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Updated artwork! I added a few new things. Can you figure out what? :)

Here's the true story of what happened: I was working in my studio one day in March and I got the Blue Screen of Death. So while my hard drive rebuilt, I laid down on my studio sofa and took a nap. In my dream, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the image of Cthulhu driving this poor corseted damsel insane with temptation of pie. Being a woman - that particular torture is very close to me. When I awoke the image hadn't left and I was compelled to sketch it out... thinking that it would turn out like crap and I could put it aside - but it didn't. It was beautiful. So then I sat down to do a color study, thinking that the sickly-otherworldy-green would ruin the piece - but it didn't. Two weeks later she was does - and I hadn't worked on any other projects at all - including the client piece I had been working on when my computer crashed originally. She was a standalone for a long time, until I kept getting requests for others like her. Cupcake came along in 2011, the Ice Cream Cthulhu Triptych came in 2012, and Cookie was finally completed in January of 2013. You see - it's not about the sexual enticement at all (except of the viewer) - it's about the specific horror women feel about the terrible balance between the pleasures gained from beauty and from dessert.

MODEL: Meghan Perkins
PLATFORM: PC and Mac
TOOLS: Two Wacom tablets (Intuos 3 and Cintiq 21UX)
PROGRAM: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
EFFECTS: I don't use any 'effects', but there are simple strokes and Brush strokes, gradients and gradient meshes, and many many objects with varying transparency settings.

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:iconthorrsman:
Thorrsman Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Right then: When will the t-shirts be available and where?
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echo-x Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No t-shirts planned. Sorry, but...

Giclees Available soon at [link]

and Prints available soon at [link]
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:iconjesusbuckley:
JesusBuckley Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Artist
i think i'm in love
[link]
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ShamanSoulStudios Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The more I see this piece, Echo, the more I like it! After all...cookies ARE my guilty pleasure! I think I'll need to add this and Pie (my favorite of the series) to my collection sometime this summer.
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Superb work :clap:
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:iconbigcurf:
bigcurf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gorgeous
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
:) very cool! :cookie:
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:iconfoolsightblind:
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Beautiful job!
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khyazel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I don't feel the torment on those girls' face (except a bit on the chocolate girl), BUT what is very interesting about your work is that's a typical Cthulhu experience: you (as an artist) CAN'T get it out of your head and it becomes an obscession. That's what makes it a real well made Cthulhu artwork : not the finished production, but the process !

:)
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echo-x Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Not many people will get this - but you will. It wasn't until AFTER making the piece that I read Call of Cthulhu. In reading it, I was completely shaken with awe, because the piece was inspired and completed in March.

Execution: It's exactly the way it should be. It's not really about fear but torturous indulging. No pain is intended in this message - it would actually defeat the purpose. "Fighting the seduction is futile." The suffering comes later in regret - and the corsets are symbols of pain to come, not pain endured now. Of course, Pie Cthulhu came first so that exudes more of that feeling - and the series did become rather tongue-in-cheek the longer it went on. Then there is obvious need to make each piece different. I never wanted any of them to be terrified or in pain, no matter how exquisite, and so the emotions had to range from delight to orgasmic (but not in a pornographic way).
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khyazel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Okay, I get it !

And you should read more of Lovecraft novels (if you hadn't already), and especially not the ones about Cthulhu, because compared to the rest, he's not THAT horrible ...... :D So if you haven't read them already, I strongly suggest you read : The Colour out of space, The Dunwich Horror, and I think the one that I read first was The Shadow over Insmouth. Maybe you'll understand why I was excepting "pain endured now" in your work, because I think it's more close to Lovecraft's work.
But I totally get that you're doing your work, with your intentions and I'm not saying that you should correct it, I'm just sharing real good literature !
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echo-x Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Since then, I've read quite a few of his works. I also own the HPLCS two films. :)
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Amazing work! :D
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:iconbrendan-toy:
Brendan-Toy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the little jammy dodger tucked in there :D great work
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CaptainZammo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its gorgeous!
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Huh, well that's a new one... trippy combination indeed.
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vonmeer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Amazing, and incredible skill you have. The piece is only equaled by it's story... Pie. (Numerous cartoon characters love pie. Why does that make this weirder?) Baker Cthulhu... It's genius because it works.

I thought I had weird ideas, you ma'am are a true Arkhamite. Pie...that's so awesome.
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echo-x Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconbibiarts:
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing!!!
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:iconecho-x:
echo-x Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconbibiarts:
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
always my pleasure :love:
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CrypticManifestation Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome and hilarious at the same time. I have always been of the mindset that if there is pie, you eat it. And then run it off if you have to.
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:iconecho-x:
echo-x Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
amazign amazing amazing
immediate watch, you are sooooooooo awesome, it is beautiful, perfect waw
can i do you a special feature? i do that i have 2700 watchers, they will love you !!!!
omg waw
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echo-x Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Asher-Bee Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know how I'll ever reach this level of awesomeness T_T
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echo-x Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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