You guys already know that I'm a huge H. P. Lovecraft fan! This is a Night Gaunt. Night Gaunts are inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's childhood dreams. These creatures visited the writer several times in his ?dreams? and took him to the lower reaches of dreamlands."When I was 6 or 7 I used to be tormented constantly with a peculiar type of recurrent nightmare in which a monstrous race of entities (called by me 'night-gaunts'—I don't know where I got hold of the name) used to snatch me up [and] carry me off... Undoubtedly I derived the [creatures' appearance] from the jumbled memory of Doré drawings (largely the illustrations to 'Paradise Lost') which fascinated me in waking hours."
They have no face, and they can fly with their huge leathery wings.
Time to time I make something "Lovecraftian". I love it, because there is so much detail I can pack into these images, it is really therapeutic. I guess that is why we love monsters so much! At least I do!
Some WIP shots of my process here: www.facebook.com/entennstudio/…
Edit: Thanks a lot for the DD suggestion to the amazingly talented STelari
(check her gallery out if you wanna see some traditional, magical art) and to deshrubber