Echo Chernik's Sexy New Cthulhu Triptych
Echo Chernik is an internationally renowned illustrator with dozens of awards to her credit. With the help of Kickstarter, Echo recently published her first book - Echo Nouveau. It is a compilation of select pieces from the first 15 years of her career amidst countless anecdotes and advice for aspiring illustrators. She has taught art and illustration across the country, including her alma mater - the prestigious Pratt Institute of Art Design in New York City.
In 2009, Echo introduced her unique vision of Art Nouveau to the public in the beginnings of several series. The most popular by far is her Dessert Cthulhu series inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The initial piece, Pie Cthulhu, came to Echo in a dream whence the great Elder God Cthulhu drove a helpless corseted maiden through temptation of pie (and whip cream). Echo took two years before revealing Cupcake Cthulhu in which another corseted maiden, all wrapped and decorated herself, is tantalized into delirium with luxurious cupcakes of all flavors.
The series' tongue-in-cheek humor and sexiness has made it a favorite among everyone, including many who don't know anything about Cthulhu - but just can't get enough of beauty, dessert, art nouveau and Echo's unique sexy twist.
In her own words, Echo writes about her new vision:
"The original Pie Cthulhu came in a dream (as anything Cthulhu should) and the piece touches the hearts of so many people, I was inspired to continue. An artist's dreams sometimes morph beyond their control - and this piece has evolved from the vision of Ice Cream, to a stand alone tryptych of the classic Neopolitan.
What is currently haunting the pages of my sketchbook is a fantastic series of three ice creams tied together (across each canvas) by tentacles. In the center, stands the resplendent Strawberry - a pale, freckled ginger, holding aloft a plate of strawberries. A pink ribbon binds her arms, and swoops to the left and right, off canvas. On the left, it enters, and is held by Vanilla - whose fantastically chocolate skin offsets the contrast of vanilla flowers and vanilla ice cream. The tentacles fade to a transluscent vanilla white. On the right of Strawberry is the pale blonde chocolate, holding a cocoa bean, dark tentacles contrasting her pale skin.
The vanilla and chocolate blend - their personifications contrasting each other, and existing simultaneously as only vanilla and chocolate can. They highlight each others flavors, and work in harmony. Strawberry separates them.
This is a set of masterpiece pieces that I've dreamed of working on for about two years now. However, it's always been a matter of fitting it around my existing projects. Fans (or shall I call you Followers) of the Dessert Horror series desire greatly to see the next in the series. Kickstarter allows me to offer to you the opportunity to help contribute to making this dream happen, and in return giving you first crack at the fruits of my labor. I have also decided to do something that I've never done before. I will be posting up scheduled live video feeds of me working on the pieces - for those people interested in my process.
I have shot my photo reference for these pieces over the summer tour, and have pages of rudimentary sketches. You will be able to follow my complete work flow on these pieces.
The more support that I can raise to work on them, the more delicious time I can spend on the details that capture my fans hearts. Thank you for being a fan!!"
Another unique feature of this triptych is that they will include, for the very first time in this series, ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART. Echo will actually be producing a single set of ORIGINALS that will begin as digital illustrations, then will be painted on extensively (e.g., flesh, creamy bits), possibly include gold or silver leaf, and finally shall include actual ribbons strategically laced across the pieces, binding them together forever.
[Patron's will get exclusive access to live streaming of the artwork being produced as well as an exclusive signed and numbered poster, featuring the artwork produced, a photo of the artist, and a letter of thanks.]
This is a monumental undertaking, as each piece takes several weeks to produce... but already, galleries and museums are reaching out to Echo to secure original works for their collections. You can become a part of her history today.
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To learn more about Echo Chernik:
-> visit echo’s website and portfolio at: http://www.echo-x.com
-> visit echo's online gallery at: http://www.echo-gallery.com
-> follow echo on facebook: http://fb.echo-location.com
-> follow echo on twitter: http://twitter.com/echochernik
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