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The Tell Tale Heart by BryanBaugh The Tell Tale Heart by BryanBaugh
My Art Submission to the "Witches of East End" Edgar Allan Poe Contest being hosted by Deviant Art this month.
UPDATE:
Contest's over, the winners have been announced, and... oh well, my piece didn't make it.
I only took a shot at this contest because it seemed like the subject matter was so "right up my alley", and I'd always wanted to do some Poe artwork, so why not? Seemed like the perfect excuse.

To be honest, I didn't expect to win anyway. Just because, I've never had any luck with art contests!
Wait a minute - check that - In the 6th Grade I won a "Haunted House Poster Art Contest" at my elementary school. As my prize I got a free admission pass to our local small town haunted house, that was good for the whole Halloween season. ...But that was the last time I ever won anything, in any art contest! Even though I entered several more art contests through high school and college and beyond - no dice! Just can't seem to break the pattern. You think YOU'VE got problems... I've been on an "Art Contest Losing Streak" since 6th grade!! Yeesh!!
Haha!

Well anyway...
Congrats to those who DID win!

FINAL NOTE:
The original artwork for this image is now ON SALE at my official website.
Here's the Link! cryptlogic.bigcartel.com/

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SonicFan1155 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome rendition of one of my favorite Edgar Allen Poe stories! I'd love to see you do more Poe stuff like The Cask of Amontillado or The Raven!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! But actually if I was gonna do more Poe art, neither of the stories you mentioned are among my favorites. I would probably prefer to draw Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Case of M. Valdemar, or perhaps the Masque of the Red Death.
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"The Masque Of The Red Death" was written by Poe for you to illustrate...in fact, you could do justice to a two or three page comic-book style re-telling of the classic tale.  You owe it to posterity! ;)
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for commenting!
There's a handful of old, classic short horror stories, that I have always thought would be "fun to draw as a comic someday".
In 2011 a publisher gave me a chance to scratch one of my favorites ("The Hound" by H.P. Lovecraft) off that list.
See here:  The Hound

...But I'm not sure when I will ever get to the rest of them. I'm always working hard on comics projects (to be revealed as each gets finished) but they are all my own ideas, my own characters, my own stories. Maybe someday when I've gotten enough of "my own stuff" out of my system, I will be able to return to doing some more "classic adaptations".

That said, Poe's "Masque of the Red Death" was not on my list. But thanks for recommending it. I haven't really settled on a "favorite Poe story" that would fit my art style. Poe doesn't do enough monsters for me! But I gotta do something by Poe as a comic... someday.
Time will tell.
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have the book with your Hound in it, and it's superb! :)

Although Poe doesn't do true monsters, his flair for the Grotesque is certainly up your alley..."Hop-Frog" would really shine in your hands, I think; fiendish dwarf, obese king and his equally fat, obnoxious pals in ape suits, and FIRE....and Trippetta the tiny dancer is described as perfectly proportioned and beautiful though the same size as the dwarfish jester!   
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Not to shoot down your suggestions, but I would never do "Hop Frog". It was already done to comic book perfection in a very early (possibly even the first? Can't remember) issue of Jim Warren's CREEPY magazine. I forget who the artist was.

But besides, that was just never one of my favorites anyway. I think I enjoyed the novelty of it the first time I read it, then grew tediously bored of it, after too many publishers insisted on plunking down Hop Frog as the first story in too many Poe collections... By the 8th grade I was like... "Do I really gotta slog through Hop Frog in his fairy tale castle again, before I can get to the real horror stories in Poe's spooky early American settings?"

Actually my all-time favorite Poe story is probably M. Valdemar. The one about the guy who hypnotizes a guy right at the moment of death and thus keeps him in a undead/reanimated limbo state. Always loved Roger Corman's movie adaptation of it too. Vincent Price melts at the end. I believe the lovely Debra Paget played his wife in it.
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D sorry, I didn't know you'd been over-exposed to "Hop-Frog"!  You're quite right, Valdemar is ideal, it's one of Poe's creepiest tales--the more so because there's no villain or evil in it, simply the horror of the situation!  Corman, Price and Basil Rathbone really did justice to that story, and yes, that was the exquisite Debra Paget as Mrs. V. 

