Concept: Elder Thing

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Concept: Elder Thing

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The Elder Thing from the Mountains of Madness.

I really tried to refrain from looking at past drawings/paintings of the Elder Things as they are just as famous as Cthulhu to Lovecraft fans and so there is a common look. I really didn't want to emulate anyone, especially Barlowe's wonderful illustrations. I wanted my own interpretation from the descriptions which is very detailed and this many illustrations of this guy looks very similar. However, as I read the descriptions I noticed that you could read a lot into them and make assumptions so where I saw these I let them be open to interpretation so that I could create something unique but still remain true to Lovecraft . Down below are the descriptions I worked from.


A new vision

from being a hardcore Lovecraft fan, this is an amazing illustration. I really like how you described the functions as well as appearances of the different boy parts and the look of one as it would appear in traveling forming. do you think you could possible do this with other mythos creatures, maybe the Mi-Go or a Byakhee?

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well excecuted

this is a pretty solid concept sheet if not a little crowded of an example.

im aware the black background is representational of the space these guys fly through but it's absolutley eating your picture and consuming all the work you put into it.

i suppose it would depend ultimately on what this concept sheet was used for in the grand scheme of things but using such a dark background on such a detailed piece is really a shame. we've seen black all over the place, we want to see the elder things in all thier timeless glory.

that being said this is actually one of my favorite images of these well known lovecraftian beings. anyone that actually makes me appreciate such a bizarre design has done a great job. the "head" detail drawings are very well done but i would of liked to see some more breathing room on the canvas for them to be able to appreciate them without feeling so confined.

i hope this doesn't come off too negatively because i truly like the piece. i just think that it needs to be represented better with a few simple changes.

great stuff.

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4.20 / 5.00

Aug 14, 2009 | 4:21 PM EDT
File Info
900 x 600 px
130.5 kb

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