Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login

Mature Content

This content is intended for mature audiences.


or, enter your birth date.*


Month

Day

Year*
Please enter a valid date format (mm-dd-yyyy)
Please confirm you have reviewed DeviantArt's Terms of Service below.
* We do not retain your date-of-birth information.
(...)Cruel be the wind
As it quells my words
I shout out to the rain
Incantations I so hoped
You've heard
That you live again
From deep Earth
Brings forth rebirth
Witness but I shant believe
From below a chilling glow
On all...Hallows Eve!(...)"


'All Hallows Eve'
Written by Peter Steele
Performed by Type O Negative


I've always wanted to draw an allegorical illustration to honour this festivity, but somehow always missed the deadline and ended up just moving on.
This year, however, I've made it early with a piece I had in the backburner for a while and I finished in my (very little) spare time.

Halloween is, to us southerners, a northern celebration. Something we don't pay much attention to. But my being so much into mysticism, Celtic culture and overall spiritual rituals, October 31st has always held a fascinating hold over me.
To me, the festivity is a mix of various roots, but its main trunk will always be the celtic new year celebration of Samhain. It was during these mystical days that the celts believed the veil to the nether realms was thinner and thus, open to trespass from both sides.

What I've done in this illustration is tie that spirit up with what I deem is the most horrifying representation of the inevitable madness lying whithin the confines of time: The Old Ones of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Through this piece, I pay honours to those witches of old, willing to bring forth the end of all things by opening the gates to the great beyond, from which Cthulhu, amongst many other terrible things, would emerge to consume us all.
The ecstasy the witch experiences and her bare beauty is that of someone accepting and embracing the chaotic nature of our world and ourselves, acknowledging and paying tribute to the horrific dimensions that haunt it and nurture our nightmares. Nightmares that would, at the very least, drive anyone insane.

But madness, as you see, is just a symptom of our denial and refusal to accept that it is in the face of horror that we learn to truly appreciate life.
That is what Halloween reminds us of. That there is something else right in front of us, veiled, envying our cheerful lives and expecting to embrace us all eventually.

I hope you enjoy this one and have a nice Samhain. The ancient ones will be watching.

Nic.-

PS.. I hope you don't mind that bit of rant, I love the subject as you see.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconletmeseebeuty:
LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
Gorgeous and scary sexy fun 
Reply
:iconkuronekoking:
kuronekoking Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student Writer
was she insane or driven sane is my question
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a VERY good question actually. But I fear to find the answer... :paranoid:

Nic.-
Reply
:iconnoblemonster2:
NobleMonster2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Very nice.
Reply
:iconlucideville:
LuciDeVille Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm strangely drawn to this picture. I absolutely love it.
Reply
:iconartoftroy:
ARTofTROY Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist
Very NICE :nod:
Reply
:iconclyrus:
clyrus Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
cthulhu hell yea!
Reply
:iconjmqrz:
jmqrz Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great composition, love the background story!
Reply
:iconcezacherl:
CEZacherl Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
R.I.P. Pete Steele, outstanding illustration.
Reply
:iconmeaninglessofbeing:
MeaninglessOfBeing Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
I CANNOT FUCKING BELIEVE YOU LOVE TON!
You sir are in my good book.
Both TON and WH fan ;)
Reply
:iconadamc11779:
AdamC11779 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Yay! Some love for Cthulhu! Awesome work man!
Reply
:iconiadm:
IADM Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Prechiocho!
Reply
:iconkaernen:
Kaernen Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
I am sure Peter Steele would have been proud of being part of the inspiration for this. And it looks like old Cthulhu is finally gonna get some ;) :D
Reply
:iconmarbichora:
MarbiChora Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cthulhu f'htagn! Ia! Ia!

Looking great! XD
Reply
:iconaurenian:
Aurenian Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Good work as always Nic. Did you get my note?
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Dear Geordie...

I did get your Note, but I'm having a bit of a PC issues at the moment and I'll write you back as soon as I get the computer back up and running.

Nic.-
Reply
:icontmulcahy:
tmulcahy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Cthulhu fhtagn.
Reply
:iconbryansyme:
BryanSyme Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It looks grate. I'm sure Peter wold have love it.
Reply
:iconimric1251:
imric1251 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
oh hell ya lovecraft. this is awesome
Reply
:icondamonx99:
damonx99 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Your a Lovecraft fan.....well I know there were reasons I liked you so much. Awesome work too, I totally get your direction with it.
Reply
:iconhangmansfable:
HangmansFable Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I WANT THIS!!! MAY I HAVE THIS!!! please?
Reply
:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*plays Barry White music*
:D sexy stuff Nic, mui caliente~:heart:!
Reply
:iconnockergeek:
nockergeek Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Aw, Cthulhu just wants some love. :D

Seriously, though, a neat picture. I love the texturing and shading you've done in the green skin; I'm assuming that you use marker, because of how the colors layer. Also, you draw beautiful nudes, and I love the clearly-delineated layers of shadow on her skin. It's almost cell-shaded, but not.

