Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Blast from the Past #205: Cthulhu

Since my high school days, I have been a fan of the work of H.P. Lovecraft and his "C'thulhu Mythos" stories especially. This is a drawing I did back in 1977, just for fun, illustrating what I thought a small statuette of the dreaded Elder God might look like.



I think the words on the fragment of paper in the drawing are from a Lovecraft poem.

Trivia note: I've left this photo uncropped so that the edges of the paper on which I drew this piece are visible -- it's another one of the pieces of packing material I found back then to supplement my meager supply of drawing paper. -- PL

10 comments:

agliarept said...

wow not only are you a talented artist but you are extremely resourceful when it comes to producing your art and I really admire that. Thank you.

usagiguy said...

Did you ever study printmaking? This art reminds me of intaglio or engraving, with the fine lines.

Beautifully done.

Stan

Neil said...

Eh, I drew on the back of my homework all the time ;). Who knew Cthulhu was a real story. I always thought it was something RGB made up...

Did you know about that Tristan?

~ tOkKa said...

-->> O god .. another creepy one.

Photo real from afar again too. !!

Usually you see the Benevolent God depicted with eyes .. you cannot see his eyes very well here.

Pretty disturbing.

You really got to stop and stare for a second to grasp his form.

Wow ..

Thad said...

"I think the words on the fragment of paper in the drawing are from a Lovecraft poem."

Right you are -- I knew before I even clicked the thumbnail that it had to be "That is not dead which can eternal lie/And with strange aeons even death may die" -- a couplet purportedly from the Necronomicon.

PL said...

"usagiguy said...
Did you ever study printmaking? This art reminds me of intaglio or engraving, with the fine lines.

Beautifully done.

Stan"

Thanks, Stan! Yes, I did study printmaking in college -- in fact the BFA which I received from UMass is in printmaking. -- PL

Splinter's Iroonna said...

If you ever decide to make copies, please let me know. I have a friend who would love to have that.

Tristan Jones said...

Neil, I'm a Lovecraft nut from WAAY back, although I was introduced to it through mythos stories rather than the man's actual work. Althought that episode of the Real Ghostbusters is one of my favorites. This is an awesome interpretation too Pete, I'll have to dig up my one sometime and scan it in...

GreenWillow said...

I love this. Like Stan pointed it out it reminds me of some printmaking technique. Works really well with the subject matter!

~ tOkKa said...

-->> Pete you accidentally put 1987 into the post there.

Piece is dated " 1977 " ..

:]