about his dwindling reserves, and after the discovery of further tunnels connecting to the cathedral's catacombs, he has taken to paying highly those who plumb its depths in search of more gold. Unfortunately these men invariably return completely mad, and desperately try to burn the cathedral to the ground. The burgomaster furiously condemns these men to the gibbets that line the road as a warning to those "weak of mind, and lax in duty." Those scarred and deformed by the gold's unwholesome influence flock to these prophets to hear their fractured gibberings of what they saw below the cathedral. It is rumored that the burgomaster's wife can birth naught but plump, healthy fish.

Blue colerase pencil and Photoshop. This was published in Spectrum 11.
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:iconscruffy-mynxbane:
Scruffy-Mynxbane Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
if these are your waking dreams, i would hate to see your nightmares
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Pumais Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Holy Jesus pies and cakes - that story is pretty captivating.
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venusnoobtrap Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016   General Artist
Couldn't have said it better myself
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:iconchanneledchaos:
channeledchaos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!  it looks great and has an interesting story behind it, very lovecraftian.
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teko11 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
I first saw this in Spectrum 11 and i always wondered about the back story.
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Tasty-Crayon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
This is so interesting to look at. I love it!
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KCT123 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
love it!
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Twippywippy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I always thought that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards looked just as if they'd been taken down from one of those things at the last possible moment...
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Kate-Ricochet-1779 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Thats awesome :D
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Son-of-Incogneato Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Classic!
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:iconmrkookas:
mrkookas Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks like the guy in the middle has been doing yoga
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:icondaedor:
Daedor Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
What really amazes me is the imagination that goes into the background for this drawing. I really wish you'd put more of the art from your site on DeviantArt, because some of my favourite work of yours is still there.
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ReliquiaArcana Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Wow simply amazing! I love your drawings *_*
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Gothiclovesick Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
I cant believe you made this. Amazing.
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Johnjacobjinkl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Creepy, but awesome!
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:iconsabrebash:
SabreBash Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This piece reminds me of H.P. Lovecraft's "A Shadow over Innsmouth."
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:iconejvalena:
ejvalena Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
It strongly reminds the "Danza Macabra" from Spain about S.XIV-XV

Great!
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Surreal-Surrealism Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
Your art is so twisted! I love it! :chew:
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:iconrennskye:
rennskye Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
This is amazing and disturbing and I love it.
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:iconshadowtoxin:
ShadowToxin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Student General Artist
I saw this in Spectrum! Very very amazing talent to have to even think of being placed into one of them, you certainly deserved it!
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lazylazy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
ты знаешь Гойа ?................................You know Goja?...........................
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basler2 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
truly a masterpiece.
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Starcraftor Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Wow...very cool! Personally, I like the story better than the pic itself, but both are amazing!
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:iconblackdeede:
BlackDeeDe Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
there's no such a word for this. What's the technique?
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:icontriluna:
Triluna Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
This is beautiful artwork!
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:iconsrvalium:
SrValium Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Amazing work, looks stunning!.
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Rautaportti Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow.. ;o You are pro. ! All your works are insane! :D
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andrewpershin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
How nice to see you! Some years ago I was amazed with your paintings and even wrote you a letter. Do you remember? Of course not. Such an interesting feeling... It is looks like we have met before. ))

There are only few paintings here...
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Bjornieman Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
The story in description sounds pretty inspiring. Something for the Crown's agent (retriever agent, but an agent no less!) to investigate.
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galefra Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
A masterpiece !
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Valstrad Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
As always your work is a feast for the eyes and the mind. Just when we grasp the concepts shown, you take it to a greater level of detail with some of the most in depth and intriguing descriptions I've ever read. Also, I find your work to have a morbid elegance that never fails to captivate me. Truly great work.
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sushi-just-ask Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
gives me chills i like it
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:iconkaeloth:
Kaeloth Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Amazing! reminds of Albrecht Durer.. :D
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roguemachine Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student
Very Very nice work !
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pCubensiS Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
awesome
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gombez Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
judgement day great art!
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slonikvpichali Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
woooooow amazing
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Zombiesatemyyoghurt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
His fractured form and words brought sanity and wisdom to those who had been turned back from the worl they longed for.
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Randy-Cushman Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Gasp......
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pedrum Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
wow excellent
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misterbunny Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
beyond reproach. i mean...damn.
respect.
this is some of my favorite monochromatic work i've seen given your surgeon-like emphasis on detail; no wasted or overdone space to which i admire that conviction.
i have Spectrums 11-13 i believe and i'm familiar w/ your piece in question. nj btw.
have you done any work for WotC, other gaming companies? if you haven't, you should, as i'm sure you would have a very successful venture.
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eresseawilwarin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008   Interface Designer
you are A Real Artist, congrats! cheers!
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TheJack-jack Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this 18th century syle...
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metaakumu Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
finally an artist that gives a striking and thought provoking description on their art, thank you, thank you ever so much.
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oneillusion Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woooow, GREAT job, amazing and real :bucktooth:
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RomanticFae Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im in awe of ur work the story and the drawing
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guns4jesus2004 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
hehe, Shadow Over Innsmouth, eh? nicely done.
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SexyKittyofDoom Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
oh I have to say this is so deformed and grotesque. I have to love it! beautiful detail to the ribs and the spine. so here is to deformed and grotesque keep up the beautifully morbid work.
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rochelimit Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
should i say medievelicious
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Chocolateer Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work and a wonderfully dark tale to go with it..bravisimo.
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