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The Black Crow

The Black Crow
March 20, 2012

Once upon a midnight dreary, while Peach pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While Peach nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping on his wardrobe door.
`'Tis some visitor,' he muttered, `tapping on my wardrobe door --
Only this, and nothing more.'

The wardrobe door creaked open slightly, and dear Peach gripped his book tightly,
As a black beak poked out from between the wardrobe doors.
Peach, sorely frightened, and by firelight enlightened
To the monster that was brightened behind the wardrobe door
Cried " 'Tis a black crow here to eat me! Here to snatch me up and drag me
To the dark fate waiting for me just behind those wardrobe doors!"

And the black crow, never dying, still is hiding, still is lying
In wait for citrus victims just behind the wardrobe doors;
And its eyes are glazed, lackluster, from the curse of urgent hunger
As the thunderstorm's wild bluster rages just outside the door;
Croaks the black crow-- nevermore!


POEM FAIL I mean, it's a parody of the famous poem The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe... :paranoid: are peaches citrus fruits? Also, I wrote a 10-page paper for art history class about Salvador Dali's movies, so there is definitely some old-school Surrealist influence here. I only regret that I couldn't find stock of a dressing gown and cravat to go with the Sherlock Holmes pipe. :saddummy:

For :iconmanipulatethis: A Clock, A Peach, A Crow challenge :happybounce: Level 2!

EDIT 3/24/12: At the advice of ~SilversParlor, I brightened the light from the fireplace and lamp, and added some smoke coming from the pipe (I can't believe I forgot the smoke! :slow:) :D

:iconfairiegoodmother: Black Raven and Crow Stock (required)
:iconravenarcana: Peach 2 PSD (required)
:iconannfrost-stock: Antique Clock Pack (required)
:iconookami-kasumi: Fireplace
:iconabsurdwordpreferred: Pipe Transparent PNG
:icontasastock: Jewellery Box 2
:iconinadesign-stock:Book 7 Stock
:iconnecrostock: Book V2
:iconredheadstock: Waterstains Brushes
:iconfalln-stock: Smoke Brushes Set 1

Comments and constructive critiques are welcome! :)
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Wimmeke63's avatar
Great work !!!!!
BloodMoonEquinox's avatar
Thank you very much! :aww:
Space0ctopus's avatar
So this is absolutely epic! I love love love this!
BloodMoonEquinox's avatar
Thank you so much! :happybounce:
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BloodMoonEquinox's avatar
Wow, that's so awesome! :happybounce: Thanks so much! :tighthug:
NdumeHodari016's avatar
LOL I immediately thought of Poe and Dali when I saw this, great work XD
BloodMoonEquinox's avatar
Hahaa, thank you! :D
cazcastalla's avatar
This is so imaginative and really well executed. I really like the monster-like shadow on the wall at the right - not sure if that's there by design, but it fits really well with the overall effect. Good luck in the challenge :w00t:
BloodMoonEquinox's avatar
Thank you so much! :happybounce: The black shadow was one of those "happy accidents"--I was playing around with some brushes and it looked just right! :)
WDWParksGal's avatar
Gotta love the tilt of the peach with the pipe in the mouth! This is really interesting and well done, especially for level two. I always appreciate a back story for a challenge entry.
BloodMoonEquinox's avatar
Thanks so much! :happybounce: I like for my art to have some kind of story with it, especially photomanipulations. :D
ik-ben-10eke's avatar
Surreal for sure, but although the poem seems a bit scary to me, you've created such a cozy atmosphere in that room :)
BloodMoonEquinox's avatar
Hehee, thanks so much! :happybounce: I really wanted a distinct atmosphere in there, cozy but with something a little "off" as well :nod:
Tasastock's avatar
nice work
i like it

thanks for using my stock :hug:
BloodMoonEquinox's avatar
Thanks so much! :) I couldn't have done it without your stock! :happybounce:
senzostock's avatar
This looks great :)
BloodMoonEquinox's avatar
Thank you very much! :D
SylversVolpe's avatar
Very creative, I like this! I would just like to suggest enhancing the light effect coming from the lamp and fire.. also, I just can't help but think this pipe could use some smoke coming out from it's end. :iconthinkplz:
BloodMoonEquinox's avatar
Good suggestions, especially about the pipe! I know I have some smoke brushes stashed away here somewhere.... :D Thanks for the feedback, and I'm glad you enjoy the poem as well! :laughing:
SylversVolpe's avatar
You're very welcome, glad you agree! :nod:
SylversVolpe's avatar
I would also like to add, loving the poem. :giggle:
TheFantaSim's avatar
This is so clever. I have nothing more to say. Well done!
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