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Ithaqua Oil Painting by PatrickMcEvoy Ithaqua Oil Painting by PatrickMcEvoy
Several years back I did a whole bunch of card art for Fantasy Flight's Call of Cthulhu CCG. I did them digitally, but for a couple of pieces I went back and redid them in Oils. Of course, I think they looked a lot better that way! 

So this is Ithaqua, a Great Old One from Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos (the character was actually a Derleth creation, an author who contributed greatly to the Lovecraft world). He's basically the Yeti from legend. This painting won an award for Best Horror in the Dragon*Con art show the year I displayed it there. The original version was both a card and the back cover for the Arkham Horror board game. (You can tell the difference on this one easily - the original has him holding a severed head.)
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megapokemaniac Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Writer
I like to call him the grandfather of all yetis.
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, and certainly the creepiest! ;) 
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Miltikoo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Awesome: the colours, the design... all! You're very talented, dude!
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:iconpatrickmcevoy:
PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks - very much appreciated!  

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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013   General Artist
This is awesome! 
I like the fact that it's really a real painting and not done with the computer

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:iconpatrickmcevoy:
PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I love real paint - I wish I was faster at it and able to make a living doing more of it.  Someday…!
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013   General Artist
Real paint looks the best, that's why i never use the the computer for painting. but i do make some drawings for it.
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ViridianMan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Awesome!
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:iconpatrickmcevoy:
PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
:) Thanks!
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zeldafan13 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good painting but if i may add, his eyes are said to be red.
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InsaneHiker Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Actually he's the Wendigo not the Yeti.
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RMorganArtworks Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Forgive me for being too lazy to scan the comments for this question, but... do you do a monochromatic underpainting first? Reason I ask is because I just read that's what Frank Frazetta did and his work was eye-popping like this.
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, thanks for the comparison to Frazetta! I don't deserve it.. :)

Actually, I don't think he usually started with a Grisaille. He worked way too fast for that to have been practical. You can see the full-color wet-on-wet technique all over his work. He may have done that in a few paintings, but I'm almost certain he worked without extensive use of color glazing.

I could be wrong, but it seems to me he generally started his paintings with a tone painting of the figures and main shapes done in burnt umber or other orange-brown, then just started painting over that without letting it fully dry. Of course this is just a guess from copying a couple of his paintings and trying to get the same outcome, but I'm almost certain he couldn't have started with a grayscale. Again, just the incredible SPEED at which he worked would have made it impossible.

On the other hand... this particular piece DID start with a monochromatic grisaille, using a technique I stole in part from Donato. I did the picture on the computer completely, then printed out the grayscale on a large piece of watercolor paper. I then mounted that paper on Masonite using acrylic matte medium. Then I glazed over that with oils, to get the glowing look that (I hoped) would work best for the cold feel of the painting. Finally I did details with more opaque oils.

I hope that helps - Thanks again for your complimentary comments!
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artweak Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Great job on the whole painting! I've posted my first drawing and I will never stop. People like you is what makes me keep going. Thanks for the inspiration! ;)
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, and keep working at it! And be sure to check out my podcast Ninja Mountain, to hear me and other artists from around the world talk about illustration! :D
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artweak Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
That will be great! Thanks!
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kakobrutus Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks a lot!!
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Reznorix Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Amazing work!
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Brian Lumley had him also producing young with selected female humans -and they had super-powers, powers over wind and cold. They, however, were required to league with Ithaqua, their father by & by. So far they have refused & rebelled. They are later found - dead.
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
That really sounds bad for the female humans involved!
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, they tended afterwards to have some resistance to cold thanks to their being used by Ithaqua. I don't know about their mental health, tho. Maybe the experience was clouded from their memories afterwards...
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Beautiful work! The brushwork brings Frazetta to mind, but the character's refreshingly different! I think you've done a great job with the detail - there's enough to make things interesting without being too distracting.
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks - always a thrill to be compared to Frazetta in any way. :D Much appreciated.
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juhoham Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:star::star::star::star::star: Great job, i love both versions.
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I need to do some more oils some day. :)
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thandav Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
very nice detail cool color

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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I don't know why little details look better in oils, but they do. ;)
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thandav Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
;)
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UnderSpider Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Great art,

but I always tough the yeti was bigger and muscular

and the lower body part intrige me, it seem to small for the legs.

Still, love how you did the head design and how the global environnement emphase on the cold setting.

Keep it up!
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!

I was going after a shambling, unhuman horror here. He doesn't need to be overly muscular in human terms, and in fact I thought that would make him less scary. Kind of like how a zombie looks disturbing by being wasted and thin! Ithaqua is a Lovecraftian Old One from another world, so he needs to look... weird! :)
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KeithEKimball Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Writer
It's nice to see a different (i.e. violent) take on the whole Yeti/Bigfoot thing. Especially one done with such atmosphere. Better run from Harry this time, Hendersons...
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm so happy you like it. Yeah... Harry is a carnivore, never forget!
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Gidala Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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WhiteFanProductionsX Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
awesome dude.
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks!
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BillCorbett Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Excellent work my friend!
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks Bill - always glad to know you're watching! :D
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SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one very cool Beastie! Everything about this thing goes beyond normal experience - thus the hor-ror. I've read everything related to ye ole HP but can't recall this fella. But then when reading those stories everyone has his own image of these unimagineable thingies. Lovely work, dude. :clap:
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks a lot! I very much appreciate that.

This guy I think may have been mentioned in passing by HPL, but he was actually created for the Mythos by August Derleth (the main post-Lovecraft Mythos writer) in the story "Ithaqua".
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KhairulHisham Featured By Owner May 31, 2011   General Artist
Fantastic piece! Love it! Though Ithaqua makes a pretty bad house guest.
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:iconpatrickmcevoy:
PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The good thing is that there isn't much to clean up when he's done eating.
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Roberts-The-Vile Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
This is awesome. Awesome awesome awesome.
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
A million thank yous!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great stuff!
I love the colours!
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Always very much appreciated, Andreas! Thanks. :)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I love how you did the eyes, very well done! :D
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PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you - I love how oils can get that beautiful soft blending effect like they eye glow here.
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