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Cthulhu and the ninth wave


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Explanation below: please read !!

The landscape is originally a painting from Ivan Aivazovsky
The Landscape is partially altered and repainted digitally to match the overpainted Cthulhu.

The landscape work is in Public Domain since it is from 1850.
What does that mean?…

The idea was to regain back some fun with the series by painting mythological creatures instead of pop culture phenomenons. In this case the lighting situation inspired the  appearance of Cthulhu.

Why did I do that?
Actually the intention behind this is to learn from the old masters, I don´t want to limit myself to mastercopies - but something new inspired by the old AND the new.

This is part of a study-series, called "Ancient Kaiju project" (Iron Giant is probably not a Kaiju, but it certainly fits the scheme of big things)

I like popculture, mythology and I love traditional art, so this project came naturally to me.

If you want it as a large wallpaper 2550 px wide, check out the patreon  page to download it (for free) ;)


The blog post containing all works and…


Besides the download of the HD Wallpaper, patrons will get an exclusive peak behind the scenes with a process sheet. Unfortunately it is only partially done in procreate so I have to put together steps from Photoshop.   


 Copyright notice and disclaimer:

   - Created by Oliver Wetter / Ars Fantasio.

    - You are welcome to share my work or repost it, but please don't claim or sell it as your own.

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Hi Oliver/ Ars. The art is fantastic! I'm looking for Cthulhu related art for a web series about acoustical science mysteries - specifically the bloop. Could I get permission to use your image? If so, I'd love to get a signed materials release from you - so please let me know where I could send that. Thanks!
monkey1969's avatar
reminds me of the artwork for Stranger Things Season 2 :)
H.P. Lovecraft is a genius with his books.
mylaar's avatar
Wow that is amazing work a master of light and dark you are!!
SocQA's avatar
Awesome work, Cthulhu fits perfectly in the scenery, I feel sorry for the shipwrecked people xD so well done, great job :)
Awesome piece
WeiXiaoli's avatar
How stunnings, I love Lovecraft books and this is wonderful
pperelman's avatar
My G-ma had a reproduction of ninth wave on her bedroom wall, it was about 6x9 feet size in an ornamental wooden frame!
To this day seeing that painting brings flood of memories and emotions. 
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PowerRCP-G3's avatar
That artworks looks so cool that it should belong in an art gallery :). It should be no surprise that I love the crap out of Cthulhu.
Yokuvika's avatar
Our lord and savior, Cthulhu.
LuismiPro465's avatar
Cthulhu will awake, some day, and he'll get his planet domination back.
Kampy's avatar
Wow, thats amazing!
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lostpapers's avatar
Nice explanation! I wouldn't have noticed that if you did not revealed the origin of the painting.

Moreover you may be proud as you goal is nicely achieve. The mix is perfect and Cthulhu is just awesomaly drawn.
fantasio's avatar
thank you very much, glad you think so!
digifuzzy's avatar
Wonderful work! Funny - the original Ancient Kaiju is on my desktop right now. many choices...
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papertoon's avatar
monumental work
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thanks so much!
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