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Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg by nightserpent Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg by nightserpent
Here's is my latest, 10x14" acrylic. Imagine waking up to this??

I was recently commissioned by Chaosium (publishers of the 'Call of Cthulhu' role playing game) to do an illustration for their upcoming 'Atomic Age Cthulhu' supplement. The illustration depicts Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg, a mythos creature created by Scott David Aniolowski.

Admittedly, this is one of the grosser things I have painted in a while. I think I know why, other than the obvious being it was part of the assignment. When I was just doing purely illustration I think I was experiencing some conflict between my own artistic urges and the requirements of the assignments. Now that there is a place and outlet for my own ideas, the illustration work can be more specific. In other words, I don't want to paint terrible things all the time- so as long as I have a way to express the other sides of myself the creepy stuff becomes more fun to do.

I'm not even sure what prompted what I did while painting this, but I occasionally take in-progress photos of my work. For some reason I thought to take a large number of photos- one at each noticeable step, and then put them together in a stop-motion animation. I was new to the process, but I am happy with my first go at it. You'll notice slight shifts in the values, sometimes this is my altering the painting, and other times it is environmental- the light gradually changing from my window. I've thought of ways to limit these variables, but I think it would make it far less convenient to paint.

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If you cannot see the video embedded above, you may watch it here:

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If you have a good internet connection, it can be viewed at a fairly high resolution and/or at full-screen by clicking on the youtube controls when you mouse-over the video. Please feel free to spread it around in blogs and forums, etc!

With kind permission, the music has been provided and by 'JAS'. It is an excerpt from the song 'Hypno Time' from their CD "Live At Jerome's" [link] label: Gulcher [link]

EDIT: Thank you very much for the DD, what a hug surprise!! This painting seems to be about the fright of waking up to this creature.... but today I woke up to a Daily deviation. Aside from some brief confusion about why my account was so busy it's a wonderful way to start a day.
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Given 2013-05-24
:iconlilithumacuma:
LiLithumAcumA Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
detailed. Very nice and scary. Good luck to you.
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Shockwave999 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   General Artist
I watched the stop-motion video and the music, if you could even call it that, fitted the picture so well. It sounded just like the ecounter would have felt like! Where did it come from? The music I mean... (wonderfull painting!!!)
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Thank you for your kind words!  You'd have to click on the 'see more' button in the Youtube description to see the info about the music because I had a lot of text.  "With kind permission, the music has been provided and by 'JAS'. It is an excerpt from the song 'Hypno Time' from their CD "Live At Jerome's" myspace.com/jasimprov label: Gulcher gulcher.gemm.com"
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:iconmadmadman01:
madmadman01 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013   General Artist
spookyOops!
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
heh- thanks!! :)
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:iconijustlikehalo:
ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eldritch Abominations. The choppers of morning wood.
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
:lol:  I hadn't thought about that, though I think it's mere appearance would instantly de-wood most people! :lol:
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:iconconceptualcns:
conceptualCNS Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderfully terrifying :) props to you
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
:lol:  thank you!  'Wonder' is a term I often use in regard to alien creatures, I guess because it is that look into something entirely different than us- and so much of how we interpret the world is subjective.
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:iconconceptualcns:
conceptualCNS Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well put ^.^
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:iconunilesca:
Unilesca Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student General Artist
This is absolutely terrifying o-o well done!
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Heh!  Thank you very much!! :)
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:iconnumetalwolf:
NuMetalWolf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd rather say there was a fly in my coffee. :p
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
:lol:  OK,but please don't drink it! ;)
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:iconnumetalwolf:
NuMetalWolf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why would i drink flies? lol :p
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:icongrindcrushercorps:
GrindCrusherCorps Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
super creepy and disgusting, hideous and vile. excellent for chaosium. well done.
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
:lol: Thank you very much. Great use of that emoticon! :)
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:iconmandinga91:
Mandinga91 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
amazing artwork man! i really like it!
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconhiggo2008:
Higgo2008 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
What a friendly chap, lol. Love it.
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
:lol: thanks! It's hard to tell because of the enormous cultural and physiological differences, but it is giving the warmest possible smile it can muster. ;)
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:iconkorak-the-mad:
Korak-the-Mad Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done. Lovecraft would be impressed.

I wish I found this image earlier in the year, when I made a commemorative speech about H.P. Lovecraft and this would have scared and possibly scarred a few of my classmates.
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Thank you! :) How I would love to go back in time and show him my portfolio to see what he thinks of my interpretations.

Sorry I missed your speech, it's a great topic!
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:iconmedelliagray:
MedelliaGray Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
woow! I love it!!
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Thanks Medellia!! :)
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:iconprinceoffire:
PrinceOfFire Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I was going to go to sleep, but...
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Sorry about that! :lol:
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:iconprinceoffire:
PrinceOfFire Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:giggle:
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:iconkitgryph:
kitgryph Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
It makes me think we need to bring back DDT, for home use! And, thicker bedsheets.
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
:lol: Yes, KEVLAR bedsheets!
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:iconkitgryph:
kitgryph Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I was kinda thinking of battleship steel.
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darkanddefiant Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
holy -
this would be a very good reason for bed wetting. :B
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Who needs a reason! ;) :lol:

thank you
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:icondarkanddefiant:
darkanddefiant Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
:lol: indeed.

and you're very welcome. :D
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:iconredfisherman:
redfisherman Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are a very good painter and a very bad man..
I will see this when I go to sleep now! Geez..
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
:lol: That's quite a trade-off, but I'll take it! Sorry about any terror driven insomnia, I'd blame my publisher for asking me to paint such a horrible scene.
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:iconredfisherman:
redfisherman Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for my English, I reread that and actually I was making you a compliment =)
It's just really creepy.
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
No problem, I knew it was a compliment, and that you for it! I have a dry sense of humor and I guess it doesn't always translate.
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:iconredfisherman:
redfisherman Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saw on your DA page, that you mostly specialize in art considering Lovecraft.
Recently I was wondering whether there are any really good made movies based on Lovecraft's short stories or novels - the list in Wikipedia does show quite a strange gathering of B-class movies...
Maybe you can recommend some of them since you're so into the subject?=)
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
try this forum, it's all about film and theatrical interpretations of Lovecraft's stories: [link]
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:iconredfisherman:
redfisherman Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the information, I'll look into it.
P.S. I've seen the silent version of "Call of Cthulhu", but honestly, was not impressed that much.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
I thought they did a good job of creating a version of the story much like how they probably would have back then. Did convey a sense of humanity's insignificance and impending doom? I guess not. :lol: I think the 'whisperer' got closer to the feel of the book, though they did take a bit of a Hollywood-esque liberty at the end which I didn't see coming. Even still, there are some good creepy bits.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I've seen surprisingly few Lovecraftian films, sorry to say. I think the HPL historical society ( [link] has been up to some good work, they did a silent version of "Call of Cthulhu" and a talkie of "Whisperer in Darkness". There is a foreign film by the name of 'Dagon', which is more inspired by the Shadow over Innsmouth which I liked, though it did take some departures.

I'm willing to bet the yog-sothoth.com forums has a topic on this very subject, as would the lovecraft e-zine.
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Greenhatman Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Scary? Yes, but he(it?) isn't all that bad...in fact, he just wants a hug!
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Exactly, maybe it's just extreme cultural differences that we can't appreciate. It might even be smiling but we'd never know due to our interstellar ignorance. :lol:
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DracorusTerra Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! :D:D:D:D:D I love it!!! :iconlainloveplz:
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNKYOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUU!!!! :lol: :lol:
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DracorusTerra Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of anything!!! :D:D:D
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