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Concept- Elder Thing by NathanRosario Concept- Elder Thing by NathanRosario
Elder Things-This concept is based loosely on Lovecraft's description of the creature as it appears on the story "At the Mountains of Madness".

The Elder Things were the first alien species to come to the Earth, colonizing the planet about one billion years ago. They stood roughly six feet tall and had the appearance of a huge, oval-shaped barrel with starfish-like appendage at both ends. The top appendage was a head adorned with five eyes, five eating tubes, and a set of cilia for "seeing" without light. The bottom appendage was five-limbed and was used for walking and other forms of locomotion. The Elder Things were vegetable-like in shape, having radial symmetry instead of the bilateral symmetry of bipeds. They also differed in that they had a five-lobed brain. The Elder Things exhibited vegetal as well as animal characteristics, and in terms of reproduction, multiplied using spores.
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic representation. "Mountains is one of my favorites by Lovecraft, right up there with "Dream Quest" and the "Cats of Ulthar".
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houndoftindalos101 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful, freaky saying that cause it's a alien creature, but it's just like I pictured them to look :D
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Genius!
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D I mean it.
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phobos-czech Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Wow perfect :D Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!
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jdpantojavalle Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Wow! Really amazing and inspiring work dude, you are very talented :D
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RealTyche Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god your talent stuns me. *bows* We're not worthy! We're not worthy!
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dhaga Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This really amazing!
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SLDelaney Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Really love your style.
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Chemsem Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I always assumed that the lower appendages were more like tentacles. This is awesome.
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! They are supposed to be tentacle-like but I wanted to change it up to make it more menacing.
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BlastAttak Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
If they ever do the movie adaptation of AtMoM, I hope they contact you for concept art! This is amazing!
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That would be nice! Thank you!
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niekitty Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
....congratulations.
i would say that this is the best Elder Thing design ive ever seen but...
its the ONLY design ive ever seen that is even halfway believable...
and it goes WAY beyond halfway.
this... i think is pretty much going to be what they look like in my head for the rest of my life (or until cthulhu destroys my mind, whichever comes first)
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
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niekitty Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
very welcome!
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ZombifiedArbok Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
AMAZING! There are so many artistic interpretations of the Elder Things that look more like a five year old's craft project than alien beings... this is definitely not one of them!

At the risk of making no sense whatsoever, I have to say, you've succeeded capturing their nearly indescribable features in a way that makes them look plausible; bizarre and unfamiliar to any sane human being, but strangely and reasonably realistic.
I love it!!

I'm going to suggest one thing, however: You might want to have this available as a print. I have a feeling I'd like this hanging on my wall. ;)
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Nemo235 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
One of the best representations of this 'thing' I have seen.
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:iconnathanrosario:
NathanRosario Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Doberlady Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
I'd write a comment but I'm awestruck...
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anserine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
WOW. THAT is one ugly mofo. Incredible.
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cohenator11 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
looks like it's throwing mixed gestures, skittering away while calmly holding the skull up in plain view, still looks like it'd only take one chop from a sword, much like any other animal, i'd be more afraid of a knight than this guy
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This beats the pants off anything done of this being I have yet seen. Even the stuff done by Chaosium and Wayne Douglas Barlowe can't come close to this! Love to see this done in color and to see other creatures like the Dunwich Horror and the Mi-go.
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WhiteKnight83 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this its almost exactly how I pictured them.
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!
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BryanSyme Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow that is a great translation of an Elder thing.
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Trying to illustrate Lovecraft is not as easy it would seem.
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BryanSyme Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'll bet. Descriptions like to (horrible to describer) aren't vary helpful for an illustrator. But I love how you made the Elder Thing look like some thing that could move and be threatening. Your take on his craters is inspired.
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Wonderjosh Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist
Shite, man. If del Toro is ever able to make At the Mountains of Madness, this would be the way I'd like to see the Elder Things done!
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PerceptorPrime Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You don't have a living one of these that you pay to model for you a la "Pickman's Model", do you? This is pretty close to how I envisioned it. Actually, my imagination lacked all the subtle detail.
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Vaghauk Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow! very amazing work ! :O
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nofbar Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
About those wings, I think Lovecraft described the things as having five instead of two. I imagined the wings more insectoid and capable of being completely concealed between the arms. Still, this is more horrible than what my mind came up with when I read the story. I'd love to see what other Lovecraftian visiages you can come up with.
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Aerozopher Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
ouh yes baby
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Entenn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Just don't know what to say! Frikkin' blows my mind!
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Rejina-Shige Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, great details, cool design:)
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gianlucaromano Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
please mooooooooooooooooooooooore!!!!!!
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GEAS Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Awesome, haven't been here for years, and I see this! Keeping it up, and getting better at it too, me likey
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011   Digital Artist
Now that is feckin' brilliant Nathan!
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Scott!
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012   Digital Artist
You gotta paint it.. forgot to mention that! :)
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, I love the way you did the legs!
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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frickennick Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
How that is an impressive version of an 'Elder Thing'
I loved that story, and so did my son when I told it to him as a bedtime story.
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, that's one heck of a bedtime story. My boys are still too young to sit through a story that long. But maybe one of these days I'll get to do the same thing.
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frickennick Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
I didn't read it to him in the traditional sense, i just told the story to him from my memory. He loved the idea of the elder things and their empire and especially the Shoggoths.
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FreneticAmnesic Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! The best depiction of an elder being that I've seen.
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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BigMacArtFreak Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
You never cease to amaze me, friend. Halloween is coming up and you design a freaky cool monster. Great work! :clap:
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