From the Deep

Turn­ing HP Love­craft’s de­tailed de­scrip­tions into a fan­tasy com­po­si­tion was a chal­lenge…

ImagineFX - - Les Edwards -

“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.”

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