Ive been a lurker for a couple of years now and finally got the nerve to post something. So, I thought i would share my Cthulhu Idol build hat I've been working on. Its really easy to get inspired by all the amazing work on these forums, but utterly intimidating to think to share your own stuff. But I figured why not put it out there and see what happens.
Ive been a huge fan of Lovecraft and his work even before i knew i was a fan of his. It's remarkable how much his work is prevalent in our culture with out most of the populace realizing it. I've read and listened to The Call of Cthulhu a whole lot, it's one of my favorite stories as cliche' as that may be to say. I loved that Lovecraft even encouraged others to build upon his works and to create their own visions of it. Here's mine, I hope you enjoy it!
I was really inspired by Nick Daring's build so i have to say a big thank you to him for showing his Cthulhu build which is amazing! i loved the research he did and the style he went with. I sketched up some of my own designs really trying to explore outside my own comfort zone of work and really have fun with it. i looked at a lot of different references such as animals and insects looking for little bits of details i could incorporate into my own work and then i looked into really sculpture work to see where i could add authentic elements.
As I worked the idea started to evolve and grow into something else though. I decided i could have a little more fun with it than just building my own idol. Soon it took on a life of its own as projects are sometimes akin to doing and now the overall project is a narrative tale. in The Call of Cthulhu were are introduced to a variety of idols and the stories associated with each of them. I wanted to tell my own story about my own idol. Each idol would come in a box form a different are around the worl and the box would be reflective of that area and would have a different story behind it. A story brought to you by a manly adventure man named Gideon
I designed and built each of the boxes to represent a different part of the narrative. This wooden box is for the devout Cthulhu cultists.
a Box from the deep and dank archives of the Miskatonic University Museum.
and one from the most shadowed tunnels in Shanghai. It was a great deal of fun creating the idol and then the story and then allowing the story to influence which box to build and then goign back in and tweaking the stories around to create a very organic and different type of story building experience. Well, I suppose that's enough babbling. Thanks for looking!