Hey Pretty - song by Poe, art by Don
pencil on 11 x 17" Blueline artboard.

This pic is yet another contribution by me to the Weakcut Jams - Jam #1: Interpret a Song. I chose Hey Pretty by Poe (and Mark Danielewski). There's so much imagery packed into the various remixes, it seemed like a no-brainer to me. But I really love the song(s) and wanted to try to put my spin on them, and it should be fairly well-known to most listeners. I came up with the basic layout while away on travel, and when I got back, set to work on it. I wished I could have included more lyrics on the page, but I really like the font I used, and it won't reproduce well at a small size.

To me, this song is very much in the style of H.P. Lovecraft's writings, particularly his C'thulu mythos. That was a big inspiration for this pic as well. What I get out of the song is it's about mortal man going one step too far; opening one more door than he should have, and entering into an ancient world far older, filled with Elder Gods & Godlings... deadlier than what he's ever known or can handle... . Which is what I think the C'thulu mythos touch on as well.

 

Some more lyrics:

at nearly 90 miles per hour she zipped us up to that windy edge known to some as mullholland,
that sinuous road running the ridge of the santa monica mountains, where she then proceeded to pump her vehicle in and out of turns, sometimes dropping down to 50 miles per hour, only to immediately gun it back up to 90 again.. fast, slow, fast-fast, slow..
sometimes a wide turn, sometimes a quick one,
she preferred the tighter ones, the sharp controlled jerks,
swinging left to right, before driving back to the right,
only so she could do it all over again
until after enough speed and enough wind and more distance than i'd been prepared to expect,
taking me to parts of the city i rarely think of and never visit