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03 November 2009 @ 10:44 pm
An Olde Murder Ballad  


 
 
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sean estymr_esty on November 4th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
I mean... the whole thing is wonderful. Really great, but the last panel just oozes with craft & care. Lovely as always, R. Dart.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Thanks Mr.Esty. Your kind words are like a mint julep on my brain. I'm glad you like the last drawing, 'cuz that's the one I drew three goddam times and it still ain't to my likin'.
jeselvisthekingjeselvistheking on November 4th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
that's awesome -- what a strange mix of innocence and darkness. :)
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Thanks1 A lot of those old folk songs are chirpy diddies about death and poverty. That's why we like 'em.
Christine Knoppmeradragon on November 4th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
One of my favorite things is how you never actually see the ace of the man. This is a lovely set of illustrations! Even your text is wonderful. I also think that last panel is wonderful.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I couldn't figure out how to draw the murderer, so I just made him all shadowy.
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seanvdmseanvdm on November 4th, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
gorgeous! your style here reminds me of Cyril Pedrosa's work in Three Shadows, the flowing pencils are just great. And the song is great too, I love Kristin Hersh's version.
Tozotozocomic on November 4th, 2009 08:54 am (UTC)
That's the first thing I thought (re: Three Shadows)!

This is lovely and should be published immediately!
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ztoicalztoical on November 4th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
Wow, that's beautiful esp the inking, really lovely.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, yer nice!
zombichickenzombichicken on November 4th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
This is all kinds of fantastic. And it brings me back to the old days when i first listened to Nick Cave…
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think Olivia Newton John did a cover of this song too, in the Seventies. Johnny Cash did a cover as well, but rewrote the lyrics.
mr_lambimr_lambi on November 4th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
Masterfully done! Such style! So Original! So very good!
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! So! Much!
Ana Skyfishanaskyfish on November 4th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
reminds me not only of the aforementioned Three Shadows, but also of Night of the Hunter -- really amazing work.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Well, I am an avid Noir fan, so being compared to Night of the Hunter is a compliment indeed. Thanks!
_w_o_o_d__w_o_o_d_ on November 4th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Gorgeous ! Now I want to know how to sing it.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
The version I worked off of is from the Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music,Volume Four. Recorded by the Blue Sky Boys in 1936. I think it's on Youtube.
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jeff_oddly on November 4th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
Holy fuck, what amazing art and story, Rebecca! You are the woman.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Last time I checked! Thanks for the comment.
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Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Well, it's something all right. How come you only see things you'd like to change until after it's done?
renesearsrenesears on November 4th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's beautiful. The inking is just sublime. I love the way the lines in the water and the trees (and her hair!) echo each other. Everything looks so fluid. And the lettering is great.

I really want to sit under the tree in the second to last panel. Preferably when the murderer isn't there.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, the only thing that tree needs is a tire swing.
AVIV spelled backwards is VIVA.aviv_really on November 4th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Outstanding!
You are quite something, I tell ya.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Oh you! Always buttering me up!
colleen macIsaacgalsan on November 4th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
Gosh, this is really wonderful.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks Colleen!
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Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And thanks for sending me that MP3. Man yous guys is good. That mandolin pickin' would make a leopard lose its spots.
J ROCKderbyartist on November 4th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Really beautiful stuff! I love that water and the trees and those turtles on the last panel!
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Me like to draw trees and it hurts if I don't draw the turts. Thanks for the compliments, coming from you I feel like a hamster getting a pat from God.
jordyn f bochon: early Bochyfrontninja on November 4th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Charming and very sad. You are amazing!
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jordyn! It is my goal to be charming and very sad... well, at least I got the very sad part down.
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Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
I don't have any plans to print this right now, but I still would like to draw some other songs, so maybe I could do a volume of old ditties.
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fearlessfosdickfearlessfosdick on November 4th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
The fact that you aren't rich and famous proves that the universe is stoopid. Where are the fucking accolades!?
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I think this every time I see your work. It's proof the universe is stoopid.
(no subject) - fearlessfosdick on November 4th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
mike_myhremike_myhre on November 4th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Christ, that's beautifully done.
Reminds me a bit of Pedrosa's Three Shadows book, but still identifiably you.
Amazing. Enjoy your newfound time off!
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mike! It's amazing how much work you can get done when you're not working.
eyepatchmcgeeeyepatchmcgee on November 4th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Beyond awesome. Beyond...Beyond AwesomeDome.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Awesome Dome! Two artists enter one artist leaves!
Meitiny_vice on November 4th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
that sent a pack of shivers down my spine.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm down to a pack a day.
Bees!: Spinthespus on November 4th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Beautiful beautiful beautiful!
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!
jennydevildoll on November 4th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Beautiful and creepy!
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Just like my bowels!
Dale O'Flahertydaleof on November 4th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Woah amazing!
Rebecca Dartr_dart on November 4th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Merci!
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