Chimaera

Another of the bizarre discoveries of Dr. Alter inhabiting the extreme depths of subatomic space, X. chimaera displays a tangle of writhing stalks stemming from a gelatinous central node.

This weird microbe uses a variety of purpose specific appendages to perform a variety of monstrous tasks.

Each of the stalks terminates in a unique, function specific organ. Though no two specimens are identical, and the purpose of most organs is unknown, many examples of X. chimaera exhibit diverse variations upon the following functional elements:

~ grasping and/or adhesive organs. These range from pincher-grabbers to sticky cilia-covered masses

~ ‘touch’-sensory organs. In one specimen (pictured above), researchers found what looked like a human fingertip, complete with prints

~ organs resembling various types of eye in form & function. Though demonstrably sensory in nature, these organs obviously cannot serve in the perception of light as we know it.

~ stingers, cutters, smashers, or other means of defense & attack

~ lures employed to attract prey. These organs frequently resemble macroscopic fruits & vegetables

Though these types are found on many specimens, Alter’s notes stress the great diversity of chimaera morphology. Not all chimaerae exhibit the same means of locomotion: aetheric ‘wings’, flagella, and more have been observed.

I’ve Created a Monster!

Since I had so much fun sculpting & painting Lovecraft, I turned around and whipped up a little Frankenstein’s monster.

Hopefully I captured enough of the hallmarks of the famous 1931 Boris Karloff depiction that this caricature hits the mark.

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Weird Document Discovered in Desk of Miskatonic Professor

Following his disappearance in the Summer/Fall of 1939, a strange document was discovered in the desk of Dr. Hans Peter Alter of Miskatonic University’s Biology Dept. It was a simple anatomical diagram of the kind one would expect among the professional effects of a renowned man of science. Clearly related to subject 20.XI.19, the document stands out for two particular reasons.

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Spreading the Lovecraft on the Solstice

Lots of time and motivation Sunday afternoon saw my little bust of H.P. Lovecraft to completion. Last year I was pushing to finish my Eldritch Elf gift in time, but this one just sort of blurped itself into existence. I sculpted and painted it in well under a week.

I had an absolute blast on this one. I don’t fall into a perfectionist trap on these projects, and I think the joy of creativity shows through in the final product. Continue reading “Spreading the Lovecraft on the Solstice”

Lovecraft Sculpture Complete

I returned from a wonderful Thanksgiving trip with my family, which included a crackling fire at my parents’ cabin, a nice walk in a dark, quiet forest, and a ton of great food. Upon my return, my miniature Lovecraft was eager for some hair & clothing.

A small bust of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft made in Sculpey for a gift exchange run by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

I’m fairly pleased with this result. I obviously have areas that could be improved, but it’s pretty close to my original idea and I learned some things along the way.

I used a mixture of Original Sculpey and Sculpey Firm. I built around a little wad of aluminum foil that I added for bulk and to help in evening out the baking. I baked at least 5 layers into the sculpture without cracking or even browning, which had been a concern.

Stay tuned to watch this little fellow come together!

Little Lovecraft

I’ve got to let my streak of monster drawings lapse because once again it’s time for Eldritch Elf! This is the international gift exchange run by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. I really love this opportunity for creativity and generosity and look forward to it every year. I’ve sent weird little things to England, Argentina, and New Zealand, and this year I’m sending a gift to Sweden.

A WIP shot of a mini bust of horror author H.P. Lovecraft.

So far I have most of the work done on a little bust of Lovecraft himself. I still need to add the author’s hair and whatever clothes I think will work best. I haven’t decided yet whether to add tentacles or something explicitly creepy or just play it straight.

We’re out of town celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, so I had to put the sculpture down for a few days. When I return I need to finish off the figure and get it painted. I have an idea of how I want to approach that.

If you’re interested, there are quite a few posts regarding the creation of last year’s Eldritch Elf gift on the site, starting here. You can find the entire series under the Arkham & Environs tab.

Stay tuned for updates as I complete this little guy!

The Lesser Butterfly

This bizarre organism floats through the nanosphere on delicate ‘wings’. With these vascular structures X. fur, known as the lesser butterfly, both eats and breathes.

The reproductive method of X. fur is ingenious and unique. It captures and ingests the globules of other organisms, then slowly converts the foreign genetic material to match its own. Through a process of forced and controlled mutation, the globule becomes a viable egg of the butterfly. Once conversion is complete, the egg, now an entirely different species than before, is ejected to develop on its new course.