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Nightgaunt by Eclectixx Nightgaunt by Eclectixx
The second completed piece for my Lovecraft bestiary; the Nightgaunt.

“Shocking and uncouth black beings with smooth, oily, whale-like surfaces, unpleasant horns that curved inward toward each other, bat-wings whose beating made no sound, ugly prehensile paws, and barbed tails that lashed needlessly and disquietingly. And worst of all, they never spoke or laughed, and never smiled because they had no faces at all to smile with, but only a suggestive blankness where a face ought to be. All they ever did was clutch and fly and tickle; that was the way of night-gaunts.”
—H. P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Elmo in his most fevered nightmares, dreams of these creatures.
That is why they do not let him eat and go right to bed.
His screams would be heard throughout the street if they did.

Looks great.
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
This is also adorable! I don't know too much about lovecraft myself, but I gotta say that it's either he thought of the most adorable things, or you must happen to draw them in the most adorable way.
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ChimeraTheShark Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
ya know they said they tickle you, but they never said where
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Stealwave Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Never has tickling sounded so terrifying 
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Paraceratherium Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
why are shantaks so afraid of them?
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schizoknight12 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I think I want one as a pet. It doesn't look like it eats anything. Maybe it eats souls.
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patriarch-of-shadow Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Sweet
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minecraftaddict Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
All they want is to tickle you
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JikuuMoogle Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
With so many Nightgaunt artwork out there i have to say this is prolly the best one i've seen so far, well done! :)
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jrholford Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
gorgeuos
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Chrestovenator Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
I've pictured nightgaunts based off of that exact description for the past eleven years and your depiction is the first I've seen that actually matches my mental image, in all but the least-significant details. Yeah, I'm gonna have to +watch you, you've got the trueseeing when it comes to literary horror.
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bozodeathgod Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Love these horrid silly creatures...
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AxletheBeast Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice. You were very true to the description, and it's extremely well-done.
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Archangel-Urza Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
cool work
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Stealthdesigns Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Nightgaunts are awesome! ^ ^
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Stardash1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
dark and cool! well done
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haitstu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Interesting. Very inspirational indeed.
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pVVEN Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Amazing! I hope to never meet one of these while traveling beyond the wall of sleep.
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Laerf Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Love the textures!
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Helsreach Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Looks creepy in a way that fits the description and so makes it awesome :D
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! When I paint from a description I always try to be as true as possible to both the letter and spirit of that description.
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Helsreach Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
You've captured it brilliantly :) I can easily imagine it swooping through the night skies, and to me, the fact i can visualise it, makes a piece of art truly amazing :)
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Dragon-Bat Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   General Artist
Masterful work! I can't wait to see the rest of them :D

I hope you do one of "The Unnameable" I haven't seen many images of it on DA.
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'll admit it's one I hadn't yet considered, but I'll be thinking about it now.
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Dragon-Bat Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012   General Artist
Welcome! I'm looking forward to it :D
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I know tickle can be a form of torture, but it doesn't make it seem any less weird.
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
It is strange, but a tickle isn't always a comical thing; it can be an invasive thing as well.
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ScaringTimeAway Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Digital Artist
wow this is amazing i love it it came out a lot better than i thought it would
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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VictorHugo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Poor creature, i wanna bring him home!
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am not sure how you would feed it...
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NBVega Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tickle? seriously H.P.? That made me lol. It's so out of place that it kind of turns what would otherwise be a pretty horrific monstrosity into a comic figure.

Poor night gaunt, he's so misunderstood. He just wants to tickle you and spread joy and laughter everywhere! Just give him a hug.

Your illustration is superb, btw. With all the creepyness and none of the lol factor of Mr. Lovecraft's description.
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It might seem less comical knowing that Lovecraft was dying of stomach cancer when he began having nightmares of these creatures. That dreadful tickling feeling was his insides being devoured by a faceless foe.
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NBVega Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That definitely takes the comical aspect out of it...eugh. Pretty terrible way to go.

I still like to think that night gaunt just wants to make you giggle and hug you. :D
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Mirahu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
wooow awesome :)
cool with shadow and background aswell:P
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The background for this one was a challenge for me to decide on.
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Tafuri42 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wicked.
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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gizburg Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
tickle, tickle, tickle!
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DanniGoodberry Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Oh my god this is so good. I need to read lovecraft, don't I. So goood.
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes; Lovecraft is amazing.
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Hullingen Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh and there's a lovely poem in "The fungi from Yuggoth"-collection of lyrics named "Nightgaunts" :)
Lovely, creepy design! Somewhat robotic, maybe a lil "Giger's Alien" ;) Love it!
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Giger is always an influence on my creepy work.
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InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! I remember seeing a stuffed animal of this creature once at a thrift shop. I loved it so much that I began to look into this creature. I haven't read the book he's from, but I'm sure enamored by this beast... This is by far the greatest drawing of a Nightgaunt that I've ever seen. The anatomy is phenomenal and you've matched his description perfectly!
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, those are very kind comments.
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