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Cupcake Cthulhu by echo-x Cupcake Cthulhu by echo-x
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: Roxanna Hire
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.

Here are all the others:
Pie Cthulhu by echo-x Cookie Cthulhu by echo-x Ice Cream Cthulhu - Chocolate by echo-x Ice Cream Cthulhu - Strawberry by echo-x Ice Cream Cthulhu - Vanilla by echo-x
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MelanieDarling Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there - just swung by again (after looking at all the Cthulhu sweets again) and wanted to ask if these are pieces you sell as prints? If not then, you know, thats just too bad - but I can just imagine having all these fantastic works on my wall some day. They're great and combining three awesome things - sweets, pretty ladies and almighty Cthulhu!
echo-x Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I sell them on my website: as well as at conventions across the country. I don't sell through DeviantArt.
MelanieDarling Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the info! :) Hope to be able to buy a piece or two within the very near future.
TapX2 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Hi there, you have some seriously amazing work. I hope you don't mind I used this piece for my graphic design assignment to show how modern artists still utilize the styles of Art Nouveau...
echo-x Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem. As long as I get credit. :)
TapX2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
you certainly have =)
Lexikinsthecat Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Spooky, and lovely!
Traveler55 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Great art work fantastic
zaythar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I picked up this awesome art at Gen-Con a couple years ago.
Tuhonen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
A friend of mine has her own cupcake bakery, so we made a promo pic inspired by you: [link]
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