My next chapter spread for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition is for 'Alien Artifacts & Devices'. I read through the entries in the rulebook, and the Yithian Temporal Communicator sounded interesting, and I really like the Great Race of Yith. It's a device which allows two parties to interact via an audio/video link, sort of like Skype but with holograms... and it can cross time and space! I hear Apple will be coming out with them soon. It is described to be made of bronze, and the crystal glows red while in operation.
I based the design closely to the one in the rules, though it was a small line drawing so I had to make considerations as I translated it into a larger painting. Sad to say, I don't know who created that illustration! A lot of artists worked on that book, and often small pieces like that aren't signed, I think perhaps as to not distract from the art. If anyone knows who made it, please let me know, hopefully he or she approves of my interpretation of their design!
My first question was where/when would this take place? I would assume the recipient would have to be pretty special and worthy to be allowed this access, someone with great intellect and talent. I thought rather than go for the obvious choice (yours truly ), why not give some of the spotlight to lesser known folks such as renaissance artist-slash-inventors?? I was tempted to put in a lot more of Leo's famous things in there (flying whirlygigs and the like), but I felt like the idea of the communicator was a bit demanding of the viewer already, and the left side needed to be relatively blank for all the text. I wanted to focus more on the idea that it is projecting a hologram, showing some of it's translucency to reinforce the idea, all while realizing that not everyone is going to recognize the alien within the projection. I like to make puzzles for myself it seems!
The Cult of Cthulhu is an underground global threat. Different sects inhabit far flung corners of the earth and each identifies itself with differing depictions of the tentacled Great Old One.
“Cthulhu Amulets” are available in two finishes: The crude and voodoo inspired “Swamp Cultist” and the sinister, green metallic “High Priest”. Both come ready to wear or hang on a jute twine (Swamp Cultist) or brown suede (High Priest) cord.
Time to let the cat out of the bag. This huge painting will be on display at the Father Dagon event,organized by the Dread Falls Theatre's chaps "combining actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists to create a world in which roaming audiences experience H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction through multi-disciplinary storytelling." You still can purchase tickets here www.skiddle.com/groups/dreadfa…
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"Since time immemorial, the Cult of Cthulhu could be identified by the seal of the Great Old One: a tentacled, six-eyed face surrounded by large bat-like wings. Members of the cult would wear this symbol to identify their allegiance to Great Cthulhu and their sinister goal of reawakening him when the stars became right again."
The Cthulhu Cultist Medallion is hand cast in solid resin and is available in two paint finishes: “Arkham Alloy” and “R’lyean Stone”. Each medallion comes attached to a custom black suede cord and is ready to wear or hang. Signed and numbered by artist Jason McKittrick.
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."