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Christopher Carrion by CliveBarker Christopher Carrion by CliveBarker
Abarat, Christopher Carrion
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moonlight-fox Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I read abarat a few years ago!
It was definitely nicely illustrated and I loved the story!
smeagol92055 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had no idea that you had a Deviatnart! I rabidly devoured the Abarat series in my mid-twenties and then moved on to your earlier works.
You are, without a doubt, one of the true masters of horror and the macabre.
Redsterfish Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
A beer please
tklemp Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
luodawangzl Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
Rythmear Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fun fact; a friend once asked me a question one blustery, moonless night as we strolled through the back-streets of my home town.

"Who was the first villain you can recall from a book who made your skin crawl?"

I'm looking at him right now.
kirstentheartist Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the vibe of this
WolfieTheFox Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've had so much inspiration from your books and especially this dark character. Your style is so captivating and beautifully imaginative. Brilliant job as always :)
tonygutierrez Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
mas omenos
Kbreezee Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my favorite bad guy. I actually like him more than any other character!
Scarlatta93 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
My love. I adore Carrion.
DavidKessler1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I just finished reading Abarat Book 1. It is so like you to create worlds that are so far out of the realm of other people's imagination. I sure hope you do not have nightmares of this variety, unless of course you enjoy them!!!
Lightning-Swallow Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
but the funny thing...the funny thing about darkness is that the more you're in it, the nicer it gets, and the more you feel like you gotta have it, because, because when ugly becomes beautiful, well then beautiful becomes ugly and then you've got to carry your own lovely darkness with you, otherwise you might well drown, now that the nice warm darkness has shown you just how grotesque the world really is. Is it a lie? Is it? I don't know, but he seems to like his nightmares, and anyway the darkness has ways of keeping its own.
PaperArtillery Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
God, I loved this book...wish someone hadn't stolen it all those years ago, and I'm having trouble finding the second one locally. Maybe it's time to give in and use the Internet...
RavenRyy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
As evil and cruel as he is, I really feel a great deal of pity for the Dark Prince. His granny is a right nasty bit of work, but Christopher strikes me as being very sad and lonely, with his own evil actions being motivated by pain, grief and rage.

I do despise Mater Motley as well as I see nothing but pure evil in her.

Mr Barker, if you see this comment, please know that I utterly love your work, and would gleefully offer my most of my internal organs and limbs for a smidgen of your skill and talent!
brettgray Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is one of my all-time favorites, Clive. I'm an artist who works primarily in charcoal; I had a booth at this year's Scarefest in Lexington, KY. and wanted you to sign the page in my copy of your book "Visions of Heaven and Hell" where Mr. Carrion appears. You were missed greatly by all of us---please get well very soon! Your work is an inspiration to me.
GhostShow Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That distant look in his eyes.. he honestly looks like the kind of guy who could strike you down with a glare alone.
stardust30 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
awesome works!
Tomolan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I love your paintings as much as I love your writing,
Great gallery of work Mr. Barker.
Cosmic-Cherry-Tree Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This painting is awesome. I admired your talent as soon as I saw this in your book. Not only is this great artistically/technically but you've also captured a menacing and disturbing essence too. :clap:
ChocaholicX-Ray Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For some absurd reason I can't help but think he's charming and beautiful in a sense.....
sleepyowlet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All your paintings are wonderful, but this is one of my favourites. Not just because Carrion is my favourite character (I'm a sick puppy, I know :XD:), but because It's so well done. He's one creepy dude, but the painting also shows his sadness.

I've read a lot of fantasy books along the years, and sooner or later they became same-old, same-old. Orcs, elves, heros, save the princess/world. Ugh. You, on the other hand managed to create something new, something fresh and vibrantly alive with your Abarat series (the only one I can think of who did that too is Walter Moers with his Zamonia books). A world that is so full of unexpected, wonderfully crazy things. Thank you for that.
JeffreyChaseFriedman Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I never read the Abarat books, but a picture is worth a thousand words. Great work, Clive.
artist3121 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
The eyes... my God, the eyes...
gany-giny Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Another brilliant creation from a brilliant and talented mind. All in a days work for you though, eh, Clive? :)
AndrewHouston Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like the way you work the medium, the way you create texture
Auroragami Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
The eternal stare of Carrion penetrates the viewer's psyche sucking you in. Yet there is a passiveness in the black and white coloration of his upper face and eyes. The reds in the deadly venomous liquid reminds us of the dangers hidden in his soul. As he tries to control the viewer with his sinister stare, the venom of veins alters his own disposition.
CopperAge Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Dead. Freaking. Brilliant. Huge fan of your words and art.
Atlantisvampir Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
really nice work.
Colonel-Gonzo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
My partner was so scared of this particular painting until I made her read more about him and then she just felt sorry for him. Still one of my favourite paintings from the series!
faily-o-mcfailson Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh Christopher, love of my life. :faint:
TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Writer
MathewHayes Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
I love your writing, especially the books of the Art, and have often hoped you would spend less time painting and finish the third. But when I see such a great painting I change my mind. You manage, in your writing and painting to create an extreme character so realistic that they seem to have existed before you dreamt them up; like some eternal deities.
HamsterRawr Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Def my favorite character from the series :)
Zakary969 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Just as I imagined him.....
aegiandyad Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Is this really the real Clive Barker? I've already favoured one 'Abarat' character and now I've stumbled upon another. I confess to not having read all of the longer books. I'm stuck half way through Imajica at the moment. I became a great fan of the Hell Raiser series and made these little souvenirs for myself [link] .
ScottFalkner Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I love how you can tell that there's more to Christopher by the painting alone. There's evil there, yes, but there's an intelligence as well. There's an aged dignity - something beyond self loathing. I adore this painting.
Ghostgirl-Shanika Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great character, in both design and personality. It brought shivers down my spine while reading the books but also urged me to keep reading and learn more! Most of your characters have a similar affect, especially when it comes to Abarat.

Amazing work as always :)
Hatter10-7 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Both cool and scary at the same time.
SlargTheGnome Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
He's so fascinating :meow: I wanna see more of him
Silvercat0515 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
This is a truly outstanding villan for Abarat, and his design is stunning! I can't wait too read more about him, and see more paintings of him!
XenophobicPixel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love Carrion. He's just such a wonderfully designed villain, in personality and in appearance. Thank you for making the Abarat books. C:
Saxgrrrl Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Christopher Carrion is definitely one of my most favorite characters. I love him and hate him all at the same time. In fact, when I first tried to write, I fashioned my villain after him, but that villain is just downright an awful character. He was scrapped. I can't write villains at all. :worry:
SpicetheRat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Absolutely "AMAZING."
Just.. his expression, the detail, his design.. Oh my, i just love it all. Huge fan of your art and books. ^-^
theblackbutterfly Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is by far my favourite of all your paintings, it's the reason I picked up the book.
chricko Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
iliumleather Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
I have always loved this painting.
TurquoiseSubmarine Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When reading the books sometimes I really just want to hug and comfort him... and only a few sentences later to scream and run away as far and as fast as I can. The best character ever! :)
ZombieCowLuver Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I fell in love with this portrait the first time I saw it. I love the books and I cant wait to read the final 2 and see what happens between candy and Christopher.
You are a god of your many arts by far.
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