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A Storm of Crows by ForeverBigBlue68 A Storm of Crows by ForeverBigBlue68
A Storm of Crows

There comes an eerie rustling.
as something rises from the corn.
From out of the mists of legend
an ancient nightmare is reborn.

With eyes like glowing brimstone
and a heart as black as coal.
Unto man it is the reaver,
born with a hunger for the human soul.

It comes on this the longest night
and now all hope for the light will fall.
As like thunder from the darkness
comes its terrible call.

"Rise up, oh my legion.
Rise up on darkened wing.
Go forth unto the harvest,
as the autumn winds sing."

Then comes a dreadful cawing
as the host rises from the rows.
For at Samhain the dark one awakens
and its coming is as a storm of crows.

This is my entry in the Halloween contest hosted by PsychoSlaughterman :iconpsychoslaughterman:
The rules,prizes and all the other entries may be seen here:[link]

This is just a representation of the myths and legends surrounding peoples fear of Samhain,All Hallows Eve or as we know it today Halloween. The superstitions and fear of the longest night of the year go back as far as the recorded history of man. There are many versions representing several cultures but all have some similarities. This is just one version of the fear of all things that are free to roam the world on this the darkest night. I hope you enjoyed it in the manner it was meant to be just an embodiment of the fear of the dark.

Stock artist credits;

My thanks to jordannamorgan :iconjordannamorgan:
For the face of the scarecrow:[link]

My thanks to MAGNETO1969-STOCK :iconmagneto1969-stock:
For the crows in the foreground:[link]

Thank you so much to ValerianaStock :iconvalerianastock:
Once again for the fantastic scarecrow:[link]

My thanks to da-joint-stock :iconda-joint-stock:
for the cornfield:[link]

Thank you very much to FoxStox :iconfoxstox:
for the old farmhouse:[link]

Thank you so much to maansterft-stock :iconmaansterft-stock:
for the sunset sky:[link]

My gratitude to anodyne-stock :iconanodyne-stock:
for the crows in the distance as well as some of the trees:[link]

My thanks to midnightstouch :iconmidnightstouch:
for the misty trees in the distance:[link]

My sincere thank you to Neonscence :iconneonescence:
for those wonderful mist brushes I use so often:[link]

Thank you all very much for helping me to create my visions even if some are disturbing. As always please visit these stock artist and respect their rules for use of their stock.
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
A beautiful dark mood ! :clap:
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Thank you I really enjoyed making this one. It brought out the kid in me and my love for Halloween and those things that go bump in the night. :D
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Rachelevans1013 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Writer
What a fantastic wallpaper this would make, esp. around Halloween, my favorite holiday!
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Thank you it is one of my favorites. I just fell in love with that scarecrow and had to use it in this one. :)
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Rachelevans1013 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Writer
He is a beauty!
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
We seem to think alike and yes I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!!
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Rachelevans1013 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Writer
I must find a way to send you my annual Halloween Cookbook. :)
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
If it is digital you can send it to ForeverBigBlue68@gmail.com I would most certainly enjoy it. :D
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Rachelevans1013 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Writer
kk, sending in several emails as there are a number of PDFs ( I've been accruing recipes for a while!)
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Thank you it all looks great. :dance:
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silvavocat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely love it! Very sinister. Great choice of photo combination :nod: :+fav:
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Thank you very much for the comment. I am truly happy you enjoyed it and sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I simply don't get to be online much at this time. :)
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silvavocat Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
No worries, same goes for me. I take forever to reply to messages :D You're welcome!
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work!! I love the mood, very eerie! :D
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Thank you I am very glad you lied it.
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ValerianaSTOCK Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
That is great, and very creepy :-) Glad you liked my stock that much!
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Thank you very much. I am happy you liked what I did.
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blackzig Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
tHIs iS A gReAt hAlLoWeEn pIc, wElL dOnE.
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Thank you very much. I like the way it came together.
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MAGNETO1969-STOCK Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
great
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Thank you my friend I am glad you liked it.
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MAGNETO1969-STOCK Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
This scene reminds me of the film by Alfred Hitchkock
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Yes,both his story and mine are based on fear of the unknown. People have seen crows and ravens as creatures associated with witchcraft and the dead since the early days of man.
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MAGNETO1969-STOCK Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
for me "the crow" = "eric draven" .... brandon lee.
I had made a picture on Eric Draven on my other account ... Unfortunately I lost the picture
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Yes that too has the same association with crows and the dead. I loved the movies as well and they did an excellent job of using the myths surrounding the crow.
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MAGNETO1969-STOCK Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
myth (about the crows) is that people do not like that bird ... Black ... mysterious ... the color black is often synonymous with death ... raven black, black cat etc. ...

me...I love black
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Me as well I tend to wear black a lot and I love the night and all things spooky.
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da-joint-stock Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Student General Artist
Awesome! This is a fantastic manip!

If I could make a single comment though: just above the scarecrow's head you have 4 crows in a line. I'd suggest either removing one or just moving them around so they aren't so... in a line.

Anyway, great work!

Dan
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Thank you. I didn't even notice that. I was so busy working on the blending of the background I guess I just lost it in all the elements.
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da-joint-stock Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Student General Artist
No problem! Glad to be of some help :)
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WildDragonfly Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the words you put along with it, just brilliant:love:
I think this definitely embodies the fear of the dark.
Very well blended and well done. And I don't know how you managed to add so many crows and not make them look uniform, that's talent right there:clap:
Good luck dear :trophy:
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Thank you very much. It did take some reworking to give the flight of crows the desired effect.
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Lonsdalegirl Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
amazing work!
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Thank you very much I am happy you like it.
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