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YUGGOTH WATCHTOWER by Caberwood YUGGOTH WATCHTOWER by Caberwood
"YUGGOTH WATCHTOWER". So,just finished my latest pic.To say that there is a bit of a backstory to this one would be an understatement.Some years back,in the mid 1980's,I attended a summer school in Stirling focusing on making comics.I was just getting into the works of H. P. Lovecraft at the time and was blown away by the work of one of the other attendees on the course,a certain Garry Marshall. Garry had drawn a short story in the style of Herge called "The 2 Dimensional Horror".In it,the protagonist aquires an old painting,and stripping it down,another painting is revealed beneath,a mysterious,fantastical work by the infamous artist Richard Pickman.In Garry's comic,he drew the painting.It was a black and white line drawing and only an inch wide,but something about it has stuck in my head for the last 25 years.Maybe it was the composition,the weirdness of it or the desolate tones of the story that stuck with me,needless to say,I always fantisised about one day,walking into an antique shop or gallery and seeing,that ACTUAL PAINTING.In the end,I decided I would just have to do it myself.
Many thanks to Mark Nicholas Edward for allowing me to use one of his amazing night sky photos as a backdrop on this piece. And thank-you Garry,for the decades of unresolved torment you unwittingly unleashed on this young mind.. 
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Filmographer
By the way,if you buy this as a large print,it does weird things to your eyes.The Mi-Go look like they are leaving the frame.It doesn't seem to work so well with a smaller scale.Guess its all up to human perception and resolution in the end.
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tikirussy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
This is awesome! I'm currently obsessed with Mi-Gos and have done a few pictures myself of them. This picture has given me some inspiration for an attempt at Yuggoth. I hope it'll turn out to be more of a tribute than a rip-off of your fantastic vision :)
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hey! Seek however you want your vision to be.Read the blurb that led to this,you will see I was re-interpreting what someone had thought of before.My key advice is,take it in another angle,yours! Then it will be unique!
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tikirussy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Good advice! Here's the finished article...
tikirussy.deviantart.com/art/Y…
I really enjoyed making this one so might do a few more on Yuggoth :)
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
WOW! Cool! Nice work mate! :)
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tikirussy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Thanks a lot! Helped along the way by your own vision :)
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BrewBadum Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mi-Go away!
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Cute-Eldritch-Girl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the alien worlds of HP lovecraft never fail to both feel me with wonder and dread at once :3 excellent piece my friend^^
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brugge192 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
It's beyong my imagination. Amazing stuff :)
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TheVaultsofMcTavish Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!:)
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
'ere they cooome... :ashamed:

Nice story behind the picture. This kind of background always make our work more powerful and interesting.

About finding a true Pickman's in an antique... I think I've fainted.  What a nice dream, but I'm afraid we'll have to settle with the DIY...
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
sigh..I know..I know..

I guess that's what makes Lovecraft's work so intriguing. Things like the Necronomicon and the like are so well-rounded,yet so tantalisingly vauge,that they feel like they SHOULD exist!
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, and intermixed with "REAL" books, places or historical characters, those... "things" lie, laughing at us, in the brink of reality...
Maybe is better that way.
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Bombadere Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good stuff. The tower somewhat reminds me of the towers that the flying polyps were supposed to have built. Well, cept for the window...
I always thought that one way to reconcile the Mi-go's wings that they use to fly through the "ether" was to have them be used as solar sails.
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
solar sails are an nice idea.Certainly,I don't think they would really function as wings.But then again,most of the denizens of Lovecraftian fiction defy description or indeed logic (as we understand it)
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Bombadere Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Lovecraft actually covered that. He said in "Whisperer in the Dark" that thier enormous wings - meant for flying through the "ether" - were awkward and ungainly when flying through the atmosphere.
The solar sail idea works pretty well with that description.
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Works for me!
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Psyxis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! So awesome!!
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Cheers!
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ChucklingDevil Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
This looks absolutely stunning. The colours and textures in this piece are just amazing.
A wonderful piece.
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much!
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ChucklingDevil Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
You are most certainly welcome!
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