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the Statement of Randolph Carter

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Acrylic, 8-1/2 x 11"

This illustration is of the story "the Statement of Randolph Carver" by H.P. Lovecraft.  It was created for a Spanish translation for a Lovecraft anthology, "Los Mitos del Cthulhu" (the Cthulhu Myths) which will be released through Alma Publishing in Barcelona, Spain.  It is expected to be released in the first week of September 2019.  www.editorialalma.com  publisher's instagram: @almaeditorial

I have never painted in Spanish before!

You can read the original English version here:  www.hplovecraft.com/writings/t…
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JLIXIRIUMHobbyist Writer

The face of a bated, silent, retreating hope.

My favourite part of this story is the description of the cemetery:

"The place was an ancient cemetery; so ancient that I trembled at the manifold signs of immemorial years. It was in a deep, damp hollow, overgrown with rank grass, moss, and curious creeping weeds, and filled with a vague stench which my idle fancy associated absurdly with rotting stone. On every hand were the signs of neglect and decrepitude, and I seemed haunted by the notion that Warren and I were the first living creatures to invade a lethal silence of centuries. Over the valley’s rim a wan, waning crescent moon peered through the noisome vapours that seemed to emanate from unheard-of catacombs, and by its feeble, wavering beams I could distinguish a repellent array of antique slabs, urns, cenotaphs, and mausolean facades; all crumbling, moss-grown, and moisture-stained, and partly concealed by the gross luxuriance of the unhealthy vegetation."

nightserpent's avatar
... such a beautifully set scene! :)
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Chaosfive-55Hobbyist General Artist
"YOU FOOL, WARREN IS DEAD!"
nightserpent's avatar
Actually, Warren is just on the other line; but if you'd leave a message with the time and the best way to reach you, He'll call you right back.
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Chaosfive-55Hobbyist General Artist
:iconyaayplz:
carvenaked's avatar
Lovely bold work.. as per usual! Nice job!
nightserpent's avatar

thanks Arrik! :)

carvenaked's avatar
You are a skilled story teller in whatever medium you choose!
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cobaltcrimsonHobbyist General Artist
He does look like Dali a bit or Vincent Price given the subject matter as it seems this would be something in one of his movies. A phone in a coffin is just asking for a joke about a dead ringer.
Acrylicdreams's avatar
Hehe, very cool! It fits the mood of the story perfectly! And you master painting in Spanish as you do in English... :D (Big Grin) 
nightserpent's avatar
Thanks, Markus! :)  I must try painting in German some day :lol:

I'm curious, when you read Lovecraft were you reading it in German or English?  After doing this project I became curious about how his writing translates (or not) into other languages.
Acrylicdreams's avatar
I've read all of his stories in German and some also in English. I think the German translation works quite well, because they tried to adapt his typical language, but the original English version is definitely better.
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glasslingerProfessional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful work on this! At first I thought Vincent Price, but Dali is more appropriate from your words..:-)..
nightserpent's avatar
Thank you! :)  Though none of it was intentional, I am more than happy with either interpretations.  I'd happily cast either if it were a film.
FatherStone's avatar
FatherStone Traditional Artist
I really love it, Paul. I see an interesting resemblance between Randolph and Salvador Dalì. Was it intentional? Anyway, You managed to mantain the creepy and mysterious mood of the original HPL’s story.
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Thank Matteo! :)  It was what they call a 'happy accident', it wasn't intentional but I am happy with how it came to be.  I think the dramatic lighting and arched eyebrows have a lot to do with it, we all might look a bit "Dali" if we were in the same situation. :lol:
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My first thought was Salvador Dali.....A thought provoking work of art and an excellent flow of creativity. Well done, Sir. What, pray tell, could he be looking at with such an expression?!!
nightserpent's avatar
Much appreciated! :)  I'm happy with the Dali and other comparisons, they all seem like perfect subjects for a creepy image.  It is the not knowing what he sees which makes it so powerful, as it is then up to the limits of our imagination to attempt to answer the question.
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DanielWolff-GalleryProfessional
Oh no! You mean I have to use my own imagination??!
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son-of-the-paladinHobbyist General Artist
"You fool ... (Insert person Carter kind of looks like) is dead!"
nightserpent's avatar
:lol:  Poor Nicolas Cage!! ;)
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son-of-the-paladinHobbyist General Artist
lol
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3Days2GoProfessional Photographer
Nice, very evocative!  While we're all discussing who your Carter looks like, I think he has some Ben Kingsley qualities to him. :)
nightserpent's avatar
Thank you!  No Tom Cruise, though?? :lol:  I think the dramatic under-lighting and arched eyebrows may have something to do with this.
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