I got a lot of inspiration from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe (this piece is named after the words the Raven mutters in that poem). The movie “The Crow” also served as inspiration. In addition, I learned about the many depictions of the Crow or Raven in culture and mythology. Generally, the Crow or Raven is seen as a bird of ill omen, and is often associated with death, or are even seen as messengers or “go-betweens” from the afterlife and our living world (as Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” eludes). The lantern sort of serves as a visual/conceptual contrast or counterpoint to that idea.
I was very fortunate to receive a “Daily Deviation” for this piece over at Deviant Art.