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Ice Cream Cthulhu - Chocolate by echo-x Ice Cream Cthulhu - Chocolate by echo-x
The first of my "Neopolitan Ice Cream Cthulhu" Triptych. Also see Strawberry and Vanilla:



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: Mixed
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.

Here are the first two:
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:icondarkside415:
darkSIDE415 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
sexual chocolate lol
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:iconbooksandcoffee101:
booksandcoffee101 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how the tentacle suckers have a piece of chocolate in them XD
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:iconazbrown4u:
AZBROWN4U Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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:iconpaudraic:
Paudraic Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yummy!
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:iconrmiller12:
rmiller12 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
awesome work
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BIGBOY2480 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
MMM! Delicious chocolate artwork. Love the use of color.
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theweasleyboys Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, my...I can just imagine the Eldritch Abomination offering me something from my workplace's bakery right now. :rofl: Thank you again for making these! :boogie:
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:icontwzzlerz:
twzzlerz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
japanese tentacle chef!
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Ike-SCD Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the beginning of Cthulhu triptych.
I am excited to see the third !
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:iconfrauleinvampyria:
FrauleinVampyria Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very lovely !
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ChiBurbs Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredibly sensual. I hope the others will convey such emotion.
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:iconjaidedhollycat:
JaidedHollyCat Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love this story and it's a beautiful illustration!
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:iconsilvervulpine:
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
AWESOME! :love:
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:iconlemonpetals:
LemonPetals Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG wow this is just even more amazing!!!! So cool You did a lovingly awesome job on these pieces thank you for sharing them ^^
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:iconorcbruto:
orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Non-euclidean delicious! :love:
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:iconleviadragon99:
leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Huh... well that's actually quite an interesting rigin story for this unusual concept, and a fair point about the temptations of fatty food.
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Curse Cthulhu Pie!!!!
Superb image though.
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Asher-Bee Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i love that this collection came about from a dream! I fully appreciate all of the care you put into everything, especially the vector pieces, I mean wow! Do you ever use references for the deserts?
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:iconbarnlord:
Barnlord Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! I love the theme of this. Great work! I can't wait to see the other two panels.
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bdunn1342 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012   General Artist
I can not proper sum up the epic nature of this. The art nouveau style, the lovely pinup...basically, you had me at chocolate and Cthulhu. :heart: I look forward to the rest of the set.
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h-eri Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I'm so happy to see this done. :) That corset is absolutely beautiful and the bow reminds me of those white chocolate decorations.
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:iconistriel:
Istriel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I love her corset, it's like it is made of black and white chocolate
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:icontizrak:
Tizrak Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... cthulhu? :)
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:iconorlarose:
orlarose Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic, as always! I think I want some chocolate ice cream right now...
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Nothu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
thats a really nice story to it :D

and I love the picture
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Sedecrem Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a compelling story... The idea of this deeper meaning represented by chocolate and monsters of the deep is really brilliant. I'm super impressed... And that you gleaned it all from an image in a dream is even more impressive!!

I approve, in other words. Good work. The details paired with her expression make it just as stimulating visually as the deeper meaning is to intellectuals. :+fav:
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:iconecho-x:
echo-x Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Don't forget to see Pie Cthulhu and Cupcake Cthulhu in my gallery.
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Dear echo-x
Your Fabulous artwork is featured in
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you are Most welcome!!! ...:heart:
regards
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