This one's from 2005, and Fantasy Flight Game's Call of Cthulhu CCG. It's an aspect of Nyarathotep in one of his more inhuman and unknowable guises... perhaps even his natural state?
This was a last-minute addition to the set, so they called me in to do it fast, and it ended up being used for box art and also on the CoC web site as the top banner for a couple of years.
I've gotten a lot of these quick turnaround jobs over the years!
Each and every one of his masks is capable of driving a people insane--most of these are pretty obvious.
But he can also appear as a human.
Which means that, somewhere in the universe, there is a race who finds the appearance of a human being so horrible as to drive them to madness.
This is a truly beautiful piece. Iš, iš, fhtagn.
Yes it's the regular Adobe Photoshop! It's all a matter of how you use it - there are a lot of Photoshop painting tutorials online, just takes a bit of practice.. (Well, a year or two, but it's no more difficult than any other skill.). Anyone can do it eventually!
I rate this a good 4 out of 5 Chainsaws on my Psycho-meter.
I'll be watching your art now... ^_^
The thing is, Nyarlathotep wears the "masks" of his different avatars, assuming many identities throughout the universe. So the mask is symbolic of his many identities.