Tuesday, March 27, 2012

YITHIAN

YITHIAN
"The Great Race's members were immense rugose cones ten feet high, and with head and other organs attached to foot-thick, distensible limbs spreading from the apexes. They spoke by the clicking or scraping of huge paws or claws attached to the end of two of their four limbs, and walked by the expansion and contraction of a viscous layer attached to their vast, ten-foot bases."

"These members were sometimes contracted almost to nothing, and sometimes extended to any distance up to about ten feet. Terminating two of them were enormous claws or nippers. At the end of a third were four red, trumpetlike appendages. The fourth terminated in an irregular yellowish globe some two feet in diameter and having three great dark eyes ranged along its central circumference. Surmounting this head were four slender grey stalks bearing flower-like appendages, whilst from its nether side dangled eight greenish antennae or tentacles. The great base of the central cone was fringed with a rubbery, grey substance which moved the whole entity through expansion and contraction."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out Of Time


5 comments:

  1. Yay! Yithians! One of my favorites! :D

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  2. It reminds me slightly of a vacuum cleaner.

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  3. I like your choice of colors - the way the Yithians are described is so alien, that when put to paper they can often look silly rather than frightening - your muted, organic palette, and slug-like anatomy bring it back down to earth and give the great race it's proper creepiness. Nice one!

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  4. Hello Mr Bukowski. I'm a long time admirer of your art on this blog and first time commenter. I just wanted to know have you ever come up with any ideas as to how to depict the Yithian's original bodies that were dimly alluded to in The Shadow Out of Time, in the quote "Thus the Great Race came to be,while the myriad minds sent backward were left to die in the horror of strange shapes". I love to see you interpretation.

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