My stuff in Society6

This year started a bit slower than usual, but it’s giving me time to pursue some personal projects and take some more care of myself. One of the things that I was wanting to do was to post some of my stuff in society6, which is a pretty cool website. So, without further ado:

First, from the movie Hausu, the creepy ghost cat:
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From the movie Behind The Mask: The Legend of Leslie Vernon:
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The little caption is because of this song:

This is from an older movie. Peter Lorre’s most intriguing villain, the fantastic Dr. Gogol from Mad Love:
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I cleaned up one of the props from last semester to make the Ultimate Necronomicon Evangelist T-Shirt:
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I cleaned up these caricatures I did with copics:

Clark Gable:
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Greta Garbo:
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Clint Eastwood:
Clint Eastwood is Dirty Harry

And last, but not least, the baboon from Digital Painting makes for an amazing iPhone case:
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Character Design: Cthulhu the Has-Been

This has been the big commitment of this semester. It’ll end with a full character pack and my first sculpted character (this time for real, no ZBrush). I struggled a bit to convince Graves to let me do this humorous take on Cthulhu (“Cthulhu has been done to death”). Thankfully, my pitch of making it along the lines of a Monty Python sketch directed by Alex De La Iglesia worked.

The Pitch

Return to R’lyeh

In the late 1960s the cult of Cthulhu was on the top of its popularity. Also were LSD, heroin and mushroom consumption. That meant that during the invocation of Cthulhu, things went wrong and when the tentacled god was awaken, he was brought to a world that not only didn’t fear him, but that offered him to corrupt himself beyond his wildest dreams. Without respect, power or wealth (all the money was wasted in wild parties and the cult ended in decline because of competing cults that don’t promise to bring horror and death), so… Cthulhu fell through harsh times.

Now, the end of the world is coming. He’s supposed to be the harbinger of doom and his remaining cult members are mostly nerds and malcontent office drones. His cult is not fit for what’s coming, and he definitely isn’t fit either.

Devouring pizzas and souls alike, he has gained lots of weight, which leads him to a vicious circle of self-loathing. He dreams of being on top of this plane of existence, of filling this void in his soul with, well, souls. He wishes someone else could take his place in this “whole end of the world affair thing”, because he’s started to believe what others say about him… that he’s a has-been, old, a one-note joke about tentacles.

The Reference

My first task before creating the character was to imagine it being played by the appropriate actor. I chose Santiago Segura, because I loved him in both Torrente and El Día De la Bestia. He has this ability to play charming scumbags which fits perfectly with the tone I’m aiming for.

For the texture and style of the character, I studied (stared in awe) some artists who have this kind of irreverent approach to monsters for inspiration.

To make it “feel real” I used some abyssal creatures for reference.

The Roughs

The first sketches begin with his pretty face, where I discarded some interesting ones that could’ve been a nightmare to assemble.

Then I get to the body. I checked lots of “People Of Walmart” for reference.

And here’s our champion:

Now, we play dress up:

And here’s the sidekick:

The Cleaned-Up Design

For the final design, I handed in the pack with Cthulhu in all his glory.

Coming soon: The sculpted character.