In 2012, my final major project, for my Foundation of Art and Design course, was based on “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. I was going through a “make all my art dark” phase, read the darkest of dark poems I could find, I based the project before this one on poems by Emily Dickinson, so I was going in hardcore.
I did a few drawings and paintings, used all my black paint and pens, took a lot of photographs of my friends at the time posing and made this monstrosity. I may be a little hard on myself now, but at the time I was pretty impressed with how it turned out. I am actually cringing at how much ball point pen I was using, which I have not used in a very long time due to discovering the felt tip pen brand ‘Staedtler’. I only learned how to use Photoshop a few months prior to the project, so I would like to apologise for the bad editing.
The poem tells a story about a man being psychologically tormented by a Raven that keeps repeating “Nevermore”. This reminds the man of his dead paramour “Lenore” and all he has lost. I found this poem interesting, other than the fact that it was dark, because the man simply takes this bird as a symbol of every wrong in his life. I could list all the symbolism I got from the poem, but I think I’ll just post a blog of the sketchbook I worked on for the project. (Or at least pick out the best pages, its a very big sketch book.)