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(Music: Nox arcana - Ebonshire)

Illustration based on Erlkönig (Erlking), a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The poem is based on the Germanic legend of a malevolent Elf King who haunts the Black Forest, luring children to destruction.

Art prints with this piece available on society6

YAY Thanks so much to Catgirldstr11 and Moonbeam13  for DD!!! I am a dummy! 
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nukepunkartHobbyist Traditional Artist

I'm obsessed with all of your work, but especially this!! It's whimsical, dark, and has such an organic feel to it. Gah! So good.

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pookiesaurus4Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I imagine him as a black goblin-like figure, with insect wings (like a fairy), and a crown-like protrusion on his head.
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TheWriter1919Hobbyist General Artist
Have you heard the version of this set to music? It's sung and is one of the most difficult pieces to perform for the accompanist. Another excellent piece of art you've created!

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LuigiMarcheStudent General Artist
Franz Schubert's der erlkoning
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This song and story is creepy and scary as hell. id quietly wail inside of my head whenever this played during school's music class. 
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I member this poem!! one my favorites for a dark rainy night!
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I like how you did the ghostly characters in this piece! Excellent work!
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NyxShadowhawk1Hobbyist Writer
"Ebonshire" is a lovely piece, and perfect for this image! 
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rachelillustratesProfessional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, congrats on the DD too!
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It's such well-balanced piece using seemingly simple ways to create a very intiricate overall feeling. I absolutely love it! So great this was chosen as DD! :la:
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Very dark and well done -- even Goethe would be proud of this!
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nice mood
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FractaldragonProfessional Artisan Crafter
This is a very well done illustration for that poem! Congrats on the DD!
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dolores5Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD!
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SilvieTepesHobbyist General Artist
Congrats for the DD!
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Kim-cat3120Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome, and I love your art style! I might have to check out that poem :D
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TaNa-JoStudent Digital Artist
Der Erlkönig - love it 
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Hello!  I'm so happy you got a DD, congrats!
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My father o my father
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AlbineVeratrineHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this poem and your illustration perfectly captures the mood of it :heart:
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