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Arkham Horror: Narrow Escape by JakeMurray Arkham Horror: Narrow Escape by JakeMurray
One of five new Arkham Horror playmats released by Fantasy Flight Games. This was also commissioned as a work anniversary piece for a couple of FFG employees (after 5 years, employees get their likeness put into a piece of game art as a fun "thank you").
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MrSpanyard Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
By the look of the picture, one could think you've really liked The Mummy trilogy. Or at least, it kind of reminds me to those movies.
Awesome, nonetheless.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'd say that's a very safe assumption haha. The first Mummy from the 90s was like my favorite movie for a while when I was a kid!
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lostprophetxtian Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016   General Artist
very nice
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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thereallinebyline Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Poor Krabby. These Alolan Forms are getting out of control. I kid, I kid.

I really like this piece. I'm always impressed with how you can put something in the background and cover it with layer upon layer of atmosphere and still have it look imposing. The obvious solution would be to have Krabby (can I still call him that?) detailed and in the foreground, looming large over everything. But having him in the background, way over there, and still able to threaten our intrepid heroes makes him seem even more threatening. Definitely gets across that whole Lovecraftian "The monster doesn't actually give a crap about you and you're going to die" feeling. (Not that I know anything about Lovecraft, but uh *ahem*)

My only complaint would be that the facial expressions are a bit over the top. On the other hand, Shotgun guy probably has the exact same face I'd be making in that situation, so...
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, atmosphere can work wonders when it comes to making things look imposing and menacing. When it comes to horror, it's usually the things we can't see that are the scariest, so the atmosphere helps to obscure our view just enough to give a sense of dread and mystery. Additionally, the more atmosphere between the viewer and the object, the farther away it is from you. So given that our crab guy is still so large in the composition, but waaaaaay back into the atmosphere, it implies that he is really, REALLY big. :)

As for the expressions, I totally agree with you. Since this was a special commission from the client to put two of their employees into the piece, it was a lot more difficult because I'm at the mercy of those individuals' acting ability and the client's ability to photograph them. Ultimately, I have much less control over the reference material I get. So I pretty much have to work with what I'm given and try my best to make it not look too goofy haha. Sometimes it works better than others.
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thereallinebyline Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, I can see how that can limit you. You've done pretty well in spite of that, though. 
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CHUSTDOIT99 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
fantastic! love the feeling of it.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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RavenCorona Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Woah. Epic.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Ryanator50 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
who's the tentacle crab?
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Just a typical big interdimensional tentacle crab haha. The client didn't request that it be any specific Lovecraftian horror - just that it be something that might fit within that universe. :)
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Ryanator50 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah well it certainly fits
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You have a crazy imagination!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks!
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome.
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Centauri-Works Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
The guy in the side-car looks like Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead :D
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha I can see that! :D
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ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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yinetyang Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
Ha! Ha! Very fun, over the top one! Excellent!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
cool
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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mecha-ghost Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
YEEEHAAA!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha
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bls35mm Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
SO WELL done!! .... bls35mm/brian
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Stephen-0akley Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
My friends and I have so many fun stories from our games playing this awesome board game! Stellar work :)
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I appreciate it!:)
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LotG Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking at this, I just think to myself about how a Lovecraft film starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost would be fucking awesome.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, somebody tell them to get on it! That would be awesome.
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AresGodOfWarIres Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
yogg saron?
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The client didn't request that it be any specific Lovecraftian horror - just that it be something that might fit within that universe. So I thought a big interdimensional alien crab-topus would be fitting. :)
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AresGodOfWarIres Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist

Is actually an old god of wow ... although they are almost the same xD
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh hahaha!
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pwingcuston Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
Is that an Indian 741?
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's a 1925 Indian Scout with a sidecar. :)
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pwingcuston Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
Yeah, I just noticed that. I love Scouts BTW. I think they're better than the Harley-Davidson EL Knuckleheads. Well, I'm not sure...
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha I wouldn't really know!
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Mikito13 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
Nice work ! Inspired by lovecraft ?
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Yep, it was commissioned for a Lovecraft themed board/card game.
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