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Cthulhu Mythos - Hound of Tindalos by KingOvRats Cthulhu Mythos - Hound of Tindalos by KingOvRats
This is another take on this creature, bearing much differnece in comparison to two previous ones. I have completely abandoned the idea with two heads on each body end, for the time in which they noticed the presence of time-traveller was too long for that to be likely. I still however stick firmly to the concept of "Spider-hounds" that stalk the webs/angles of time in search of unwary travellers.

I like Hounds very much for there is so little we know of them, yet I have based this appearance striclty on the infromation takien from the story.

1. "Angles of Time", the environment they are said to live in. I picture it as a giant web-liek structure, in which hound acts like a giant spider. Instead of giving it spider like looks, however, I made it's body composed of angular structures, likely reminding the rest of their reality.
2. "They have no bodies", The character wasn't sure whether the creatures are corporeal or not... I reflected that in their bodies turning in to smoke (That was later associated with their coming) here and there, making it somewhat etheral looking
3. Smoke, Tongues, blue slime. - As mentioned before, the creatures were appearing with a lot of smoke, and mentioned to use their tongues to attack (Victim was found decapitated and blood-sucked). To reflect it I gave it a set of appendages sticking out of the head, some of fhich could be used like saw, and one being clearly sucker-like. I imagine these creatures kind of "melt" on contact points, thus the smoke and blue liquid/slime they are associated with. Finally I gave it eyes, too. If the liquid is blue, it's likely that colours and dyes are somewhat present in their world, and thus eyes are understandable.

I do not follow the classic dog-like appearance of these.. I am convinced that that name is a reference to their tracking abilities, rather then looks (they don't have anything to do with dogs anyway ^^;)

I wrote a lot but hey, there is more of my own vision here, than in other works so I'd like everyone to understand:)

"Beyond life there are'—his face grew ashen with terror—'things that I cannot distinguish. They move slowly through angles. They have no bodies, and they move slowly through outrageous angles.'"

"'All the evil in the universe was concentrated in their lean, hungry bodies. Or had they bodies? I saw them only for a moment, I cannot be certain."

"'God, they are breaking through! They are breaking through! Smoke is pouring in from the corners of the wall. Their tongues—ahhh—"'



Frank Belknap Long, The Hounds Of Tindalos
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Xhodocto385 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
those hounds are utterly alien, but where are their eyes located exactly?
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016   Traditional Artist
Do they even have eyes?:D
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Xhodocto385 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 24, 2016
you said in the description that you gave it eyes, let me guess, it's those amorphous black smears in the smoke part of the body?.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016   Traditional Artist
I imagine eyes, if they'd be present at all would form here and there in this web like structure in his body. Like they were on underlayer.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This thing is crazy scary! I love how it sort of burns and melts the paper it sits on, as if corrupting reality by merely existing in that plane!
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks. That was an intended effect. I hate depictions of theirs as some regular dog or lizard like monsters. I mean, these can be cool in their own way, but Hound of Tindalos was meant to be different from anything in this world. And people ruin all this potential:P
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, not many people can illustrate "breaking reality". You should be proud of yourself!

I like how even the paper seems to burn at the creature's touch. :)
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks. It wasn't very much of a thought effort, it kind of came to me by itself.:)
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is my favorite of your Lovecraftian drawings, mainly because you drew the Hounds of Tindalos not even close to "hound-like", giving them a far more alien appearance as befitting the nature of these eldritch things.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner May 9, 2015   Traditional Artist
This one surely had much, much thought put into it, as opposed to being purely intuitive. I usually try to avoid a common, established interpretation (usually based on Chaosium version) which most of these creatures have.. this however is the case where ESPECIALLY any likness of earthly animal would be undesired. Thanks for those insightful comments.:)
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Morkeoth Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
That's look great ! I love it !
Very very good view of the Hounds.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
This design has the most complex theoritical basis from all of my works I think...
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy CRUD! Perfect envisioning!

BRIAN
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks. That's one of the works I am quite happy with, I gave it much thought.
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It turned out nice! Especially due to the fact that it isn't actually a LITERAL hound, more like a grotesque monster. It's really good!

BRIAN
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner May 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
Yes, true. I really dislike them depicted as literal dogs. I mean that's such a loss of potential. These things are probably the most alien beings of Cthulhu mythos. They do not only come from a different world, but an entirely different reality. Why would they look like earthly canine they have nothing to do with?

Also I don't agree with depicting their tonuges as pointed proboscis. It clearly kills in a different way. Cutting the head of and lack of blood does not suggest the blood was sucked from body, like by a mosquito, but rather that it was cleared from the scene by something like vacuum cleaner. At least to me. :)
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed! The Hounds of Tindalos are probably only second to the Color in terms of "outsideness."

