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Spike Valance Cthulhu Mythos - Pickman's Ghoul

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Spike Valance Cthulhu Mythos - Pickman's Ghoul

From Howard Phillips Lovecraft's "Pickman's Model" (1927):

It was a colossal and nameless blasphemy with glaring red eyes, and it held in bony claws a thing that had been a man, gnawing at the head as a child nibbles at a stick of candy. Its position was a kind of crouch, and as one looked one felt that at any moment it might drop its present prey and seek a juicier morsel. But damn it all, it wasn’t even the fiendish subject that made it such an immortal fountain-head of all panic—not that, nor the dog face with its pointed ears, bloodshot eyes, flat nose, and drooling lips. It wasn’t the scaly claws nor the mould-caked body nor the half-hooved feet—none of these, though any one of them might well have driven an excitable man to madness.
It was the technique, Eliot—the cursed, the impious, the unnatural technique! As I am a living being, I never elsewhere saw the actual breath of life so fused into a canvas. The monster was there—it glared and gnawed and gnawed and glared—and I knew that only a suspension of Nature’s laws could ever let a man paint a thing like that without a model—without some glimpse of the nether world which no mortal unsold to the Fiend has ever had.


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This piece is to finally accomplish a request from :iconjrholford:

Other requests to be submitted soon. ;)
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Maelstrom51210's avatar
He's so fluffy! 
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Hawkheart29Hobbyist General Artist
Oh jeez! scared.... "the 2nd" :scared: It's like something out of my nightmares! :thumbsup: Great job!
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SpikeValanceHobbyist General Artist
That was the intention... :fuzzydemon:

;)
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KauijuMattHobbyist General Artist
Not sure why, but I always depict ghouls as being scrawney.
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Those eyes and the smile.... totally scary indeed ^^ I wonder if it has any relationship with the primate taxon =P
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SpikeValanceHobbyist General Artist
Not really. In the storyline of mine I have a peculiar origin for this species dating back late Miocene... (spoiler)
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Ohhhh... okies ^^ Uhn, 20 my... this is before the Tchadensis....
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SpikeValanceHobbyist General Artist
Late Miocene(7-6 Ma) not Early... ;p
zkfanart's avatar
yeeepers! ;)
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I like the way this leaves something to the imagination... somehow it makes the creature more scary. :trollface:
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jrholfordStudent Traditional Artist
"....it was a photograph FROM LIFE!!!

love it!
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ilTassistaHobbyist General Artist
ottimo!
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