Cthulhu – inks and craft paints

Last night I got started on the big fella and before I knew it he was done.

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I mixed up some ink, Liquitex matte medium, Anita’s extender, and some tap water for each color and started slopping it on.  The orange and yellow were done the same way with craft paints since I don’t have yellow or orange inks.

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I used the colors as the picture shows going from purple to blue to red, then orange and yellow.

The matte medium(?) has a strange property in that I can’t seem to photograph the finished product very well.  I had the same trouble with the chaos tree using the same technique.  I suppose making a light box should be added to my to-do list.

Inside photography doesn’t seem bright enough while outdoor photography is almost too much.

Inside:

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Outside:

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Although it isn’t as vibrant as I had seen in my head it is what it is and I’m pretty happy with it.

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So now I need to figure out how to base him.  I’m not impressed with the base that came with him as it seemed like a quick afterthought.  The problem lies in the distance that his tail sticks out.

Maybe rocks and tide pools, hmm.

Thanks for looking,

Night Owl

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Trying something different

When I was in the 7th grade a friend of mine handed me a book by H.P. Lovecraft and said “You need to read this.”  I looked back at him standing there with his spiked mohawk, combat boots and denim vest jacket and said “OK”.   Over the next few nights I read the book from cover to cover.

I remember being overcome by the foreboding sense that I wasn’t supposed to be reading it.  Not like finding a Playboy magazine at your buddies house for the first time but more like “Oh, (bleep), the fate of humanity and religion as we know them are precariously threatened.”  The psychological horrors challenged me.  I loved it and it scared the hell out of me at the same time.

Now that the copyrights have expired, as Lovecraft had no heir, you can find Cthulhu just about everywhere – even in the form of yarn knitted snuggle toys to put in your baby’s crib.

Say What? Yeah, I know.

I acquired two of the Cthulhu “miniatures” from the first Reaper Kickstarter and now that the second one is close to delivery I thought I should finally pull one of these out and do something with it.

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Lovecraft describes Cthulhu as green, sticky and greasy.  It is said that he is to be of an alternate geometric dimension and to gaze upon him is to cause instant insanity.  I want to try something different.

Combining this with the fact that Cthulhu is sleeping in the deep sea I thought of the flamboyant cuttlefish.  Watching their colored bands gyrate and transform before my eyes sometimes causes me “temporary insanity” while I try to figure it out.

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And the blue ringed octopus:

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The question is can I pull this off?  The results will end in epic success or epic fail.

I started with a primer of black Gesso.  I use black so that I can ensure I haven’t missed anything.

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Then I did a heavy drybrush with Creamcoat Spiced Tan.

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That’s where I’m currently at with this project.  I feel like I’m in the 7th grade again because at this moment I’m loving this and yet it’s scaring the hell out of me at the same time.

Thanks,

Night Owl