Monday, April 30, 2012

Hiatus...

A short break while I do some freelance work, recover from the Empty Night Skies show and go hang out with awesome people in Portland, OR. But don't be misled. I will return from this hiatus with a full months worth of monsters. Most of them are drawn, a lot are inked and a few are actually done and scheduled to be posted. In the meantime....here's a sneakpeak...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sketches 7

The Empty Night Skies show was a HUGE success and I'll post pictures later. In the meantime here's a couple sketches for you, while I'm working on new monsters....



This first one is the "Bat Winged Devil" from The Call Of Cthulhu. The wings in the sketch look more dragonlike but I looked at a really cool book called The Beginners Guide To Bats for the final version. I also made him more squat and less human.


This next dude I was really dreading. How do you draw a giant live hill and make it look like a monster? Well, here's my attempt. I added the trees and the little circle of standing stones to the final version and made the caves glow like they were filled with magma.


This last sketch differs a lot form the final version but you get the gist. When I originally drew Anathas, he kinda looked like a pickle or a blob, but I wanted him to appear like a writhing mass of multifariousness.

Ok, so I'll have a few more posts before I go on vacation to Portland to hunt for bigfoot, and when I get back I'll have a full month's worth of monsters before I take another break!

Friday, April 13, 2012

ANOMALOUS SEA CREATURE

ANOMALOUS SEA CREATURE
"And once I saw the sea—a boundless steamy expanse beyond the colossal stone piers of an enormous town of domes and arches. Great shapeless suggestions of shadow moved over it, and here and there its surface was vexed with anomalous spoutings."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out Of Time


Thursday, April 12, 2012

VALUSIAN SERPENT PERSON

VALUSIAN SERPENT PERSON
"There was a mind from the planet we know as Venus, which would live incalculable epochs to come, and one from an outer moon of Jupiter six million years in the past. Of earthly minds there were some from the winged, star-headed, half-vegetable race of palaeogean Antarctica; one from the reptile people of fabled Valusia; three from the furry pre-human Hyperborean worshippers of Tsathoggua; one from the wholly abominable Tcho-Tchos; two from the arachnid denizens of earth’s last age; five from the hardy coleopterous species immediately following mankind, to which the Great Race was some day to transfer its keenest minds en masse in the face of horrible peril; and several from different branches of humanity."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out Of Time

"It was treasured and placed in its curious box by the crinoid things of Antarctica, salvaged from their ruins by the serpent-men of Valusia, and peered at aeons later in Lemuria by the first human beings."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Haunter Of the Dark

"I can compare the sound to nothing more aptly than to the roar of some dread monster of the vanished saurian age, when primal horrors roamed the earth, and Valusia’s serpent-men laid the foundation-stones of evil magic."
H.P. Lovecraft & William Lumley, The Diary Of Alonzo Typer


"For as he watched, Tu's face became strangely dim and unreal; the features mingled and merged in a seemingly impossible manner, Then, like a fading mask of fog, the face suddenly vanished and in its stead gaped and leered
a monstrous serpent's head!"
Robert E. Howard, The Shadow Kingdom


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

BEING FROM A REMOTE UNIVERSE

BEING FROM REMOTE UNIVERSE
"35-Special beings with special senses from remote universes. 
Advent of an external universe to view."
H.P. Lovecraft, Commonplace Book

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

JUPITERIAN

JUPITERIAN
"There was a mind from the planet we know as Venus, which would live incalculable epochs to come, and one from an outer moon of Jupiter six million years in the past. Of earthly minds there were some from the winged, star-headed, half-vegetable race of palaeogean Antarctica; one from the reptile people of fabled Valusia; three from the furry pre-human Hyperborean worshippers of Tsathoggua; one from the wholly abominable Tcho-Tchos; two from the arachnid denizens of earth’s last age; five from the hardy coleopterous species immediately following mankind, to which the Great Race was some day to transfer its keenest minds en masse in the face of horrible peril; and several from different branches of humanity."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out Of Time


