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The Black Bird by tribble-of-doom The Black Bird by tribble-of-doom
I was at the art gallery a couple days ago and I find myself fascinated by expressionist work, where they have no regard for what makes sense anatomically or logically but they try to capture a raw feeling. And I decided to try it for myself, and use the feeling that the song "The Black Bird, The Dark Slope" evokes when I listen to it.

So I'm trying something new with this. Tell me what you think :D

The song by the way, is an absolutely gorgeous metaphor for depression and I love the lyrics an incredible amount. They're grotesquely amazing :heart: I shall post them here;

The black bird sits atop my guts and spreads its wings for flight
My shoulders back, my jaw pushed out, my stomach sucked in
Its wingtips push across my lungs and fill them full of feathers
But the brushstrokes feel like hearth pokes into my skin

The black bird feasts upon my guts and bears its beak to fight
My shoulders back, my jaw pushed out, my stomach sucked in
Its wingtips push across my lungs and fill them full of feathers
Now they poke between my teeth and that's why I thirst

When he flies me to the top there's nothing but the fog
A heart of stone, egg shell for bones, they lead you to be lost
The dark slope drags you down
The black bird is a part of me, so sad to see
So sad to be me

I ask before I go for you to drop a lit match down my throat
And smoke the bastard out or burn him to a crisp
Cause I'm already carrion, been eaten from the inside too long
This black bird wants to rip me limb from limb
The black bird dips its beak in blood and writes its thoughts in cursive 'cross
The bones that are its jailer and my ribcage
And when you turn me inside out, believe in me without a doubt
The words were all of his and none of mine

When he flies me to the top there's nothing but the fog
A heart of stone, egg shell for bones, they lead you to be lost
The dark slope drags you down
The black bird is a part of me, so sad to see
So sad to be me

Link to zee song: [link]
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We feel it within ourselves; a forever consuming urge of darkness clawing its way through our bodies and minds. At times it almost seems to come from nowhere, when we feel we are at our strongest; before it quickly strikes from the ether and sinks its fangs into our being. Some of us try to go above and beyond to keep these thoughts at bay, hoping that through their actions these dark motives will never reach out from within and allow them to cause harm. They sit each day, fighting it back with every solitary ounce of their being, just barely slinking away with their sanity with each bout, only to find it clawing from within once more at another time. They do not know when, they do not know where, but they know that it will be soon and it always be more of a challenge with each encounter. For others, they've given up their fight long ago. No longer attempting to stray away from the darkness, it instead envelops them, like a shadowy cloud of myasmic malice and dread from within. Doomed to wander within a shadow of their own selves the feathers of the darkness cascading from above like dark snowfall. Each day feels more and more like a test to see how much further they can slink below, how many more people will be dejected, how many more opportunities to break free are unobtainable and lost to their minds? Time is nothing more of an inconvenience to them as they feel that if it were to stop, perhaps so could the madness from within. Yet as they plead for hope in the dark, they are only greeted by the hollow echo of their tormented cries. Each of us have our own demons to fight and to battle, but sometimes have a strong force of will isn't enough. One must have a reason for why they need to not allow the darkness to consume them, why they need to move forward in life rather than wallow in their own blood-stained despair and horror. However, you must know that when the test lays before you, you must choose between what must be done and what is simply...convenient for you. The Black Bird, created by *tribble-of-doom, presents us with her own visual interpretation of our inner demons and how one could simply fall to their hateful influence.

Initially, one can appreciate the roughness to the detailing placed here, showing off a nice feeling of the decaying of the subject's body. The rotting skin and almost burned flesh presents itself quite well on the landscape with the shadow effects below it. The shading on the body shows off a good use of shadow effects and light placement in the image which gives us a good assumption of light location for the composition. The lack of colors really makes the use of red, gray, black and white really stand out here, giving the overall composition a much more dramatic and sharpened feel to it, as if it could all be happening right before the viewer's eyes.

The black abstracted shape of the bird is an excellent touch, presenting the feeling of the shapelessness of the darkness within the decaying subject making its way out into the world. How the vague form of a bird shows how it easily it soars through the malice filled air of its victims before swooping upon them and tearing its ethereal talons into their souls. If there's one thing this piece really shines at, it has to be that inner imagery behind it as well as the depiction of the occurrence.

However, while there's definitely a lot going for this particular piece there are a few things that are holding it back from truly being something much more to behold. While I do like the use of shading upon the subject, the drop shadow beneath it is very rough and looks unfinished as opposed to the rest of the design around it. I would suggest redoing the shadow effect if possible and working it to fit the shape of the subject better. Another thing would be to add a mite bit of sharpness to the some outlines of the subject itself to add a more visible sign of decay in some parts and other parts slightly blurred or smudged to represent dust or sand, thereby giving a better interpretation of how all of the life was sucked from the character due to their own uncontrolled inner malice. If possible, see if you could even add a faint shadow for the titular black bird, perhaps signifying that in the subjects demise, its own darkness finally takes physical form and his end is finally at hand. Keep experimenting with this piece as there's so much more that could be brought out from it to make that much more of a spectacle to truly behold.

