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arbustus ara - ink by SickJoe arbustus ara - ink by SickJoe
Leper bark plummets from the Aberration's flanks, revealing plant material masquerading as mammal flesh. The slabs of bark bear the appearance of a tree's normal exterior carapace but it's inner side bears a resemblance to a thick yellow fat ... a fat that makes the most horrid noise on contact with the pool of blood at the creature's now forming lower limbs. The pool was pulsating wildly. One moment the tide of endless blood flowing from the demonic maiden taunts the nearby shores with threats of overflowing it's banks...only to be pulled back abruptly as the thing absorbs more and more of the blood beneath it. Each subsequent gulp causes more of the fatty rotten bark to give way, revealing further glimpses into the humanoid form this denizen of chaotic nature would construct.

My Father had always spoken of the fell nature of the wood, how a long forgotten sect would convene here and share dark secrets, revel in their physical forms with supernatural creatures and dine on the flesh of humans. Their Priests consorted with earthen fiends, planting their seed into the Earth itself hoping to gain the favor of the Feculent Queen of the Wood. Upon receiving the biological offering of a worthy suitor, a pair of skeletal legs caked in mud and swamp sediment would spring forth from the ground wrapping around the waist of the unholy man. The layers of terran material adorning the bones would fill out into the soft supple skin of a woman’s leg. The putrid stench of compressed moist compost would quickly give way to thick plumes of lavender and rose. In rapid succession the other portions would rise from the earth beneath the man. Arms covered in worming sinew and vegetative muscle fibers, worked their way up the outer portions of the Man’s arms. A mud filled skeletal smile would lazily trudge through the dirt giving ample time for the Earth Worms and Carrion Beetles to scurry to safety. The two clumps of filth which filled the skull’s eye sockets eroded away to reveal a pair of bulbous cloudy eyes. The Queen’s head was adorned with a tangle of briars and roots that held desperately to their former earthen homes below. As the rows of thorn like teeth would near the suitor’s mouth, he was to pledge an eternal oath to not only offer his body and soul to the will of the Begrimed Bitch of Balewood but he was also to serve as a guardian to the one thousand Verminous Muck spawn the Baroness of the Unclean would birth. He was then to extend his tongue into the Queen’s mouth for her to remove, sealing the pact. After she consumed the mouthful of flesh the man would then be bestowed with immortality so that he might serve her Majesty’s will and the will of their childer. He was also gifted with dark knowledge and even darker powers. This knowledge would be his and his alone, never to speak of. Those who dared commune with outsiders were devoured by their own monstrous hybrid shames.

These new men would roam the Great Forest’s edge seeking small settlements to infiltrate, hoping to find three to five small children. The youths would be escorted back to the Wood’s hollow where the maiden lay. Under the utter darkness of the New Moon the wordless Priests bound the children in large Patula Tree leaves and small vines. They then stuffed the human parcels inside the stone maiden atop the Hollow’s crag. When they removed their old cold hands from the squirming warm masses below, the Maiden returned to it’s former closed position. The small final forceful nudge to shut the construct completely was paired with a cacophony of liquid screams. Torrents of red spewed from the maiden’s eyes and mouth while heavier tamer spurts poured from the four auxiliary holes below. As the noise within the device reached it’s peak a vehement roar cracked into being at the crag’s edge. The Fathers' stepped back across the bank and stared as another child was born.

This instance I see before me leaves me immobile.

“My God forgive me, Father forgive me…it has no eyes yet I feel it’s gaze…why does it stand toward me?”

As the shadow of the beast engulfs me I am struck with a paralyzing cold, then filled with the heat of the sun and a burning desire to do something...

wicked.
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gant2z Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Professional Artist
i love it.. thank you..
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you ;)
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little-cruel-thing Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
ty!
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Blackbeast42 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Not sure if this is a tribute or original idea, but favorited all the same.
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
it's an original idea good sir and thanks ;)
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow :wow:
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you ;)
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :-)
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Nixxtor Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just amazing, thats all I can say. Details, motive, emotion everything, just amazing
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
glad it struck a chord ;)
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JAUMBZZ Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Man, your work is really inspiring! Your style is exactly what I was looking for to help me find my own style. I will send you a drawing I'm doing now when I finish it if you don't mind... Would be a huge honor to me! :D
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks so much man for the kind words. i have no qualms looking at stuff.
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JAUMBZZ Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
You are very welcome, sir. Mostly deserved!! 
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crack666 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
good work.. amazing
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i appreciate the kind words ;)
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Knock-Out-Nik Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your attention to detail in this piece!
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
well thank you very much!
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M1DNAA Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student General Artist
................................. wow! definite fave!
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
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Mortalitas1 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful. this is the sort of stuff i love. creepy, but insanely awesome!!
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i loves me some creepy stuff, thanks for commenting ;)
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Mononoke-Kitsune Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow, really amazing work!
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
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Mononoke-Kitsune Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
No prob ^^
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JulianBrogden Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Great work and compelling story. Great job...
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
it really makes me happy to know you liked it!
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50LbHead Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
very cool.
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks man!
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8novaeeternal8 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
This is beautiful, done perfectly thanks for the read:)
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks for reading it and thanks for the kind words!
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8novaeeternal8 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
May I ask you to critique some of my work? I need a critique I have a few But I'm hoping to have some collaborations with some people and also acquire new friends.TY I would like only the best of the best so this is why I have chosen you.
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
outstanding ink work! :thumbsup:
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much for the kind words!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
:) you're very welcome... cheers! :beer:
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Doberlady Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
have featured your work in my journal [link] I hope do not mind :aww:
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SickJoe Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much for featuring my artwork!
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PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not much to say to this other than its totally AWESOME!
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SickJoe Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i think it's awesome that you enjoy it ;)
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PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its a superior piece you should be proud! :)
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harrythechimp Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student General Artist
ugh. i am sickened by your unrelenting talents. lol
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much, it's always a pleasure to sicken people in pleasing ways.
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You've been featured! [link]
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
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BloomingLotus Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing. This should get a DD!
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i apparently missed the comment you left here and i apologize for taking so long to say thank you. i appreciate your sentiment very much and appreciate you taking the time to comment on my work. thank you once more!
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BloomingLotus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha you already said thank you, no problem anyways!
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i couldn't see if i did but i wanted to make sure i did ;)
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
that'd be awesome and thank you very much!
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