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H.P. Lovecraft's creation- Azathoth. Acrylic on illustration board. Painted for a Lovecraft exhibition in Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland.
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CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
Thank you for that!! :)
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CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
:cthulu: by Helen-Baq
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Dammeus Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
amazinf work.

I hope these become more famous in the future.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
Thank you! :)
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Aralepus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Student General Artist
This is the most vivid illustration I have seen of Azathoth. It's a absolute marvel to look at. And your technical skill is amazing too.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
Thanks, that is very kind of you to say!  Looking back, this seem to be one of my more important breakthrough paintings as far as my Lovecraft art goes.
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offermoord Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Featured in our monthly journal :iconthe-freek-show:
FREAK-SHOW-FEATURE # 67
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CONKERSBADFURDAY Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Been looking up some depictions of Azathoth because I'm on a Lovecraft kick, and you have won as far as I'm concerned. Best drawing of the eldritch horror on DA.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Thank you!  I find Lovecraft to be very challenging, so I don't take that compliment lightly. :)
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student General Artist
I like the Piper :D
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Thanks!  There seems to be a lot of room for creativity when it comes to these, and I see more potential. :)
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student General Artist
I made a D&D character once whose goal in life was to become one of those :D
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
:lol:  I'm not sure how one would best pursue that goal... start off as a bard, I guess? 
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Warlock with an entertainer background :D
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Ahh, I see!  I am mostly a 1st edition player, and things were less specialized back then.
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm on the new edition :D It's pretty fun.
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Ty294 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of my favorite interpretations of Azathoth here. Nice work.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Thank you!  I find that some of Lovecraft's more epic and alien creations to be rather challenging, so I found your comment quite flattering! :)
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Ty294 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. There is a lot of great art out there, but I think this captures the essence of Azathoth the best that I've yet seen. I imagine him as being far more than just an entity floating out in space, but more as a space in and of himself. And I definitely get that feel here with this image.

I also didn't realize you did some of the other Lovecraftian artworks that I like. I feel obligated to comment on those now as well. ;)
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
I think my first big breakthrough in depicting these epic cosmic entities was with Yog Sothoth :thumb55297727:  I listened to some appropriately inspiring music (the Unquiet Void) and it helped me think "outside of the box" with my interpretation.  Rather than a portrait, I approached it like a landscape, one that may in fact be unending.  This seemed to amplify things to a whole new sense of scale.

Thanks again for your kind comments! :)
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Ty294 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I had never heard of Unquiet Void before, so I looked them up and listened to one of their pieces. Seems more on the side of sound effects than music, but still very atmospheric and fitting for the subject. Might add them to my playlists. ;) Normally I listen to doom metal or soundtracks when drawing darker subjects.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
I think people call it 'dark ambient' or even 'soundscapes', definitely not sing-along kind of music. :lol:  Yet, I find it so evocative with the mysterious sounds that it really gets my imagination flowing, I've used it on subsequent occasions with success as well.  I think something about it not sounding like terrestrial human music works in better with the otherworldly nature of Lovecraft's entities.
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Hellsender Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
You know, there are some parts of the cosmos that are best left undisturbed. While the universe is abundant with wonders, it may hold its own fair share of horrors. You know how far humans will go to achieve their own self-interests, and the universe will retaliate in kind by fucking us up in the ass tenfold.

This dude is living proof of that.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
:lol:  I think you're right, we have no idea of knowing what sort of Pandora's Box we're opening up by expanding on our explorations, and there's no way to know if it is a box we're able to close.  It seems like the natural order of things... we'll keep pushing and expanding until something pushes back.  I hope to be long gone before the retaliation.
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REINALDO-RASEC Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Amazing job!!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Thanks for the kind comment, glad you like it! :)
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Sonomatic Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now this is something else. Big fan of cosmic horror and this hits it on the head!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Thank you for the kind comment (and favorite).  Unfortunately, hitting it on the head only seems to anger it. ;)
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Sonomatic Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, let's not wake it up o30
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mcyoucuf Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
What actually do u think before u have drawn those pictures? Your imagination is extremely awesome
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mcyoucuf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
I might say that is a gifted hand......the big challenge to me(I)
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Thanks for your kind comment and question!  In the case of Azathoth, it started out with a lot of random scribbling that filled the entire surface of the paper.  Then, much like one might see things in cloud in the sky, I start to recognize forms in the scribbles.  Then I refine those shapes to make them look more realistic.  I am just as surprised with the outcome as the viewers! :lol:
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mcyoucuf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Very geneous
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NathanTheMoldy Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Also known as, the retarded creator! Lol.
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That has to be one of the most bleeping terrifying things I have seen all day! Amazing!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
:lol:  Thank you very much, that's quite nice to hear... assuming you like to be terrified. ;)
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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organzadrone Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
I Lovecraftian art.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
I Lovecraft beer. ;)
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organzadrone Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Me too!
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JE-Garcia Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
HOLY SHIT! What a great and horrifying interpretation of the mighty and horrible Azathoth!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Heh!  Thank you very much, I'm psyched you approve! :)
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offermoord Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Featured in our monthly journal :iconthe-freek-show:
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Many thanks!! :)
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
I really think this is the best possible painting of Azathoth!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Wow, thanks Markus!  That's especially nice to hear from an artist whose work I admire very much.  I'm very flattered.
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
You're very welcome, Paul! You have done some of the greatest Lovecraft paintings that I know!
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schizoknight12 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Excellent and horrific Azothoth. I think I would go mad if I saw this in our reality.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Thank you very much!  That's a high compliment within the Lovecraft universe- what good is an 'Idiot God' if it wouldn't render onlookers insane? :lol: 
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