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Call of Cthulhu by sonofamortician Call of Cthulhu by sonofamortician
This was my proposal for the cover of a game I worked on (Call of Cthulhu, Dark corners of the Earth), but it wasn't used in the end. They used the work of Craig Mullins, and seeing how he is one of my art hero's I don't feel all that bad about it.

Edit: Uploaded a larger version, after several requests to that effect.

PS, if you like Lovecraft inspired art, I have a few other pieces in this DA collection since it is impossible to work for several years on a Mythos game without it affecting your taste and your oeuvre, so please have rummage around, you'll also find sketches and other in progress stuff for this particular image.
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great and all, but it sorta lacks the utter horror of... Basically everyone in Lovecrafts work. He looks more "god damnit, I'm gunna kill you" rather than "I just realized I'm tiny and insignificant"
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Xertex Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016
I wonder how the new "Call of Cthulhu" will be like. I've loved the story of "The DarkCorrners of the Earth", hope the new one will reach the expectations.
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
the video recently released had a similar tone, it is hard to say at this stage
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WillieManga Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Student Photographer
Funny how the actual game was more about Insmuth than Cthulhu.
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zzerver Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Why is he running? He's got a gun.
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
a gun is as good against Cthulhu as using a toothpick to stop a tsunami :D
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zzerver Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
But what bout Kung fu?
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davidbehr Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow! this is amazing.
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Nat-ti Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good, I love the perspective !
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IamthegrandWarl0ck Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very awesome work my good Sir.
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OniDrEvil Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done! I loved Dark corners of the Earth! It was one of the first things to introduce me to H. P. Lovecraft's work.
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That was actually one of our goals, to introduce people to Lovecraft, so that makes me very happy :D
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technogotika Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Such a nice image! Expect to have a few more comments tomorrow ;)
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Reilune Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesomeee!
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BloodAngelsCaptain1 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I am somewhat familiar with the story, and I am interested. But I do have to ask: What exactly is Cthulhu?
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It is a monster from HP Lovecrafts book 'Call of Cthulhu', it is from a supposedly ancient race of aliens and inhabits the Earth long before the time of men, but is trapped in a 'dreamstate' , not dead, but not alive exactly either, but the psychic influence of his dreams have long been affecting sensitive people, who go mad because of it, and small cults are trying to bring about the awakening, which would be catastrophic for humanity, except for the few 'thralls' who become mutated by the influence of his presense. When the 'stars are right' he will awaken, and in the story he almost awakens, and starts lumbering towards land, he is enormous, has a face full of tentacles, wings, is made from some interdimensional sponge like substance, geometry twists and deforms in impossible(non euclidian) ways around him, basically he is a million times worse than any other monster you can imagine.
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deaddoll00 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm presently doing a run through of this awesome game :D Would it be okay to use this as the thumbnail images? No worries if not, thought I should ask either way :3
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know how readable it would be at that scale, I would rather advise on cropping a section, but sure, and it wouldn't hurt to put a link in a journal to my corner of DA :D
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deaddoll00 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :D I will make them and credit you in all the descriptions with your link back, then I will send you the URL to where it's being used!
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KingdomProtista Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Played the game again. All I can say is CoC:DCoTE is really a good game. Good graphics compared to its time. It is a shame that it did't become commercially successful and the sequel not released.
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nice to hear you played it again and still liked it :D
yeah it is a pity but thats is just how it goes, keep on trying on next games :D
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81splinter Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
amazing
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much :D
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Colostomizer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Big guy, Cthulhu.
There's so much scope in the Mythos for more games, it's a shame Bethesda didn't realise the potential.

Loved DCotE, one of the best games I played in '05. Could have been much bigger if it wasn't a cross-platform release.
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow, thats great to hear, and I agree that it does have so much more scope for more games, who knows maybe someone will pick up the torch one day?
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Rafa-art95 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
LOL nice job!!!
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :D
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Lovely painting, i love the unusual angle and the effective lighting, very creepy , shame it didnt get used as the cover ..its very striking
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blaithiel Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
wow. this is so cool!
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Volneth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You worked on Dark Corners of the Earth? That's amazing! I love that game (apart from some bugs) and I was so sad when the studio couldn't keep producing more games in the same style :(
What did you do on the game besides this piece of course? :)
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I did lots. mostly though I made the weapons, vehicles some environments and all the effects. I am also sorry that we couldn't carry on as I would still like to make games like that, it hard getting jobs where you get to do that, recently I was working on something that had some similarity to the second unreleased game (Destinys End) but that game got cancelled :(
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Volneth Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, so you made the effects like when Jack went insane? Cause I really liked that! :) (not to talk about the insanity system, too bad it's not in so many games at all). The weapons were fun to deal with, after such a long time with no means to defend yourself. I really liked the last one! :D Both in the game and how it looked like :)
That's too bad to hear, I hope though that the interest in Cthulhu mythos in games will increase. If only the At the Mountains of Madness movie would be made, I think the interest would get really high and perhaps more games with the same style and feel to it could get made. Cause I really like the atmosphere in the game! The atmosphere is what truly makes a horror game and this one sure had it!
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that is music to my ears :D
Yeah I really hope Guilermo Del Torro gets to do 'beneath the mountains of madness'. we were working on a game based on that as a sequel to 'Dark corners of the earth', along with the one I was working on 'Destinys end' for the PS2. I think it is inevitable that someone will make a game based on the mythos, only a matter of time, besides with modern technology one can make it so much better still.
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Volneth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
I really hopes so, I mean there are many interesting aspects that has barely been touched. But perhaps the success of Amnesia the Dark Descent will help with creating more interest, although the game had anything to do with the Cthulhu mythos it was a very good example of Lovecraftian Horror :nod:
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HavetVargar Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Amazing!!! I love Lovecraft.
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SMerle Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Your work has such a life of their own.
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Nillerus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Mother of all prefrontal lobes! Amazing.
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
haha :D
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Callmesnake Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Ive been debating on getting this game for a while... and this picture inspired me to do so.
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thats great, that also proves that it would have worked as box-art then, which makes me happy :D
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Callmesnake Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Youre welcome! While the current box art is good, I just think yours conveys so much more. Theres more emotion to yours.
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
^_^, I guess mine were more directly inspired by the game anyway, a freelance illustrator can only base their ideas on their brief.
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ThunderKunst Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011   Digital Artist
I just had the most epic nerdgasam when I fucking saw this. I immediately pressed the Fav button.... AMAZING!
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow, that is probably the highest praise I think I ever got :D
thank you very much Sandedfaceless (great name btw Muwhhahaha :D)
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ThunderKunst Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011   Digital Artist
Hahahahahah! no problem. I love your work! and thanks x)
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Totally Radical Piece!!!
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ICANSEEDEADHORIZONS Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
this is great. maybe you can sell it a metal band as cd cover?
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I can't as I made it for a game and they have copyright :( but off course I am willing to make new cool image for band if they ask me :D
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ICANSEEDEADHORIZONS Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
yeah man. sounds great. i'm really a fan of your cthulhu works! how do you create them? drawn by hand?
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yeah it starts off as a drawing, scanned, but then I colour them in photoshop, so most of the work is done in photoshop.
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