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this is one of the three pieces i did specifically for a tiny art show last sunday, at a festival in the village where i live.

im really not so sure about this one (aside from yay lovecraft!). the initial sketches with just the shapes of the tentacles and the colored halo of the divers lamp had a nice feel to it. once i started painting it as an underwater scene, though, all the graphical impact got lost. underwater means heavy athmospheric perspective, i.e. low contrast in a lot of places.

i wrestled with it back and forth for quite a while, and then decided to show it, despite the original concept not really working. i added the subtitle "an exercise in beckett" – an allusion to the quote "nothing else ever. ever tried, ever failed. no matter. try again, fail again. fail better." so, hopefully i may fail better in the future :)
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice; and chilling. This is probably what the protagonist of "The Temple" would find when he put on a diving suit to explore the city.
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gekitsu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wee, many thanks for the nice comment and the fave!

its kinda funny, but i always imagined the scenery of the temple to be completely underwhelming to an impartial observer, and only be the glorious sunken city with an actual temple to those already affected. *sigh* i really need to find time to re-read those :)
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Sicilium Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Big Daddy versus Cthulhu
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gekitsu Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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OrangeNotebook Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011   General Artist
ooh, I like! :D agree about the contrast, but I love the textures and colors on this. great job!
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gekitsu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wee, many thanks!
for the fav as well. :D me happeh!
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Awesome idea! That person is soooo doomed! great work on the scale
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gekitsu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wee, many thanks! :D
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
WEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! :crazy:

most welcome!!!
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thegreatcalim Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
great one!! the guy (or the girl? i don't know..) looks so tiny and helpless between those impresive tentacles!
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gekitsu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wee, glad i achieved what i was looking for in terms of scale.
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NooniePuuBunny Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ďa R'lyeh
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gekitsu Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cthulhu fthagn!

many thanks for the llama, too! llama fthagn!
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NooniePuuBunny Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ia! No prob. ^__^
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1B6 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Great composition in this :D
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gekitsu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wee, thankies :)
i would have loved to retain more of the graphicness of the sketch, but alas :/ (despite being a bit wiser, i feel really dumb for not having thought this through)
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1B6 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
No problem :D
accumulating wisdom is what it's all about (:
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mynameisfaerie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love this, personally. If you're not fond of the low contrast, I'd say take artistic license and go in with reds and purples. The concept and composition are really nice.
And that quote is awesome.
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gekitsu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i fear, reds and purples would kill the underwater feel dead -,-
i played with the idea of making another version thats less of a painting, more of a colored graphic ink drawing, much like mignolas hellboy work. that might marry contrast and athmosphere a bit more successfully than this. maybe. lets see if ai have the urge of revisiting it. :)

yeah, that quote is amazingly good. not only does it sound cute, with that seemingly cynical edge, but it also makes obvious how constructive it is to wrestle with a problem and fail.
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mynameisfaerie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i agree with you. if you do revisit, be sure to post it here! I'd love to see it (and i'm sure your other followers would, too)!
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