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*EDIT* This piece was used for the official Call of Cthulhu board game, and trading card game. All copyrights belongs to Fantasy Flight Games!


I'd like to dedicate this piece to our recently ended Call of Cthulhu pen & paper roleplaying campaign. We kinda scewed it all up getting all tricked by Nyarlathotep! That bastard old God fooled the party through a portal and they got all thrown back to ancient Egypt, except me who barely manage to jump back out before it closed behind me. Actually the others got off better than me as the world kinda ended shortly after this and I was still stuck in 1929. Oh well, it was fun for as long as it lasted.

This scene is not really from that session at all, but It' inspired by the setting and the monsters you can find in this setting. The dude on the picture is referenced from a photo I shot of a childhood friend of mine. I think he looks cool on the picture, giving it all even though he doesn't really stand a chance against mr. tentacle

Painted during quite a few evenings using Photoshop with a Wacom tablet. Reference used for the character.

Make sure to check out the step-by-step progress at pixelbrush: [link]
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CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
henning Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the features! :thanks: 
CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Bempa94 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
i like his face, its like,
did i forget the oven on this morning :)
Harrkonen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
His expression seems to say: "Well damn, this could have gone better"
Bempa94 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
i like his reaction, its like , oh well...
Tuiteyfruity Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
well, I just got Arkham Horror, so I love the board games!
Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aim for the tentacles around your legs! DX

But seriously, fantastic pose, lighting and choice of colors/shading.
Kevin-McKee Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was gonna say, this HAS to be connected to H.P. Lovecraft in some way. This totally rocks. Thank you very much for sharing it.
redig76 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
I have actually found that d20 Modern works great combined with elements from the d20 version of Call of Cthulhu. The latter doesn't have complete character classes. Interestingly, Sanity is even harsher than in the previous d6 Cthulhu. The only thing that helps is starting out with a really high Wisdom score, but during gameplay otherwise.

I haven't had a whole lot of fun with the boardgame, simply because nobody is interested in playing such a long game session. I played it once but never finished.
henning Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I loved playing Call of Cthulhu the roleplaying game, even though it was really hard and we had do to some minor modifications to able to stand a chance, hehe.
Arkham Horror, the board game is a game you need to play with the right kind of people, and when you do, it can be a lot of fun :)
perihelion Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the best images I've seen at Deviant... Incredible!
downcaste Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
with so much fantastic elements happening around the characters, they are unbelievably calm and docile.
Excellent action elements, way to fill up the frame with so much stuff I had to look thrice.
hsvoen Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
amazing... i love how you portray the horrors of the lovecraftian universe.
PSYXXARTS Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Now that is wet!
spiritwar Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
This image along with "Call of Cthulhu, Arkham horror" are my two of the best illustrations of the existing Myths of C.
BladedSpear Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
"Ia This ya ugleh squid bastard!"


A nice change from the usual Lovecraftian hero, who cowers and dies with soiled underwear.
sincarnato Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
this is soooo great
Agent3X Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, CoC...going insane and dying (not necessarily in that order) was never so much fun...:D
OutlawStudios Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
bearcavestudios Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
veldig kult.....
Socratim Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! he really looks insane! like having reached the other end of fear...
ryamil Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
VERY nice...
Hampire Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Professional Filmographer
This piece is quite amazing, i love the horror expressed in the ambient...
I liked it so much congratz for this amazing work.
Energetic-Innovation Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
Truly awesome work and detail. :)
lethalwire Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
This is such a great image. You have inspired me greatly. Thanks

Great website as well. Bookmarked ftw
Nighzmarquls Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the piece, and the only thing I can nitpick is that reference material for tentacled lovecraftian monsters is difficult to find and thus you go a little 'fuzzy' on 'kriki'... But your fuzzy is worlds ahead of my detailed [link]
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Added this as a journal feature... cheers!
zenarion Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
y halo thar
this looks great
love how you made the tentacles look slimy and wet. great lighting from the muzzleflash, and ofc the whole effect of movement in the painting.
King-Of-Nightmares Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
i love it. the setting and the monster.
totalyawsome Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007
dude ctulhu is awsome.....iv never played the is it.....this picture looked like it was moving at first, very realistic
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Great stuff! Call of C is a great pen and paper RPG, and Cthulioid monsters spice up any RPG without exception. I love the expression on that guy's face: I'm going down, but not before I take some of you with me!
Alice: You've gone quite mangy, cat... but your grin's a comfort.
Cheshire Cat: And you've picked up a bit of an attitude, still curious and willing to learn, I hope.
axa9797 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
he kinda looks like an earlier bruce willis
ll-Tek-ll Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I saw this aswell at CGSoc. as a WIP I couldnt help but add it to My first features... Amazing
tigaer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
once again you can clearly see the ludvigsen 'style' in that painting. i like the dynamic setup of action and lighting in that piece. an overall very nice job. :)
henning Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, Chris!
I know I got sloppy in the end, but at least I learned a lot from this piece :-)
Ironshod Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
This is a really cool image. I love the sense of action you got. The brown and greens look very moody and little details like the texture on the wall are very nice. Top job :)
henning Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Anne!
I got a bit lazy in the end (hence the crappy looking water-splash :lol: ), but I learned a lot from this piece, which is why I'm painting :-)
RedVinken Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Student General Artist
takes me back to some realy creepy moments in my history of computergames =p
looks excellent!!!
nessa204 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Slik357 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
Wow, good job on the "Mr Tentacle". Came out really good.

I love the gun. What model is it? Colt M1917? ([link])
henning Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I have no clue about the gun, but according to the reference I was looking at, it looks a lot like your picture, so I guess so :-)
JoseHerb Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
nice job on the monster.
Jihyo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
That turned out really good... sorry the campaign didn't end so well ^^;
P-G-Moran Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
It's always nice to find someone versed in Cthulhu mythos, and even better if is capable of painting them so well! This scene reminds me some Shogoth being that some gentlemen and I found while we were just passing through a small town called Innsmouth, few years ago... I love Call of Cthulhu, and this image takes all the essence of the game!

henning Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I really love the CoC setting, and I got introduced to it painting official CoC stuff for Fantasy Flight Games. Recently we finished a Coc roleplaying campaign, which didn't end very well, lol. That setting is really tough, and they obviously want people to feel hopeless and tiny, which is cool.
P-G-Moran Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
Yeah, just like the characters in Lovecraft tales feel: hopeless, tiny and leaved alone in front of pure madness... that's the best of CoC!

I really like your work, congratullations for your sucess working for Fantasy Flight Games!
Kedishi-San Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Action pic...

I don't think there is one piece by you that I dislike...

I look forward to your next piece =D
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Wicked action sequence...chock full of energy. Great stuff again.
tsheva Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. This has such amazing detail...the gun and the monster and the tiles :wow: just excellent.
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