I've been on a "WATCH ME DO THE ART" phase lately, thanks to the services provided by Twitch. Last year I used Twitch to conduct an 8-hour charity videogame stream where I raised a good 200 some odd bucks for the Lurie Children's hospital, so technically, I'm not a virgin in the world of streaming. But my art, both digital and especially traditional, had always been a very private thing for me, at least until it was finished. Mostly because I HAAATE looking at my work in progress.
I got inspired to do the script like this from another piece I had worked on (right.) I started writing in this glyph-like pattern in concentric rings mostly because all the cult rituals on TV seem to really like circles, and the TV never lies.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.
The protagonist of Edgar Allan Poe's tale is definitely one of those lovely cultists or friendly neighborhood occult practitioners.
I hesitated to fill in the inside of Poe's raven for too long. I either wanted to fill it in with an ominous "NEVERMORE" written in bold ink brush strokes, or to fill it with a stupid number of tiny "nevermore"s, adding darkness values as is done in stippling. Luckily, I chose the latter.
Everything in the raven is done with the mangled letters of his most rehearsed speaking line, "nevermore." For most of it, one word blends into another to create the image of continuous shading, but in a few select parts such as the beak or the light-struck wings, the word nevermore can be seen more clearly.
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