Hey! Remember this? Maybe not, it’s been a heck of a year, so let me refresh your memory. The upcoming chapter of Mythos is a big one for the story, and it’s also one of the most experimental pieces of work I’ve done for the comic so far. The Deeps is all about Sgesh, god of water, and I decided it would be appropriate to try and incorporate that into the medium.
You can read up on the first phase (planning, thumbnailing, scripting) here. But now it’s time to talk about the second phase. Visual development.
It’s not written out on the plan up there, but before I could do anything about designing the look of this chapter, I had to do a BUNCH of visual research to make sure the whole thing would end up with the right feel.
The main setting for the chapter is, well…the bottom of the ocean. I didn’t really want to just colour the whole thing blue and have done with it, so I set out to get a feel for what sunken ruins look like. The texture, the rhythms, the quality of light, what happens to stonework that’s been underwater for so long?
Of course, I realised I couldn’t actually draw a sunken temple until I had figured out what the temple had originally looked like. And I couldn’t do that until I’d figured out what the civilisation that built it looked like. So step two was to collect my thoughts on designing the island-state of Atlantis.
I was watching the Birth of Evil and I noticed a few but very important things
That’s the evil cosmic entity which Aku came from before it was destroyed by the ancient gods Odin, Ra, and Vishnu. Its fragment that fell as debris on earth took the form of Aku. Aku is in essence an offspring of a much powerful cosmic force. On the other hand…
This is an artist’s interpretation of Azathoth from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos, and has an earthbound offspring called Nyarlathotep who often takes the shape of a humanoid figure in black, just like Aku, and is described to have many other inhuman forms. Nyarlathotep also deceives people by disguising as a person, much like Aku deceived Jack by pretending to be a woman.
-Okay but peple with wings. People having wings specific to different birds, people with owl wings able to gracefully fly without making a sound, people with air diving bird wings (eagles, hawks, buzzards) who can fall for long distances but not break any bones if they land correctly, people with water bird wings who have water proof ones which dry very quickly.
-Society having sub groups among the subgroups each type of wings having stereotypes (eg. prey birds: Housewife/husband).
-Peoples wings become more colourful the more loved they feel.
-Wings that mimic their emotions many have learnt to keep them under control but some keep them tightly shut so they don’t seem obnoxious or knock everything over.
-People who dye their wings whether due to fashion trend or think their wings are boring.
-Laws in certain areas, like building sites and sky scrapers where you aren’t allowed to fly.
-Stress causing feathers to fall off.
-Everyone moults and gets a new and beautiful wingsthat stand out, this time of year is different for everyone.
-People with small wings wanting big fluffy ones, people with big fluffy ones veiwing their wings as clumsy and as a nuisance and wating smaller neat wings.
-A couple of people who beleive that certain wing types have certain personalities (like the zodiac but with wings) and devoting their lives to that belief. One example could be people with Robin wings are angry and arrogant.
-People with different sized lungs dependant on what altitude they can get to and how large their lungs are.
-Swimming with wings. Those who haven’t got water proof wings can buy a wax which makes them more sublime in the water.
-Wing competitions (like body building competitions and fashion competitions).
-Cameramen Kestrels (They can hover and stay in one place for a while kestrels are like helicopters)
-Little children wanting to fly but their wings aren’t big enough, usually you can learn to fly at 11-18 years of age.
-Teenagers who have had growth spurts unable to fly for a while cos their wings aren’t able to grow fast enough.
-Some people being natrually better at building muscle, or find it easier to gain fat and then find it hard to lose it due to their wing type.
-Flying police, paramedics and fire fighters who are strong af as they have to carry their equipment and suits/uniforms sometimes even carry others.
-Flying pizza man.
-Flying amazon delivery man who delivers loads of small packages at once.
I think a major point that is missed by some people practicing reconstructionist faiths is that we are literally creating new traditions and practices as we go along. So much of what we have is modern and even our interpretations of the mythos, of the beloved lore, are often modern and translated and created in the last few centuries. We are a modern faith movement.
Why do I bring this up? What’s your point, Boggan? Simply this: do not discount people because they value their UPG or find a modern approach to an old tradition or ritual. It’s their practice; what we take away from it as a whole is different and goes into the whole SPG part of the faith and is worth conversation and consideration but there is no orthodoxy, no central authority. We are richer for that, I believe.
What we know for “certain” in the lore and the mythology is not the be-all, end-all of a reconstructionist faith. It has great value and importance (incredibly so!) but so does everything else we are creating along the way.
Faiths and cultures evolve and so do the gods; remember that.
