Necronomicon Art Journal: Shoggoths

The Shoggoths mark my 100th post! Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!

It’s funny how things work:  I started this blog in late July, but it didn’t really get moving until I started with the Necronomicon Art Journal.  At this point, I will not lie that I am heartily anticipating the final installment in this series as I feel like I have moved to another aspect and despite the improvements noted, tentacles aren’t a specifically easy thing for me to draw.  The series will wrap up at the end of February 2016.

So what are the Shoggoths?  Well, according to the mythos, the Elder Things engineered the Shoggoths as servants, up until the rose up and drove the Elder Things to extinction.  As quoted in, At the Mountains of Madness,

“We were on the track ahead as the nightmare plastic column of foetid black iridescence oozed tightly onward through its fifteen-foot sinus; gathering unholy speed and driving before it a spiral, re-thickening cloud of the pallid abyss-vapour. It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train—a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.”

Shoggoths are squishy.So here’s what I was able to create for the journal.  I tried some different things this time, with use of more pencil and charcoal than in any previous works.  The materials used were watercolors, white gouache, pencil and charcoal on 140 lb  watercolor paper.

I learned while painting that the charcoal kind of works like a watercolor as when you add water it smooths out.  So I used a combination of my finger and water to smudge up some shadows.

It feels like it could be an amorphous blob squeezing itself through a sinus of a cavern.  Kind of.

So that’s it for me today, I hope you enjoy and thank you for being around to celebrate my 100th post with me!


Marie Wheeler