Watchtower by Michael Whelan
Cover art by Bob Eggleton for the February-March 1987 issue of Aboriginal Science Fiction. It illustrates the short story “Sing” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
I finally gave Zdzisław Beksiński a rest after posting a collection of highlights, but this new collection definitely merits reblogging.
Rather than a waking nightmare, this Gug painting by Wayne Douglas Barlowe looks like a helpful illustration from a Golden Guide.
The artist takes a zoological approach to the Gug (and strays somewhat from Lovecraft’s description), giving it lifelike musculature and skin texture. The stone in its arms includes a subtle link to the real world: The spiral pattern is taken from actual megalithic monuments in Ireland.
Somewhat gruesome semi-Lovecraftian doodle
This one seems to be a Gug-inspired monster rather than a Gug per se, but definitely merits inclusion.
Many artists emphasize the Gug’s human or otherwordly aspects, but it looks great as a prowling beast in this ink drawing by Jeff Remmer. The menacing roots snaking along the cave wall are a nice touch.
The execution reminds me of magazine illustrations from Lovecraft’s time, which was probably intentional.
I’d be very surprised if the artist wasn’t thinking of an electron micrograph of a tapeworm scolex when they made this. Look close and you’ll see a pair of doglike eyes separated by the huge gulf of a mouth.
By the way, I can’t find the artist’s name. If you know, please reblog this with the proper credit.