I'm really digging doing sketches on my new (used) ipad 3 using the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus, which is greatly freeing me to sketch digitally and to make artwork beyond my PC--both this blog post and these sketches were all created and posted without my PC, which is a first for me. I'm going to try to complete a finished painting (the high house in the mist) on my ipad for the first time before the week's out.
I love the idea of quaint Ulthar and plan to do more than a few renditions of it in the future. Though the majority of the Dreamland world is based primary on Greco-Arabian stylings, from Lovecraft's description from Dream-quest I got the sense that he was writing more from the perspective of an English homely village. On the other hand, if this were entirely the case then why didn't Kuranes try to live there? Maybe Lovecraft was maybe thinking of it being more bizarre than I'm thinking--or perhaps he just wrote the story as a first draft and didn't think it through all the way...
This is definitely one I'm going to have to work on more in the future. As much as the character/creature from Witch House certainly comes off as creepy, trying to translate that visually is certainly a big challenge for me. I don't think Lovecraft gave a detailed description if his facial features (may need to go back and listen to the audio version to make sure...) so I've been thinking that maybe he somehow took the face of a victim, shrunk it down and then somehow magically affixed it to his own face. It's creepy but I'm not entirely sold so I thought I'd work on some other versions, though I'm not satisfied with any of those either. If all else fails I'm sure I can do better than Gordon's version of the creature for his adaptation of the story.