(Also, remind me to commission a nude some time. :P)
Reply
:iconbelazikkal:
Belazikkal Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is freaky.

You draw something Cthulhu-based for Halloween, Nic, while I'm planning on writing a ghost story inspired by Cthulhu for the kids in the class I'm subbing for.

That's just effing freaky!
Reply
:iconthelastdyingbreath:
ThelastdyingBreath Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I love th texture you've given the Cthulu type character; really nice dark green shade. and the skin to black fade on her arms is excellent as well.
Reply
:icontheboo:
TheBoo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
love this one, lovely soft colours, nipples peeking, great hair and monster, awesome
Reply
:iconxgreenxapplexangelx:
xgreenxapplexangelx Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I wasn't sure how to react to this piece until I read your description. I adore how you combine different ideas together to represent them in a wonderful piece that creates a sense of sadness and forgotten beauty. The way the woman is looking at Cthulhu makes it look like she loves him as one would love a child or a family member or a pet and I love how he is looking right back at her, but you can't get an emotional feeling from him, though those tentacles reaching out seem to imply he is at least fond and/or grateful of the woman.

Anyway, I love everything about this piece and can't stop staring at it :heart:
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words, m'lady! It's always great to know that people actually care to read my comments. They're usually long and dabble more in the behind the scenes stuff than most would care about, but they are a nice complement to the artwork.

I hope to put together a portfolio of prints with this 'Godesses and Monsters' theme, so maybe you will be abe to stare at this in its original format ;)

Thank you again!

Nic.-
Reply
:icondylanio21:
Dylanio21 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
great stomach
Reply
:iconwheresmytea:
wheresmytea Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cthulu is gonna be annoyed- before I read the comment I totally thought "Mindflayer!"

LOVE IT. :) Love her black hand, nice transition from the skin tone there.
Reply
:iconvlaskiyov:
Vlaskiyov Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
All praise to C'thulhu! Let it end, let it end. Good to see a rare piece of fine art from you, and by rare I mean you drew something that I wasn't expecting.
Reply
:iconneverletmesleep:
NeverLetMeSleep Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Great piece, but I have one question. Why are hers are turning black? Is it from touching Cthulhu?
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, that can be one interpretation, my friend. It all depends on the viewer's feelings. It could be that her hand is turning cold because of the touch or that it is that hand what's brought Cthulhu back from his slumber...

Nic.-
Reply
:iconneverletmesleep:
NeverLetMeSleep Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
That's awesome! I love your work, especially your 40k stuff.
Reply
:iconnewguy64:
newguy64 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
awww even Cthulhu get's some love on halloween
Reply
:iconvernul:
Vernul Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I like this piece. Just as long as you're not one of those nuts that thinks that Cthulhu is real.
Reply
:iconchammadai:
Chammadai Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010   General Artist
I have many reasons for :+fav:ing this picture, I may expand on this later, but for now I shall content myself with this:

Peter Steele and Howard Philips Lovecraft, Hell would be none so dark without them.
Reply
:iconspqr-fr:
SPQR-FR Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
:shocked: Cthulhu strikes ! This art is horribly... Lovely :love:
Reply
:iconsilvervulpine:
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
... That's the most awesome Halloween-themed piece ever! :heart:

Amazing! Simply amazing! :)
Reply
:iconkageryuuuji:
KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Never was a fan of Lovecraft, his horror truely ended when Alien hit the big screen. But still got to love how you discribe the scene. Excellent.
Reply
:iconddaysrevenge:
DDaysRevenge Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Alien? Lovecraft? Don't you mean Giger? Alien originally belonged to Giger.
Reply
:iconkageryuuuji:
KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Only in the classical art since yes, but Alien as in the movie was what sealed Lovecratian horror's fate.

Or rather Giger out Lovecrafted Lovecraft.
Reply
:iconddaysrevenge:
DDaysRevenge Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Heheh, good point.

Though, I did find Hellraiser a bit more frightening than Alien or Cthulhu.
Reply
:iconkageryuuuji:
KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Eh, don't remember that one.
Reply
:iconkonirathax:
KoniraThax Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sexy Cthulhu.
Reply
:iconnightlife9k:
NightLife9k Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
The ladies all love Cthulhu. Great Work!
Reply
:iconcerberus-02:
Cerberus-02 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
I've got tentacle envy.
Reply
:iconthethirdrlm:
TheThirdRLM Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is beautiful!! I'd ask if it was for sale, but I have no money!! Cthulhu looks amazing in your style.
Reply
:iconbrotherostavia:
BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
¡Un trabajo inspirador! Me encanta como has resuelto el fondo :)
Reply
:iconcherii97:
Cherii97 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Cool... Sorry for the extra short comment but I find it utterly awesome :D
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
October 26, 2010
Image Size
837 KB
Resolution
737×1000
Mature Content
Yes
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
8,697
Favourites
299 (who?)
Comments
50
×