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Just finished this illustration of a member of the Great Race of Yith from H. P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Out of Time" done in the style of an Ernst Haeckel biological plate.
"Shadow" mentions that the bodies of the Great Race beings were native to Earth. So I imagined them as gigantic, bizarre echinoderms. Surrounding the central Yithian are other species from this highly-diverse fictional Yithozoan lineage.
Most Great Race depictions make them into bilaterian creatures with two arms, a head and the weird trumpet things kind of flopping in the back. But I like the idea that the Yithians are radially-symmetrical and the appearance of having arms and a head arranged like a biped is purely an illusion. Thus, I illustrated the two claws on top of the body with the sensory structure off to one side.
I'm going to eventually put this on t-shirts.
I'm a marine and wildlife artist based primarily out of Connecticut, but sometimes also out of Tennessee and Florida (I travel with my wife for her aerospace job). Even though my pieces are pretty stylized, I do a lot of research to try to make them scientifically accurate.|
I have matted prints for sale on my website, so check it out! I'm also available for commission at reasonable prices.
Most of my stuff is also available on t-shirts from my company Nocturnal Sea Printing. E-mail me if you're interested in seeing anything on apparel.
My Facebook page: Nocturnal-Sea-Biology-Art-by-John-Meszaros
Current Residence: Connecticut
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Favourite style of art: Art Nouveau
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Shell of choice: Florida Tree Snail, Liguus fasciatus
Wallpaper of choice: Myst scenery
Skin of choice: Cownose Ray-- soft like a wet, muscular mushroom!