Lately, I have been listening to H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast. I only discovered H.P. Lovecraft quite recently, but I really enjoy a lot of his stories. There is a very unique type of horror to his work. I think Lovecraft himself said it best, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”. He is most famous for creating Cthulhu, an ancient God from another world which has inspired a lot of pop culture.
I started this page in my journal with very little expectations. I was not sure what kind of image I would use, but I did know I wanted an octopus for it. Even though the real Cthulhu from H.P. Lovecraft is part man, part dragon and part octopus. I had to redo the background a few times. I could not make up my mind on what color to use. The green happened almost by mistake, but it was perfect for a horror story.
Once I decided on the color I wanted the octopus to be I mixed a gray color using Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint for the under-paint. I covered the octopus with a coat of Tri-Art Dry Media Ground to give it more texture before using dry media. I colored the body with Faber-Castell Soft Pastels in purple, blue and black. Soft pastels mix very well.
The red paint was added to look like blood dripping on the page. Cthulhu waking up is not exactly a good thing. The stories compare it to the apocalypse. I wanted to add a touch of horror to it.
The journaling was originally supposed to say “In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming”. My mom was staying with me at the time and she did not really like the “dead” part. I was still including it, but subconsciously I omitted it. My mom was very happy about my mistake, so I kept it.
This is the fun part of having an art journal. Each page I can add something specific to a particular time of my life. Even Cthulhu can be a source of inspiration!
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