From the Deep
Turning HP Lovecraft’s detailed descriptions into a fantasy composition was a challenge…
“This is the sort of thing that happens when I’m left to my own devices. I painted it in about 2006 and it’s derived from HP Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu. Lovecraft is a rich source for some artists, but I’ve always found him tricky. His description of horrors may be convincing in the written word, but if you try to interpret them too literally you can wind up with something that looks quite silly rather than cosmically horrific, or is just disappointing. I’ve found this to be true of other authors, too.
Despite my long-term desire to illustrate his work, I don’t think that Lovecraft is a very visual writer. However, I had this image in mind for a long time and decided I’d better give it a try. The depiction of a distant menace rather than a close-up monster appealed to me and I had a feeling it would work out well. I also enjoy painting strange ruins and it made a change to have the landscape dominate the figure. While I always look at paintings after a time and think I could have done it better, this remains one of my favourites.”