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The Mad Poet by brettgray The Mad Poet by brettgray
It was of this place that Abdul Alhazred the mad poet dreamed on the night before he sang his unexplainable couplet:

That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.

- H.P. Lovecraft, The Nameless City, 1921



Clearly, the literary works of H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) have provided inspiration for many of my drawings, and this one is no exception. If you know anything about Lovecraft’s stories, you’re no doubt familiar with the mad poet, Abdul Alhazred. For those unfamiliar, he’s the one responsible for writing the infamous Necronomicon, the apocryphal “Book of the Dead.” This forbidden tome tells of the race of insane elder gods who once ruled the earth---and who will on some very dark day return…
I thought it would be fun to see what would happen if Abdul Alhazred actually read the very book he was writing (receiving???).
Charcoal on paper .
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nerapantera Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
hei, how are you?
Here, I and my staff want writing a new art magazine, now for the italian people, and we're interested to put this picture in our pages. If you are interested you can write me with a note and tell us that you autorize the use of the image.
thank you ^^
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brettgray Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm very flattered. Yes, you have my authorization to include "The Mad Poet" in your art magazine. I would appreciate it if you could direct your readers to my official website: [link] so that they may see more of my work. Thanks again, and I'd love a copy of the magazine!

www.brettgrayart.com
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FirewaterGrace Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
your work is fantastic...the lycanthrope brought me to your page, but THIS, this is my favourite by far. thank you for such inspiration.
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brettgray Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!That is so kind of you.
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Hesher187 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! like giger on on a bad trip lol.
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Delashael Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is gorgeous.
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brettgray Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. That is very kind of you.
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Andromidicus Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
My comment disappeared LOL ok fine! I shall repeat myself!! You are my traditional hand drawn monster/ dark creature hero >:D!!!!!!
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brettgray Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow...thanks so much, my friend! That is very kind of you.
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Andromidicus Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Your welcome! You are truly talented! And even my mother who gets scared by all the monster drawings in my group saw yours and agreed with me how incredibly talented u r :3 <333
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Andromidicus Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is the most coolest monster I've seen yet!!! <333 It inspires me!!
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FreneticAmnesic Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, way too awesome for words!
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APSpinks Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Artists must get bored of hearing this but - there's a bit of Giger in there too ;) Very good work - intense emotion!
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XxxTenebraexxX-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
This is, quite possibly, the most perfect depiction of dementia I have ever seen. Your artistic talent is unbelievable.
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rinaswan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations! This piece has been chosen for :icontraditional-artists: BEST OF: Bi-Weekly Features!! It is currently featured in this week's journal. [link]
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Olaf68 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
Very awesome. The detail is amazing.
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Seen-Artist Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing :D the details and shadows. WOW
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brettgray Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Crimms Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If this were in the cover of a Necronomicon, I would totally believe it's alive.
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Superbly detailed and stylized. I love the form, structure, and balance. Great looking eyes and teeth.
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GeorgieGanarf Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Masterfully done my friend,BRAVO!
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brettgray Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much,that's very kind of you!
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GeorgieGanarf Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
You are more than welcome my friend,my pleasure!
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TheDaveL Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
Pure, unadulterated excellence, my friend.
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brettgray Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TheDaveL Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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haitstu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is really well detailed.
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rsand21266 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Looks strangely like Alan Moore.

Which means it's perfect.
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ViralProgenitor Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Kiler.
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dark-precipice Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!~ I can totally buy a book with a cover like this. :star:
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o0WdA0oMinako Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Oh wow, Brettthis is amazing! So much detail, I bet this took forever to complete!
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BalatroMoestitia Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
I've been meaning to read H.P. Lovecraft's books! And if it can inspire this sort of art he is definately on my too buy list next time I go to my favourite book store.

This drawing is just awe inspiring! I love it!
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Loombar Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my God, this is AMAZING! Seriously, you're a monster... I love all of your drawings (and Lovecraft, of course)
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brettgray Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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Loombar Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'welcome! :D
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