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The Vaults Are Extensive by shoomlah The Vaults Are Extensive by shoomlah
Again for my Illustration class, a painting (inked in ballpoint, coloured in Painter 9) of Poe's The Cask of Amontillado featuring a cluelessly drunk Fortunato facing a reflection of his mask and of his impending death in the walls of the catacomb... You can find the story on the IntarWeb if you're unfamiliar with it, but the grinning fool in the foreground is mere minutes away from being chained to a wall and murdered by the suspicious-looking character towering behind him, Montressor.

Maker, I'm fond of those skulls. Hm. Oh, and the piece isn't quite finished yet- I still have a bit to do with Fortunato and certain areas colouring-wise, but I'll get around to it soon enough.

(ballpoint and Painter 9)
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FrankietheCat Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore that story. For the love of God.
acegallagher Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is fantastic :D Love the raven mask for Montressor; very fitting. Awesome style, too!
Darkdealer65 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Montressor reminds me of Dr. Facilier from "The Princess and the Frog" for some reason
Cowgirl-Hank Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
This is amazing. I love Poe. And I love seeing art about his stories! :heart:
PMSingEvilElf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
this is spectacular! great story and composition sense. even then color so nifty :D think this was the first poe story i ever read
thenumber42 Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
This picture is gorgeous! I love this story. I love how you captured the homicidal gleam in Montressor's eye and his threatening...trowel...:XD: Moody and excellent!
learrus Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
This pops up in my favs from time to time, and I still LOVE IT.

Props, this image is amazing!
thatljtaylor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the lighting in this, subtle and harsh...and the skulls look awesome!
uglytoes Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist

this is really well done,
i love the hard lighting and color of everything the light hits
especially the red :}
that short story creeped me out in highschool haha
apeacockpersian Featured By Owner May 25, 2007
I love 'Cask of Amontillado'. I'm a fangirl, I suppose. Wonderful art, and true to the story, oh, and your style is fabulous, by the way. This one's going in the favorites!
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