WIP: The Raven

Someone sent me an mp3 of Christopher Walken reading “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s absolutely fantastic to listen to, and it’s inspired me enough to start my first proper project (although I have another in mind, I don’t want to touch it until I think I’ve got the skills to do it justice).

I’m taking it each stanza at a time… right now, I’m working on…

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore -
While I nodded, nearly napping

And so far, I’ve come up with this…


The image isn’t textured, or lit properly. Also, I’m going for a slightly (repeat - slightly) stylised look… so if the chair looks asymmetrical, that’s why :smiley: Right now, I’m working on the character to fit into the scene.

Crits? Suggestions?

The chair looks great. I love the style.

It is a little dark, as you said. Can you brighten it up so we can see it better?

Great work.


Brighter, but only ever so slightly :smiley:


It looks sweet, and could be the subject of a great animation. Maybe you should try using a “dark-bluish” hue on the lamps, then making everything emit light. That way, you might be able to create a sweet gothic style. Try it, even if you don’t end up using it.

I had the idea of forgetting characters at the moment… I don’t even want to see one raven in the animation!!

If you can focus the viewers on the surroundings… we can imagine what the man looks like… and we can ‘see’ the raven flying around… make them invisible to the eye… work on them yeah. ok… ignore everything I said… but I’m thinking of having the scene/camera/lighting make this story what it can be…

O man, The raven is my favorite poem, and so is Poe my favorite foreign poet, and I was going to start doing a raven scene, but since I suck, I won’t :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: