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The Raven is what hooked me in elementary school for Poe lol I still have the first book I had ever bought at a book fair at the school I had attend, The Raven .
I always had felt bad for the character who went pretty much mad trying to forget the love he lost, didn't know if it was heaven or hell who was torturing him. Being a bit odd that he ask a bird it's name, but I guess that goes towards the madness lol

When drawing this I was actually going to go with the natural color of a raven but then went red anyways, I just listened to music and lost myself a bit when drawing and then at the end when I was done. I was like " damn it it looks like the raven ripped out Lenore's eyes T_T..." it wasn't my intention for it to look that way. - w- I just believe eyes are the widows to the soul and just let the raven madness get me lol

Since in the poem he mentions angels I made Lenore look like an angel using the raven's wings and gave get a halo of some sorts, I made her cry blood because either the pain of someone trying to not remember you, or that she caused the pain. o w o cant say either are good nor evil, just let your madness decide. :la:  all symbolism I guess O wO
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My Art Submission to the "Witches of East End" Edgar Allan Poe Contest being hosted by Deviant Art this month.
UPDATE:
Contest's over, the winners have been announced, and... oh well, my piece didn't make it.
I only took a shot at this contest because it seemed like the subject matter was so "right up my alley", and I'd always wanted to do some Poe artwork, so why not? Seemed like the perfect excuse.

To be honest, I didn't expect to win anyway. Just because, I've never had any luck with art contests!
Wait a minute - check that - In the 6th Grade I won a "Haunted House Poster Art Contest" at my elementary school. As my prize I got a free admission pass to our local small town haunted house, that was good for the whole Halloween season. ...But that was the last time I ever won anything, in any art contest! Even though I entered several more art contests through high school and college and beyond - no dice! Just can't seem to break the pattern. You think YOU'VE got problems... I've been on an "Art Contest Losing Streak" since 6th grade!! Yeesh!!
Haha!

Well anyway...
Congrats to those who DID win!

FINAL NOTE:
The original artwork for this image is now ON SALE at my official website.
Here's the Link! cryptlogic.bigcartel.com/

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Hello! This is my entry for  The Transformation ChallengeHow to EnterOfficial RulesPrizesView EntriesSubmit Entry

READ OFFICIAL RULES »Enter Now »
Show us "who you are" transformed into "what you could be".
You get three panels to show us a three-stage progression into a radically different person or thing.
Use the template. Any style. Any visual medium. Any tool, any machine. If you are shy, you can use an original character or object instead of yourself.
Three grand prize winners

It sound really interesting, so I thought i'd give it a try! And it seems like a great opportunity to get out there!

:bulletyellow:Programs Used: Paint Tool Sai on the wacom cintiq 15x 

:bulletyellow: My inspiration for this drawing came from my own experience. I crew up wanting to be a successful artist or to be more specific a comic book artist. I just recently graduated Full Sail University with my bachelors degree and i'm in the process of getting to that final stage. I'm still inside that graduation cap trying to find my way out to my dream.

:bulletyellow: This piece took me about 7 1/2 hours to finish. I would say i took about 2 hours to really think about how i should show the transformation.


I decided to show me ageing through out the transformation. Starting from elementary up until college. In the end i'm who i want to be!:)


Art:iconcic-studios:/Crystal Cruz 14'
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"And that was the last of what has happened today."
Heinz Doofenshmirtz was typing away all the latest gossip around town in his evil blog, as usual. After realizing that it's too late in the night, he turned off the computer, yawned, and wandered off to sleep. While sleeping, he dreamed of what he wanted to do all his life. Taking over the Tri-State Area. It made him sleep easily and calmed him.
After 15 minutes of peaceful dreaming, he woke up with a sudden CRASH! The moment he woke up, he could not see anything because the vision was blurry, which looked like a brown smudge with a large cream dot on a wall. He rubbed his eyes and what did he find? An ugly-looking woman that looked just like him!
"Hey! What are you doing here?" asked Doofenshmirtz.
I am the witch of the Tri-State Area. You must follow my instructions or something bad will happen to you," replied the ugly-looking woman.
"Pffft! I thought it was the witch that appeared in "Wizard of Odd". He looked just like me. But never mind, what do I need to do?" He took out a notepad.
"You have to go into the Dark Forest, battling bats and scary-looking trees. When you successfully got away from them, you will encounter a weird, huge monster. Defeat him by following him to a pit of lava. There, it lies a treasure waiting for you."
"Nah! I know that you're making up stories. Get away from here!"
"It is real!"
"Even if it's real, I'll not go and find some treasure, even if I'm hungry for money, which I'm not because I don't do crime and make inators, hee hee. Still!"
"Want to know your penalty?"
"Yes… hope it's not scary."
"Well, you have to retrieve the treasure by the next sunrise. Failure to do so," the witch then slides a finger across her throat, "this."
Doof panics. "No! Not death! I don't want to die! I promise to take care of my daughter Vanessa and pay her education fees and spend time with her more than fighting Perry the Platypus and- AHHHH!!!" He falls onto the ground.
"NO! It's not a brutal one! You will turn into ashes and they will be gone with the wind!"
"Like a vampire? Oh boy, I should watch more Phineas and Ferb episodes than ever after this story ends."
"Good luck with your journey! Ha ha ha ha!"
The witch turns into a cloud of dust with a POOF! sound at the end. Seconds after she was gone, up stands Doof. He still panics.
"Turn into ashes? That is terrible! I must follow that ugly witch's instructions than do nothing and turn into something non-living!"
He quickly gets all the supplies he needed to survive this enduring journey: water bottles (as usual), a small hand fan in which its cloth has torn away, a gun (I thought guns were not allowed in this show, so I put plungers in place of bullets), a rope, and a picture of him with his daughter. As he stepped out of his apartment door, a blue light in which there was no top transported him to the forest.

The very next moment, Doof found out there was no way out of this place after starting it. "Whoa, I thought I was supposed to take a bus to this haunted place. But anyway, there is no bus route to this place," he said to himself. "At least this looks exciting."
He takes out a camera and begins to take pictures of this forest. "I'll send this to Vanessa, so she'll know the adventure I'm going to have today!" Suddenly the camera was stolen by a bat. But not just any kind of bat. A bat that when you look into its eyes, you'll be blind in ten seconds flat. "Hey! Get back here with my precious camera!" Doof shouted. He started chasing the bat, not realizing he was also followed by a group of another bats. It was the start of a wild goose chase.
He tried to capture the bat by setting a trap in which if the bat touches the rope to activate it, it will be caught. It was successful, but he nearly blinded himself, causing the camera to fall onto the muddy ground, causing the camera to be neutralized.
"Curse you, blind bat!" Doof shouted to the bat. "Oh, this is such a bad day. I lost my camera for good. I should have ignored that silly old witch, but me turning into ashes? Never!" And he continued on his journey.

A few hours later, he encountered a strange monster lurking in the darkness. A very unusual monster that is. It had…
"…the face of a wolf," Doof starts to describe the monster, "the eyes and the mouth of a platypus, which reminds me, the body of an elephant, the tail of a monkey, the legs of a lion,…" the weird monster growls, "…and growls like a bear? You know the platypus part reminds me of Perry the Platypus-- I'm starting to have second thoughts about this adventure… AHHH!!!" He screamed so loud that the whole universe can hear his voice, and started running around like a crazy person who ate drugs just three hours ago. The monster just followed him. It did not stop for anything, not even a drink.
"Wait, that was why I brought the gun! To shoot plungers at the monster!" Doof thought to himself.
He started shooting plungers at the monster, shooting every single plunger there was inside the gun. After the gun was empty-loaded, thr monster just stood there. It did not do anything. It did not move a single muscle. The forest suddenly became silent, with only the owls hooting and the crickets chirping.
"Wow, those plungers did help me stop that monster." And he started running again.

Moments later, he heard thumping footsteps. He turned (pause for effect), and saw the monster running again! "Ahh! How did it rise up from the dead? Oh, I forgot. They're plungers, not bullets. No guns in this cartoon, I guess." He kept running, and stopped at a group of trees blocking his way.
He used the small fan to sweep away the thorns on the vines supporting the trees. But he acted very fast as the monster was also behind him, hungry for people stuck in the forest like him. After thirty minutes of brushing past the thorny vines, he looked back at the forest and- gone. Gone was the strange monster.
"Yes! I got rid of the monster." He started dancing around. "Now no one will stop me from getting that treasure." He quickly ran to the lava pit, not noticing the sign at the entrance that says, "CAUTION - ONE TOUCH OF LAVA AND DEAD IN A
MINUTE".