Each of us has our own inner demons to fight each and every day. Some of keep it at bay and others decide to fall within them. The Black Bird shows us the advantages to the fight, or even the disappointment and regret of not fighting back all presented before the viewer in a very nice depiction of darkness leaving the husk of one who fell to its influence. There's a bit of smudging on this gem, but with the proper polish, it can definitely shine much brighter than it already is. Very nice work, Madeleine. :clap:
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belial1980 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Sweet!
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JohnnyPenn Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is really dark, but beautiful. I like your art style. :)
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eevee911 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
And enter Brandon Lee with his black bird.
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S-henanigan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
horrible, yet awesome.
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Whispering-forests Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<33333333333333
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Moonmistwolf4 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, flighty did an amv for it XD it always happens.... Great picture though
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MutantTwinkie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOL THANKS FOR RUINING MY SLEEP :'D

JKKKKKKK it's really awesome. xD
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1kitty1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Holy cow
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mokithewolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist
i would Wright a critique but words cannot explain my love of this picture :D
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Pokegirl3000 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student General Artist
The detail is amazing. Your skills are something to be greatly admired, Tribbs. You know that. :heart:
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful artwork clearly expresses the lyrics of the song well, I have fallen in love with the song thanks to this, the lyrics to strike real meaning in metaphor, i love the sharp contrasts used here espicially that touch of red to bring it together nicley done , very gruesome but depictive too
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Khangriffin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
F-FEAR;;;
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TheLoneBlackWolf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So awesome!
I really like the many details and the whole idea
You improve for every drawing, Tribbs =)
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norenin569 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool-i-fuckin-o
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hunter27a6 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
"Let the wind carry you home. Black bird, fly away. May you never be broken agian... Beyond the suffering, you've known. I hope you find your way, may you never be broken again." Black Bird by Alter Bridge

this is what i think of when i look at this masterpiece. I think it helps a lot that this kind of art isn't anatomically correct. The spine being so thin, makes the whole piece look fragile. the facial expression, although impossible, helps show the agony the person is in. the black "bird" trying to escape it's fragile cage, only causing more pain and suffering . the whole piece is extraordinary, it really hits me deep. thanks for the upload

and thanks for sharing the band. because of you my music library will be 1 band bigger :D
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RavenHeart98 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, gosh.
Tribble- this is amazing!
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I love this!
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CALLYKITTY Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
: O I havent seen yer art in forever cause im lazzy
but this looks amazingg wow <3
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toxic-nightcore Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
imsoscared
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WhippedFlare Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa
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Taylor12323 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Love it Tribbs ^^ Your really good at drawing in multiple styles and I will always be a watcher/subscriber. ^^
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Brownie-12 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew!!! AWESOME <3
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ActressandOwl Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I think that this form of expression really suites your art style. Well done :)
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StarTheWolfPuppy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg i read a book called Mortlock by Jon Mayhew and there is a scene sooo like this picture!
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Quillonai Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely stunning. The style is unusual and original, and really captures the emotion. It's almost physically uncomfortable to look at, there's just so much pain shown in everything from the curve of the spine to the gaping mouth. The fact that this image can cause discomfort and unease for the viewer goes to show just how successful it's been. Well done :o
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Metoka Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
You're right, it does do a good job of capturing an emotion or....for want of a beter word, situation.
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MagicMasters Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
thats disturbing but really really awesome <3
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stuntsquiral221 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
omg, it's absoloutely amazing!
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Roisin191 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Artist
this is really creepy~ but really good
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Artist-Kitty101 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, it's raw and emotion filled and i'm on a bird kick. So bonus for that birdie there.
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Tannaquil Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Anatomically correct or not, this is a joy to look at. Wonderful job, Tribbs! The shading on the body, especially, is your best work yet!
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radioactivekitteh Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Seems like a story of the loss of a love.
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matrix9000 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great way to start a new year!!!! Its really(x10) awesome..... oh and btw happy new year
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sarcastic-Assassin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011   Photographer
This work is amazing, the picture drew me in, and the lyrics just made it that much better!
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ShaddowInTheCorner Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, I love this
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wildwildLizzy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
edgar allen poe also comes to mind. Very powerful imagery - in your painting that is. I truly enjoy it.
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breaisbees Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
i absolutely lovee this. you're style is wonderful!!!
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SuperCatSara Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
this is absolutely stunning
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fuzzyfur455 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice Tribbs! Like the style. The emotion is really expressed in this pic.
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Warrior-of-Riverclan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011   Traditional Artist
lovely, the text is kind of hard to read, but i still love it.
You should do more expressionist works, you're pretty good at it.
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XxVelociraptorxX Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS
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amourofwolves Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this kinda reminds me of the type of work salvador dali would do.
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WUMCSkilletFan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow.... this is beautiful and terrible and metaphorical and... wow....
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AngelStar100 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow I absolutely love the detail in this... Fantastic style!
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Tea-Tigress Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
very very well done! you pulled this off amazingly! i think you really good at this kind of art, i would love to see more of it!
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livil00lah Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! That sort of dark beauty fascinates me. :D Reminds me of my friend *Passive-Syncopation. She does lots of stuff like this.
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UmbreonMizukiArt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool :)
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poIarsken Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifully drawn :D
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komondors Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
This is so detailed and awesome! >:-D
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NamelessSilhouette Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Ohmygosh.

This is so beautiful and dark, and I love it! I really think you captured a lot of emotion with this.

I...I just... :heart:
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CrimsonFront Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This looks almost perfessional, no kidding.
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