Saturday, September 26, 2009

SHOGGOTH original painting based on H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos

A painting in acrylic on hardboard. Unframed. 5x7 inches.

This concept rendering depicts a massive shoggoth which has extended tentacle-like pseudopodia to move more quickly and easily through the wooded New England countryside.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I've decided to start a series of paintings over the next several weeks related to H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos (including the elaboration its received from subsequent authors). Mostly I'll be painting the various creatures, alien species and transdimensional monstrosities that populate the Cthulhu setting (and I won't be ignoring the RPGs either, including both the Call of Cthulhu rpg and CthulhuTech).

My first, near completion and which will probably be up on ebay over the weekend, is a 5x7 inch concept rendering of my interpretation of a Shoggoth.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009


When creating a science fiction or fantasy illustration, the thing that I find useful, more by far than anything else, is creating rough models and sculptures (maquettes) which I can then arrange into various compositions, photograph from a variety of angles and use to experiment with lighting.

For one of my favorite of my recent small studies of a fantasy subject, this 5x7 inch painting of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu:

I first sculpted this small maquette, about 5 inches tall, to use as visual reference:

As you can see its very rough, very quickly executed (probably took about half an hour to 45 minutes to make) but nothing helps me more in achieving a more realistic, believable effect. I'd be helpless at illustrating these sorts of subjects without this first step in the process.

I'll be starting a larger, more detailed version of this painting this week. It should be up sometime in the next few weeks (though probably not for sale).

Sunday, September 13, 2009


5x7 inches. Acrylic on hardboard.


Sunday, September 6, 2009


8x10 inches. Oil on stretched canvas. Unframed.

Friday, September 4, 2009


An oil painting on stretched canvas. Unframed. Size: 11x14 inches.