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King of Cups

A deerlike being standing in a dark foresty place, with head lowered over a shallow bowl of water. He is staring directly into the viewer's eyes and his long tongue is lapping the water. His ears are cocked as if listening and there are dark circles of fur around his eyes. On his head, instead of horns, is a crown of living tentacles that coil and spiral like a halo around his head.

Photoshop and MotionComputing tablet

Concept was inspired from a sketch by the Spacerobots


There is a lot that could be said about the Nethik King, but very little that he will let me say tonight. Maybe the image can speak for itself.

 

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tigerweave
Jan. 30th, 2017 01:18 pm (UTC)
Reading. Placeholder
pyraxis
Jan. 31st, 2017 02:52 am (UTC)
Okay, here's your tomorrow reminder!
tigerweave
Feb. 1st, 2017 07:24 am (UTC)
Alright so what it's saying to me then :-)

It's powerful in a subtle way. A contrast not just in colours but line - so much of it is fluid and circular but the tongue kinda 'reads' as straight, even though it isn't actually perfectly straight. So there's predominantly greens but a splash of contrasting colours. Predominantly circular lines with a few straight lines.

So it leaves me wondering... It suggests someone powerful in a way that is predominantly in one style, but the flexibility to change styles when needed. Also it looks very much like 'The Green Man' or similar, with the vegetation style of stand for the bowl, the greens, and the horns are very snakelike and medusa-like. So if this was a card I had in a reading I'd be wanting to talk about the symbolism of medusa. Perhaps that given the rest of what I've said, they may be finding that when the way they usually approach things doesn't work, they're needing to - or finding they're able to, depending on context, adjust to a new way of doing things. Medusa-like. One head is cut off, so another can come to take it's place. Yeah I guess it's overall a sense of strength through both flexibility and tradition/sameness.
pyraxis
Feb. 2nd, 2017 06:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! This is really really helpful. I'm getting hounded to bed right now but I want to come back and write a better answer.
pyraxis
Feb. 3rd, 2017 03:59 am (UTC)
That's exactly what I wanted, powerful in a subtle way. A lot of the nethik on Karn are persecuted by other shapes, and the king himself is nomadic and reclusive - most people don't even know there is such a thing as a king of the nethik. He and his village in the woods will be there one day and gone without trace the next.

I didn't pick up on the fluid lines vs straight lines, though. That's a really interesting interpretation. I like it. Definitely there should be hints of the medusa, and the way you interpret that symbology. I put the spiral in there on purpose, and I was thinking too of Cthulhu and a bottomless well of... something.
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