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Elder Thing

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"At the Mountains of Madness" is a novella by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, written in February/March 1931 and rejected that year by Weird Tales editor Farnsworth Wright on the grounds of its length.[1] It was originally serialized in the February, March and April 1936 issues of Astounding Stories. It has been reproduced in numerous collections.

The story is written in first-person perspective by the geologist William Dyer, a professor at Miskatonic University. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. On a previous expedition there, a party of scholars from Miskatonic University, led by Dyer, discovered fantastic and horrific ruins and a dangerous secret beyond a range of mountains higher than the Himalayas. The group that discovered and crossed the mountains found the remains of fourteen ancient life forms; completely unknown to science and unidentifiable as either plants or animals. Six of the specimens are badly damaged and the others uncannily pristine. Their highly-evolved features are problematic: their stratum location puts them at a point on the geologic time scale much too early for such features to have naturally evolved yet. Because of their resemblance to creatures of myth mentioned in the Necronomicon, they are dubbed the "Elder Things".

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Elder Thing was drawn in Photoshop. Inspired by artist Wayne Barlowe's elder thing and Lovecraft's detailed description.
Thanks to :iconfrozenstarro: :iconzombiestock: for the use of their most excellent stock textures.

See the rest of this series here -> H.P. LOVECRAFT SEPIA SERIES
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pookiesaurus4Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks like a space pineapple
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Wayne Barlowe's version of the Elder Things (or Old Ones as he dubbed them) remains my favorite depiction of an alien.  You did a nice interpretation worth applause. :)
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Thanks, mate. Most kind of you to say so. :-)
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JakeukalaneHobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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muzskiHobbyist General Artist
Cheers, Jake. :-)
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JakeukalaneHobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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GuesssWho9Hobbyist General Artist
Nice
gytalf2000's avatar
Excellent depiction!
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muzskiHobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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kurassusStudent Traditional Artist
comment, comment, commet, just i like it that's all...
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Beautiful atmospheric work.
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WonderDookieHobbyist General Artist
haha. just finished reeding this book. I could not for the life of me get a good mental image of what these creatures looked like. Even with his exhaustive descriptions.

THis looks good! I like how you put those weird cubic spires in the background.
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muzskiHobbyist General Artist
Me too, cheers. Picturing literature is quite tricky. I went with HP Lovecraft's description and several other artist's interpretations before I came up with this concept.

I really need to do better cubic spires sometime, I personally am not too happy with them. Just me, I suppose. :-)
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WonderDookieHobbyist General Artist
I agree about illustrating literature. Lovecraft goes into such exhaustive details though. But usually his descriptions are so long and in depth my attention has been lost by the end.
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muzskiHobbyist General Artist
Ha ha ha ha... I was like that. Everything was a flippin Shoggoth (ie. crazy shaped monster). :D
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WonderDookieHobbyist General Artist
Oooo. See, I was thinking that the Shoggoth would probably be the most fun to draw from that story though. If you did it more atmospheric, and less like a line-up illustration.
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muzskiHobbyist General Artist
A Shoggoth would look good in a dark atmosphere with highlights hinting small parts. Would create the 'ALIEN' effect (hides the activation strings). :D
lother4's avatar
Did my comment hit too close to home?
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muzskiHobbyist General Artist
No, I just woke up this morning to your messages.
lother4's avatar
You were heavily 'inspired' by the works of Wayne Barlowe. Maybe you didn't realize this and just copied the google images result. Give credit where credit is due.
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NathanRosarioProfessional Digital Artist
Excellent rendition! It's very accurate to what Lovecraft describes. It could almost be an illustration plate. Nice job!
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muzskiHobbyist General Artist
High praise indeed. Thanks, mate. :handshake:
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H.P. Lovecraft was one of the most brilliant authors... he created a world, and then the creatures within it that made it all the darker and all the more real
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muzskiHobbyist General Artist
HPL attempted to tie-up most of his stories, to create this world.
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