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Cthulhu by Aerin-Kayne Cthulhu by Aerin-Kayne
This is an old picture.
I have a newer digital one, and after 9 months it STILL does not show up in DA's oh so great search engine (which annoys me because I like the new one more).
Anyway -
New Cthulhu is here


I had to do a Lovecraft-based pic sometime...So, here one is... (I uploaded a fairly big pic so full view for the better image).
I know these things (based on the writings) are supposed to be kind of bloated or fat, but that didn't want to work for me on the page (just some possibilities: the cthulhu described in the writings were overweight specimins, or hey, maybe they've been trimming down, getting into shape in preparation for astrological developments...). I tried to make some parts of this thing semi-transparent, and semi succeeded. I also played with the hands a bit, because I am always a sucker for myth-mixing...
A story with this one though (oh it HAD to have a story): About after the second day into this picture, this MASSIVE thunderstorm passed through while I was asleep at about 3.30 AM. I had been working on this thing till past 2 that night at least, so I had Cthulhu on the brain I guess. I managed to work the sound of the thunderstorm into my dreams, and before finally being woken up by all the noise, dreamt I was on the ocean somewhere while it was pitchblack except for the lightening, and when it flashed, I could see all these mountains on the horizon beyond the water and behind the mountains all these giant tentacles rising up. Somehow I got it into my mind that some kind of Cthulhu THING was coming to kill me because of my trying to draw it... I woke up pretty dissorrientated and it actually took me a few seconds to realize that I wasn't going to be eaten... (because I woke up and all the noise from my dream was still continuing). In the future I guess I'll have to work on these types of drawings prior to 2 AM :)
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ariya-sacca Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2019  Student General Artist
This is one is really cool! I looked at the other one and in all honesty I like this one better.
DraakeT Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Lovercraft! great piece! The year say 2004..........Why, about this cool topic, don't you create something of new, actual? Cthulhu Avatar by Aerin-Kayne
Aerin-Kayne Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It probably is about time for something cthulhu related again.
Surdy78 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017
Giger art style :D
Aerin-Kayne Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
He was one of my art heroes when I was younger (well, still is, but yeah, I had a little bit of a Giger phase).  
Thanks for commenting :) 
EvilDogBum Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
Great detail.
MateoGraph Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Thumbs Up Nice work ,ia ia !
clayjase69 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Wow brilliant
SurrealGrotesque77 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Artist
Hi. I run a magazine called Surreal Grotesque and for October we are doing a tribute to Lovecraft issue. I love your art and I was wondering if you would let us use some of your pictures for that issue. All credit would remain with you and I could run a small bio. You can see the magazine here: We are legit and also have a book on Amazon called: Aliens, Sex and Sociopaths. Unfortunately I can’t pay for art right now, all I can offer is exposure, we do have over 1000 fans on Facebook. Thank you for your time. Let me know what you think or email me at

I am doing a Lovecraft creature specific gallery with creatures like Cthulhu, Dagon, etc. 
KMJ716 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
i cant even...
OttoIch Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Wow that's great !
Cyberpunk93 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Writer
This is great. It looks almost like you envisioned it being a statue, which would be very cool to make and have. Good job
CaraOrdinaryVanity Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Wow, perfect!!! This is an incredible rendering of Cthulhu <33333
Wolf-the-Metalhead Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cthulhu !!!!!
dakaarts Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
narwhals will stop cthulhu eating ye!
xD nice pic :D
Vespillo-Cruentus Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
that's really good! the story itself is a favorite of mine, and this artwork put me in the mood for it a again. great job! :D
sirencalls Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Holy crap! This drawing is absolutely INCREDIBLE!! Wow wow wow!!!
SpellsNSpooks Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Wow! Seriously...Wow!
mugemo987 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
:la: laaaaaaaaa! :worship:
BarbieGuitars Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Fabulously detailed!
KuhaFIN Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool looking.
This reminds me of the works of Giger (which is a good thing)
Would be awesome to see Cthulhu with a bio-mechanical twist...or at least i'm gonna see since i'm gonna get that idea tattooed on my arm on January. Can't wait to se how the artist's design turns out :woohoo:
BooRat Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"
Hunden73 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
He canīt show himself fat when on Top Model, can he? Oh,well...greatly done, a really good Cthulhu - but he should be bloated.
MarkofThanatos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply awesome.
ShallowBay91 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Cthulhu! (;,,,;)

That pose makes him look like the Alien. Awesome textures and those semi-transparent parts totally worked out!
IcyBowser Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
These things? Plural? I can assure you that in H.P. Lovecraft's story there is one Cthulhu. O_o Regardless, a very nice picture!
mandraconis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
Great work, been looking for a decent Cthulhu rendering for a while. Bravo!
carpenocturne Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Student Filmographer
This has to be one of my favorite Cthulhu versions!
Nirdian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist
Oooh! I love the H.R. Giger style!

Yeah, fave'd! :D
ignika24 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
his head reminds me of predator
Nemesis12 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Cool. I'd try to pet him, but he'd probably kill me.
chris-illustrator Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I like your depiction of Cthulhu. AMazing detail too. must have taken forever to draw all of those scales.
Amour-Imbecile Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
Looove the drawing! And Lovecraft :)
DanniQuee Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
ftang! This is amazing!

Call me crazy, but I like this one more than the new digital one. I'm faving this because the detail is incredible and it's Cthulhu!
dsantiag Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Sounded more like Cthulhu was getting to you through your sleep! Good job on its portrayal. I love the Lovecraftian myths and monsters!
Grim-Reach Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Hobbyist
Alex-Stein Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008   Writer
Somewhat reminiscient of the works of HR Giger, by any account, but with a more fantastical and less depraved outlook.
Hypnogoat-666 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
hay alguna coisidencia con los piscodemon y los mindflayer de Final Fantasy Origyn
Heradisis Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008   Filmographer
Very well done. Your will get from me two Ia's and a great deal of joy. This is one of my favorite renderings of the slumbering one, though I still like the Horrorclix miniature a great deal.

Very good work.
godofwarlover Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
Nice use of shading and texture design. You give Cthulhu a serious look.
Hammish-McFisticuffs Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
Thing of beauty
MegamanNeos Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Oh the insanity! Aww, look at the cute little elder god preparing to- oh god! his tentacles! They're in my brain!
thinkingthoughts Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
Wow! This cthulhu looks great! Like the whole skinny thing you've done.
Gilgrim Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
I just love HP Lovecraft and one thing that makes this drawing so good in my opinion is that it's black and white, almost reminds me of some kind of mad man's sketch of the monsters in his head, just brings up the evil thoughts in my mind, F*cking great mate ^^
Rainbow-squirt001 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, this might sound strange, but this is my favourite image of Cthulhu. I am doing some research for a tattoo and

I bet you don't get this often, but it is possible to have your permission to get this inked on my back? Seriously, I love it.
Black7Sky7Dawn Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007   Writer
Very awesome.
Very very awesome.
carpenocturne Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Student Filmographer
yet another GREAT Cthulhu rendition!
seeminglymeaningless Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist

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Nurikosguardian Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006
Best Cthulhu picture i have EVER seen. Excellent detail and design. Lovecraft would be proud.
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