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I am a Vampire, Madam. by elbarien I am a Vampire, Madam. by elbarien
Here is my entry for the Dark Shadows competition! I am very pleased with how it turned out. Even though the film takes place in the 70's, what I've always loved about Tim Burton's works is the Victorian aesthetic that they have, so I chose to run with that. The title of this piece is a quote from the trailer. I was really excited to participate in this because I've always loved the dark, whimsical nature of Burton's work. Well, I guess all that's left to say is "enjoy!" and make sure to take a look at the other entries, too! There's some super awesome work out there.

Edits 4/23: Lots of edits today!! I'm just making sure it's 100% done and that I'm completely satisfied before the contest ends tomorrow. I added much more detail to his face and hands and fixed a few things that looked weird. I added more sponge brushwork and detail to the background to give it a painterly look, incorporated some red, and added a few Burton-esque environmental elements, such as the curly tree branches, that I've always adored. I also attempted to make Barnabas look more like Johnny Depp. I made the wine glass more realistic and gave it a crack (I mean, he can't expect the stemware to have aged as well as he did!) Lastly, I added a Black Widow spider on his hand, and some cobwebs in the corners both to give the piece some boundaries and to connect the logo more to the image. :) I sincerely hope you enjoy it!! I'm much happier with it now.

Edit: I would like to thank everyone who has viewed, commented on, and added this piece to their favorites or collections so much! I'm not what you would call a "famous" deviant, so the attention that you guys have given to this is both surprising and heart-warming to me. Thanks for all of your support!! :heart:
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I want to say first that you have done amazing work here on this art! Everything about this (from the mood to the details) are really cool. I hope everyone that looks at this has the time to notice all the little things like the bats in the background and everything you have done to make this awesome!! I think that even though he is a very classic vampire in every way here, you have done a good job at not making this boring or repetitive compared to other vampire drawings. His lips and eyes are just great. Also it does look like Johnny Depp which is good for the competition which speaking of, I hope you do well in! This art deserves a lot of attention in my opinion. My suggestions are to make his skin less smooth though maybe. It looks awesome now but I love those little wrinkles by his eyebrows and he might look even more lifelike if you added some more wrinkles maybe under his eyes or something. I like his thumb you can barely see behind the wine glass, it makes it much more 3d! Basically overall this is awesome and best of luck in the contest!! You always deliver with your art.
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I enjoy this piece a lot. The color scheme is very nice; however, the hand seems a bit flat or at a weird angle, it's not quite right. Also, the nails could be works on a little bit too. I feel like the contours of the hand, along with the nails and where the hand and nails meet, seems very cropped and 'perfect' when it should be a lot more organic and natural. It could be nice to see a little bit more detailing in the hair, it seems very flat and again, 'perfect' compared to the face. Maybe add some more loose strands and make the locks come together in a less pointy, exact way. By the way, the face is amazing, you are fabulous at portraits. The clothing is wonderful, I can't tell you anything to change on that. The wine glass looks pretty good, but if you have time/energy you could always add a little bit more detail onto that. The only other thing I'd say is to work on the gate in the background-- it looks very cartoonish compared to the rest, and I don't know if you did it on purpose but it's slanted and less than symmetrical. Other than that the background looks great; I love the forest area on the left side. I hope you do well and wish you the best of luck!
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:iconmgraphicdesign:
MGraphicDesign Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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shadamy20 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
NICE WORK
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconuzgurugalo:
Uzgurugalo Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice!
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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:iconuzgurugalo:
Uzgurugalo Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure
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:iconpisces-sayonara:
Pisces-sayonara Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My, My!!
I love this guy! <3
Gonna go see the movie <3
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Me too!
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:iconmischievousblade:
mischievousblade Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, you did a really great job with this!
I especially love his eyes :D
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!
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:iconjade-rose-art:
jade-rose-art Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great work :)
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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shady767 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student General Artist
wow !
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconangelolafaye:
angelolafaye Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very awesome :O!
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconangelolafaye:
angelolafaye Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
your welcome ^^
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:iconangelolafaye:
angelolafaye Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
your welcome ^^
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:iconkatsumie:
Katsumie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Oh goodness gracious I just noticed the cobwebs you put on the logo! Nice touch!
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad you like them!! Thanks!
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:iconviktoriyarova:
viktoriyarova Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thta's very nice though the eyes are at a weird angle ) but i love the rendering of this piece!
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really gorgeous!! the editing makes it a truly magical piece... I really love the background and the spider :)
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much!!
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Mumzee Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMgoood lorrrd.
That is the most fantastic piece of art Ive seen in a long time!!! 0.o

:wow: I am in luuuuurv with this. :heart: :heart: He's beautiful....he doesnt look as dopey as he does in the movie.
Just brilliant
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! I'm so glad you like it!
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:iconmumzee:
Mumzee Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Every detail is just wonderful to ponder over....
Thankyou!!! :wow:
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That really makes me so happy to hear. :)
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:iconmumzee:
Mumzee Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeaahhhh :D :D :D
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Koosh-Ball Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
this is awesome! very nice portrait.
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Kgustafso Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just astonishing! Excellent work here:)
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Kgustafso Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure:)
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R-Tan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The cob webs on the text is a nice touch, although I'm not sure about the ones at the top. I know what you mean about the edits, I posted my entry 2 days ago and have since updated it about 25 times. Good luck.

P.S.- Just some suggestions. I would give the background more depth, where some of the trees are closer while others recede more into the fog. I also define the spider a little more. I couldn't tell what it was at first. I would also show a hint of the base of the glass, and fix the ellipse on the rim, it's a little off. I would add a little it of rim lighting to top his head so that it separates him from the dark background. At this point these are suggestions are just nit picking, but can really make a piece shine. On my piece several people pointed out things which I missed and have now corrected.
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elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!! Unfortunately I don't think I'll have time to make any more edits (we shall see) before midnight, but I'll certainly look into them at some point!
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R-Tan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Last night I was making changes on my piece, and also had DA up on a second monitor so I could compare the two(colors and contrast seems to shift when I up load it to DeviantART). As I was painting, people were commenting on my piece with suggestions, and within a couple of minutes I would have the changes made and uploaded for them to re-evaluate. It was really interesting and helpful.
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elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds awesome! Gah I wish I had time for something like that. I basically just squeeze art in between running to my classes and assignments!
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elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, I have seen your entry around! It's so incredibly detailed and lovely.
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Ouijaplayer Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely entry. The glass is very well done. Good job with the shine and his expression.
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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BerryBerryCocoa Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
The detail on this piece is simply AMAZING! I absolutely love the coloring, and I'm definitely jealous of your wonderful skills. The hand does seem a bit off; I think the arm should be a bit more straight. