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Ctheltic Cthulhu

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Here's a little bouillabaisse of Lovecraftian horror and Celtic art. A marriage not made in heaven, obviously, but given the subject - well, that's just fine.

Cthulhu, known among necromancers as "The Elvis of the Great Old Ones", is possibly not dreaming here - as we hope he continues to do - but its hard to be sure with those pearly eyes. Anyway his tentacles divide and dissolve into bands of Celtic knotwork in a way that pleases me. I always dread treating part of these animal-like patterns in a realistic way when I need to flatten them out elsewhere in the design; but this time, possibly due to Cthulhu's intervention, I managed it pretty well, I think.

The digital painting (Photoshop) was created for a T-shirt design for my newly relaunched Saga Shirts site ( [link] ) where I'm now doing a new line of full color shirt designs, rather than the silkscreened shirts I had there before. The budget-minded should be told that those older shirts are now marked down. I've been adding designs there like crazy for the past couple of weeks and whenever I keel over and stop, that might mark the end of my current knotwork binge. It's okay, I've got other things that need tending.
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nicothai's avatar
whaou !!! H.P Lovecraft....
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CelticKawaiiStudent Traditional Artist
Yay, Lovecraftian horror goes Irish!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Peter-The-KnotterStudent General Artist
Nice job, sweet background texture...
good luck with t-shirts...
design reminds me a bit of Grateful Dead posters...
KhrisAsatroForero's avatar
i want this.. for tattoo.. what have to do for the design and details?
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fallenidleProfessional Writer
Oh man. You just made my day.
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Reymonkey General Artist
This is just awesome, and if I had money, I'd buy a t-shirt...
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gamehengraphicsProfessional Digital Artist
Very cool.
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KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
You have been featured :blackrose: [link]
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KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
This is so bizarre - on the first look, it's beautiful... but the second makes my skin crawl. Excellent artwork! :wow:
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DR490NW4RRI0RHobbyist General Artist
haha this is hilarious.

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carpenocturneStudent Filmographer
A rather odd combination, but it looks great!
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porkshanksProfessional General Artist
This makes me so happy!

You sir, are the bee's knees!
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BWSProfessional Digital Artist
Weirdly enough, or not, that used to be my license plate - or anyway, BZ NEES. I'm really enjoying your gallery too!
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porkshanksProfessional General Artist
A most unusual coincidence! ^ _ ^
and thank you!
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Terribly original if I say so myself. I'm pleasantly surprised how well Cthulhu translates into... Erm... Celtic tentacle knots.
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Eolhin General Artist
Very cool, and quite creepy. I like the mottling patterns. :)
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lovecraft and knotwork. i have died and gone to goth-geek heaven! This is so stunningly executed. It kinda makes my 'cute' cthulhu plushie idea seem incredibly disrespectful when held up against work that actually reveres the awesomeness of lovecraft. not that its gonna stop me doing it though!
MAD-Uninc's avatar amazing, striking piece...well done. 14 colour T-shirt print? Holy crap. I have been screenprinting T's for almost 20 years, and I haven't done more than 8 colour designs or 4 col. process. $25 is definitely a fair price.
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awsome !
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robertsloan2Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, this is just too cool!!! I love it. I especially like the transition from rounded tentacles to flat bands through flattened partly-rectangular bands, that's beautiful.
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Urus-28Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ia Ia Cthulhu Ftaghn !
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