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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:


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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LiLithumAcumA Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  New member
detailed. Very nice and scary. Good luck to you.
nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Thank you! :)
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!!!)
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" label: Gulcher"
madmadman01 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013   General Artist
nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
heh- thanks!! :)
ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eldritch Abominations. The choppers of morning wood.
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:
conceptualCNS Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderfully terrifying :) props to you
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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