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Submitted on
August 27, 2006
Image Size
454 KB


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Camera Data

Konica Minolta Camera, Inc.
Shutter Speed
10/7500 second
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 14, 2006, 4:57:33 PM
Neurotica by wolfmorphine Neurotica by wolfmorphine
This piece is inspired by a bit of folklore told to me this past spring. It is apparantly sometimes said that if birds build nests with your hair, you will go crazy. This bit of information really stuck with me at the time because I was supposed to be giving my boyfriend a haircut shortly and I was suggesting we do it out on the balcony so that the birds could build nests with the cuttings. After hearing the superstition though, I figured better safe than sorry and cut his hair in the kitchen instead.

As with many interesting ideas or bits of folklore, I really wanted to try my hand at capturing this one in a piece of my art and this is what I came up with. I decided to have the birds build a nest in Neurotica's hair instead of merely with it, as I felt it would be more interesting visually. I also decided to wind some of the twigs around her arm to make it seem more like this whole process was becoming a part of her and taking her over... body as well... not just mind. Finally, I picked sparrows for the birds. Sparrows are said to exist in the place between here and the Beyond, and are sometimes thought to be guides for souls crossing barriers, so they seemed an appropriate choice. Also, ever since seeing The Birds, sparrows kind of give me the creeps anyway. Stock used to create this piece comes from ~Odessa11stock for Neurotica and additional stock is from sxc.

Details for this piece can be viewed here for those interested.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Wonderfully mesmerizing and you've managed to capture Poe's AND Tim Burton's notion of the perfect woman.
wolfmorphine Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! She's also kind of my version. :) Tim Burton and I think a lot alike, sometimes.
Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
I've loved Burton's work since "Pee Wee's Big Adventure." :)
wolfmorphine Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Me too. I'm currently obsessed with Sweeney Todd, but I love all of his work... especially The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands.
Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Yes, I don't think that Burton has done a single bad movie. I was originally skeptical of Sweeney Todd because it was a musical, but all of the actors pulled it off quite well.
QuantumSuz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006
Very beautiful, the dark heavy colours compliment the lighter tones well and work nicely toward the mood of the piece. Good job!
mezzzmorized Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2006   Writer
Beautiful work! :D
wolfmorphine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
SashaGeorge Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006  Professional General Artist
This reminds me of a scenerio of going to one of those very expensive fashion shows were you see the clothing is very prestine but the headware just comes out all bizzare to add that la-de-da personality to the way the show is run. I don't know why I rambled that one out just this deviation makes me identify with that ..somehow! I admire the detail and craftmanship in this one most definitely.
wolfmorphine Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, sweetie! :hug:
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