Here's a little bouillabaisse of Lovecraftian horror and Celtic art. A marriage not made in heaven, obviously, but given the subject - well, that's just fine.
Cthulhu, known among necromancers as "The Elvis of the Great Old Ones", is possibly not dreaming here - as we hope he continues to do - but its hard to be sure with those pearly eyes. Anyway his tentacles divide and dissolve into bands of Celtic knotwork in a way that pleases me. I always dread treating part of these animal-like patterns in a realistic way when I need to flatten them out elsewhere in the design; but this time, possibly due to Cthulhu's intervention, I managed it pretty well, I think.
The digital painting (Photoshop) was created for a T-shirt design for my newly relaunched Saga Shirts site, where I'm now doing a new line of full color shirt designs, rather than the silkscreened shirts I had there before.
The poster version is a high resolution image full of eldritch detail and oddly batrachian textures. It's the perfect accent, I think, for that eighteenth century basement you've got; you know, the one with the odd wooden hatch bolted over what looks like some sort of well. With the scratching noises.
Bradley W. Schenck, 2007