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Elder Sign WIP

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A different interpretation of the descriptions of the Elder Sign in H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos; one of several variations I am trying out versions of. Done using Freehand and Fontographer.

The star shape with internal vesica piscis is a strict geometric construction. fav.me/d2qfyv2 The caption at the bottom, the eroded-to-illegibility red circle, and the spiky-looking vertical bit in the center, are all in an alphabet that has some features in common with Ogham (continuous center line, characters based on systematic permutations of simple angles), but works somewhat differently.

(Yes, in this version, the "tower of flame" is simultaneously also a word and the treelike Lovecraft elder sign.)
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MalakiaLaGattaProfessional Digital Artist
Quite an interesting take on the Elder Sign. I like that you tried to keep star and 'tree' togheter :meow:
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In this version, the main part, the "tree"/"tower of flame", is a four-letter word in my tree-structure alphabet. Because that alphabet includes all the simple branch shapes, the Elder Sign you use in Lovely Lovecraft is readable as a six or seven -letter word. Or would be if I had any idea what sounds my letters stand for. However, I like your version not for that reason, but because it looks so elegant.
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The center reminds me of the Eye of Sauron.
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Oni-NekoHobbyist General Artist
This is a pretty spiffy version of the elder sign. I like the ogham-esque stuff you added gives it a rather alien look.
DonSimpson's avatar
Thank you. I wanted something ogham-like enough that the "tree" version of the sign could be a word, and alien enough to be Lovecraftian.
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LastLodgeProfessional Artist
I so love your sigiling...thank you again...
DonSimpson's avatar
I am fond of a couple of your "talismanic vessels". :)
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DelashaelProfessional Artisan Crafter
You must be getting ready for 2012. ;)
DonSimpson's avatar
They say the stars are coming right, I've heard that said before;
there's so many fates predicted, hard to tell which might be true,
but I don't need the current favored end of all the world,
any old apocalypse will do...
any old apocalypse will do.... :D
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