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The Cask of Amontillado by shoomlah The Cask of Amontillado by shoomlah
My finished piece for the Clash of the Classics book! The prompt was to illustrate some iconic conflict from traditional literature and, well, who am I to resist Poe? I've been drawing Fortunato and Montressor in some way or another for years, so it seemed like a good opportunity to revisit some of my older work:

I'll be the first to admit that I bit off a little more than I could chew with this thing- spiritual triptych, an abominable number of elaborately-dressed background characters, like a ton of skulls. Way to simplify, Claire.

I should have copies for sale soon! :D
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EpikalStorms Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely my favorite thing ever!!
jesterbells Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
This is amazing!
tindomerel0507 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
What happened to copies for sale soon? LET ME GIVE YOU MONEY FOR THIS.
OndineBernard Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student General Artist
i wish I could put this in my favorites twice
Schplitzkriegs Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the designs on Montresor and Fortunato here. They certainly reflect the story well.
bedhead1167 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
christ this is beautiful
1drunkencat1 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Damn, words fail me, this is simply brilliant, capture the story so perfectly and I love how you bookend it with the latin! Damn this is visionary. New to your work but love this and what I'm seeing. Great job.
Baby-Darling Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is one of my favorite Poe stories! I just finished writing a paper on it :) I absolutely love the graphic contrast between the stories dark tones and the colors you chose. Simply beautiful!
TheComicChick Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General Artist
one of my favorite stories form Poe, and you've done an amazing job drawing the major parts :) 
whiteraven9 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I'm writing a paper on this atm. Thank you for inspiring more with this imagery. I love this!
bingybongy Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Claire, all of your work is so stunning, but the detail here is just dizzying -- in much the way you take in the beauty of a room, the costumes, the figures, while whirling uncontrollably at a masque.  So, what I'm saying, is it's quite perfect.  It makes me want to climb inside the picture and look in all the secret corners.  Brava!
shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! :D
bingybongy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Of course!  You deserve it.  I am also exorbitantly flattered that you responded to one of my comments!  You are definitely on of my favorite artists.
vetya Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
So good!!!
sweetsweetsunshines Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing ^^ I loved that short story 
MrsCupCakeCookies Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Did you ever make a print of this?
Schuler-001 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice work.  Love the use of the bright colors to counter the dark and bleakness of the story
Tuxxer Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever laid eyes on. 
transparent-soul Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
LOVE THIS! I have to write an essay on "The Cask of Amontillado", and seeing your visualization really emphasizes the contrasting imagery used in the story. 
dloz Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Oh gosh, I read this story years ago but I could never remember the name or the author. Thank You :heart:
Ludo38 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fabulous :O

Did you made it listening to The Alan Parsons Project ? :)
UglyEllie Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow wow amd wow
MlleOhLaLa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
ohh wooow this is just perfect
Scorchyz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is
gorgeous <3
AlertedRapierImp19 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I luv this, your art style is awesome and the colors make everything pop so well!
NeriSiren Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
A seriously creepy scene -- everything bright and festive has a sinister feel.  Cool idea to have the two men standing in the middle, as if performing on stage, and then to show other scenes as though you're looking through the wall that's about to be built…reminding you that all the brightness and festivity are soon going to disappear, until only the sinister remains.
G1toons Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
oh yes i love this  illustration.
especially as my (not so good) piece is next to yours, haha, great work
Erebus-art Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like it, really nice and represents well the original novel atmosphear. Good work!
JuliaHVT Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student General Artist
This is one of my favorite Poe stories and you are one of my favorite artists! BEST DAY EVER
WTFWonder Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Simply perfect.
amurana Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
This is so perfect. <3
Quander Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
LOVE this E.A.P. story! I had an assignment in my creative writing class to continue the story and I put a Cinderella/Cenerentola spin on it, having Fortunato's family (consisting of his daughter and newly married wife and her daughters) have to carry on after his "disappearance." Cenerentola hears court gossip, discovers the truth and has Montresor executed. 
paperfetish Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Ooooo, look at all the skulls....

Love the color choices and the lighting.  The thing that I can't quite figure out is how well the imbalance of the detail works out.  There is so much going on in the left panel vs. the right, but it works. 

Well played.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it works, because that DEFINITELY wasn't planned. :D  This thing led me by the nose the whole time and I just followed it blindly.
paperfetish Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
As long as it didn't do it with the claw end of a hammer, you're good.
JosetaFugeta Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Rommel13 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Ah, this brings back some high school memories. Very nicely done :D
JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't decide what my favorite part of this is.  I feel like you could crop it and each individual piece would work as a poster by itself.  I really love the understated Fortunato shackled on the bottom right.  

Not to mention the design of the bones around the crest in the center totally remind me of the Sedlec Ossuary in Prague!  I just got to see that in person and it was so cool.  Was that an inspiration?
shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It totally was, though I've never been!  Dying to go. :D
RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope you get to go.  You would be super inspired.  It's small though, in a small town.  Strange to have a landmark like that in a place like that.  
savannarodriguez Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always LOVED this story by Poe & thought it was slightly underrated. I think you've done a beautiful job, and while you may have "bit off more than you could chew" it was well worth it! I absolutely adore the background characters! You could post them alone & they would look fantastic! Nice work!
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
I love the color. I love the lighting. I love the forms. 
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Lusc-Fire Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fav to the thousandth...I can't stop looking at the detail in this!
artofMilica Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heart Heart Heart ... What can I say
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Poe be proud!
bee97 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow, I don't even know what to say to this. This...this is just amazing. Bravo. 
MercilessInk Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Your work never ceases to amaze me :)
onyxdragonlady Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
I love your work but I've been off DA for a while. I was getting caught up on things I missed. I didn't even read the title of this one just opened it up and didn't have to scroll down before I knew the inspiration. I love every bit of this. I just re-read this story a few days ago. This is just perfect.
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