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White Land of Empathica by Feraljanuary White Land of Empathica by Feraljanuary
The end.
The songwriter's dead.
The blade fell upon him
Taking him to the white land of Empathica
of innocence...


Inspired by the opening track for Nightwish's new album Dark Passion Play. The track is called "The Poet and the Pendulum". Amazing (and very long!!!) song, in five parts; this is inspired by the first, which has the same title.

This piece took me blasted FOREVER. I'm still not sure I'm satisfied with it, but it's come far enough that I felt it was worth submitting. It just reeks of symbolism, don't it? :D I hope you like it.

6/01/08: Featured in *abuseofreason's news article Art Imitating Music: Nightwish. Many thanks!
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Dantiae Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I Love This Song, One Of My Favourite Nightwish Songs x3
Always Wondered What Empathica Meant Haha c:
Anyway~ This Is Gorgeous! x3
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Yvana-Vim Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
This is absolutely stunning!
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XBanditxThexBrokenX Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
One of my most favorite songs ever <333
This is amazing. Beautiful! Great work ~
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Elestra Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
This is very beautiful. It looks as if there is a story. And there is, of course.
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Feraljanuary Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Thanks :) I've actually developed quite the story regarding this one, it's all still just in my head though. Maybe someday when I learn to animate I'll be able to finally tell it.
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Elestra Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
You could write it, I think. But probably the animation is better.
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rida17 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
OMG this is an awesome piece of artwork one of the best I've seen. :floating: :+favlove:
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Feraljanuary Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Thank you so much! I think I could do better by now, but I appreciate your compliment :)
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orochi-rob Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
i found this draw searching of the meaning of the withe lands of empathica xD, like my english its not good at all, xD, i dont know well, about what is the real meaning of empathica xD, i found that empathica is a thing that is involved with business plans XDDD. have you some idea xD about the meaning of empathica? XD
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Feraljanuary Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Business plans...? Well, it is the name of a business, apparently, but that would not be where the word came from for this song. "Empathica" is not really a word, it was made up for the lyrics, but it's derived from "empathy" which is the ability to understand and recognize what others are feeling. So I guess the white land of Empathica is like an afterlife where someone finally understands what the songwriter feels. In my drawing, the Empathica part was what inspired the mirror image of the the woman and the statue.
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orochi-rob Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
O__O!, much better to me, thanks for the explanation, very well done with the draw, i just imagine an ordinary fantasy land XDDD
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devilmo666 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
Actually The White Lands Of Empathica is from a Steven King Book (The Dark Tower VII).
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orochi-rob Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
almost a year without response XD
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devilmo666 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
Yeah I noticed that AFTER I posted lol
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orochi-rob Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
XDDD, and whats up?, how have you been?, why did it takes you too much time to reply? XD
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orochi-rob Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
well its not like i the thing i have in my mind xD, im really inspired by this opening xD, maybe ill make an draw of it too xD
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Jothike Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
cool
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Feraljanuary Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Thank you :)
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abuseofreason Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Your wonderful piece has been featured in the latest Art Imitating Music news article, found here:

[link]

If you would prefer not to be featured, please let me know.

Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
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Feraljanuary Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
Wow! Thank you so much!!! :dance:
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butterflypromqueen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
It's positively gorgeous! :) (And I love the song too!)
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DarkShadowRage Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Amazing!
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Feraljanuary Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
Thank you very much! I appreciate the :+fav:
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Esper109 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007   Writer
amazing
love the new album, this art work suits it so well
Brilliant *favs*
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Feraljanuary Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
Thank you so much :) I love the new album too, I just got it today, and Poet and the Pendulum still touches me even though I've listened to it so many times (I listened to it every time I worked on this piece!) thanks for the fave and I'm glad you (and others) can appreciate this fully now...
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Esper109 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007   Writer
poet and the pendulum is one of the best songs
you should check out my vids, youtube-esper109
i use the songs to make final fantasy vids :)
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Ebony-Fey Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
dude man, thats awesome
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Feraljanuary Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thank you! I'm glad you like it! :love:
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missmixedup Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
simply brilliant o.o
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Feraljanuary Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
thank you very much :)
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