Monday, April 9, 2012

YELLOW-FURRED THING

YELLOW-FURRED THING
"There was a thunderous silence, during which a faint prompting was heard] from the dizzy summit of the platform. [Hak Ni, the yellow-furred and valorous commander of our ranks through numerous installments, ascended to the towering peak inches above the floor.
“My friends—” he began, with an eloquent scraping of his posterior limbs, “these treasured walls and pillars shall not mourn on my account....” At this point, one of his numerous relatives cheered. “Well do I remember when...”
Oll Stof interrupted him.] “You have anticipated my thoughts and orders. Go forth and win for dear old Inter-Cosmic.”'
H.P. Lovecraft & R.H. Barlow, Collapsing Cosmoses


Friday, April 6, 2012

SPAWN OF CTHULHU

SPAWN OF CTHULHU
"Another race - a land race of beings shaped like octopi and probably corresponding to fabulous prehuman spawn of Cthulhu - soon began filtering down from cosmic infinity and precipitated a -monstrous war which for a time drove the Old Ones wholly back to the sea - a colossal blow in view of the increasing land settlements."
H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains Of Madness


Thursday, April 5, 2012

ASHMODAI

ASHMODAI
"He had been growing shabbier and shabbier with the years, and now prowled about like a veritable mendicant; seen occasionally by humiliated friends in subway stations, or loitering on the benches around Borough Hall in conversation with groups of swarthy, evil-looking strangers. When he spoke it was to babble of unlimited powers almost within his grasp, and to repeat with knowing leers such mystical words or names as “Sephiroth”, “Ashmodai”, and “Samaël”."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Horror At Red Hook

"The Thirty-second Spirit is Asmoday, or Asmodai. He is a Great King, Strong and Powerful. He appeareth with Three Heads, whereof the first is like a Bull, the second like a Man, and the third like a Ram; he hath also the tail of a Serpent, and from his mouth issue Flames of Fire. His Feet are webbed like those of a Goose. He sitteth upon an Infernal Dragon, and beareth in his hand a Lance with a Banner."
Clavicula Salomonis Regis, Lemegeton, Book I: The Goetia


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

HIGHLY DEVELOPED PROTOZOAN

HIGHLY DEVELOPED PROTOZOAN
" [Within the Great Council Chamber, which measured twenty-eight square feet (with quite a high ceiling), were gathered delegates from all the thirty-seven galaxies of our immediate universe. Oll Stof, President of the Chamber and representative of the Milliner’s Soviet, raised his eyeless snout with dignity] and prepared to address the assembled multitude. He was a highly developed protozoan organism from Nov-Kas, and spoke by emitting alternate waves of heat and cold."
H.P. Lovecraft & R.H. Barlow, Collapsing Cosmoses


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

ANATHAS

ANATHAS
"But now he perceived that the miraculous passage through the flaming floor was closing again, leaving him marooned on the dais with the glittering treasure he had sought. And when it had fully closed, and his eyes had circled round vainly for some way of escape, he was hardly reassured by the shapeless jelly-like shadow which loomed colossal and stinking in the great archway behind the dais. He was not permitted to faint, but was forced to observe that this shadow was infinitely more hideous than anything hinted in any popular legend, and that its seven iridescent eyes were regarding him with placid amusement."

"Then Anathas the wizard-beast rolled fully out of the archway, mighty in necromantic horror, and jested with the small frightened conqueror before allowing that horde of slavering and peculiarly hungry green salamanders to complete their slow, anticipatory ascent of the dais."
H.P. Lovecraft & R. H. Barlow, The Hoard Of the Wizard-Beast


Monday, April 2, 2012

TENTACLED BEING

TENTACLED BEING
"Everybody applauded riotously, as a wave of excitement rippled through the variegated audience; those who were handless slithering their tentacles together."
H.P. Lovecraft & R.H. Barlow, Collapsing Cosmoses