Lovecraft talk: Aku, Ashi’s wraith form and the Beast in OTGW and why they look the same
A lot of y’all are comparing Ashi’s wraith form with the appearance of the Beast from Over the Garden Wall. I’m not an expert in Lovecraftian horror, and it actually won’t take a lot to explain why these designs look alike, but instead of going into painstaking detail about it in this post I’ll just provide some links below:
HERE is where I mentioned that Aku is a direct reference to the outer god Nyarlathotep. Some folks were kind enough to support that claim and I’m sure they and many others noticed it already far before I did.
HERE is where I mentioned the Beast from OTGW also as a direct reference to Nyarlathotep. It’s a long read but dig hard enough and you’ll find it there.
To add to this, here’s a picture of Nyarlathotep. Looks like Aku’s tower and shadowy tentacles, right? But there’s more to that.
Here’s a picture of it, closer, along with the real form of the Beast. Notice the faces on their bodies, and the fact that Nyarlathotep is sometimes referred to as the ‘faceless god’, and that he considered humans his toys. Because, man, think about it, of all places, why does Aku settle on Earth? And why hasn’t he destroyed us already? He destroys other world but not ours. That’s because we have too much value to him as playthings. I mean just consider the obvious fact that he’s fucked with Jack’s head enough times to disturb him for several lifetimes. This is what the Beast literally did to the Huntsman in OTGW. Aku has little to no actual interest in physically destroying Jack and the rest of humanity because without us he’s bored as shit. He’s even bored out of his fucking mind without his favorite toy to mess with, Jack.
Also notice this reoccurring theme of trees and birth and children. And I’ll only mention Ashi once. It’s not a mere coincidence that Aku or the Beast and even Nyarlathotep have the physical attributes of…how the Scotsman words it, a tree ogre. The Beast was a literal demon tree made out of the remains of children, and it was blatantly shown in the show how the children even transformed into eldritch abominations, the edelwood trees, before being consumed by the Beast. And they bled black blood which served as the oil for the lantern. Note it, BLACK. Jack was born when his father banished Aku and cursed him into the ground as a darkened wooden stump. Ashi was born out of the murky tar-like tree sap that came from Aku after her mother imbibed it into her system. So it’s no question Ashi’s wraith form or whatever you wanna call it would take the same physical attributes as her father. You can even say she’s a demi-god or a kin of the cosmos because of this. Even in the video game Bloodborne, the Moon Presence who inhabits the nightmare realm, makes its appearance near the nightmare image of the Great Tree in the city of Yharnam. And as if the ideas of cosmic horrors, trees, and birthing children in line with the existence of eldritch gods aren’t fucked up enough especially with how it all seems like a gross parallel to the idea of the Tree of Life in the Book of Genesis in the Bible, here’s a bunch of examples of the human placenta. GODDAMN it looks like a tree.
Lastly, and this is probably just me geeking out over and celebrating Samurai Jack, Bloodborne and H.P. Lovecraft altogether. Here’s a side-by-side picture of the lunar eclipse that freed Aku from his banishment and a picture of the Moon Presence in Bloodborne when it makes its appearance shortly after the blood moon surfaced. Fuckin A this is all some refined spooky shit and I love it. It’d be bullshit to call this a coincidence at this point.
Three rare photos of a Dagonite in a coastal stream taken by a crew cleaning
up litter. This small specimen was glimpsed briefly before darting away
into the water. Given it’s size it is guessed to be around two weeks
old, as is it already showing multiple appendages. Dagonites this size
live off small fish and insects, eventually graduating to larger prey
like birds and larger fish. As it grows, the Dagonite will work it’s way down stream,
eventually ending up in the ocean where is is free to grow unrestrained.
While their full size is unknown, lore describes them as being massive. These creatures have been observed throughout the centuries, entering into seafarers’ tales of monsters from the deep. It is believed that H.P. Lovecraft’s tale Dagon, describes an ancient one of these creatures, from whom it gets it’s name.
Two ptutu fanart to celebrate the lunar new year!In fact the first one originally was the drawing of X‘mas congratulation_(:з」∠）_,and I painted too slow to finish on time….But who care,now I have finished it!
The first one inspired by the ballet Nutcracker. Ahiru’s pendant just like the toy nutcracker,giving her a sweet,dramatic and romantic dream.
Because 2017 is the Year of the Rooster,next I painted a shell-breaking ahiru!Ahiru is sooooooo pure and endearing that I can’t control myselffffffff!!(wake up)
Happy lunar new year and wish you happy every day~