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Yog Sothoth by nightserpent Yog Sothoth by nightserpent
Full page illustration for an H.P. Lovecraft role playing game. Acrylic @ 8x10". This is one of the first times I really allowed myself to use some creative license with Lovecraft's creations, too often I feel limited to previous artists' renditions. I put on some appropriate music and just acted as a channel for the concept and let it flow out. A very liberating experience!
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josie900 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nice. Awesome details and the smooth look of it all. Even more impressive that you did this with acrylic! Awesome work :).
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Thanks for your kind comments!  :)  I had the right music on and everything just fell into place, it was also a bit of a breakthrough for how I approach depicting these unfathomable entities.
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josie900 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes. Music really does help completing any art piece. ^w^ 
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Sawifythis Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely love this. I only wish it was bigger so I could see the detail in it.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Thank you!  The smaller size is for your safety. ;)
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Themeloniousmelog Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
the use of lighting and shading here is fantastic keep it up
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Thank you!  I think the idea of treating this 'portrait' as more of a landscape due to Sothoth's immensity lead me to using more lanscape techniques- such as the lighting.  This one was a fun surprise.
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schizoknight12 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Looks like the bubble bath from Hell.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
I'll take that as a compliment, as the idea of bubbles in general was a hard one for me to make seem sinister or threatening in the slightest.
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Apelure Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Very true to the Lovecraft vision of gods. Utter chaos beyond all comprehension. Exellent work!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Thank you!  It wasn't my first attempt, I had some challenges taking the idea of bubbles and making anything ominous out of it.  It took some thinking outside the box.
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Another superb depiction of a Lovecraft god. The masse rising from the sea of spheres is very striking, and the size makes it very chilling). Would like to see it in color.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Thank you, I can find them quite challenging at times. My first attempt, years prior to this, was a bit more literal to the bubble concept and therefore (to me) less successful. Once I took it as more of a direction than a literal interpretation of the words (as who could witness any of these things and accurately describe it??), I felt I had a better result.
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Artakha742 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Best Yog-Sothoth i ever seen.
Is really awesome
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Thank you! I've tried to depict him/it before, but I struggled in making anything sinister out of bubbles- which are generally considered the most harmless of things. :lol: I tried to think outside the box a little and use some artistic license, making it more like a landscape, which seemed to do the job!
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Artakha742 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
haha yeaa! looks really awesome!
Did you drive Azathoth?
I really want to see it, if you can make it.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Thank you!! :)

"Drive?" I am not sure I understand what you meant, but I have painted Azathoth- it is in my gallery: [link]
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MaximusDark Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Impressive work, you've captured the pure otherworldly chaos of Lovecraft's vision. I looked into "The Unquiet Void", and enjoyed the dark tones and atmospheres they create. It is just the kind of music I could use when writing. I have a suggestion for a song you may like for your work.

[link]
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Thanks for your kind comments, I find Lovecraft tricky to depict so I appreciate hearing that you feel I am getting it right. Thank you for the link, I'll keep it in mind for a future painting. ~Paul
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Zegaroth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Say, what music did you listen too? Also, the first time I saw this (Over on Google Images, I was able to track and find your DeviantArt with your signature) I thought it was a lake full of Shoggoths.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I listened to The Unquiet Void's trilogy of Lovecraft inspired dark ambient sound-scapes. It's not having a traditional music structure (a beat, key, lyrics, etc) combined with evocative sounds and textures really brought out a creative mind-set. I'd attempted to depict Sothoth before without much imagination, I seemed to limit myself too much to the literal 'clump of bubbles' concept, but the music coerced me into pushing that interpretation into a more interesting place.

I can see how you'd think of Shoggoths, as they're both sort of blob-like and amorphous.

You can see more of my art on my site if you're interested: www.nightserpent.com

cheers! :)
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Zegaroth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for responding, I actually discovered your website before your DA. I'm going to go check out that band. I often listen to music while I draw too, but I've never really thought about the song affecting my drawing. I imagine the right song paired with the right idea can have fantastic results.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I find music to often have a profound effect, and it can greatly influence the way I work. Imagine how very serene or very aggressive music affects your mood, and then what kind of marks and designs you may come up with? I've often found that lyric-less music is vaster for creativity, as there aren't words to limit your imagination.
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Zegaroth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I often hunt for lyric-less music as well. Though sometimes, if the lyrics are abstract enough (Like feather-gun in the garden of the sun), it will work just as well.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Sometimes I have trouble hearing lyrics and end up with my own version, which in a way is just as effective because I am using my imagination to shape the concept of the song.
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Zegaroth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That's neat.
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HangMansJoke Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I think the dramatic lighting/highlights make this illustration very suspenseful . I really, REALLY like your work.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thank you for your kind and insightful comment, I appreciate it! This was a tricky one for me, as bubbles in general tend to not be terribly ominous. I used a bit more artistic license here than I usually have.
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Quest007 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011   Digital Artist
Brilliant interpretation! It does get hard to get past what has been done before, but you tuned into the right channel for this!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Thanks! When reading the description of bubbles, it was hard to see something ominous at all- in fact, it was hard to not think of Lawrence Welk! He's the wrong kind of scary. I'm glad I pushed through that. ;)
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Quest007 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011   Digital Artist
Lawrence: "A one and a two!" That was kinda scary. :P

You did an amazing job and all those bubbles painted within a 8" x 10"! Wow.
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RyckRudd Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That is just incredible. It's terrifying to imagine what colour should bring to this. One of the reasons I love greyscale. Bravo!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Thank you! :)

It's probably that 'Colour Out Of Space' color, which my local art supply store never seems to carry.
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tobaal Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
just saw this piece in the 'fear of the unknown' docu. congrats.....
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Heh, thank you! That was quite an honor to be in that documentary. An out-take has Gaiman denouncing artistic renditions of Mythos creatures, but I forgive him because I like the Sandman. ;)
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tobaal Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
hahaha, yeah gaiman is an amazing writer, but i hear he can be overly opinionated.
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Damn dude, what music did you listen too? Yogs lookin suitably mind melting!
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eDarKknight Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Great great great, the past the present the future!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Thank you very much! :)
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Are you mad!? You never act a channel for any of the elder gods!

Great pic man.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
It's not always by choice, sometimes it just come out involuntarily. :lol:
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rxtech666 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
This is the most original Lovecraftian art I've ever seen.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Wow- thank you!! I remember getting this assignment and wondered how could I make Yog Sothoth anything but amusing when all I had to work with was unhorrific bubbles. I certainly didn't expect it to lead up to such a nice comment!
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skorpiusdeviant Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow! Your illustration of Lovecraftian lore are amongst the best I've ever seen. You should a lead artist to the next movie adaption of a Lovecraft's novel. Thus far the movies have mostly sucked..
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Del Toro and Cameron have signed on for 'At the Mountains of Madness', I would not be offended if they want me to be involved! ;-)
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skorpiusdeviant Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Really? A link? They should really hire you.. maybe we should start a petition?
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bhanson Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Incredible piece
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aintn0body Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Mind-shatteringly beautiful
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Obrotowy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
awesome ;]
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Caininsin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
I really like it both dark and wierd in areas yet calm and light in others good mach for chaos and i never thought of yog in that way always pictured hum outside view never thought about the idea he would be so big you could walk on or in him, absolutly wonderfull
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