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September 12, 2013
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Shoggoth by BWH-Twilightdrifter Shoggoth by BWH-Twilightdrifter
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"It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train—a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter. ”  
— H. P. Lovecraft, At The Mountains of Madness

    1.       The picture is sketched out on cheap drawing paper (I need the ability to draw over background scenery and erase without leaving “dark parts” on the finished work.

    2.       I then shade the entire back of the drawing with a layer of graphite.

    3.       After the back is covered, I flip the sketch onto 9” x 12” (easiest thing to scan) Bristol board.

    4.       The image is then copied onto the board by pressing hard as I trace over the lines I want to keep.

    5.       The light graphite lines are covered by ink pen and the graphite is then erased.

    6.       With a Sharpie, I black in huge dark spots and all cast shadows.

    7.       Simple textures are then added to any surface that would benefit.

    8.       I shade everything at once covering surfaces with more and more ink as travel into the depths of the background.

    9.       For the benefit of my eyes (all the textures make edges disappear sometimes) I add a thin layer of Sharpie over all outlines.

    10.   Initial, flip, title, sign, and date

    11.   Now, it can be scanned.  For Devianart I scan in at true size, but I set the dpi to 600.  My scanners have all scanned in a lighter version of the real work so I turn to Corel Painter to make it match.

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trifle-confusion Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome! looks pretty damn creepy, I like that he has different types of eyes and mouths.
reminds me of Mantorok from Eternal Darkness (a game) which was ubdoubtedly inspired by Lovecraft as well.
BWH-Twilightdrifter Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.
Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your graphical skills are amazing! :O keep going!!!
BWH-Twilightdrifter Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow; thank you!
Awbwi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
well thats pretty crazy looking
TwistedUnreality Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
That is sick as shit. Wonderfully horrifying interpretation of one of Lovecraft's best creations driven by insanity.

Very nice job. :clap:
BWH-Twilightdrifter Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you
TwistedUnreality Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Don't mention it. ;)
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