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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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.