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Edgar Allan Poe by AbigailLarson Edgar Allan Poe by AbigailLarson
My latest contribution to the Poe Museum! They're holding a birthday party for old Edgar tomorrow, and they're selling some of my Poe merch. Swing by if you're in downtown Richmond tomorrow!


This piece was drawn in pencil, the background painted with watercolor, and colored in Photoshop.

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PoeProject Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
I love this art style. Great work :) 
Yu-ru-one Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, GREAT!! (Clap Clap Clap)
II-edison-II Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice job!
verionj Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Quoth the raven, Very good indeed
DAVCM64 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
you are good,but im better
SamanthaH270 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Love it! 
Rugely Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOVE it!
LittleMirelle Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Writer
My husbandooooo i am in love once more <3
KathaLikhaUlap Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe. This is an amazing illustration of him. :)
CobainLives Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely just got two rats and named them Edgar and Allan... :D
Jajamola88 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really like how you drew him as an actual person and not just a daguerreotype
Crysa91 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally!! Someone drew him without making him look like the Grim Reaper! Also it looks as if you researched the style traits of the day and used them within your piece. Good Job!
TechnoShadowBlood Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks awesome!
MaudlinPurloinment Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Love this so much, he looks great! :D
Jerry35 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
poet is epic. Eternal Darkness brought me to learning more about him because of that awesome, creepy saying. "Deep, into that darkness peering...long I stood there. Wondering. Fearing. Doubting..."
Oumagadoki7 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favorite poet!!! :D book version!
BabyBats Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I love Edgar. My all time favorite poet (:
GraphixS6 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Classy as fuck.
dark-anime-joel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Writer
Love the style, very clean. Captured Poe's essence well.
april168 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Lol I am literally in an Edgar Allen Poe lecture! It's awesome!
treeofsugar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Edgar <3
TechnoShadowBlood Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...H-Handsome? o///o.

Cool style dude.
eve-the-strange Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he's my fav! great work!
Quell-Altra Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Ohhhhhhhhhhh HIM :heart:
ShadeOPale Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At long last...the scroll! Very seldom do we see Poe's "paste and roll" manuscript(s) portrayed. This adds documentation to his reliance upon a legible "autography", as he called it, for the printers--that his words be accurately read. The master of the side-long glance, Poe is seen in a more inviting pose than most; by putting him back in his element, the "What do you think about this one I've just written?", you have given us a glimpse of how Poe must have seemed to others of his day.

The angular lines of his face and slender wrist protruding from over-sized cuff suggests the near-starvation this impoverished writer underwent. His stance is still West Point cadet, but the droop of the head and the far-away expression of the eyes suggests a man near the breaking point. There is much charm in him yet, an elegance befitting a gentleman poet and an intellect of the aesthete. The dark tones of his thread-bare suit--with your inclusion of strings attached--and his unruly hair, contrasted with the light of unpressed shirt and striped vest, are true to actual descriptions of Poe.

The most striking, and symbolic, element of this composition is the red cravat with two red tails pointing downward to his own red-tinged tales. Noose-like, and by its coloration, the cravat symbolizes the constraints put upon this under-appreciated writer, and the blood of a "white plague" which haunted his realm since early childhood. Lines bold, and sparse shading, are equally well-placed.

This is a masterful illustrative work, and an evocative tribute to our finest man of literature.
Retro-Head Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EPIC :la::heart:
AnnaWieszczyk Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Sorry to bother you, but could you recommend some tutuorial for cleaning pencil lineart? Your lines are to die for!
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I don't clean it, actually. I use a light table to transfer my rough sketch to clean paper, so the stray lines that I don't want don't show on my final drawing.
Squijim85 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Beautiful! I'm quite a big Poe fan, myself. My dad used to read me his works as bedtime stories. No joke. I was a twisted little monkey. :D
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! That's fantastic!
MaliciaRoseNoire Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hello :) !
Little feature here !!
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
MaliciaRoseNoire Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :) !
illbacchin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional
zinatwakil Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Anchen7 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The great portrait of the great writer!
A lot of thanks!
aPrettyMystery Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, if only I'd been able to include this in my Art History presentation! Thank you for allowing me to use some of your art for that, by the way. My teacher really loved it, though he questioned whether your "Masque of the Red Death" was really quote-unquote "school appropriate". :giggle: Got an A! Thanks again.
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! Awesome, and good for you! Though I would reply to your teacher, "is the subject matter of Poe's 'Masque of the Red Death'" really school appropriate?" Which, of course it is. But then, I always loved creepy things!
aPrettyMystery Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Me, too.
Flane-kanja Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Love how much character you've portrayed in his face!
DontTouchTheMap Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i am so obsessed with this. great job. really.
kreepykustomz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
GrafFinster Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing Work!!! Thanx!!!
iheartmoony7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Writer
I absolutely love his subtle expression; its human instead of the cold figure most people paint him as
IVsteal Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love the subject matter and the eyes really command your attention~ great job!
sebasnr Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Love it
TammiBlue Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday, Mr. Poe! :dummy:
Funny, I probably could've came. I lived just over an hour away. Alas, my schedule would not permit.
JuliaHVT Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
lovely as always
KaytlynES Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the softness in his face. He actually looks like a person instead of just an icon everyone is overly familiar with.
starr Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
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