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Felt Mountain 1: Lovely Head by nyctopterus Felt Mountain 1: Lovely Head by nyctopterus
This is the first in a series of drawings inspired by Goldfrapp's Felt Mountain (which you can listen to here). Track No. 1, Lovely Head.

Now, normally I find quoting song lyrics in descriptions rather naff, but since it is rather the point:

It starts in my belly
Then up to my heart
Into my mouth I can't keep it shut
Do you recognize the smell
Is that how you tell
Us apart
I fool myself
To sleep and dream
Nobody's there
No-one but me
So cool
You're hardly there
Why cant this be killing you
Frankenstein would want your mind
Your lovely head
Your lovely head


If you haven't heard Felt Mountain, but like my art, you're really missing out. Although I made my first "crystaline" retro-futuristic drawings before I discovered Goldfrapp, it's an almost perfect stylistic counterpart to my work.

I once considered animating the entire album, but then I calculated that would take me more than a year full-time, and would also be forever in the copyright mire. So I procrastinated for a while (okay, nearly two years) -- and finally decided to do drawings instead.

More in this series:


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Illustrator CS
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:iconodilicious:
Odilicious Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magical art!
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kairi990 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
I love Goldfrapp! This piece really captures the essence of the song. Lovely work!
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The-Dirt Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one's great. I adore Goldfrapp's music, especially Felt Mountain and Seventh Tree.
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Lanamaniac Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
wow you are so ridiculously good!
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Student General Artist
Man, what a fascinating gallery you've got! This reminds me a little of Remedios Varo.
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Gandalfica Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
I wanna print of this. Great idea, and great song.
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sciophobik Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
oh my god; this is so beautiful! i was just wondering- would you mind if i got this printed on a shirt, or a bag? i just really love it.
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manya Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
this is just miraculously beautiful.. the style, the elegance.. this dark soft undertone.. i can feel this cold but familiar marble texture.. just amazing, very much worth a favourite! :+fav:
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nyctopterus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thanks "cold but familiar" - perfect!
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
i don't think there ar actually copyright issues if you are simply "inspired by" something. even titles can't really be copyrighted, that's why dozens of songs and books can have the same title by different authors, etc. besides, i bet that Goldfrapp would like your art too. this one kind of reminds me of a Remedios Varo painting.
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nyctopterus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
Actually, I was talking about embedding the music in animations - and that is a copyright violation. One I would likely get away with, but still a pretty clear-cut one. This way's safe.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
ahh, right, yeah, using the music would be sticky, but you could ask for permission. it's possible they would allow it for certain purposes, especially if credit is given, though if you make money you'd probably have a separate problem.... people use music for their home-made things on Youtube all the time, i'm not sure why that's not an issue. hm. i just don't know!
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nyctopterus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
I don't think I'd get a reply if I fired off emails to Goldfrapp's record company - but I could be wrong. In the end I decided it was just too much work to do animations anyway.

Youtube's got huge copyright problems - it's mainly Google's maneuvering that's kept it up.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
you might be surprised, especially if you attach a picture of your artwork, you have a really impressive and proffessional look, they might be interested in a collaboration. or they might totally ignore you, but you just never know.
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GeorgeD Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
The song is great, one of my faves and your illustration is indeed the perfect counterpart! Lovely, simple, dynamic rendering, congrats :)
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:iconsensij:
sensij Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
very emotive and very gorgeous!
I love the stained glass pattern inside him/her :D
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lambi Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
Good album.
Nice to see some new art from you too.
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weaselfish Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
I cant say that I like this, for me there is something disturbing about it ....but I keep looking at it
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Anganesis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Gosh ... :worship: This is so pretty and attractive, the stellar work and all... Damn, maybe you should enable this as a print, though I can't afford to buy it at once, :XD: still I'm sure some folk would appreciate to have one copy of this piece of Art :D ... and by the way, I love Goldfrapp, but my favourite one from the band is "Utopia" and there is another one called "Pumpkin", performed by Alison herself with Tricky, that is delightful to the maximum, :heart: but well of course you must know it. :)
:peace:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely head, but I must admit the first thing I thought of was a digestive tract (the stomach, more exactly). Now that I look at it, it can be a kidney too... :D You're free to hate me. I still love the tininess and shininess of it.
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nyctopterus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Well, I think you got it about right. It is meant to be a visceral - the first three lines of the song are digestive.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
You're right, I didn't even pay much attention to the lyrics before. Did you do this on purpose then?
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nyctopterus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Yes, I am a conniving sort.

At first I was hesitant to transcribe the imagery in the lyrics so literally, but then I realised they're metaphors to start with - so I may as well.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I like this way of illustrating songs. You end up not knowing what's literal and what's metaphor anymore, and I think it leads to a more instinctive (visceral?:D) understanding of the message/idea. A lot like when you use music as well as lyrics to get the meaning of a song. It's not just your logic doing all the work.
(wow...does this even make sense?)
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LizAragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007   General Artist
Wow, I was actually listening to Goldfrapp when I found this. :XD: Strange and beautiful... :heart: I love it.
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LizAragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007   General Artist
But... why is it in scraps??!! D:
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nyctopterus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
Oh good god -- because clueless admin has decided it isn't vector. This happened to my last one too. I am trying to stop myself from flying to California and tearing DA a new one.
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LilRedAngel452 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
a very lovly head it is and wonderful art work..And no, this time I won't ask you for the concept.be happy about that.
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:iconlizaragon:
LizAragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007   General Artist
Wow, what jerks! :/ You totally should, hahaha.
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:iconrobphillips:
robphillips Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
Awesome work! I love the feel of this one. :D
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raisehellxiii Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
ooo...wow...ur work is so inspiring...
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dopepope Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
really nice image
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cinderscar Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
I love the song, and I love your piece. So symbolic and evocative... nicely done :)
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willylorbo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
O_O Amazing.
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:iconpowgrl:
powgrl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
The detail in this is really mind blowing!
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
The mosaic in your mind.
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BlueBumbleBee Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
that's really amazing, that you've found the musical counterpart to your artwork and style. i like the look to the room/head, reminds me of a middle eastern mosaic.
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