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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Illustration Friday: Cats

The Black Cat
Edgar Allan Poe

For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief. Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not --and very surely do I not dream. But tomorrow I die, and today I would unburden my soul... continue>> | [listen]

"Diamanda Galas' interpretation of The Black Cat is astounding. Her characterization of this part continually brings new imagery to this tale we all know so well. Her vocal delivery ranges from sinister to rational, from vampiric to witch-like and from calm to neurotic. All together she weaves the spell of pure insanity Poe intended. Considering the track is nearly forty minutes of poetry it would be a Herculean task for any actor. Of Galas' many fierce, rare talents, acting would not be the first to spring to mind. Wilner makes an art of compelling, unique casting of which this is a fine example." - Review of Closed on Account of Rabies - Poems and Tales of Edgar Allan Poe [see album]

note: what better way to pay tribute to the wildest, most profound literature ever written for both adoration and abhorring of cats..

This is my tribute for


27 Park your thoughts here:

Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

for IE users, please inform me if the play button isn't working. or go to the download page here.

25/1/06 8:51 PM  
Anonymous miss Trop whispered...

Nice photo ! :)

25/1/06 10:14 PM  
Blogger Anonymous whispered...

I'll be back tomorrow to give comment on the download :) You're image is unreal ... REAL ... REALLY good! Later ...

25/1/06 10:45 PM  
Blogger Aristocrat whispered...

Alright, I have to say that I do love this picture. Firstly, it has my favourite colours. Red and black. What a nice mix. Secondly, my favourite animal. And a black one at that! Look at how his head cocks to one side, staring at the human looking at him. As if wondering how stupid can they can, crawling on their fours.

And those sharp thorns on the vines behind, with the red sky gives a sharp contrast to the innocence of the black cat. Yes, the pun was all intended.

End result?

I am going to use your illo as my avatar if you please, my dear...

26/1/06 12:30 AM  
Blogger Jaimie whispered...

This is beautiful and very spooky. I love the extra set of eyes.

26/1/06 2:05 AM  
Blogger The Tart whispered...

Really cool!

Love those pretty eyes.....hmmm, very cat like.

The Tart

26/1/06 3:33 AM  
Blogger Anonymous whispered...

Ms Galas should follow her recital with my song We are just TOO SUPERB };-}

26/1/06 7:19 AM  
Blogger Anonymous whispered...

Those eyes have it! Great mixture of colours and your image goes very well with the recording you have chosen! Diamanda Galas is extremely talented ... perrrrfect choice to pay tribute!

26/1/06 7:25 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

miss trop, jaimie.. thanks 8)

Aristocrat.. well what can i say? thanks.. im flattered that you chose this as an avatar! of course, go ahead and grab it! hehe..

First made this in blue (yes, that is my fave) but no second thoughts of returning it once i tried to make this look bloody, it goes perfect with Poe's story.

Jody.. they are indeed of a cat. but imagine those eyes hovering in one's room.. in the night.. hmmm...

26/1/06 9:45 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

Hellcat Anonymous.. sometimes i wonder if you are her sister... ha!

Anonymous.. first time i heard Diamanda's Black Cat was indeed astounding and left that eerie feeling in the air.. like somebody was watching...

her passion in each line is so perfect i couldn't think of any other artist that could have done better!

and thanks for your nice comments 8)

26/1/06 9:46 PM  
Blogger Aravis whispered...

Poe's The Black Cat remains a favorite of mine, and this illustration is gorgeous!

27/1/06 6:36 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

great to hear people who appreciate Poe like i do. it just so happens that most people i know from the walking world (and those are who i know in real life) finds him too spooky or weird for their taste. well anyway..

thanks aravis!

27/1/06 10:22 AM  
Blogger isay whispered...

great colors you have used plus the eyes of the cat on the background makes up for a spooky and yet cool image.

Poe is a favorite of mine.

27/1/06 2:11 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

thanks isay.. and see.. another great artist who loves Poe!

reminds me of a quote by Elizabeth Shaw “Dead artists always bring out an older, richer crowd.”

27/1/06 7:08 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau whispered...

beautiful illo!! Love your recent postings, so many great arts!

29/1/06 2:06 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

thanks.. glad you like them. well having a hard time thinking about this week's topic tho.. hmm.. glamour...

30/1/06 2:26 AM  
Anonymous aynaku whispered...

Poe's narrative is poweful! I've bben reading again and again and recently his short story...your illo matches with it absolutely! excellent

5/2/06 8:54 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

aynaku.. thanks! and yeah, i must say that Poe brings out one's creative side..

6/2/06 2:50 AM  
Blogger Annalee Blysse whispered...

Wow, I'd missed this one. This is a great image. :)

8/2/06 7:52 PM  
Blogger Ian T. whispered...

Your black cat picture is stunning! It looks far too sweet and friendly, but maybe that's the problem (as in the story).

Thanks for the link to that CD - drat, now I'm gonna have to spend some money! I'm a huge Poe fan and love musical adaptations. I figure you've heard The Alan Parsons Project's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, but what about Eric Woolfson's followup, Poe (, or Peter Hammill's The Fall of the House of Usher? I can feel a thread coming on...

10/2/06 1:57 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

Annalee Blysse.. hee thanks 8)

Ian T... oh wow! havent heard of those yet! but yeah, i shall look unto it. thanks for the tip! mmm so.. you are a Poe collector! I'd defenitely recommend 'Closed on Account of Rabies'!

10/2/06 6:57 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

oh, i just got informed that the mp3 of Diamanda Galas has been removed from the host site. So if anyone is interested still, pls do tell me and id be glad to upload it again. 8)

13/2/06 2:25 AM  
Blogger Anonymous whispered...

Desperately seeeeking MP3 of Diamanda's Poe "The Black Cat" for son's school project ...

26/9/06 5:21 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

oh when do you need it? i do not have much hours on weekdays to go online, and uploading takes long on my slow server. i can help you with this on saturday but if you need it before the weekend, i suggest you use slsk. i bet you'll find it there.

27/9/06 3:43 PM  
Anonymous literaturearts whispered...

Thank you for your offer ... I ended up finding a copy of 'Closed on Account of Rabies' on the UK eBay site and bought it!

3/10/06 12:01 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

oh that's even better than downloading those lengthy mp3s. and woah what a great find! 8D

3/10/06 12:32 PM  
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