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Deep Ones in the Sanitarium by nightserpent Deep Ones in the Sanitarium by nightserpent
Illustration for Call of Cthulhu RPG acrylic 8-1/2x11" ©2010
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   General Artist
Interesting take on this here gentleman, I'm just not sure how to feel about it, I really like the head, but i feel like he's too big to be able to swim about. The illustration itself is amazing, don't get me wrong, I'm just not sure i like the design of the deep one.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thanks for your thoughts, James, I appreciate any thoughtful or constructive comments.  I've found Lovecraft fans to be the sort who really think his concepts through, so I do have to keep on my toes.  You're the first to express uncertainty about my deep ones, actually, but that's fine.  I've based this design on the sculpture I did, and I am wondering if the relative darkness around the neck region of the painting leaves some interpretation open in regard to it's anatomy.  The head is no thicker than the torso (it's smaller, actually), it's much like a fish in how it blends into the body, yet with a more mobile neck like a human.  With the powerful arms and wide webbed hands I think it could swim rather well.
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   General Artist
It's a beautiful piece, I just like the skinny deep ones, i always have, but this is a much more original design. I love to see a head like this one's on a skinnier deep one, but again, it's great, and I'm not trying to squash your imagination. 
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nightserpent Featured By Owner 2 days ago
No worries at all, and thanks again for sharing your thoughts!  As an illustrator I had to learn to accept that there are going to be differing (often contradicting) opinions on how imagined characters, places, artifacts and entities should be depicted, and that it would be impossible to satisfy everyone at all times.  But, it is no less interesting to hear about why people came to their own conclusions, especially if they put thought into it.  Funnily enough, I was just looking at a friend's deep one image and I'd advised him to add bulk to them! :lol:  For me, I find the skinny or lanky ones to not be threatening enough.
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dark-precipice Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning work!!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Thank you very much!! :)
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Shang-Tsung-Fi Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude! I wonder if some of the characters in AD&D back in the day didn't get there ideas from HPL. Great work.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I am certain of it! The first edition of "Deities and Demigods" (later became Legends and Lore) had a Cthulhu mythos section, it had stats for most of the major gods and monsters. I think some of their unique monsters like Kuo Toa are obviously deep ones. They may have even mentioned some of HPL's stories in the inspiration section of the original DM's guide.

Thanks! :)
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Shang-Tsung-Fi Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not to mention Slaad and Gythyanki and MindFlayers... LOL.. I had a set of the original AD&D, well just DMs' guied and Deities and Demigods(they were OG, but the rest was 80's an on up). OH, and an old NPC character book. It was white and had nothing but pre rolled stats for non player characters. OH GEE... sorry for the rooooll there.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Ahhh... you're old school as well! You're naming my favorite monsters... and I began to like them before I realized how derivative of HPL they were, it's a testament to him that his ideas were still successful even when translated into a different medium like that.

Was the book the 'rogues gallery', by chance? I also had the dungeon geomorphs, which was a big book of just random dungeon and cavern maps- I think with a way to generate random monsters and treasure. Nothing like a story-less dungeon crawl!! :lol:
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