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Cupcake Cthulhu

By echo-x
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Here's the true story of what happened: I was working in my studio one day in March and I got the Blue Screen of Death. So while my hard drive rebuilt, I laid down on my studio sofa and took a nap. In my dream, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the image of Cthulhu driving this poor corseted damsel insane with temptation of pie. Being a woman - that particular torture is very close to me. When I awoke the image hadn't left and I was compelled to sketch it out... thinking that it would turn out like crap and I could put it aside - but it didn't. It was beautiful. So then I sat down to do a color study, thinking that the sickly-otherworldy-green would ruin the piece - but it didn't. Two weeks later she was does - and I hadn't worked on any other projects at all - including the client piece I had been working on when my computer crashed originally. She was a standalone for a long time, until I kept getting requests for others like her. Cupcake came along in 2011, the Ice Cream Cthulhu Triptych came in 2012, and Cookie was finally completed in January of 2013. You see - it's not about the sexual enticement at all (except of the viewer) - it's about the specific horror women feel about the terrible balance between the pleasures gained from beauty and from dessert.

MODEL: Roxanna Hire
TOOLS: Two Wacom tablets (Intuos 3 and Cintiq 21UX)
PROGRAM: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
EFFECTS: I don't use any 'effects', but there are simple strokes and Brush strokes, gradients and gradient meshes, and many many objects with varying transparency settings.

Here are all the others:
Pie Cthulhu by echo-x Cookie Cthulhu by echo-x Ice Cream Cthulhu - Chocolate by echo-x Ice Cream Cthulhu - Strawberry by echo-x Ice Cream Cthulhu - Vanilla by echo-x
Image size
750x1500px 1.07 MB
© 2011 - 2020 echo-x
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Only just rediscovered your work. Definitely stands the test of time. Great work
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Hey there - just swung by again (after looking at all the Cthulhu sweets again) and wanted to ask if these are pieces you sell as prints? If not then, you know, thats just too bad - but I can just imagine having all these fantastic works on my wall some day. They're great and combining three awesome things - sweets, pretty ladies and almighty Cthulhu!
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Yes, I sell them on my website: as well as at conventions across the country. I don't sell through DeviantArt.
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Thanks so much for the info! :) Hope to be able to buy a piece or two within the very near future.
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Hi there, you have some seriously amazing work. I hope you don't mind I used this piece for my graphic design assignment to show how modern artists still utilize the styles of Art Nouveau...
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No problem. As long as I get credit. :)
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you certainly have =)
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Spooky, and lovely!
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Great art work fantastic
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I picked up this awesome art at Gen-Con a couple years ago.
Tuhonen's avatar
A friend of mine has her own cupcake bakery, so we made a promo pic inspired by you: [link]
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A wonderfulcomposition, beautifully painted and created with a great colour scheme and details. Love it! :clap::winner::clap:
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Your fantastic work has been featured in Friday Night Features
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Cupcake Cthulhu by echo-x
These Cthuhu pin-ups are amazingly effective. Who would have thought that the ancient scourge of mankind could be made so likeable with sweets in hand?
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great piece- wonderful design!
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nice work
and cool story :D
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Your work is truly outstanding, my eyes of indulged fully!
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Dear echo-x
Your Fabulous artwork is featured in
become member you are Most welcome!!! ...:heart:
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Love this concept of Cthulhu and temptation! My favorite piece of yours :) Can't wait for the last edition to your Cthulhu series triptych!
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