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Shub Niggurath 1 by salshep Shub Niggurath 1 by salshep
Chyeah. This is a pretty poor representation of the original B4 drawing, which doesn't fit in my A4 scanner so entailed hours of f*ing around to get to look like it does fit.

I lost a LOT of detail. Gotta find a printshop sooner or later to put it on disk so I can upload a better one.

The drawing took about six weeks. It's the first of its kind I've drawn in a long, long time so I'm kinda chuffed about it.
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Parallelwho Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
It may be strange to say but...just beautiful! Really nice work.
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   General Artist
it looks absolutely spectacular despite any lost detail! major props!
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offermoord Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Fantastic work!!
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hesounolen Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
incredible !
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salshep Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Thank you!
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PeterSzmer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
What a detail! Absolutely great artwork.
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salshep Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Peter, it's always such a pleasure to get praise from someone whose art I admire. Again, you've made my day.
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PeterSzmer Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Hey, it is always great pleasure to be apreciated by other fantasitc artist. Well done again.
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kronik1973 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
this turns me on!
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Impaled-Corpse Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
[link] Featured !
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salshep Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
A very belated - thank you!
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Kakumei-Tifa Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
This is amazing!!!
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salshep Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Hey, thank you! Glad you liked it!
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Waruzimu Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Your work featured in my journal
I hope you like my works about H.P.Lovecraft: Gallery
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salshep Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Thanks very much for the feature! :)
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Waruzimu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
awesome details
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Sellers Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh! That is lovely.

Six weeks well spent
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salshep Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Thank you! I'm hoping to get back into it, once winter and its damnable dampness is gone.
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ekg Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is the first piece in your entire gallery that i've looked at and i'm quite sure when i do peer deeper i'll find other pieces of art just as remarkable...but i'm still going to fave this one because....dot for fking dot? 0_o Wow.
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salshep Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Thank you so much for your comment, and I'm really glad you liked it. :)
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brettgray Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work!
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salshep Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Thank you!
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ISolitude Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Wow, this is probably one of the most unique things I've seen all week! I like the detail, I can't imagine how there could possibly be more of it!
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MilaineSummerset Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Unspeakable creatures from the lands beneath Kadath are hard to fit into these imperfect human machineries, like scanners, for example.

Anyhow, excellently captured, the more so knowing how hard the Old Ones are to grasp for our feeble minds... Ia! Ia! :)
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Dubisch Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Awesome!
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Synden64 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Wow this is cool! And if you truley say this lost detail, then I assum the not lost in detail will blow peple's heads off for sure! Fantastic work! :D

Strangley, when I see this, I think of a space octopus :)
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Tillinghast23 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
All hail the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young! Ia! Ia!
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salshep Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Imagine the stretch marks...
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Hullingen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is SICK!
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salshep Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Why, thank you! :D
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distortified Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Fucking. Sick.

'Nuff said.
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salshep Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
: ) Thanks.
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theGorer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
magnifico!
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SamInabinet Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
A most eldritch madonna with child!
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yeancientone Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Gorgeous.
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salshep Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Thankyou, so much. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Candyshaver Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Pretty damn cool.
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salshep Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Thank you. =)
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pymse Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
nice
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salshep Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Thankyou!
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
It looks less...yonic, I suppose, than I would have expected--not that I have any idea of how to convey yonicness via tentacle, but you know. Spawner of monsters and all that.

Still, the detail is WOWBANG in my face (translation: hella awesome). When you upload the better version, be sure to mark it so that it appears in my inbox again. My favorite parts are the knee- and shoulder-caps, which are strangely inviting amidst so much crawling chaos.
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salshep Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Well. Shub isn't really ever marked as male or female by Lovecraft so I kept it androgynous-ish. '

And thankyou, will do. I like its kneecaps, also. : D
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work!
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salshep Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! Indeed I do!
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Looks good to me, though I think I can see what you mean about loss of detail. Some of the softer stippling is rough, which could be caused by a number of factors.

I've dealt with the same issue regarding size and have simply chosen to work within a certain range because I'm not willing to pay someone to scan it and can't afford a large format scanner.

I wouldn't compare this to old wood engravings or relief printing, because the quality of line is different. Mezzotint would give you the most similar line quality.
That said, I've seen lots of ink artists use this style of stippling, and your grasp of the technique is pretty impressive. This is a nice piece.
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salshep Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Thanks, Amanda. And yeah, lesson learned about sizing-to-fit-scanner. Ths stippling is really quite blurred all over; I'm surprised it wasn't worse, though, for the hooplah I went through to get it on here (you can see where I jigsawed it, in places >< ).

I was given a lovely set of watercolour pencils recently, so might do some colour work next.
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
What resolution were you scanning at? And in what format are the original files saved in? These might be other factors contributing to the loss of quality.
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salshep Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
I'd say they were, but I grew impatient with the pissing about, lol. Still looking for a good scan place that isn't ridiculously expensive :\
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Try scanning at a high resolution like 600 and don't do any tonal correction in your scanning application (most don't allow the fine-tuning you can do in an image/photo editing program). Save all base files in the program format or as a TIFF. Yeah, it all sounds very fussy and I can understand getting impatient w/the whole process. It's kinda second nature to me because I do it all the damn time.

It's hard to find a place to scan cheaply because large-format scanners are expensive and you're paying for labor. Worse comes to worse, you can always photograph the piece, but you'll need a lot of light and something better than a point & shoot.

I really do hope you find a solution. Would love to see more of this work.
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