Hastur - The King in Yellow by megaflow

Hastur - The King in Yellow

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Added: Nov 18, 2004
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Here we have Haster, from the Call of Cthulhu game (and the Lovecraft mythos, of course). This is the cover for the Unspeakable Tales booster box, so you should be seeing it in fine gaming stores near you right about now. (There was another version of the UT box floating around on the internet, but it's the pre-production mockup. THIS is the real thing!) This is also the Hastur card in the Unspeakable Tales set.

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megaflow's picture

Thanks very much, Greg!

Guest's picture

I have been a fan of the mythos for 20 years and am an avid rpg player i cut my rpg teeth on D&D and Call of Cthulhu. This is a truly great piece of work. Worthy of "Him who is not to be named".

megaflow's picture

Thanks for making my day with your compliment! I always love doing the Lovecraft mythos. Speaking of - starting with the next issue of "Fall of Cthulhu" (issue #6) from Boom! Studios, I'll be doing the covers. I've done the next five so far (6 - 10). I haven't done Old Ones for them yet, but the covers are nice, creepy Lovecraft-inspired goodness. Check 'em out at your local comic shop. Smile

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Hastur the Unspeakable, one of my favourite unsung "heroes" of Lovecraftian horror fiction. And one hell of a good interpretation, too. Definitely a fitting "Return of Hastur" episode, if I ever saw one. Derleth and possibly Chambers would be proud.

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Thanks again!

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The comments dont seem to be on a logical order,unfortunately.
I must say I was unaware of this linking by A.Derleth,so I can only accept what you're saying,and even though I dont know how much Chambers would approve of that,it is irrelevant to your artwork.
So,just keep up with the good work!

megaflow's picture

Thanks for writing, Guest! I'm glad you enjoy the art in general. While I could simply say "that's what the Fantasy Flight Call of Cthulhu mythos says", I'll go further. Noted Mythos author August Derleth actually put the characters together, linking Hastur to the King in Yellow, with the King being an Avatar of Hastur. That's why I've included my "actual" Hastur (the creature in the background) and my Avatar in the foreground. You can feel free to think of them as two distinct characters of course, but in the version I'm illustrating here the Derleth additions are taken into account.

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Although I very much like your art,I must point out that the King In Yellow is a theatrical play reffered to in stories by Robert Chambers,which anyone who reads goes insane(the play,not the stories:).Although there are similarities with the Necronomicon and the Cthulhu Mythos,there is no relevance between the King In Yellow and the Priest who wears the Yellow mask or whatever in Kandath.
Thnx:P

megaflow's picture

Thanks, Walt - it's always cool to get a good word from a great artist like yourself!

baylessiii's picture

I really love the way your style has evolved, Patrick--fun, solid and strong at the same time. Great pic!

megaflow's picture

Hi - thanks for the compliments, I'm glad you like it (mostly!). As to the look of the King, I felt justified in coming up with something pretty much my own, in that this character is only hinted at obliquely by Lovecraft himself. While the king was described a bit more clearly by Derleth, I figured if he can play with the mythos in this area, then so can I! Smile -- On the subject of the colors fitting too conveniently, I can only plead an artist's perrogative to make an attractive picture, and the inability to drive you insane with a glance has forced me to try a more aesthetic approach. Wink

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[Addendum: I missed the closing 'm' in criticism.]

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Random criticis to make here. I mean, its a good picture and all, but one thing kinda gets me about the whole business... Isn't the King in Yellow supposed to be a gaunt, skinny-as-a-stick sort of figure by definition, rather than the rather squat and portly case we have here? I suppose it almost looks 'chibi' if one can say that.
Besides that, I like the drab yellow tones of the robe, but I'm not sure what to make of the colours of the rest. He who resides in Carcosa is about madness and entropy, so surely the colours shouldn't be so conveniently fitting. To embody the great old one in question should be to assault and violate the senses, in my opinion.
But I hope you don't take these critical comments as an overall negative. Its an amazing picture and far beyond anything I could ever achieve.