"If there's no one to stop me, then-- whoa. What a huge pit that is. And I have to cross this deadly pit to get the treasure?! Oh no. I don't want to cross. No no, I can do this. I can't do this! I wish Perry the Platypus was here! But I have a rope. I can do this."
As he was about to throw the rope, something growled behind him. "The monster! I thought the thorns killed you-- oh you're so strong! But you can't defeat me!" He then realized that he was standing at the edge of the rock. The monster slowly walked towards Doof.
This was the end of the line for him. Either jump or fall, or stay and get eaten. Sweat started to drop. He couldn't decide! The monster was about to leap toward him. But he thought carefully, finally concluding that he'll jump into the pit, as getting eaten alive is too gruesome. He jumped, thinking about his life, his family, Perry the Platypus, and how he would miss them. But luckily, he suddenly woke up.
"Whew, it was just a dream," he said to himself. "That witch was a real jerk. Talking about treasure. I nearly died, thinking all if that happened in real life! Now I just need to do what I do every day."
He got up from his bed, and as he was walking out of his room, he suddenly turned into ashes! And you can't guess what happened next!
My entry for the Fiendish Fan Fiction Contest. I'm not a good writer, but I've learned narrative writing back in elementary, and my parents say, "Hey! Do some creative writing!" and stuff like that. I do narrative writing, but limited to fan fiction. Anyway, the word count? 1/3 of the maximum word count. I also found out that there are some fragments in the story. Nah!
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Here is my contest entry for The Make Ugly contest
this is my first time actually entering a contest on deviantart

Now I WIll explain this drawing
one of the facts in the contest were that 1 in 3 teens who begin smoking eventually die from tobacco-related disease.
So one of my friends recently graduated from high school and that's where I got the idea for this drawing, so 1 out of every person in the graduating class has smoked tobacco and become a zombie. My ideas for this drawing has changed so many times from kids playing on a lawn to kids studying in the classroom, etc.. I do plan on continue working on this drawing and add more people to it because I would like to have more people in this graduating class of 2013 lol
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Seen
Taken
Objurgated
Please
Entry for the Four Line Long Poem contest.

Read the lines first then the first letters in each word as the last word.

(Objurgated = another word for abuse, mostly in the verbal sense of the word)

As someone that went through most of elementary school being verbally bullied, I feel strongly about this subject.
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"Yeah,"
love
note
lies
A story.

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Sitting back and letting the dramas of... elementary school, middle school, high school, all of it -- pass me by, I sometimes wonder if I would've been better off passing notes and caring about every little social detail.

Anywho, this is my entry for #FourLinePoems' Competition. 42 letters, 4 words, four lines. Personally, I like it; so although there are many more talented writers on dA, I figured for a six month sub, I may as well give it a shot.

I suppose I'll ask questions, because it kinda sounds good to me and as I wanna be a storyteller, the challenge of trying to tell a story in four words is interesting and I'd like to know how I did!

1. Did the words evoke any specific situation in your mind? Could you identify with that situation somehow? In other words-- does it tell you a story?
2. Does the terse form add anything to the tale?
3. What was the story it told you?

Thank you very much!
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As soon as I read about this contest I became super excited. I'd been thinking about being a child and the things that always took place in the fall. My elementary school's pumpkin patch was one of those things, and this year I really wished I could go back and see it. Since I can't it seemed the perfect subject matter for this contest. Anyway, the pumpkin patch was always held on the school grounds near the parking lot. They would set up hay bales and have tons of pumpkins. There were also snow cones, but I didn't include them because I didn't usually get one. We went for the pumpkins, that's all. So I focused on making the pumpkins and had a lot of fun with those.

The entire diorama is made of paper with the exception of the ties on the hay bales (for which I used black thread). Everything is held in place with glue. Since the contest was based on memories I felt it extremely important to give the entire piece a paper doll effect. I used to get a lot of paper doll books and loved them. Had I thought about making my own, I would have. Sadly I never thought about that so much as I simply drew my dolls (and everything else I could get ahold of). That being said, it was really important to me to utilize paper. I have an obsession with paper. One of the main things I took from my time in a print shop, was learning more about different types of paper.
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I decorated this pumpkin for my cousin's class (she's an elementary school teacher)...so when I came across the Capture Your Pumpkin Contest, I decided to submit it. I tried to carve around the teeth and smile lines to give it a little more depth, but I think it may have looked the same with just the paint. The horns bother me...ok, I'll shut up now ^_^
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The idea of my work comes from childhood. Even in kindergarten I loved to draw with pencils. In elementary school, we were doing applique. Creativity is available to everyone.

Thank for attention.
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