BRIAN
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Not sure weren't there some things in "From Beyond" mentioned to kill by sight only?
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah. Those guys were literally "outside"...so the "From Beyond" plankton-fish-jelly-things, the Hounds of Tindalos, and the Color are pretty much the top three.

God, I love these discussions!

 BRIAN
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner May 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
I enjoy these discussions as well.


Apparently many things in Lovecraft's world come from the outside (Mi Go, Cthulhu's spawn) but only few are so unspeakably alien. Guess it must be quite diverse outside.
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MrMadManiac Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Nyra: Whose a good boy?
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
:D
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Dromicosuchus Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A Hound that isn't actually shaped like some sort of deformed dog!  We approve, mostmuch.  The Hounds have always been one of the more maddening Lovecraftian creatures for me, in terms of the difficulty in trying to visualize them.  Personally, I eventually settled on them being beings that are literally made of angles, and that (when transposed into our world) deform the space around and within them.  They'd be visible not as anything material but as an angularization of the space around them, as though it were being viewed through a sheet of cracked glass.  Your depiction of them, though, seems a lot closer to what Long imagined, to its benefit.  Very, very nice.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you. I am glad you gave similar views on the creature as I do. It really looses much of potential when portrayed as some kind of ghost dog. this design is one I am especially proud of due to amount of thought I gave to it before even drawing the first version:)
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Wow, somebody else who actually realized that the "hound" name was actually purely metaphorical and not descriptive.  I approve.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm glad you think so as well;)
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
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ShadeOvWarlock Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow the best of your last drawings!
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you:)
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Deyran Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Wow. Nie dość, że potrafiłeś po mistrzowsku zilustrować coś, czego nawet biedny Frank Belknap nie dał rady opisać, to jeszcze to wytłumaczyłeś Wyglądają doskonale koszmarnie. świetna robota.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Moim , na razie dosć odległym planem/ marzeniem jest stworzenie książki która zaiwrałąby moje wizje psotaci Lovecrafta atakże włąsnie tego typu wyjaśnienia, jak one funckjonują.:)
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Deyran Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Znając siebie, moich znajomków i sporą część ludzi na DA, wiem, że takie coś sprzedawałoby się jak ciepłe, mroczne bułeczki!  =D
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
mam nadzieję .:D
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Apelure Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow! Even move "Indecribable" than your other Hound of Tindalos! Great job :)
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks .:) If you like it check out the rest of my lovecraftian creatures, I think you might like them too.:)
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Ikran Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Yeah, the worst part about then is trying to depict them with the little we know about them. Yet this is a ver well based potrayal. 
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
To me it's the best, I can be as creative as I can get:D
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good interpretation. I always find it difficult to draw what Lovecraft describes, but it seems you are very good at it
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you, I just follow th vsions that come to mind when reading and thinking of them.:)
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most time the things i have in my mind cannot be bound on paper
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
I have similar issue, I almost never can get that stuff the way it is in my head.. But I try to het as close as I can get, It's a good path I think:)
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know what was in your Head, but what you've drawn is pretty fucked up, so maybe it's close enough :P
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
My head... it is a strange place... with strange things appearing within it :D
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, I know that feeling xD

Some people seem to be in my head, singing Songs all day. They seem to love Powerwolf xD
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dark-precipice Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. :iconsobeautifulplz:
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yayy, you liked the houndie:D
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dark-precipice Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whosa pretty puppy? :meow:
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Besides, how's your Saturn Cat vs Hound of Tindalos going?:D I tthought while drawing this that better idea would be Hound of Tindalos vs Yithian. :D After all Ythians were great voyagers of time, and hounds lurk beyond it's boarders. This immediately made me think of analogous beliefs of medieval sailors, convinced that if one sails to far, his ship will fall of the ledge of the world into hell or be devoured by sea monsters. (Perhaps the belief brought by the minds that lived in ythian bodies for some time?). Anyway, I'm pretty sure, just as there were some brave sailors, like Christopher Columbus took the risk and plunged int othe unknown... Only that Yithian fears would be much more justified :lol: that could be interesting :D
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dark-precipice Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooooh, indeed, the Yithians would make for a better adversary for the Hounds! Though the Yithians would probably manage to devise a way to hide from the Hounds - after all, they have so much info in their libraries, or maybe at least figure out some method to let them know beforehand if a Hound might come to visit them any time soon... 
D'you think standing in the middle of a hula hoop at all times can protect you from the Hounds? :idea: You could totally wear it like this -> images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__c…
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
They certainly knew the means of protection from those.  It was mentioned  in ;Hounds of Tindalos" that humans once knew the way of protectingg from them - and then, that knowledge was lost. Yithians had the knowldedge from all times, so they probably know that too. I doubdt that they would liveso peacefully knowing that suddenly hound of tindalos might jump out of the corner :lol: But I'm also pretty sure that they didn't always had that knowledge. And even when they already knew some about the hounds, I am pretty sure there were some brave guys who tried to face the terror... ;>
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