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Gug Sketch - Work in Progress by dloliver Gug Sketch - Work in Progress by dloliver
"It was a paw, fully two feet and a half across, and equipped with formidable talons. After it came another paw, and after that a great black-furred arm to which both of the paws were attached by short forearms. Then two pink eyes shone, and the head of the awakened gug sentry, large as a barrel, wabbled into view. The eyes jutted two inches from each side, shaded by bony protuberances overgrown with coarse hairs. But the head was chiefly terrible because of the mouth. That mouth had great yellow fangs and ran from the top to the bottom of the head, opening vertically instead of horizontally."

H. P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

Something Ive been working on today. Trying to draw one of the strangest denizens of the Underworld in Lovecraft's Dreamlands.

The bizarre head wasnt the problem. I can manage bizarre. It was the crazy bifocated arms and their double forearm sections. Easy to visualise but a swine to actually draw.
I think i solved the anatomy problem by doubling up on the upper arm muscle structures so that each forearm could have independant movement.
The perspective is giving me a few problems, as per usual, but its more or less ok now. Will hopefully get this beastie done over the next day or so.

UPDATE : Well, very belatedly i decided to have another look at this sketch. Here, at least, is a start at the shading and colouring process, mainly on and around the head...
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:iconwillyshlecnaught:
willyshlecnaught Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
what the HELL?!?!?!?!?
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
heh thanks :)
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:iconchaoskampf:
Chaoskampf Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow..
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
might even get around to finishing this thing eventually :D
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:iconmuzski:
muzski Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Gug! :D
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:icondaikaiju-defender:
DaiKaiju-Defender Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
damm,
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks ;)
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:iconcooltreeko:
CoolTreeko Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
reminds me of the creatures off of skyline. the took human brains and stuck them in their own creations!! :dummy:
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
cheers :)
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:iconcooltreeko:
CoolTreeko Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
:dance:
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:iconnoblefivejorge:
NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
EXCELLENT! But aren't they supposed to be covered in a dense hair?
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
possibly, its mentioned as being on the forelimbs certainly.
my only concern was that he would end up looking too apelike.
but its still a work in progress, i can always experiment with the idea.

thanks :)
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:iconnoblefivejorge:
NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Well wherever your experiments take you, I want to see pictures.

Lots of pictures.

Even if it's a half assed doodle on a McDonald's napkin! :D
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
haha cheers ;)
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:iconvaghauk:
Vaghauk Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work !
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most impressive! Love the design on the gug! :D
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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:iconbarvckstudios:
BarvckStudios Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great effort!! I think is great the result 'til now
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconshypa:
Shypa Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
holy shit , this is awesome !!! FAV !
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:icondagoth-jeff:
dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nice work!
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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:iconmoonyelloweyes:
moonyelloweyes Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh wow, that's impressive! I love the arms and the claws!
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconmoonyelloweyes:
moonyelloweyes Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome. : )
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Danial79 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome. I love seeing renderings of Lovecraft's creatures. Thank you!
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
been a while since i attempted one. thanks :)
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:icondanial79:
Danial79 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
One thing I've noticed about any Gug representation is that no one actually draws them with "paws" :)
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GARAWRGA Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Nice!
I like the double biceps, they are a nice touch
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
they seemed to be necessary or else both forearms would just move together as one :)
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:icongarawrga:
GARAWRGA Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Yeah I can see that happening.. My attempt is still a stick figure in a crappy sketch book :/
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:iconcryptdidical:
Cryptdidical Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can make this guy in spore. Very unique creature right there ;)
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hey well done :)
i messed about with spore for a while some time ago.
it was a pretty nifty creature creator but the latter stages of the game became frustrating very quickly for me and i packed it in.
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:iconcryptdidical:
Cryptdidical Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Same for me too, Still good fun to create things in though. Alot of Lovecraftian monsters can be recreated extremely well in it. ;)
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
funny thing... thats pretty much all i did with it
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:icondadonyordel:
DaDonYordel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
DAT DETAILED HAIR!
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
probs not hairy enough really but i didnt want it to look like a mutant ape! :D
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:iconaytanay:
Aytanay Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Erm.. I dont think its cute anymore xD
But I suppose thats good xD
Can't wait to see it complete =3
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank god for that!
not cute! yesssss!
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EmmanuelMadailArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
cool :) it's interesting to see how you do your work.
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yeah thanks.
not something i usually do. but when it looks like it might be tricky its sometimes handy for me too :)
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EmmanuelMadailArt Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I know what you mean! the number of times that I've created something while painting in photoshop and then saying to myself "wait.. How did I just do that?? :crash: " and never knowing how to reproduce the same effect again..
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SiberiumAbyss Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, even as a work in progress, it's looking awesome! :D So much detail with the united lighting and shading effects to-... -Jumps back in surprise as the fourth panel zooms in abruptly upon the face- GYAH!!!! (I'm joking, I'm joking. xD )

I'm sure the finalised result is going to be a display of epic proportions. :)
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
GYAH! hahah
thats a new one on me :)
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SiberiumAbyss Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He he. XD I couldn't resist.
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
haha thanks :D
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