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Azathoth by nightserpent Azathoth by nightserpent
H.P. Lovecraft's creation- Azathoth. Acrylic on illustration board. Painted for a Lovecraft exhibition in Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland.
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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  Hobbyist Traditional 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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Brain-Plaque Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General 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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silverfishmonster Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a Lovecraftian art folder on my comp that is sadly kinda meager because i find it difficult to find really good pieces to put in it, but this one is definitely going in.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
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. 
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offermoord Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
truly great...
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thank you, glad you like it!
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GoreManiac Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013

Amazing portrayal of the Idiot god, great details. 

Hes very difficult to visualize in your mind...

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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
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.
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GoreManiac Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013

He sure leaves a lot to the imagination, that's probably why so few movies have been made out of his stories.

That and his often "dreamlike" writing.

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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
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! :lol:  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. :lol:  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?
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NuMetalWolf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Shit, man... Looks like a legit Half-Life boss. :3

Or should i say.....

Metrooooiiiiddd!!!!! :iconsamusplz: :p

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nightserpent Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Heh- believe it or not I've never played half-life- but it sounds like a good thing!  It's all Lovecraft.
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NuMetalWolf Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know! It just came at mind in the moment. ^_^
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cumbustable Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
the nuclear chaos, awesome
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Thanks- it it the big bang incarnate! :lol:
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Well done.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Many thanks!! :)
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Agree with Tillinghast23. How do you depict a 'monstrous nuclear chaos'? This image does, in a very supernatural way.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
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. :lol: 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
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