Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Forests of Venus

This is the first painting in the first blog posting for an ongoing project to illustrate people, places and things from the universes of HP Lovecraft for a free art-ebook. Along with showing completed illustrations for the ebook, I hope to render at least one portrait of his characters weekly along with showing process-work of how I both conceptualize the creatures, objects, scenery, ect. and how I actually render every painting.

Most people think of Lovecraft as writing exclusively in the unique genre of tentacular horror, but also wrote pretty straightforward fantasy and scifi, such as In the Walls of Eryx, which this painting is directly inspired by. Eryx isn't his best story, but I think it has fascinating concepts (leather spacesuits has a uniquely retro quality) as well as unique and far-sighted aspects that belie many of Lovecraft's own archaic prejudices.

I plan on doing an about-face and painting the front of the mining explorer as he traverses deep into a forest, being less about the environment and more about the character.

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