  I would LOVE to see your rendering of the liquescent M. Valdemar!!!!  The way you combine extreme decay with unnatural sentience, your Ernst Valdemar would be a ghastly masterpiece. 
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hopefully one of these days!
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:iconsonicfan1155:
SonicFan1155 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice picks!
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   General Artist
Wow, very cool. Only drawing of this book I've seen without gore, this is amazing.
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Fantastic job with the details, lighting, and character stylization. Creepy and effective.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you sir!
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:icontiamat9:
tiamat9 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
No problem:).
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stvnhthr Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
holy crap that is scary, ugly, and fantastic!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Steve!
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
JEEPERS!!!!  So much for the frail, helpless little old man...or is that monstrosity how the crazed narrator saw him?  Brilliant illustration, Bryan! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :party:
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I dunno, I didn't analyze it like that. This is just how I always imagined the scene whenever I've read the story.
Oh, but THANK YOU for the birthday wishes!!
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, your imagination + Poe's imagination is always going to guarantee something astounding and horrific!!  I hope you'll do more illustrations of his tales--Gris Grimly needs some competition! ;)
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cassidyasb777 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
I love your take on this. The amount of 'The Raven' submissions was becoming a little overpowering. 
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I understand what you mean. But I honestly wasn't trying to go against the more popular choices. It's just that, "The Tell-Tale Heart" was always a stand-out favorite of mine. Possibly because it was the first Poe story I ever really read - It was "assigned reading" when I was very young in school... I think it might have been in 5th or 6th grade. Anyway, this illustration shows, pretty much exactly the way I envisioned this scene, from my very first reading. I always thought it would be fun to draw sometime, so when this contest came along, it seemed like the perfect excuse! Glad you like it. 
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Really fantastic!  You've really captured the creepiness of the story and your details are great!
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:iconbryanbaugh:
BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkaijukim:
KaijuKim Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read this last year, it was a good story. Good work and good luck at the contest.^^
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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:icondevin-lannigan:
Devin-Lannigan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is such an awesome story ! I don't believe I've ever seen it portrayed better ! Awesome job Bryan 
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thanks for saying so, Devin!
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Devin-Lannigan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're always welcome Bryan !
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wondermanrules Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Traditional Artist
Beautiful job illustrating this scene. I love how you made it looks almost like an old photograph with the coloring. :iconclappingplz:

I loved when Vincent Price acted out this story. :D

Good luck with the contest :iconcloverplz:
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes I like this color scheme when illustrating old classic horror stories. It is intended to recall the look of (as you say) old photography, or better yet - early silent films which often used amber gels.
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wondermanrules Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Traditional Artist
Welcome :D

It does have that look as well. I almost said that it reminds me of a woodcut/old story book scene. Sort of like the end sequence of Resident Evil 4 illustrating how the people of Pueblo became infected and turned on one another. 
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Love love love!
Even though its a truly beautiful sunny morning today , seeing this new deliciously dark illustration from you has made me even more buoyant!
  Best of luck in the contest, it certainly fits the Poe theme and fits it well. 
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Gurch! I'm glad I could darken your sunny morning!! Haha.
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional
One of my favourite stories - and this is a great illustration for it!
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:iconbryanbaugh:
BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional
Always a pleasure.
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Rammsteinfan1994 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Awesome
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:icondtwx:
DTWX Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
"Gimmie COOOKIIIEESSS!" :iconcookie-plz: ;p
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SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not bad...
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Rinkusu001 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Oh my God... your style is perfect for Poe's stories!
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was not eligible for I am not yet 18. Crap!

But lovely work. I will vote for you!

Saw your adaptation of "The Hound" in The Lovecraft Anthology Vol. II - fantastic!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the support! Yes I did color this one in much the same style as my "Hound" comic adaptation... These wonderful old stories just seem to demand it!
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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grimphantom Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Awesome work, really fits well for a story telling with your drawing, man. Good luck!
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ernieselephants Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!
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