Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chaos Castle

British fantasy author Michael Moorcock, who is still turning out the fantasy in the 21st century, evidently had quite a time in the 1960s and 1970s. His fantastic worlds and descriptions might give one the idea that he was smoking and/or dropping some interesting biochemicals, but this is a longstanding tradition in British writing anyway. He also represented one of the basic philosophical themes of midcentury fantasy writing, that is, the perpetual war between Order and Chaos, or the Lords of Law and the Lords of Chaos. Chaos definitely has the better lines and the better designs in Moorcock's work. This castle, in the 1970 story "The Singing Citadel," was created by a jester at the Court of Chaos in order to invade Earth's dimension with wacky chaotic games. Elric, Moorcock's albino exiled king/adventurer, must confront the jester with even more Chaotic firepower. 

"Chaos Castle" is ink and markers on sketchbook page with a little Photoshop, 4 1/2" x 7", August 20, 2014. There is a baseball sticker on the lower left corner of this image. Klik for larger view. 

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