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.
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.
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!
I'm flattered to hear that, thank you! I find Lovecraft's writing to be extremely evocative, but due to his avoidance of specifics it allows each of us to craft our own vision- but that makes it challenging as an artist to match others' mind's eyes.
Thank you, I appreciate your comment! I consider that difficulty to be a strength of Lovecraft's writing, he often leaves his concepts in an undefined state. I think it allows the minds eye to have fun. As an artist I find it a huge challenge (and not everyone likes to see Lovecraft's imagination crystallized into a static image), I'd almost call it an exercise in futility but I and many others still seem to enjoy the attempts.
Some things I have found especially challenging. For example, I was asked to paint some Lovecraftian style ghouls, so the publisher sent me a copy of 'Pickman's Model' as inspiration. A very nice gesture I thought, but the idea of my being able to paint photo-realistic ghouls which would cause some to lose their minds was a bit of a tall order! I doubt they'd want to scare off all their customers with art like that.
Another real tough one is trying to depict art from Lovecraft's bygone races and cultures. These are often described as a style unlike anything ever seen in human history.... and I might have a couple days to develop something convincing and wholly unique. At first I found it frustrating, but after a while I found the relative futility to be sort of liberating- so why not just have fun with it?
Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I suppose one approaches it in the same way one is to paint a Pickman like ghoul which would cause the viewer to go insane- or perhaps an indescribable "colour"- or maybe even a tri-lobed menace which can only exist in absolute blackness. I jump in with fingers crossed knowing that the goal is likely impossible, but I try to have fun with it and hope other HPL fans don't mind. :lol
Thank you- I appreciate your comment! In previous attempts to render some of Lovecraft's other god/characters I found it often unsatisfying to depict them as something containable in a single picture plane. It made them seem small and relatively nonthreatening, but if they are more like a landscape or their own plane of existence it delivered a much more appropriate effect.