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The Highwayman by Iardacil The Highwayman by Iardacil
The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees.
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
Riding—riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin.
They fitted with never a wrinkle. His boots were up to the thigh.
And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,
His pistol butts a-twinkle,
His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.

/../

Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night!
Nearer he came and nearer. Her face was like a light.
Her eyes grew wide for a moment; she drew one last deep breath,
Then her finger moved in the moonlight,
Her musket shattered the moonlight,
Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him—with her death.

He turned. He spurred to the west; he did not know who stood
Bowed, with her head o’er the musket, drenched with her own blood!
Not till the dawn he heard it, and his face grew grey to hear
How Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
The landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there.

Back, he spurred like a madman, shouting a curse to the sky,
With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high.
Blood red were his spurs in the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat;
When they shot him down on the highway,
Down like a dog on the highway,
And he lay in his blood on the highway, with a bunch of lace at his throat.

Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

Third of three images done turning summer.

I first heard about the poem thanks to Loreena McKennitt's song more than 12 years ago (you can listen it here: [link] ). The music just enchanted me and when I listened the lyrics.. I was even more amazed - the story, the tragedy and the sadness. Anyway, from that time on, it has been one of my favorite songs and I always wanted to bring my vision of it into digital canvas but I never dared (as I have proven myself so many times: when I care about something too much and other people do not like it, I take it too hard. So I try to avoid using songs that mean very much to me as an inspiration). I do not know why, but turning a rainy day in the summer.. I just decided: now it is the time for "Highwayman". I found the most perfect stock for the highway man and it was pure fun of working on the rider. The background gave me much more trouble. I first tried little stream the rider was riding trough but it never seemed to work and the shot looked there to be to the trees, not aimed to anyone. So I reworked the background for what you can see now - the lonely abandoned dirty road in the middle of the nowhere.. ghostly moonlight shining from the cold clear sky.. autumn leaves flying in the wind.. the dust rising from the chase.. I wanted the image to be like a frozen frame from a chase.. like there is horse running in high speed.. there is the rider shooting to the pursuers and the exact moment of shot is recorded: it was huge fun to work on the smoke around that old pistol. Challenge but fun. I wanted to catch the anger the highwayman had.. Specially the part of the lyrics: "Back, he spurred like a madman, shouting a curse to the sky".. it was inspirational, trying to catch that emotion.

I am very proud with the result (and as my sister mentioned: first image where there is only male model). I love the cold feeling of the moonlight and that yellow vibrant sparks around the pistol. I hope you like it.

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The Highwayman by *Iardacil, also suggested by *XilaPhoenixArt ( Suggested by SilEnigmaArts and Featured by Aeirmid )
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Julianez Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Amazing!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Thanks :)
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Julianez Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
You are welcome! :)
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Chlover Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Thanks
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duzetdaram Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
This magical and awesome artwork has been featured here: www.facebook.com/groups/566248…
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DeckerDave Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Excellent!!! The Highwayman has been one of my favourite poems for over 40 years. The moment I seen your artwork I knew what it was before I even seen the title . You've done it real justice
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words :)
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TwentyPlusTwo Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Listening to "Highwayman" by Johnny Cash got me here. What a lovely picture.
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ReganWalker Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Lardacil, is this available for license for a book cover?

Regan
regan.walker123@gmail.com
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Thickstick22 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
i love this song so much!
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blumilein Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Photographer
:heart: Fantastic!!
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Mithgariel-stock Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Bloody frakking amazing.
Mina avastasin selle luuletuse kunagi päris ammu, kui ma esimest korda "Angela tuhka" lugesin. Laul tuli palju hiljem. 
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Aitäh :D
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Manink Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
So inspiring!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
:D
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Mandey-Rosey Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Writer
love that poem :)
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Me too
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monsterz-arts Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
waw,it's wonderful work
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AdroVonCrow Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Original! and amazing! congrats for the DD! and'm so going to feature it :P
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thanks
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Lost-N-Beauty Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
WOW!!!!! thats what came to mind when I first seen this. The lighting, blending everything works.... which leaves me with that 1 little word, WOW!!!!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
:D
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sanityhorse Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! This is deffinantly one of my all time favorite poems!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Glad you like it
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Kaguetora Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks awesome!! Simply beutiful!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Thank you
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Kaguetora Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
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LunaCoruscate Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a beautiful picture, my favourite poem :)
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
:D
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XilaPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations with your DD!! Fantastic work that I just had to suggest, no other possibility :D
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
:D
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HarleKlown Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that poem, great depiction, it's marvelous!~
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I love it too :D
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Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
feature [link] :love:
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Thanks
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :heart:
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
:)
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Drakmanka Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love, love, love that poem. Love it. And love the song even more so.
Brilliant art to go along with it.
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Thanks :D
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Drakmanka Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome ^.=.^
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Z-A-D-Y Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh myy as soon as i saw the picture i though, highway man, then o read the first line of that peom and i almost flipped out.

I love that highwayman peom its so good.
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Oh, I know. it's brilliant
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ethereal-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this poem, it's one of my favorites!! Great job :D
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
:D Thanks
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ethereal-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!! :D
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Nice word crafting and perfectly gel with the visual. love this!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
:D
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DJMadameNoir Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that is amazingly gorgeous! As soon as I saw it, I thought of the poem! :) Fantastic job!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Thanks
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