Thursday, 30 December 2010

Hoping You All Had A Good One

Wow, turns out the internet was a little harder to get hold of back home than I anticipated. I was hoping for at least one more stop off at a computer, but it was not to be. Still I'm back in the Big City now, so the internets are mine once more!

Hope everyone had a good time, and a big thank-you to everyone who sent their holiday well wishes through various mediums.

As previously mentioned, this is a time of year when I like to consider that great individual who died, but did not die, and who will one day return as the world comes to an end. Yes, this is Cthulhu's season, and as such, there are a few more pictures I thought I might share with you.

First off, here is a picture of a hot-water-bottle-cover. What more would you want to keep you warm in bed than a furry green representation of your favourite, cladistically-ill-defined, beast that slumbers. I made this for my wonderful lady friend. She liked it.

Next up, another gift, this time making use of the clay left over from this. One of the things I love about Lovecraft is the way he grounds all his horror in reality; not by providing "gritty" portrayals of violence like some modern horror movies do, but by pointing out that there is a lot of real stuff in the world that is deeply unsettling.

A lot of people overlook this aspect of Lovecraft's stories. Some even say that the reason his stories work so well is because they are so fantastically unrealistic. Yet, having grown up in a small Cornish seaside town, I can promise you there is nothing at all improbable about degenerate inbred country folk, wonkey buildings that do strange things to people who live in them, landscapes littered with traces of lost and forgotten peoples, cannibal cults who are slowly mutating into dog people, or any of the other things Lovecraft wrote about.

Delve into history, and even more stuff pops up. This is a recreation of a Lepenski Vir sculpture. That wikipedia article claims "numerous piscine sculptures and peculiar architecture are testimony to a rich social and religious life led by the inhabitants". In other words, it's a Deep One Cult. They were sleeping with the fishes, and getting all kinds of good stuff coming back to them in return. And there's nothing wrong with that.  

Finally, here is a picture of a Shoggoth. I drew this several years ago on a beach in the middle of summer. Other kids were swimming and playing beach sports. I was drawing an A3 Shoggoth. That's just the sort of kid I was.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Lugal Rises!

I'm stuck in the internet deprived wasteland that is My Partents House. I've just nipped into the library to find that Temple APA issue 8 is up and downloadable. So, you should all just go read it, cause a comic that I have drawn is in it.


This is that comic I said I would link to in my next post, several posts ago. Well, I found other stuff to talk about. These things happen.

Later, I will smarten this post up, make it look nice, correct the spellings, and such like. Right now, the timer in the corner of the screen is ticking down to zero, so I need to be off!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Christmas Is A Time For Cthulhu

At least, such is the association that has been firmly implanted in my head. This is in part due to the brilliant Christmas albums produced by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, but also to the diverse range of gift ideas that become available when you are buying for a Lovecraft enthusiast. My Wonderful Ladyfriend and I both love these works, and as such there has not been a recent Christmas that has failed to involve some sort of tentacled presents.

As well as making use of the vast range of books and other merchandise, I like to turn my hand to making some gifts myself. As such, before the Twelfth Night, I hope to put up some pictures of my work.

Let's start with a bar relief made of clay, obviously inspired by both the original Call Of Cthulhu, and the splendid prop made by the HPLHS for their silent movie adaptation of this classic story.

Next up: a prehistoric Deep One, and a hot water bottle cover.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

I'm Sure This Has Been Done Before...

But just in case it hasn't:

Made this for my wonderful ladyfriend. I think she liked it. I think.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Christmas Time Is Here Again!

In select parts of York it currently looks like this:

A view from Fred's camera.

Due to my recent discovery of the stats page, I realise that people from all over the world check out this blog (thanks all!), and I'm guessing that many of you will be mocking our joy of snow. Here in the Gulf Stream, however, this is a BIG DEAL!

Yet snow is not the only indicator of festivity. Today has seen the start of the 2000ad Advent Calendar 2010. This long standing tradition is now in its second year, and you can catch the collected edition of the first one here!

I haven't put my name down for this year's calendar, as time is pressing against me. However, Dirk Van Dom has come up with a wonderful idea that I will be contributing towards, along with a host of others. The allotted day for this is not until the 22nd, so you will have a bit of a wait before this inevitable masterpiece is unleashed.

Until then, I thought I might as well chuck my entry from last year up here; keep all my work in one place, and the like. This effort was valiantly lettered by Bolt-01 (AKA David Evans), who volunteered to do the job without realising that when I threw out my general lettering request, I hadn't even decided what I was going to do. The result is a story where I drew the art with a vague idea in mind, then wrote the dialogue based on what I thought might fit into the pictures.

I didn't always guess quite right, but Bolt did the job without a negative word. Thanks Bolt!