The general description of a Yithian is that it was a rugose (meaning corrugated or wrinkled) cone but I went with a scaly version by
adding ¼ to ½ inch buttons of two part epoxy clay over the main body with broader vertical features on the front and rear.'
The four appendages were built up with the two part epoxy clay and, once cured, were wrapped in yarn to suggest a flexible structure. I then applied several coats of PVA glue to subtly smooth out the yarn to create a skin.
Finally, came the most difficult part which was what colors to paint this damned thing? Google provided many color pallets from which I could
have borrowed but I decided to go with an overall reddish orange look for the main body and variations of the same for the appendages. The only color that is true to HPL's description is the yellow eye globe.
Since the Yithian's mode of movement was like that of a snail, I borrowed from Nature and went with a sand color for the base and moved up to a dark brown by speckle
painting both colors for a transitional effect.
The base is simply an odd shaped piece of 1 inch thick foam insulation
that I grooved randomly with odd angles to suggest mortar joints. I applied a dark green paint from a rattle can (be sure to seal the foam first since some solvent based paint will actually melt the foam!) and then I hand drew light gray veins to suggest a
marble like surface. Once the marbling application had dried, I lightly misted it again with the dark green which resulted in a very pleasing effect. Finally, I used a gold acrylic to represent a mortar made of gold to suggest an alien mindset. The completed
figue with the base stands about 13 inches tall. 4/26/17