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The Horror Beyond the Door by jmdesantis The Horror Beyond the Door by jmdesantis
Acrylics and molding paste on illustration board.

I had, since discovering his writing, wanted to do a Lovecraftian piece with a nameless thing coming out of the darkness at a man too curious about those Great Old Ones from beyond the known universe. The tentacles, of course, were to give the thing a further Lovecraftian feel. The character, actually, was created for a few projects I had thought about (including a comic and a small 2D computer game I was creating some months ago, but have since put on an indefinite hold).
Unfortunately, when I originally scanned the piece in (on a roller, which I'll never use again as it damaged the 3D elements) it got stuck and a bit of the right side of the piece was cut off (the torch is not cropped so in the original). I've since, however, corrected the mistake and updated the piece here. As for the molding paste, it didn't do much for this particular piece (though I plan still to use it often), but I was just beginning to use the stuff, and I am still experimenting with all that I can do with it. I hope you like the piece.

Happy Halloween,
J. M. DeSantis
Writer - Illustrator
Official Website: www.jmdesantis.com

NOW AVAILABLE AS A WALLPAPER ON MY WEBSITE HERE: Wallpapers by J. M. DeSantis
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Love this one!  Great expression on the man's face and those tentacles are fantastic!  
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jmdesantis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Truth be told, I feel I do even better tentacles nowadays, but this piece is such a favourite of others. It's been too long since I've been active here (working on my graphic novel posting on chadhiyana.com). I'll have to start posting some new artwork soon.
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TheScorpion0081 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
... and this is why, children, we all ways knock before we enter a bathroom. 

Cool picture!
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jmdesantis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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TheScorpion0081 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome.
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The tentacle grabbing the guy's cross necklace is a very nice touch. :nod:
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jmdesantis Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. That was a little addition I added at the end when I was drawing out the final piece. I felt it was also a good way to give a nod to Lovecraft's own atheistic beliefs.
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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comixgamer Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is great! for a while there i was unsure if this was done on the computer or not, I mean, the diffrences in between the colors are so crisp...i couln't do something like that with traditional paints in a million years. Plus, it's always nice to see more lovecraft enthusiatsts around. :D
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jmdesantis Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I actually get a lot of people who are shocked when they hear my paintings are done in acrylics. I've never considered why, but I do know, for the longest time, I went back and forth between the two: always wanting to work traditionally, but wanting to get the boldness of the computer. I suppose somewhere the two meshed perfectly.

As for Lovecraft, it's been a while since I've done anything Lovecraftian. Hopefully I can visit the material again soon.
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