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Malachi Robb

"Nyarlathotep" by Malachi Robb

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HP Lovecraft's Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos, illustrated as per his descriptions within the "Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath". This character is amongst my favorite figures in literature, and is also a favorite to illustrate. It has always baffled me how often he is portrayed as ugly, or undead, or montrous, when he is described in such a human fashion- I attempt to convey the dark, slick-tounged seducer as faithfully as possible to Lovecraft's intentions.

Prismacolor pencils upon black canva-paper.

28 Aug 2006:-) Sam Harrison
This is great! I love seeing any kind of Lovercraft/surreal horror art.
I like how you've used a comparatively small amount of color in proportion to the gray and black.

:-) Malachi Robb replies: "Thank you for the comment, they're appreciated! I'm convinced grey is an underrated color. =)"
28 Aug 2006:-) Kristin Lewis
What an amazing amount of detail. Beautiful work and congrats!

:-) Malachi Robb replies: "Thank you very much for the comment! I'm just a bit detail obsessed. =)"
28 Aug 2006:-) Gregory D. Lyons
This is, I must say, a fantastic representation of Nyarlathotep. One of the best I've seen, actually. Stylized rendering and smooth lines makes it look less like an illustration and more like graphic design; a sign for an occult bookstore, perhaps. This piece would be perfect as the cover of a Lovecraft collection. It's better than any of Palencar's cover art for the Del Rey paperbacks.

:-) Malachi Robb replies: "Thank you very much for the comment! They're always appreciated. And thank you for the encouraging complement! I was definitely thinking "graphic design", as I often do, thinking of perhaps a carving upon the door of an ancient temple, forbidding one to go further. Or perhaps enticing one in. I can think of few things I'd rather have the opportunity to do than illustration on a Lovecraft collection. . . it's a dream, but, I'm determined. =)"
28 Aug 2006:-) Marika Viklund
Yay! Nyarlathotep!! 14 He's soo cool! I've read almost everything from Lovecraft and Nyarlathotep is one of my favourites! It's very dark and nice! I really like the outfit you gave him and the somewhat human look! 12 He's often described as a beautiful egyptian pharao in golden robes acctually! But he's got so many funny forms and I really liked this one! 2 Squiddy squiddy! 14 I liked his eyes too... nice! The... um... pose or what I should call it is very good too, with those squid arms behind him like in a hindu god painting or something! Anyway, this is one of the best pics of N. that I've seen on EW!

:-) Malachi Robb replies: "Thank you very much for the comment! Nyarlathotep is one of my favorite figures to draw, usually inspired off the "Dream Quest" descriptions. This time around, I was inspired by a representation of the thousand-armed Bodhisattva, and, so the resemblence to Asiatic god representations isn't coincidental. =)"
28 Aug 2006:-) Jenny Velders
to be honest, I never heard about Nyarlathothep. This is so dark, it's so beautiful! Are the upperarms too short? This is great work, keep it up!

:-) Malachi Robb replies: "Thanks for the comment, they're appreciated. Now that it's pointed out, I'd agree that the left arm appears somewhat off, and, I believe I didn't position the shoulder-guards exactly right, and the left one should be raised a bit more instead of at-level, since that shoulder should be a bit higher than the other. But, too late now! =)"
29 Aug 2006:-) Simi Landau *Muffin Queen*
Mmm, Nyarlathotep. I like the arms...tentacles...and the details of his costume. Congrats on Mod's Choice!

:-) Malachi Robb replies: "Thank you very much for the comment! I was suprised to find he recieved the Mod's Choice, and am definitely grateful for the notice he got. =) Seems a good start for my little corner of the Woods."
25 Nov 200645 GuesssWho
Ia! Ia! The Three-Lobed Burning Eye, the Crawling Chaos! Cthulhu fhtagn!

:-) Malachi Robb replies: "Hmmmm. . . I should really do a Nyarlathotep piece that combines the "three-lobed burning eye" image sometime! "
8 Dec 2006:-) Shelz Keast
Although I don't know anything about Lovecraft I still think this is an aswome picture. You've really managed to develope a strong persona with this character.

:-) Malachi Robb replies: "Thank you very much for the comment! It's always good to know that someone's enjoyed a piece even though they're not familiar with the character and seeing it through the eyes of a fan. =)"
25 Apr 2007:-) Rebecca Hobbrechaun Dias
great pencil work on black canvas, but i think a little more white to bring out the details might help, but IDK? Some people are so talented w/ colored pencils! great facial features and anatomy/porportions.
congrats on Mods choice!
~Rebekah Day~
6 Dec 2007:-) Justin A 'Merlion Emrys' Williams
This is excellent, your composition and colour skills are great.
I'm not sure, however, that I quite understand what you said about depictions of Nyarlathotep...as a shapeshifter, he assumes many forms...most artists just seem to choose to depict his monstrous masks rather than the "Black Pharoah" type look you have here. But it is definitely superb
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 • Created by: :-) Malachi Robb
 • Copyright: ©Malachi Robb. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Chaos, Coloredpencil, Crawling, Eldergods, Hpl, Lovecraft, Nyarlathotep, Oldones, Prismacolors, Tentacles
 • Categories: Demons, Imps, Devils, Beholders..., Dream Imagery, Book Illustration
 • Techniques: Coloured Pencils
 • Inspirations: H.P.Lovecraft
Modpick •  Mod Pick at: 2006-08-28 10:00:05
 • Submitted: 2006-08-24 18:44:39
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