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GGO - Ythogtha, Aphoom-Zhah, Ghizguth by Tektalox
GGO - Ythogtha, Aphoom-Zhah, Ghizguth
In the last months, I have gone Lovecraft crazy; collecting stories and monsters, reading scientific fan speculations and (of course) designing my own interpretations of the alien entities. I have looked at Chaosium´s art and other popular designs of the Mythos creatures and I don´t like how many of them looks like. While the concepts are very creative, most of the drawings looks kind of unimaginative; they all look like the same tumorous blob of tentacles and slime, and hardly look like they would be made of exotic matter and alien geometries. I understand that designing something incomprehensibly alien is a hard challenge, and I enjoy taking that challenge. When I am going to make own visual representation of an "eldritch" creature like the Colour Out of Space or Cthulhu, I will give each individual design bizarre shapes, abilities and visual effects (Think of the Angels from the "Evangelion" movies).
I have started with three "Great Old Ones"; from left to right, two by Lin Carter and one by Clark Ashton Smith.

Ythogtha, the Thing in the Pit.
Ythogtha is the second "son" of Cthulhu and Idh-yaa, with its brothers being Ghatanothoa and Zoth-Ommog. In "The Thing In The Pit", Ythogtha is imprisoned in the Abyss of Yhe by the Elder Gods, and is so huge that the wizard who tried to free him mistook its fingertips for mountains.

Here I have only drawed the head, with its basic shape borrowed from Monsterman-08´s drawing of several Great Old Ones. Considering its description in the story I mentioned, I imagine Ythogtha´s size being only measurable in kilometers, with its body being an entire geographical area in itself, carrying entire ecosystems. I can also imagine it causing earthquakes and tsunamis with its very movements, and causing high and low tides as its miles wide and whale-like cave mouth inhales and exhales parts of the ocean.
As for the morphology, its vaguely toad-like body is covered in rock-like segmented exoskeleton with the tentacles and other soft parts seemingly made of a flowing, green and grey plasma/smoke compressed into an oily but solid mass. If Ythogtha gets damaged, the greasy green flesh in the wound will quickly dissolve into a foul mist before reassembling itself moments later. And the grey eye is covered in millions of pupils of various size.

Aphoom-Zhah, the Cold Flame, Lord of the Pole.
This being appears in "The Acolyte of the Flame" and mentioned in "The Light from the Pole". It is an offspring of Cthugha, and has traveled from the star Fomalhaut to the North Pole on Earth. As the opposite of its fiery parent, Aphoom-Zhah is a grey flame that freezes things instead of burning them.

This one was interesting to redesign since it is not easy make a unique design for something shapeless like a flame, and I made an interesting result. Instead of a glowing plasma like real fire, this entity is composed of water-like vapour but still moves like a flame. At the bottom of the flame is a liquid mass that looks like bright blue molten wax reaching whipping tendrils into the air, vaporizing.

Ghisguth/Ghizguth, the Sound of the Deep Waters.
An obscure entity known as Tsathoggua´s "father", itself being one of the three offspring of Cxaxukluth. Nothing else is known about C.A.S´s Ghisguth except for that it has a cannibalistic parent and resides on Yuggoth, but Chaosium´s Call of Cthulu game-book "Malleus Monstrorum" includes their interpretation of Ghizguth.

The first design interpretations I ever saw of Ghisguth was the tentacled whale drawn by Monsterman-08 and Kaijulord21, with the whale-design probably being based on the title. Clark Ashton Smith himself never described it´s appearance, while the CoC monster manual describes Ghizguth as a jelly-sack. Stuck between which of the designs I like the most, I decided to combine the mutant-whale (why isn´t there a cetacean eldritch in famous Cthulhu-literature? Whales are cool!) and the slime-bag into the same design and made up a possible story to justify the monsters appearance.
For some reason, Ghisguth leaves Yuggoth and lands in the Earths oceans. The intruder somehow got weak and needs a host in order to regenerate, and the first fitting host body was a blue whale. The extradimensional jelly-bug entered the whales mouth, absorbed it from the inside and started wearing the cadaver like a suit. In this new earthly form, Ghisguth manifests as an exceptionally big blue whale that looks relatively normal from distance but a closer look shows how there is something off about the animal. The eyes are located on the lower jaw, have a miscolored glow and looks dead. The blubbery skin has an unusually slimy, jelly-like feel and the beasts belly is completely transparent revealing Ghizguth´s true body; a twitching, pulsating mass of gelatinous, rotten-looking flesh. When Ghisguth needs it, the whale mouth can release a set of long squid-like tentacles that can extend themselves to be longer than the body.

