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Ashley Mariah
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
Both writer and artist...a little divided between two worlds.

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'We Are One' (The Greatest Show on Earth, pt. 2) by AmaranthMB
'We Are One' (The Greatest Show on Earth, pt. 2)
I got the idea for this project not long after first hearing the song. Like any epic in NW's lineup, I knew it would take more than one canvas; actually, if I divided it like the song is divided it would need five. But the song itself, IMO, has not five but six sections: the intro that ends with Dawkins' first lines, Life, the animal section between Life and the Toolmaker, the Toolmaker, Dawkins' second and longest speech, and the ending with the ocean and Dawkins reading Darwin. So, okay, I've already got six, so why not make it seven and make it parallel the seven days of creation.

I see the story thus: Evolution begins and spirals up and up until the destruction of the dinosaurs, at which point mammals and eventually humanity take the dominant role. In my mind, the explosion at the end of the Toolmaker is us, reaching the climax of our own destructive tendencies. Maybe we didn't completely destroy the Earth, but we changed it enough that it's no longer a place we want to be. The greater part of humanity decides to abandon Earth for the stars: the fifth canvas will combine the imagery of a funeral, people boarding spaceships, and all the ghosts of people who never were. The sixth canvas will have humans on another world, watching our animals swim in an alien ocean. But in my mind, you'd never get every single person to leave Earth, uninhabitable or not. A few stayed behind, and are there to witness the rise of ratkind. The seventh canavas will show the two sentient species meeting for the first time.

I actually wasn't going to start this project right away because it's massive, and I have any number of other projects on my plate. But...sometimes songs just want to be drawn, you know?

I had to do a ridiculous amount of research for this section, to find out what evolved when. Everything I drew is a species that existed, with maybe a bit more color than they would have actually had. It starts at the top left with cyanobacteria and follows a U-shape around Yggdrasil until it reaches the sailback dinosaurs. Archean - early Triassic (I'm saving the bulk of the dinosaurs for the next canvas). And what's funny is the whole time I'm researching all these plants and animals, I'm thinking to myself, "This is really interesting! Why the heck did we not study this in biology class in high school? Or did we and I don't remember??"
...doesn't mean I can't do some of it.

So, fall of 2015. It's looking more and more like that's when NW is going to be on tour again. They are confirmed to play L.A. in May, at least. Even if I'd kept to my schedule this whole time, I still don't think I'd be able to do every song before then. Especially considering I like the idea of breaking up the epics into their respective pieces. That adds images.

However, it occurred to me that there's no reason I can't break this project up into albums. Instead of one massive book of drawings, I could create seven separate books. Have a few done by the next tour, and a few more for the next, and so on. Imaginaerum and Once are mostly done, aside from the two epics., there's a slight chance I could fit that one in before mid 2015. Maybe. Depends on how this portrait drawing business pans out.

Right now what I think I'm going to do is concentrate on Ghost Love Score and on redoing Song of Myself. Song of Myself is easy, because it's already in pieces: From a Dusty Bookshelf, All That Great Heart Lying Still, Piano Black, and Love. Ghost Love Score is trickier because as far as I know, lyrically, it's all one big long song...which means I have to break it up per my own interpretation. I can see it having four images, same as Song of Myself. Not as long as Poet, which will have five, and longer than Beauty of the Beast, which has three. (I'm keeping FantasMic as it is, two panels, because I like what I have).

Once I have those eight images finished, I can start piecing the books together. The more I think about it, the more I like doing it this way. Means I can spend more time with each album, really tie it all together. It also means I'll always have something to give them when I see them. (I know that sounds arrogant, but I really do need that kind of motivation.)
  • Mood: Angsty
  • Listening to: Wonderfields~ Imaginaerum

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Idlewings Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for the faves <3
Markkus76 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :iconfavoriteplz: on  Storm is behind :bow:

Your gallery is really impressive, I like it :D 

...And hop, I'll give you a :iconlamaplz:, I hope you give me one back ;)

 Have a good day  :) 

keithmore2000 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for adding my 'Big Ben' drawing to your favourites. Feel free to leave a comment.
Mocris Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav! I´m really glad about it, because so I could find your Gallery. It´s amazing! :clap:
BrielLumeNight12 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding my work to your collections :) (Smile)
I've browsed your gallery and it was beautiful! I like the way on how you interpret songs into illustrations. I'm also a Nightwish fan Giggle 
andre-ma Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks very much for the favs
Szigeti Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thankieees!:D (Big Grin)  Rock!
KirstenRowe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

:beer: :beer:
Shi-no-tamashii Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy B-day!!!! :hug:
ulltraz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
happy birthday!!!Huggle! Airborne 
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