Howard Lovecraft had a pretty vivid imagination, but did he ever draw out or see others drawings of his creatures from his Cthulhu mythos? If so is there some authoritive, or widely accepted set of drawings?

These are some that I found, but I have no idea if these are 'accurate':

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  • Beautiful Elder Thing! That is 100% exactly how I always pictured them. (But probably because HPL's description is so accurate...) – Till B Jun 22 '12 at 9:04
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    It's nothing how I pictured them when I meat At the Mountains of Madness, whilst detailed I felt the description lacked any substance linking the part of the description into a whole. – AncientSwordRage Jun 22 '12 at 9:06
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    mhm, you are right. Now that you say it, I remember how I read it and that it took me quite a while to picture the Elder Things. I was stuck at that description and it was difficult to put everything together, but after reading it several times I ended up with an image in my mind that looked just like the picture. – Till B Jun 22 '12 at 11:18
  • Keep in mind that HPL suffered from horrific nightmares that were said to inspire his cosmic horrors. – Gorchestopher H Jun 22 '12 at 17:04

Cthulhu as drawn by H. P. Lovecraft and a sculpture based on drawing from Lovecraft. the Elder sign shown below (the "leaf" one, not the "eye" one) was drawn by Lovecraft in a 1930 letter to Clark Ashton Smith.


Elder sign

  • Very interesting!! – System Down Jun 26 '12 at 18:22

Negative information: "Weird Tales" never featured one of his stories on the cover. Positive information: his good friend Clark Ashton Smith was an artist and sculptor who was created Mythosian art: Shub-Niggurath. Conclusion: CAS was inspired by HPL and vice-versa and that HPL saw some of CAS's works in person at some point.


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