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Eihort

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Eihort watercolor by Amy Crook

Eihort watercolor by Amy Crook

Before painting this, I was mostly familiar with Eihort as a Great Old One from the board game Arkham Horror. Afterwards, I looked this horrific monster up and found that yep, it’s pretty awful. Eihort is from one of the later Mythos writers, Ramsey Campbell, and is basically a giant gelatinous mass with eyes that implants people with its brood, which will later hatch and kill them during the end times. Cheerful! But appropriate to the piece of art, I think, especially the part about eyes forming and unforming constantly in its shapeless body.

Eihort, 5″x5″ duochrome watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Eihort, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Eihort, detail 1, by Amy Crook

The two different paints used are both snazzy special effects paints that change color depending on the angle to the light, and together make the whole painting even more eerily otherwordly.

Eihort, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Eihort, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the green and orange mixing together in strange ways in Eihort’s gelatinous form. Below, it’s lurking in a frame, just waiting to offer you its hellish bargain of freedom for larvae.

Eihort, framed art by Amy Crook

Eihort, framed art by Amy Crook

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Lost Arcadia

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Lost Arcadia, watercolor by Amy Crook

Lost Arcadia, watercolor by Amy Crook

I’ve been reading a lot of HP Lovecraft lately, and aside from being occasionally stunned by the epic racism, I’ve noticed that a lot of his descriptions of paradise have a certain common form. There’s tall spires, glowing domes, beautiful temples and perfumed gardens awaiting the lucky person who can find the various lost cities. Of course, doom (or DOOM in the case of Sarnath) often comes to destroy those idyllic cities or sink them to the bottom of the ocean, but it wouldn’t be Lovecraft if it didn’t.

This is painted using three shades of near-black, the soft green, midnight blue and deep purple, and a tiny bit of actual black thinned out to almost nothing to give texture to the glowing moon, plus a wee bit of white for the few stars that peek out above the clouds. I like the loose way I can just paint with no sketch or reference using the blacks, getting a whole range of values that aren’t just plain grey due to the subtle tinting.

Lost Arcadia, 8″x8″ watercolor on paper, nfs (sold).

Lost Arcadia, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Lost Arcadia, detail 1, by Amy Crook

I have a hard time convincing Photoshop to clear away the blue tinge of sunlight from the image without over-saturating the subtle colors on the image, so I left the one above without much adjustment so you can see the detail on the buildings. Below, you can see the swirling blue-black clouds and violet-tinted night sky as it lightens up in the glow of the city below.

Lost Arcadia, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Lost Arcadia, detail 2, by Amy Crook

And finally I have it in a frame! My 8×8 frames don’t have stands, just wall hanging hardware, and my iPhone couldn’t jump that high, so I’m afraid you’ll have to imagine how they look together.

Lost Arcadia, framed art by Amy Crook

Lost Arcadia, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Cthulhu Snooze

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Cthulhu Snooze comic by Amy Crook

Cthulhu Snooze comic by Amy Crook

Before we talk about the tentacles, I bring you news of a highly amusing Kickstarter! They’re doing a giveaway to promote their new indy horror flick, and the minute I saw the title I knew I’d donate a Cthulhu print to the cause. It’s called Call Girl of Cthulhu, and it’s about a hooker-cum-Cthulhu-priestess and the virgin nerd who loves her. I kinda can’t wait to see it in all its awful, cheesetastic glory.

Now, back to today’s art!

The wonderful folks at Chaosium asked me if I had a Cthulhu comic to go in their Gencon newsletter, and while I didn’t, I did have time to draw something up for them. Gencon has come and gone, sadly without my attendance, but a little bit of me was there! My favorite part is the squid looking very scared of Cthulhu’s wiggling foot.

Cthulhu Snooze, 8.5″x5.5″ pen and ink on paper.

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Mother Hydra

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Mother Hydra cartoon by Amy Crook

Mother Hydra cartoon by Amy Crook

I’ve taken some liberties here and used a more classic interpretation of a hydra, rather than the Lovecraftian description of Father Dagon’s bride. There’s just no way to make a vast pool of screaming faces cute, really.

As it is, I can totally imagine at least one of her heads yelling, “No more wire hangers!” She’s even got pearls and lovely pink-painted claws nails.

Just don’t mention the screaming faces and monstrous claws pressing against her heavy, pregnant belly. Or think about what sort of monsters she’s the mother of, if you want to sleep tonight.

Mother Hydra, 5″x7″ pen and ink and Copic markers on paper.

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Cthulhu Dreams of Love

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Cthulhu Dreams of Love by Amy Crook

Cthulhu Dreams of Love by Amy Crook

Cthulhu gets a Valentine! Of course his love-dreams could be for a birthday, anniversary or just because, but it’s that season and I drew him with that in mind.

That said, my favorite part is the button-eyed Hound of Tindalos plush toy. He’s holding its paw! Aww, Cthulhu, we never knew you were such a softie.

Cthulhu Dreams of Love, 5″x7″ pen and ink and Copic markers on paper. Visit my Etsy Shop to pick him up on a card!

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Cthulhu with a Kitten doodle

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Cthulhu with a Kitten sketch by Amy Crook

Cthulhu with a Kitten sketch by Amy Crook

Another little Coloring Book doodle! Cthulhu is quite dubious that he’s not supposed to eat the kitten, but I’m sure he’ll come around.

Happy New Year!

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Old-Fashioned Ornaments, set 2

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Old-Fashioned Ornaments, set 2, by Amy Crook

Old-Fashioned Ornaments, set 2, by Amy Crook

Pardon the terrible photography, I’ll try to take a better one when the sun’s back up. I finally managed to assemble my second set of old-fashioned paper ornaments, this one with slightly different art. I kept the star but hung it at a different angle, and then made Cthulhu himself and an Elder Sign (Lovecraft style) to go with it.

These ornaments are a huge pain to make, but it’s almost fun in that way where it appeals to my meticulous nature, so I might make a few extra sets next year. We’ll see!

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