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Shub-Niggurath by nightserpent Shub-Niggurath by nightserpent
Artwork for the 2010 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival held in Portland and Los Angeles. Acrylic on illustration board, 11x17" paul carrick
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AJTalon Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Student Writer
"Anything to say, Shub-Niggurath, for the kids at home?"

*INCOMPREHENSIBLE DEMONIC SCREAMS OF AN UNHOLY ABOMINATION*

"Care to repeat that? The mike gain was turned up too high..."
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nightserpent Featured By Owner 7 hours ago
:lol:  Thanks for the laugh!! :lol:  This painting is probably the closest I've gotten to humor in Lovecraftian art, and it certainly lends itself to amusing interpretations, such as yours. :)
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Ty294 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This might be my favorite Lovecraftian artwork of all time. The one thing is that I feel this interpretation might be better suited for Yog Sothoth (since he's described as a gate, and I definitely get this "cosmic gateway/portal" feel with this image). Regardless though, I absolutely love this work.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Wow, thank you for the wonderful compliment!  I find Lovecraftian illustration to be far more challenging than garden variety horror and fantasy, so it is immensely gratifying to read what you wrote.  I understand your Sothoth comment, they certainly do seem like portals or gates of some sort, I guess this is a result of my trying to convey that cosmic inter-dimensional quality so often felt in HPL's writing.
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Dragonjek Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I love the sheer, impossible vastness of her.  It's deeply disturbing.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Thank you for the very nice comments!  I find approaching Lovecraft's greater entities as landscapes (rather than portraits) helps me get closer to Lovecraft's incalculably epic descriptions.
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Lord-Sunday-s Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Those poor, poor guys...
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Oh, but think how great it will look on their resumes, they will thank me for it later. ;)
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Lord-Sunday-s Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
True, if they survive.
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HailMyself Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Why no one pay attention to two brave man there who risk their ass so we can get that beautiful view without lost our soul and body.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
:lol:  I know, they're the unsung heroes of Lovecraft's universe and they don't even have health insurance! :lol:
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HailMyself Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Wait... the reporter and camera man don't have health insurance !? What a horrible choice of job they have. But maybe still better then being a security at Freddy Pizza.

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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
:lol:  Well, if you work at Freddy Pizza you have to deal with Azathoth on a daily basis, so it's actually worse. ;-)
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HailMyself Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
It's suck to living in H.P Lovecraft universe.
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leaningvulture Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
I love the fact you can see stars through it's maw.  Really reinforces the idea of it being a "cosmic" deity.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Thanks, Mr. Vulture! :)  Though I enjoy and appreciate all feedback, it's quite rewarding when people receive the ideas as I meant them to be taken.  It often seems the more alien and un-relatable the better as far as beings from other dimensions go.
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Zarory Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very nice coloring. Really like it! :happybounce:
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Thank you very much! :)
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student General Artist
. . . is it just me, or are they trying to interview her?
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
:lol:  This painting was for the Lovecraft film festival, so the only real requirement was that it had some connection with film or theater.  It's sort of a joke, but the idea that it is some form of extreme documentary-making.  My thoughts were that they might just be recording her, but I like your idea that they are trying to glean some wisdom via conversation.  I actually painted the crew and shub-niggurath separately and photoshopped them together, so there are two versions (with and without crew).
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool.

Now you should try writing the interview :D
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
I just ordered a Niggurathian to English phrase book so I can translate our conversation, as I have no idea what she said to me.
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm not sure what Lovecraft's language is called. R'lyai? Aklo? Naca'al? I think it might by Aklo.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Hmm, I'm not sure he defined it, and I would suspect there'd be many languages if we were to consider all the various races.  So many subsequent writers and game designers have expanded on HPL's universe, I am sure someone's explored the idea of languages if Lovecraft hadn't.  I wonder if the larger entities such as Shub-Niggurath and Cthulhu communicated in a telepathic manner?  I have heard of Aklo referring to a form of magic, though it could have it's own connected language, too. 
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
I've heard as either a language or an alphabet
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Whoa
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Thanks! :)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Your welcome
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schizoknight12 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Perhaps this could be another Anne Rice book. Interview with the alien eldritch abomination. I have a feeling there will be need for an alien language translator for that.
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I was just thinking that . . .
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
heh!! :lol:  Would Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise play Shub-Niggurath?
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silverfishmonster Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even apart from it being terrifying, the colors are really gorgeous.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Thank you very much!!  That's exactly my aim with most of my 'Mythos' art- trying to find that balance between otherworldly alien (not always a place of comfort) and a sense of wonder.  The idea of evil is very subjective, so I try to leave that out of the formula.
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curtis-macdonald Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing! Awesome work.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Thanks, Curtis! :)
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ArcanumTwilight Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Awesome!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Thank you, I appreciate it! :)
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ArcanumTwilight Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Your welcome.
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
About the best image of Shub-Niggurath I've found. Its impact is the sheer size of the creature, represented by the idiots with the camera. I've looked for an image showing the creature as it has been described in Lovecraft material, 'an enormous cloudy mass, boiling and festering, coalescing at times, forming horrendous body parts, ropy black tentacles, slime-dripping mouths, or short writhing legs'.

(From Call of Cthulhu Horror Roleplaying Rulebook, 6th edition).
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Thanks, Mark, I appreciate the feedback, and I am glad you're pleased with my interpretation. I painted it without the idiots, and the painted them separately and photoshopped them in afterwards. The client gave me pretty free reign, but insisted it have some sort of tie in to movies or theater. They definitely help convey the size, but they also bring in some humor... not sure how I feel about that! :lol:

On page 2 of my website gallery:
( [link] ) You can see the with and without, if you're curious.
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DARKLORDMOKEYMOKEY Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone's talking about the giant massive tentacles and here I am just trying to get a good shot...
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
No kidding, there's more to the world than just tentacles! :lol:
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HexReverie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Awesome. A massive, comprehensible god looks way better than a mishmash of tentacles and horns like most people depict it as. And the stars inside the mouth was a nice touch.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Thank you for your comment, and I'm glad to hear you appreciate my approach. Lovecraft's subjects can be pretty challenging, sometimes it takes me a few revisits to get it right.
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Vadrigos Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Hmmmm...actually, this makes me think of the Hydra from Lovecraft's mythos...just without the heads...I'll be fair. The shapeless horrors he describes can get confusing...
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Bombadere Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So THAT'S what Shub-Niggurath looks like! She sure is dark, but I don't know about the goat part. Or the woods, for that matter.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I was lucky enough to acquire some photo reference of her from my last trip to the inter-dimensional zoo. :lol: With Lovecraftian things, I sometimes find it easier to think that this is just her form for that very moment- she probably shifts constantly, allowing each artist to be accurate for a millisecond.

One of my very first Lovecraftian illustrations was also of Shub-Niggurath, and it was before I had any real grasp of what the Mythos were about. I didn't even have a description to work from, just a comment about a goat and 1,000 young. I took it more literally, and she ended up looking more like a daemonic goat. :lol:
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Bombadere Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shub-Niggurath always bugged me. She sounds very much like a pagan fertility demon instead of an interdimensional being like all the other Lovecraft entities. Which is it, Lovecraft? Science fiction or fantasy? Make up your mind!
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theziggyed Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Lovecraft was never science fiction, and never fantasy, it was Cosmic Horror. Though it did have fantastical and futuristic aspects.
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Bombadere Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's what I'm saying: Shub-Niggurath doesn't sound like a cosmic entity. She sounds like a pagan fertility god.
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