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Cthulhu fhtagn no more by Samize Cthulhu fhtagn no more by Samize
I tried to portray Cthulhu not as a creature, but as the vessel of some awesome cosmic entity.


I tried to capture the Dunsanian mystic atmosphere of "Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath" mixed with the objective view of "At The Mountains of Madness."


" ...a gigantic thing "miles high" which walked or lumbered about."

It canīt be merely a creature of flesh and bone, but something alien that extends to more than one reality, and which draws its power from some distant cosmic source.
Like what a 2-dimensional creature living in a 2-dimensional world would see if we sticked our 3-dimensional finger into their world.


" ...the mountainous monstrosity flopped down the slimy stones and hesitated, floundering at the edge of the water."
" ...great Cthulhu slid greasily into the water and began to pursue with vast wave-raising strokes of cosmic potency."

It seems like a gigantic mass gliding about, like an overgrown Shoggoth.


I prefer this cosmic horror better than the hairless King Kong with the octupus head.



Alternate version:
samize.deviantart.com/art/Cthu…

This painting was published in this beautiful book:
www.flametreepublishing.com/Ct…
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:icondarcylander:
darcylander Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
it's kind of too bad how the fans turned this character into just another dumb internet meme
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zerarkerk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
magnificent and imposing
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Destinyfall Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
First off, this is amazing! Secondly, those Innsmouth people had to be pretty messed up to have sex with these things... just saying LOL
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WegaBlueSun Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
This is the kind of art I can look at over and over, always finding new details to marvel over. I love this piece, which I first saw in the book, love the sense of forboding of the approaching doom ...Fave, fave, fave!

And yes, cosmic horror wins over hairless KK with octopus head any day! :)
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Samize Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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hypn0s-sama Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Ohhh sh***ttt... Run to the hills xD

Amazing work man, the description, the art, the enviroment, everything... Great job
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ManificentPilchard Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Love the fact that when a small thumbnail Cthulhu looks like an odd mountain. You nailed the (un)natural force aspect of the cosmic horror.
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Zebucompany Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
this is much better than most renditions, i agree with your tastes
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bigredpoo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Aw yiss :hooray: 
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Cthulhu NAFL Fhtagn, as expressed in one short story "THE RETURN OF HASTUR".
Cthulhu no longer sleeps.
Cthulhu & Hastur fight it out on a lawn near the Aylesburg Pike. Hastur has metastized into a human host and the vastly bloated bulk is able to pound & pummel his half-bro and arch-enemy in full view of wretches that should have never seen such a sight !
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Cherardon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
"I prefer this cosmic horror better than the hairless King Kong with the octupus head."

Could not put it better. Kudos!
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Innerwolf88 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome interpretation of Cthulhu, much more "god-creature from another cycle of life and matter" than the usual rubber-suit octopus dragon ;)
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valereth85 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
I wonder why you choose hte Deep Ones to be pictured with Cthulhu instead of the Cthulhu spawn. Shouldn't the Deep Ones be pictured with Father Dagon? :P Still...this is awesome, and I love it
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Samize Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
He recruited the Deep Ones to help, the spawn are coming afterwards. :x

Nah, you're right. I only chose the Deep Ones because they're more well-known, and look better.

And thanks. :)
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valereth85 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
I suppose that is true. Cthulhu Spawn just kind of look like mini cthulhus. Having said that, the Deep Ones DO worship Cthulhu, along with Father Dagon and Mother Hydra.

You are welcome
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Waooooww this is gorgeous!! I love how you made it, and this strange color tone helps the magic. Congratulations, the dynamic of the composition is excellent, mostly with these dropped shadows on the beach.
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Samize Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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whippingstar Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
one of the best cthulhu rendintions i've ever seen. top notch

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:iconsamize:
Samize Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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Raded-Skull Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Quit the sight to behold!
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have a nice day!
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:iconsamize:
Samize Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! you too.
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my pleasure! :)
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Zombean1138 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist

This is quite possibly my favorite visual interpretation of Cthulhu, very beautiful and very inspiring! Kudos to you!

 

 

 

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:iconsamize:
Samize Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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Lunatic38 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
I love it!
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Samize Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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ZADRgirl2113 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
We...are...screwed... MOMMY!!!! *Runs away screaming in terror* :nuu: :sprint:
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Shang-Tsung-Fi Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Like what a 2-dimensional creature living in a 2-dimensional world would see if we sticked our 3-dimensional finger into their world."
Great work BTW! I've often contemplated what that would look like...... It would simply just be... as though it had unfolded in the center in front of us. MY thoughts anyway.
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Samize Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yea, I often contemplate such things too. Imagine that this being with higher dimensions (which would be impossible for us to visualize completely) does just unfold from the center, but its unimaginable form could appear to us as an unfolding gigantic blob of flesh and whirling tentacles. Or it could just appear as a growing sphere, but that wouldn't be very interesting. :P I really like to imagine such things.
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Shang-Tsung-Fi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Or, a most horrific concept (already imagined by many) of it needing someone... another conscience being to establish the connection... the hand on the other side of the mirror so to speak.
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Shang-Tsung-Fi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True, that's to me what art is and attempting to display it by different forms of media.
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WriteNRun Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Awesome composition and colors !
I am a Lovecraft fan and I love your interpretation of Cthulhu and his minions.
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theGorer Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
simply incredible!
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CreepySeb Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
This is excellent. Nice and disturbing.
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PinkFloydian1 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the best represation of cthulhu for me. I really love it!
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AntonSpohn Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Wow, one of the better portrayals i've seen of the Least of the Old Ones.

What is the elephantine creature in the background of the Deepones? Is it another being from the Mythos?

I particularly like the detail above. It looks like an "Eye of the Storm" beginning to form over it's head as a suggestion of what is going to happen. Sweet detail.
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Samize Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And yea, the elephantine creature is meant to be a "Shoggoth" from the Mythos.
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Jayjanusz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. I agree human arms and legs aren't the way to go.
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BrightOcotillo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice.
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Lunatickus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Writer
coooool...
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PeterSzmer Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Really powerful piece.
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newmanaccount Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well spoken. And well crafted! Awesome work! I love it
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loki-5000 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
totally awesome!
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:iconklownhed:
klownhed Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
wickedly wonderful!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Very impressive, as the number of Cthulhu paintings increase I become harder to wow..... but, WOW! I love the enormous sense of scale as well as the dreadful legions of deep ones coming to shore. Great lighting and atmosphere, too! :)
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madvisigoth Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
...it's about time!
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
We're doomed
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joepfish Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Great!
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chrysalis-of-glass Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Incredible! :love: I love the color, and the twilight lighting and shadows.
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