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Pie 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: Christine Lemaster
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:
Cupcake Cthulhu by echo-x

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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
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© 2011 - 2021 echo-x
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sacerludum's avatar
excellent, beautiful very pleasant
TheCallianassa's avatar
Love the corset. And the octopus looks sweet. Gj
kristine301's avatar
Well done! I just adore her expression. :heart:
artMAKERportrait's avatar
That's freaking amazing. You did one hell of a job.
roundtower's avatar
¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº5 o Destacados nº 5" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo!  Heart 

* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 5. (Best works of the group). 
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!  Heart 
juju-beanz's avatar
hoe funny i',\m reading lovecraft right now lol 
sardOnyqs8r's avatar
hey there. the wife & i met you briefly @ fan expo on sunday & grabbed prints of this & cupcake cthulhu, & i just thought i`d say hey & thanks again. hope you had a blast like we did, & thanx for the beautiful art now adorning our walls!!!!
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patricknulty's avatar
i just recently bought spectrum 19 and i must say: pie cthulhu was by far my favorite piece in it
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Gremlich's avatar
I just hung "Cupcake" up. Elena is so awesome.
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Yes she is. ;D
toppa23's avatar
wonderful latest works
well done
lilmoongodess's avatar
This image is all the more compelling due to the story behind it. I absolutely love it! Your facial expressions are so telling and complex, and i've never quite seen their equal. The colors are vivid and enveloping, smoothly leading the eye all over the piece, moving the viewer from one surprise to the next, leaving them duly mystified and entranced.

Excellent, excellent work. (especially the cheeky little math detail on the server. Brilliant!)
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CheesecakeStudios's avatar
This is one of my absolute favorite pieces. The use of color in this is awe-inspiring, and the shear lust displayed on the woman's face is just so right. I see something different every time I look at this piece. I first saw this at Otakon 2011 and had a wonderful chat with your husband about your art. I only wish I had brought enough money with me at the time to buy this, but I never expected to see such amazing art at Otakon. You're an inspiration. <3
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Thank you! I (or my husband) will be back again this year too in the Otakon Dealers room.
CheesecakeStudios's avatar
I sadly couldn't make it up to Baltimore this year. However I am looking forward to being there in 2013. Hopefully you'll be there too, until then I think I will just have to buy some prints online =)
neurotype's avatar
love the shading, what program/programs for this?

also nice incorporation of pi :lol:
Randy-Cushman's avatar
Bizare and beautiful!
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