~ SotiCoto

megaflow's picture

I'm glad you like him. (He's actually both of them, you know!)

Guest's picture

Dude I never knew what exactly Hastur looked like,THAnx

megaflow's picture

Walt! Where the hell have you been? Good to hear from you - drop me an email. Smile

baylessiii's picture

Long time no see! I am so impressed with how prolific and how consistent your work is! Really great work, buddy.

megaflow's picture

Thanks, James. I just channelled Hastur's evil energy, and let it all come out on the page! Glad you liked it (and had crawlly skin!)

somerset's picture

Fantastic imagery, Patrick! Hastur looks amazing ha those worms are making my skin crawl! and no let up in details on the background creature, excellent colour contrast! Brilliant!

megaflow's picture

Wow, that's pretty cool, Uwe. Thanks for the update! Smile I just counted up my cards recently, out of curiosity... It seems I've done about 107 cards as of this week. About 75 for Fantasy Flight (including some sets and games yet to be released) and the rest for various other publishers (like ShadowFist for Z-man games). They sure do add up quickly - I only started doing them a couple of years ago!

j-art's picture

Hehe – Patrick – at "Spiele Essen” there were Fantasy Flight too and I saw the whole product palette, it seems the whole Fantasy Flight stuff is a big Patrick-Fest – lol – I saw soooooo many pieces from you (and I sure bought some cards ) – they all turn out great in the printed version – you really know how to do card art! – I am just curious how many of them you already have done, it must be hundreds! – however, keep up your fantastic stuff, cause it is always a joy to see your work...

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Thanks, Uwe! Like I say I'm getting warmer to this one now... I'll put the other one up and add a link for comparison, though... The box is out now, I think it was released in Europe at the same time as the U.S. so it should be in game stores now! Smile By the way, the individual booster packs for this set have my "Nosey Columnist" picture on the cover, too. It's just a big Patrick-Fest. Wink

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This was quite a day for new pictures, wasn't it (two Editor's Picks!). My little effort barely makes a ripple... Smile Thanks, too - I guess I just really like purple, though it can take over a picture if you let it. You just need to tone it down with oranges and greens where possible. Oh, and if I find a purple octopus to send your girlfriend, I will.

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Hi, Tiina. Yes I see what you mean - I was meaning it to have its head sort of turned, so that we see the eye "bulbing" out more on that side, but I may not have rendered it well enough for you to get my visual meaning. I'm glad you mostly liked it though!

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Wow! this is great Patrick! - would love to see your reworked version too - but if you ask me, it really didn't need some rework - it is fantastic as it is - can't wait to see this one printed on the cover Wink

yrindale's picture

Damn my computer dies and I begin missing all this great art on Epilogue. Great work Patrick, this reminds me that you are one of the few people I know capable of making purple an effective art tool. Tis very inspiring. Man don't show my girlfriend that purple critter.... she may want one.....

straycat's picture

Nice work!

I'm a tad disturbed that the right eyeholebulb (the creatures left) doesn't quite follow the form of the creature.
The left could also need some But most the other.
I woúld have wanted more shading there.
But maybe it's only my point of view.

Nice image

megaflow's picture

Thanks, Marley! I was a bit disappointed with it initially, but it's grown on me. Actually, I went back and did a different version of the mask about 2 weeks after turning this in and liked it better... I wrote the A.D. on the job to see if I could send it in to them, but sadly it had already gone to the printer! Well, I guess they liked it well enough (since it's selling their product!) and as I say, this version has grown on me some...!

thrax-1's picture

aaah i see its commissioned work, never miond my last question ^^.

thrax-1's picture

yummy! look at all them wormsez precious. I'd have to rate this amongst your best in this style easily patrick. The way you painted that octopus as a large ghostly entity is bloddy impressive! Not to mention Hastur? himself. This is awesome work! Could i get a wall paper version patrick? I'd like to see it on me desktop ^^.

Art at its best.