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ink and photoshop, concept for a lovecraft book cover
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Portrait of H.P. Lovecraft.

Acrylic & Gouache over paper.
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My new vision of Cthuhlu's kin. imagine a winged, tentacled, bipedal, carnivorous elephant...

"If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings;"

H.P. Lovecraft, The Call Of Cthulhu

"Another race - a land race of beings shaped like octopi and probably corresponding to fabulous prehuman spawn of Cthulhu - soon began filtering down from cosmic infinity and precipitated a -monstrous war which for a time drove the Old Ones wholly back to the sea - a colossal blow in view of the increasing land settlements."

H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains Of Madness
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The Cthulu inspires ill will, the will to be ill
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"Then suddenly I saw it. With only a slight churning to mark its rise to the surface, the thing slid into view above the dark waters. Vast, Polyphemus-like, and loathsome, it darted like a stupendous monster of nightmares to the monolith, about which it flung its gigantic scaly arms, the while it bowed its hideous head and gave vent to certain measured sounds. I think I went mad then."

- H.P. Lovecraft, "DAGON"

Done in inks; inspired by the inked art of Gary Gianni, as well as that of Bernie Wrightson, the soundtrack to John Carpenter's "THE THING", and of course ... the story from HP Lovecraft.
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One of the most advanced alien races.

"The Great Race's members were immense rugose cones ten feet high, and with head and other organs attached to foot-thick, distensible limbs spreading from the apexes. They spoke by the clicking or scraping of huge paws or claws attached to the end of two of their four limbs, and walked by the expansion and contraction of a viscous layer attached to their vast, ten-foot bases."

"These members were sometimes contracted almost to nothing, and sometimes extended to any distance up to about ten feet. Terminating two of them were enormous claws or nippers. At the end of a third were four red, trumpetlike appendages. The fourth terminated in an irregular yellowish globe some two feet in diameter and having three great dark eyes ranged along its central circumference. Surmounting this head were four slender grey stalks bearing flower-like appendages, whilst from its nether side dangled eight greenish antennae or tentacles. The great base of the central cone was fringed with a rubbery, grey substance which moved the whole entity through expansion and contraction."


H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out Of Time
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Cthulu - Painted with Red Ink (over a base of Brown Conte)
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Here is another double page chapter illustration for the upcoming 7th Edition of Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu RGP core rules.   The left half is mostly blank because that's where the text will be overlaid.  Everyone loves a shoggoth, right??  If you're not familiar, they are a product of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft's imagination, they fist appeared in his novel 'At The Mountains of Madness', currently in limbo for a major motion picture and well worth the read.   Astute examiners might be able to figure out roughly where and when this takes place.  As is my tradition to make puzzles for myself within my paintings, I focused on the transparent qualities of the amoebic creature.

Acrylic on paper, roughly 12x18"
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"Hydrae" acrylic on paper, 8x10" This, along with the 'Cult of Mordiggian' painting served as illustrations for a Lovecraftian music score by Jim Gruetzmacher. This piece was for the table of contents, hence the large blank area in the middle.
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An illustration for the cover of Lovecraft inspired sheet music, the scene is based on The Charnel God by Clark Ashton Smith.
2009 acrylic roughly 8-1/2x11"
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