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Shoggoth by Eclectixx Shoggoth by Eclectixx
Shoggoths are large, amorphous and amoeba-like. They can form mouths, eyes, and various appendages at will. They were genetically designed by an ancient race of alien life on Earth. Originally aquatic in nature, the shoggoths learned to live on land and eventually destroyed their ancient masters.

“We were on the track ahead as the nightmare plastic column of foetid black iridescence oozed tightly onward through its fifteen-foot sinus; gathering unholy speed and driving before it a spiral, re-thickening cloud of the pallid abyss-vapour. It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train—a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us," -H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness

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saurus1014 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this drawing and your style, but are shoggoths actually that big? I remember Lovecraft saying tthey were about twice the size of a car. Still awesome rendition
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:icontwilightcloversuper8:
Twilightcloversuper8 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Out of curiosity, can Shoggoths possess lower beings?
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:iconvaharamus:
Vaharamus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Best Shoggoth ever!
I totally see this while reading "At the Mountains of Madness"
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WegaBlueSun Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Quite unlike any shoggoth image I've seen before! The bubbles are a nice touch, and the appendages are very original. I never imaged a shoggoth to be so ... articulated before ...
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ImpalerQueen Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Does this mean that because I peeked, I'll go even more crazy than I actually am? :psychotic: :D
I love this, it's beautifully represented! (I'm actually reading AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS as we speak.)
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:iconlucasdreams:
lucasdreams Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2014
amazing. I'm just wondering if you were a concept artist on a Mythos movie. What software did you used? Keep up the excellent work, man.
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:iconeclectixx:
Eclectixx Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Have not done concept art for any movies as  yet. This one was done entirely with open source software: Mypaint and Gimp.
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:iconbrian-oconnell:
Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I just note-d you, but I don't think you'll accept the offer.
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:iconlucasdreams:
lucasdreams Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
You are really talented, friend. Those 2 open source, are my favorite painting softwares. I was trying diferents tools, but I prefer Mypaint and Gimp. Do you have other awesome artworks made on then?
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:iconeclectixx:
Eclectixx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, a lot of my digital work is done with those. I'm a fan of open source software and generally prefer to use it over anything else, not just because I'm cheap but also because it appeals to me on many different levels.
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:icondimmuborgirmi:
DimmuBorgirmi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!
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:iconbrian-oconnell:
Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME!
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:iconroyalcharadtaxidermy:
RoyalCharadTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
very nice
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:iconfenixorphoenix:
FenixOrPhoenix Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
why three man running? If u refer to the Mountain of Madness as seen on the icy atmosphere around the man escaping there were only two man running
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:iconeclectixx:
Eclectixx Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
It was an aesthetic choice. Three people just works better visually than two. I know, technically it's not accurate to the story, but call it artistic license.
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FenixOrPhoenix Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
ok :D But it remains a very nice work! Well DONE!
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:iconnickgonemad:
nickgonemad Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Perfect, just perfect.
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:iconmorgan-scorpion:
Morgan-Scorpion Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Hello - I'd like to use this picture to illustrate my recording of At the Mountains of Madness on YouTube. Is that ok?
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:iconeclectixx:
Eclectixx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
You may, so long as you give artistic credit in the description, and I would also appreciate a link to the recording so I can check it out. Thank you for asking.
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Morgan-Scorpion Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Thankyou! I hope to have it online next week.
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:iconmorgan-scorpion:
Morgan-Scorpion Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I am about to put my recording of At the Mountains of Madness on YouTube. May I use this picture for one of the illustrations?
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:iconhighpriestsatanis:
HighPriestSatanis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Great piece!

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:icondredonius:
Dredonius Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really, really good!
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:iconmasterofniman:
masterofniman Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Nice work! Is it okay to use your artwork on my website, theindiedragon.com? I will credit your name with the image and link to your Deviantart page.
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:iconsaloniko:
saloniko Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
brilliant
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:iconlauritzenjr:
lauritzenjr Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
the best illustration of a shoggoth I've ever seen.
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:iconlimpinpencil:
Limpinpencil Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love the background storry and how it was maid 


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:iconjeremejazz:
jeremejazz Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
a lot scarier than monster in the Thing
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:iconijustlikehalo:
ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Curse you Prometheus for killing del Toro's "At the Mountains of Madness".
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:iconkhialat:
Khialat Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Now THAT'S what I call a Shoggoth! :thumbsup:
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:iconshanalofton:
shanalofton Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww little shoggoth is so cute
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:iconlarghoul:
Larghoul Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013

Suitably horrific!

 

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:iconmurderoszdska:
MurderosZdska Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
This is now what comes into my head whenever a shoggoth is mentioned.
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:icononefreakinrock:
OneFreakinRock Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
Would I be able to use this specific image as a reference to the Shoggoth on a wiki article?
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:iconeclectixx:
Eclectixx Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sure- just please link back to me if possible.
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:iconniekitty:
niekitty Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
aaah nice! so many pictures i see of shoggies just depict them as masses of black slime with mouths... this is lovely!
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:iconhobbitshire:
hobbitshire Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Yep, that's definitely something that would drive one insane, espcially as you've included human figures to give scale. One of the best depictions of these ghastly creatures I've seen.
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:iconrandomeye713:
randomeye713 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
I once jokingly thought about forming a Shoggoth Rights Committee
then I saw what they looked like and I changed my mind
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Now that is one awesome shoggoth!
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:iconbrainwronged:
Brainwronged Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet! i just lost D10 san!
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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Dragonjek Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
We try, in the vague and desperate attempts that sentient life must, to understand and see and describe the horrors before us. We attempt, driven by the human condition, to comprehend the sights that befoul our eyes, images that corrupt the very air they are conveyed by and that pervert the minds of those they infect like a cancerous and infected wound.

What you have drawn is not a shoggoth--it as an insane attempt to capture in art what is impossible to capture, to show an image that scratches at the mind and claws at the sanity in a wretched and horrific way.

I can hear it. May any blessed god that cares to listen to this save me, but I can hear it singing at me.
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:icontoxycon:
Toxycon Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Hah.
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PraiseDovahPie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Great unholy Azathoth this is awesome! Amazingly well done, especially with the "congeries of protoplasmic bubbles."
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:iconvadrigos:
Vadrigos Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
This is nothing. You want real brain-twisting lunacy, you should see the Shoggoth with tits I found on Hentai Foundry.
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:icondcblackstar:
dcblackstar Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
wut?
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:iconvadrigos:
Vadrigos Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
yup. You heard me right XD
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:icondomitinia:
DOMITINIA Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Only a Vogon poem could do it justice. :)
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Spinozilla97 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD
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