Design concepts are mine with inspiration from Monsterman-08 and Kaijulord.
Ythogtha and Aphoom-Zhah copyright Lin Carter. Ghisguth copyright Clark Ashton Smith.
Dr. Schlegel by Tektalox
Dr. Schlegel
Since Bogleech´s "Awful Hospital", I got the idea to imagine my own cartoon-silly but creepy-scary non-human doctor. And no animal I can think of for the moment fits the doctor role better than a venomous viper and this was the result. Treating patients of several different biologies and metaphysical states from equally diverse corners of the multiverse, Dr. Schlegel is more or less an omnidisciplinary scientist. Some of his (for us, unusual) fields are homeopathy, exorcism, xenometry (the study of fundamentally alien structures), necromancy, parapsychology, and Lovecrafting (it refers both to the branch of reproductive medicine dealing with sexual relations between eldritch entities and lesser intelligences, and the study of describing exotic/creepy things with purple prose).
Nicole by Tektalox
One of the first pictures I have experimented with in GIMP.
This sexy monitor-lizard dragon lady is is another proof that almost anything looks more cooler and classier in a suit
Having a lot of new sketches to draw and color, I feel that I should include the new images on DA. I can also say that I got new fun equipment during Christmas break, I got a new scanner on christmas eve (which is compatible with my new computer), and my aunt bought on 2/1 an awesome set of 100 fibracolor (the pens comes in several nuances and the pen tips are large enough to fill large areas in short time). So when new pieces of art comes, they will look a little bit different.
  • Mood: Lazy
  • Listening to: Celldweller - Wishing Upon A Blackstar
  • Reading: Embassytown
  • Watching: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Playing: Castlevania
  • Eating: Yoghurt with mom´s home-made Müsli and
  • Drinking: Orange Juice


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I am a normal (or maybe not so normal) guy who loves monsters, aliens, bizarre biology, anthropomorphic/funny animals and weird/dark things.
With these interests, I use my imagination and drawing skills to produce weird creatures and cute/ funny/cool-looking anthro-animals. As all people have ambitions, I have my own ambitions about my creativity.
When I am in the mood, I always try to think outside-the-box when I´m going to design some creatures. I always try to create the most mind-blowingly bizarre biologies, morphologies, psychologies ever when I’m designing aliens (I am sick of those anthropomorphic imagination-lacking humanoids) and regarding monsters/creatures I just want to make them look as strange and cool as possible.

Higher ambitions is world-building a science-fiction “universe”. I have tried many different stories/settings but my current vision is “Worlds”. It is about how the Terrans (earthlings) had spread beyond their solar system and created/terraformed several worlds and colonized them. These worlds are very diverse as they (thanks to genetic/biological engineering) are populated by many different creatures and sophonts which have adapted to each world’s specific conditions. Even if I have humans in my universe, I focus more on the uplifted animals and splices they have created (I LOVE anthros). “Worlds” is supposed to be “hard sci-fi” but as I want to give my universe a more fantastic fantasy-feeling, I incorporate magic/paranormal elements and turn them into (more or less) plausible sci-fi stuff. These things include transapient “deities”, mind-uploaded “ghosts” and nanotech-based telepathy.
The purpose with “Worlds” is creating a universe that is not like most other sci-fi worlds, a place that is bizarre and fantastic as it is intriguing with its many concepts and diverse worlds and beings.

Writing lyrics is another project I have. Listening to electronic music all day (it is like drugs to me); I want to create my own awesome music to fill my own and other people’s ears. But before I can produce music, I practice with writing song lyrics (and rhyming when I am in the mood). When it is about the theme of my songs, it is dark and aggressive but I hope that I eventually will write something light-hearted and not so very dark. Currently I am influenced/inspired by the beautiful synth melodies and spooky-ness of “God Module”, the gloomy haunting atmosphere of “Grendel’s” first album, the aggressive awesomeness of “Imperative Reaction’s” three latest albums, rock like “Powerman 5000”, twisted psytrance like “Xenomorph” and Metroid soundtracks.

Favourite movie/TV character: Homer Simpson, Peter and Stewie Griffin (before "Family Guy"s seasonal rot), Viper from "Kung Fu Panda", The Grinch played by Jim Carrey, Preed from "Titan A.E", Pinkie Pie, Lampy and Radio, Sheldon Cooper, Donnie Darko and Frank, Nostalgia Critic, Morph and Chas.

Personal Quote: Of all known monsters of this universe, MAN is the worst one on Earth!

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