CTHULHU: Age of Madness - Behind the Artwork
Updated: Jul 23, 2019
A preview into the fall of mankind, and the rise of the age of madness.
Cultists have gathered from the dark corners of the world. Preparing the seals that keep the Elder Gods locked away from entering our realm. Ready to usher in the new age of madness.
Now go forth and bring your Elder God from from the void.
Inspiration for the artwork for the Cthulhu:Age of Madness game is a bit obvious. H.P.Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos and other stories of cosmic horror and the macabre. I have a tendency to take things that are "canon" or true to the vision of the creator and interpret it in my art style. There can be a few road blocks along the way where content is incredibly hard to come by or a bit vague in execution of the imagination. This allows me to take a few liberties in the art department.
The Azathoth artwork was my favorite but more challenging pieces for the game. He is generally always depicted as large as a galaxy materialized as a mass of tentacles, eyes, and mouths littered with teeth. With lesser creatures playing strange instruments keeping him asleep. Though horrific in thought in shear scale, I wanted or even needed to give him a face. Something myself and others can see piercing through the void showing our impending doom. For it would be the last thing any of us would ever see if we were to be so unfortunate.
Horror is and always will be my favorite genre to work in. Creating the creepy crawly bumps in the night has always intrigued me. Horror, I feel, is a great way to really exercise a persons imagination and keep their art skills sharp. You can create anything with as little skill as sketchy lines of a stick figure to every tool in an artists arsenal and still create something that can be observed as scary. For example, if you were to bring me a piece of paper with scribbles of a face drawn with a black crayon with red eyes and tell me this is your imaginary friend. That would be a pretty haunting experience and you need to seek help.
As quoted by H.P. Lovecraft "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown".
As quoted by me "I'm living the dream, one nightmare at a time" - Mike "Demo" Densmore