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The Elder Sign by cerebulon The Elder Sign by cerebulon
In HP Lovecraft's works, the Elder Sign was thought to protect individuals from the Elder Gods, a race of Extraterrestrial Monsters bent on the destruction of the universe. While only a handsign in his books, the Elder Sign through a student of Lovecraft's, August Derelith grew into the symbol of a penacle with a flaming eye in the center. In my version, I chose to showcase the Elder Sign as a living, organic form made up of flesh and bones. This was a study in texture based on the art of Wayne Barlowe, the famous fantasy illustrator.
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Bieeanda Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012   Writer
Very interesting rendition of the Sign-- it really evokes the sort of biological horror that Lovecraft described in entities like the antarctic Old Ones or Wilbur Whateley.

Weirdly, it really reminds me of a ouija board's planchette, with the strong delta shape and the eye at its center. Perhaps there's some relation: tools for those who should really leave certain things well enough alone.
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Moongoyal Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Intriguing piece. I love the texturing and the fact that it almost seems to leap off the page. I like how the center eye is very subtle and some of the points of the star look like they could cut you.

I think it might make an impressive tattoo if it could be pulled off correctly.
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shadowfox23 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Nice pic, but you need to get your mythos right. The elder sign was a thing of magic from the elder gods that could hold the deep ones and bay and protect against the "great old ones". The elder gods are the closest thing to the goodguys you can find in lovecraft's works.
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animeclay2007 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
amazing =]
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tk8247 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
this would look great on a scroll.
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PatrickPower Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
wow.. I LOVE this! great job but-
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Furr Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
This... Would do awesomely as a tattoo. Way better than my own sorry design, anyway.
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zaiux Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Creeeeeeeepy! Very nice! H.P. Lovecraft rules!
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mizutamari Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006  Student Filmographer
ABOUT DAMN TIME YOU UPDATED!!!!! XO

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ny-seran9 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
reminds me of that eye thing in the game Doom
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