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TSATHOGGUA - Cthulhu Mythos

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Based on the creation of H.P. Lovecraft’s friend, Clark Ashton Smith. The figure is based on Smith’s description and sculpted with wax and then cast in resin and painted. Smith himself carved a few small heads of the figure from stone and I used them as a basic idea for the figure’s head. The figure is about 7 inches tall.

In “The Tale of Satampra Zeiros” an idol of Tsathoggua is described as follows:
He was very squat and pot-bellied, his head was more like a monstrous toad than a deity, and his whole body was covered with an imitation of short fur, giving somehow a vague sensation of both the bat and the sloth. His sleepy lids were half-lowered over his globular eyes; and the tip of a queer tongue issued from his fat mouth.

Later, in Smith's "The Seven Geases" (1933), Tsathoggua is described again:
In that secret cave in the bowels of Voormithadreth…abides from eldermost eons the god Tsathoggua. You shall know Tsathoggua by his great girth and his batlike furriness and the look of a sleepy black toad which he has eternally. He will rise not from his place, even in the ravening of hunger, but will wait in divine slothfulness for the sacrifice.
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cultistofvertigoHobbyist Digital Artist
He doesn't really look like a toad, bat, or sloth though, does he? Why is that?
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zombiequadrille Traditional Artist
Well, others have done great jobs with Tsathoggua using the bat/sloth/toad formula, so I took the description about the fur being bat/sloth like, and then used one of Clark Ashton Smith's own head sculpts as the
basis for the head. I figured Smith knew what his own creation should look like. Here's a link to his sculpt -
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cultistofvertigoHobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the heads CAS made, like the one you linked to, show him with bat ears and a wide, frog-like (not saying the "B" word) mouth.

I mean, I get it if you were just going for something a little removed from the norm, but you're doing that at the same time you use one of CAS's heads for reference.

It's a little confusing for me.
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LeonoraDarklingHobbyist General Artist
Very expressive work. He has a look about him which almost says 'entertain me, I'm bored'! The throne is wonderful - such a shame technology doesn't allow me to actually feel it when I run my hand over the monitor! D'oh!
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zombiequadrille Traditional Artist
Thank you, that's what I hoped for. He truly does have a nice texture. Maybe I should be designing fabrics.
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Excellent work, as usual, Joe! :) I agree with DonSimpson, the throne is really interesting- it has really nice textures and adds a lot to the fantastic/otherworldly feel.
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zombiequadrille Traditional Artist
Thanks, Paul. Otherworldly, maybe, but what hunk
of resin. He's almost too expensive to pour.
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I particularly like his chair.
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zombiequadrille Traditional Artist
Thanks. It started out with a smooth surface but looked like a big easy chair so I started adding some details and got carried away.
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A very good carrying away, I think. It's beautiful in a way that doesn't detract from the creepy, sinister look of the occupant, but (I think) emphasizes it; a very Clark Ashton Smith-ish texture.
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zombiequadrille Traditional Artist
Thanks again. I guess if anything ever had texture it was CAS's prose.
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