Friday, December 5, 2008

Similar

Illustration Friday's prompt is "similar", so I thought of the Mad Hatter's riddle "Why is a raven like a writing desk?", a riddle with no answer. It occurred to me that Poe could have been inspired to write his famous poem by the impenetrability of this conundrum - unfortunately for that theory, his poem was published decades before Carroll's book. It had been my intention to draw this with no digital enhancements, however due to poor planning I left out the bottle of ink with quill pen, so that has been applied afterwards.In the planning stage: Edgar Allen poe surfing. With the raven, of course.

24 comments:

Adam said...

That's a great sketch - I love the way the bust is looking up at the Raven.
Perhaps Lewis Carrol was influenced by Poe...

Tessa said...

I think Lewis Carroll was influenced by opiates. But I may well be mistaken. Great writing desk, great illo.

bindu said...

That's a great illustration!

Cathy said...

You know, I've always liked that riddle! Great illustration, too!

Teri C said...

Such an interesting interpretation and great line work.

studio lolo said...

I've never heard of that riddle. I want an answer! This is Gorey-esque, and I mean that in the nicest way :)

mariapacewynters said...

That riddle drives me crazy! Really great illustration.

FRANK M HANSEN said...

Fun pen and ink illo. Graet organic style and expression

Juan said...

Great work. Excellent!

notmassproduced said...

like this

parisa mahmoudi said...

So great drawing!!!

And about the rain:my country is located in a warm and dry land on the earth but the water crisis in these years has made us so worry!
We really love rain and snow!!! :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Fabulousness! It's wonderful!!! I love it. You should do ten more like them and make rubber stamps of them. I would by every last one!. The line work is what really got me. I love the feel of this. Very Lewis Carroll and Edward Gorey too. I really, really, really enjoyed this one and the writing also. Great job!

Tomás Serrano said...

I like the great resemblance with Poe. You can see other fantastic portrait (digital) at www.thetell-taleheart.com

milly (elephants&redwoods) said...

this is great....edvard munch meets ArtSpark. really, really cool illustration. I don't know how you do it so fast!!

Faruffa said...

Great work, great interpretation!!!

lettuce said...

great expression on his face!

and pffft! i'm going to be thnking about this riddle for the rest of the day now...

Balou said...

I love how you illustrated the light from the candle. Nice. I too thought of Edward Gorey.

grrl+dog said...

Lewis Carroll was channeling Poe through his opium pipe...collapsing the space time universe to become one with raven and writing desk.

ArtSparker said...

Thanks for you validation, grrl.

Squirrel said...

fab illust. it does look like poe.

Dot said...

that is really nice.. you did a great job on his expression !

INDIGENE said...

Hey, it works for me! Great line work!

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Michael O'Connell said...

great work… love the background too…

sketched out said...

Hee hee, you're so honest to disclose that bit of info about the ink.

I agree with the others that here is a certain Edward Gorey feeling, but still has it's own original feel. Such a fabulous piece on so many levels.