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At the mountains of madness 2 by moonxels At the mountains of madness 2 by moonxels
So I'm painting for 3 years now and my "real" first illustration ever (the one that started it all for me) was "at the mountain of madness" inspired image from the Lovecraft universe...

but time has passed and I felt I had to fix it in numerous ways as it was full of errors mainly in composition and painting technique...
thing is that it's still powerfull in it's mood so it deserved a full rework, I think I got it way better this time while keeping the strong feeling it tell me.
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Now this is more like it!
I absolutely love the pyramid theme. It reminds me of the temple like structure from Aliens vs Predator. The explorers fit in well too. The viewer wonders what lies behind the doors of the otherworldly pyramids, are they inhabited,
If yes , what are the creature like? Are they dangerous?Do they have advanced technology?
If no, what caused their death? Do we have something that we do not know about to fear?
The fact that it seems to be in a frozen , uninhabited iceland just completes the pic...
Definitely one of my favourites..
Great job Moonchild...
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setophis37 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
vraiment magnifique ("les montagnes hallucinées" mon oeuvre préférée de HPL) on sent bien le caractère "cyclopéen" des constructions encore bravo
moonxels Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
merci beaucoup!
moi aussi c'est ma préférée
RacktheJipper Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"I could not help feeling that they were evil things -- mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss."

Beautiful and Eerie. The angle is perfect, how you're just behind the men and you can see the buildings resemble the mountains behind them. The colors are lovely, I really like the fog that lies around the buildings, and subtle. Whats stunning is how at first this piece looks so gorgeous, and it's only after you start looking and seeing the details, the fog around the buildings and the ancient designs, that it starts to look creepy and wrong.

This is very much how I've always pictured the Mountains in the story. Something so different that it sneaks into your mind driving you to brinks of insanity before you even realize there's something wrong.
moonxels Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot for such a nice comment , it's even better than the image it describes!
livi-16 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
So cool, yet it seems more structured than than how it's described in the book. But I guess it's impossible to draw geometric shapes from another universe, since we can't go there! Instant fav :D
moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot
you should know that it's more "inspired by" than a true to the story illustration...all I was aiming for was the right mood.
DwayneF Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
The first version was good, but the rework is much better. It made me want to grab my copy of the story. I usually go on a Lovecraft bing of re-reading around Halloween, but Christmas works too :)
moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that's good to hear!:)
ZeroHourNineAM Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Really awesome!
moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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