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Another card illustrations for Call of Cthulhu collectible card game by Fantasy Flight Games. This time I got some really wierd tasks, and it was hard, hehe. This dude is Nodens, some mythological God-creature, and don't ask me how he made it into the Cthluhu Mythos, lol.

Remember that the size of this illustrations are to be used on tiny cards, so the details have been made with this in mind :-)
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Awsome!
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I don't really think the Elder Gods are quite as un-Lovecraftian as people make them out to be. While their goals and morals may somewhat match up with those of humans, that simply means they're in the same boat. Just because two groups are allied against a common foe doesn't mean either group is good or evil (though I do have to, to an extent, dispute Lovecraft's 'no good or evil' viewpoint). Another species on another planet may of goals and morals more matching the Outer Gods.

Or another way to put it; the Great Old Ones and Outer Gods want the universe and planets to be their home and to be shaped to their needs (like how we humans shape our environment). The Elder Gods are the ones living in the universe at the moment and they want to keep things their way because it's currently their home (like the Europeans and First Nations in North America). Likewise clearly the Elder Gods had, in the past, been the ones on the outside and they wanted the space the Outer Gods had so they took it and made it the way they wanted it.
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DoctorTR Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Yeah! Elder Gods are not "too good" either, Nodens likes to hunt indiscriminately. Yet they aren't apeshit crazy about wiping out humanity or mass raping entire planets in a orgy of insanity.

They just like chilling, whereas Old Ones have issues with current universal laws.
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, the Elder Gods just like kickin' back and watching mortals like mortals watch TV.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well, he figures in "The Strange High house in the Mist" and the novel "Dream Quest of unknown Kadath". Whereas seeing a Great Old One causes a sanity-drain, seeing an Elder God causes awe and reverence. They are not benign in the human sense, but their affairs only intercept mankind's at points .

August Derleth, unable to stomach Lovecraft's atheistic chaotic purposeless viewpoint of the universe, added the Elder Gods as benign-oid beings who imprisoned the Great Old Ones (the ancients could not understand that the Great Old Ones were dormant and dreaming because the stars were "not right" and felt that an outside opposing force was responsible.
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Loup-de-Feu Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Awesome work !!
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Nivida Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Very great work! ^^ :heart:
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Jurodan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
A lot of the figures from the Mythos are mythological God-creatures...
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KaynessArt Featured By Owner May 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
ONLY three hours? :O
i feeel like a snail now.....crawling at a snail pace.. dub. dub. dub.
i especially like the clouds they're awesomely realisticly!
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Captain-K Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
Wow! Looks like some Zeus wannabe with a new ride!
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P-G-Moran Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
Great work! I think this is how Nodens should look, at least as he's defined in the pen & paper roleplaying game... is the Nodens that all Call of Cthulhu players have in theyr minds, but perfectly painted!
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Dark-Phoenix-452 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:wow: Awesome Detail, nice choice in creatures, they look fantastic, Very Nice Job :D
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Darn, wish it was larger, it'd sure become my new wallpaper!
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bearcavestudios Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
great work
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romp9 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
that is amazing
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foxthirteen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006
how long did you finish that pic?
it's very amazing :XD:

yeah, i play call of ctulhu too :P
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henning Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I am quite embarrased about this piece, it took me around 3 hours, hehe.
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foxthirteen Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006
WHAT! 3 hours :XD:?

i always have a problem on skin tones and details
i never can make them realistic :XD:

it always tooks a very loong time for me

even after reading ur tut on ur homepage
:XD:
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ThePins Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
In fact, in the mythos, the Elders were banned from their world by the Ancients God, and all these ancient gods are unnamed except Nodens, the lord of the dark pit (approximative translation^^). He is the master of Nightgaunts and he is supposed to look very old. Elders are evil and ancient gods the good.
Actually, I would not have represented him as an human, nor as a greek pantheon-looking god, but it's technically very well done :)

And sorry for this Lovecraft fanatic intervention^^
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henning Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Alright, thanks for clearing things up, hehe. And for the human representation; that was in the description from the client :-(
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ThePins Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
Oh sorry then :blushes:
Well after all there isn't any description of Nodens in Lovecraft's writings, so it's up to anyone to represent him. Looking at Lovecraft's great admiration for the Greek pantheon, this one is quite close to "reality" :D
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BillCorbett Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006
very cool! :)
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TomSegal Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006   Digital Artist
Looks great, all creatures in the picture are well made.
How did he get into the mythos? hehe.
(Seriously though, arn't all the gods of the mythos evil monsters?)
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mohanadtaiy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
it looks amayzing.. i love the animals :)
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crusher500 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006   Photographer
that is a very nice job
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Laimon Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006
Looks great! I really love those feathers on the eagle. :D

I agree with Rorke ^ up there ^ about the guy's face. Looks like his right (our left) cheekbone may be jutting a little far.
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beckyg Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006
Amazing!

Please join my Cthulhu Art Club!
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Talestriss Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006
beautiful :clap: colours and composition are great
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Rorke Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Professional General Artist
I like it... I think the fellas face is a little out of perpostion... the left side of his face seems to be coming out a little far
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slickgreekgeo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006   Digital Artist
This has a very greek, mythical feel to it, so you know I love this. Great work!
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Fraustro Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006
Is it rushed? I see some weird things like the unicorn's neck. Anyway, great work! Greetings!
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THATGUYWHODRAWS Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
this is amazing, u have great talent :)
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THATGUYWHODRAWS Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
this is amazing, u have great talent :)
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DunkelKunoichi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006
Lovely!!! :clap::clap::clap:
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Kedishi-San Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice Unicorn and nice Griffon =D

That guy looks like my old mathematics teacher at college =D
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Beriaru Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Student General Artist
Horse and gryphon are cool!!!
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Ladywood Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the way you have painted the light. It makes it look alive. Nice work, as always!
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Henning, it is COOL!
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Henning, it is COOL!
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xdreamer Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006
Love the dolphin. Keep it up henning :)
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