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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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:iconliowayo:
Liowayo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Love it, really gives a classic horror feeling to it.
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:icongryffgirl:
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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:iconjmdesantis:
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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:iconthescorpion0081:
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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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconthescorpion0081:
TheScorpion0081 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome.
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:iconhawkheart29:
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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:iconjmdesantis:
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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:iconbrunobbx:
brunobbx Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow one of the most amazing Lovecraft-tales paintings I've ever seen!
Very well done!
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. It's actually one of my earliest acrylic and molding paste pieces, but it still never fails to grab people's attention. Still, sometimes I'd like to revisit it. All the same, I'm glad you like it.
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squonkhunter Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love this..........SOOOOO much...
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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squonkhunter Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
No problem. 8)
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RecklessJester Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
o: Amazing! Awesome picture, very well done. c:
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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RecklessJester Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~
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RecklessJester Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
c: You're very welcome indeed.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Curiosity kills the cat one again! :) Nicely done, I especially like the lighting ans varying surface textures. You might consider using acrylic gel medium in lieu of molding past if you need more flexibility. It can be applied in a similar fashion, yet it dries more like rubber than paste.
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Not sure I'll be able to get the same effect as I do with paste, but the paste does dry quite rubbery. Perhaps I'll give it a try on a test piece some time. Thanks.
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Reyndomm Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Heh. Heh.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" Anyone?

Nice drawing, dude. I do NOT envy what's gonna happen to that guy. No sirree.
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Actually, the painting is an H. P. Lovecraft inspired piece, whose work in turn did inspire the look for Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean series (Cthulhu specifically).

I'm glad you like the piece though, and no, what comes next is certainly not going to be pretty.
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:iconreyndomm:
Reyndomm Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Yeah, I figured as much.
For some reason I'm reminded of the incident in Pirates 3 where Davy Jones kills Mercer.
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Tsepesh-Hunta Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Great art ))
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconhavoc2431:
havoc2431 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
I love this, excellent lighting!
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you, and sorry about the delayed response.
It's still a favourite piece for most people. I have a (tentative) buyer for the original, so unfortunately that's already gone, but I have made up some prints of the piece. There's no store on my website yet, but I do sell the prints at Conventions. Unfortunately, I stay on the East Coast, so no trips are planned out of the country just yet (I live in the US, and I see you're from Australia).
Even so, I'm glad you like the piece, and that my art is being enjoyed all over the world. So thanks again.
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havoc2431 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
you're welcome :)
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tails00 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Ever hear of or play "Call of Cthulhu: Dark corners of the earth"? It's a Lovecraftian survival/ Horror FPS. If you aren't careful in the game, at one point, a very similar thing happens.
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jmdesantis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have heard of the game, but no I haven't played it. It's interesting to know a similar thing happens however.
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tails00 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
here is a link to the first video of a commented play-thru:
[link]

However, the guy never encounters the scene (you gotta mess up BAD to get the scene.)
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:iconthebloodwriter:
TheBloodWriter Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
I never pointed out why I like this so much, it reminds me of the book covers of all of Lovecrafts collections, its the same style done perfectly.
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow. What a wonderful compliment. Thank you. Hopefully in the near future I'll be able to produce a few more Lovecraft pieces; though, then again, hopefully I'll even be given the chance to illustrate one of those collections in the future.
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:iconthebloodwriter:
TheBloodWriter Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
I don't doubt your capabilities.
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lizander1888 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Ok, definetely you had readed lovecraft XD
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
Indeed. And in fact I have been doing a bit of work for a small and growing publication called Planet Lovecraft Magazine . My short comic story, 'The Thing in the Water' is due to be in the forthcoming third issue, and I am currently working on a tale for another future issue. Check them out it you like.
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lizander1888 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Hmm, hadn't done any lovecraftnianan since my poem about nightgaunts ¬¬, need to do something about that XD
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Certainly, and I'd love to read them.
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dragonsdale Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008   Traditional Artist
aaah...it is as if i can hear the creature wheeze...
"Yooouuu juuuust gooot owneeeed!"
great ic! i love it!
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you. This continues to be my most popular piece, and is featured on both my business cards and as a wallpaper now on my website.

I'm hoping to do more Lovecraftian paintings, but we'll see what time will allow for in the future.
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dragonsdale Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008   Traditional Artist
times a bitch, indeed.
that must be one awesome business card! XD
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141188 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Pure Lovecraft. Love it, nice colouring.
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the compliments, and I love Lovecraft as well. I'm really glad this piece is (slowly) becoming so popular as it was a joy to make and still one of my very best. I've actually made it into a Wallpaper, which can be found on my official website (www.jmdesantis.com), because of this.
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freedeyes Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
thats great i really love the effects you used on the arm, good stuff
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:iconjmdesantis:
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.
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Okida Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great lovecraft stuff :) a cross will not stave off the advance of... shub niggurath maybe? Star spawn.. shoggoth. :D ah well, tentacles from the dark is enough
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jmdesantis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Actually, I did not have a specific Cuthulu Mythos entity in mind when creating the piece, though I did wish to use tentacles, and to keep the thing off of the actual page (keeping to Lovecraft's ideas of 'hidden horrors';). So I suppose the thing is whatever nightmare your imagination can conjure.
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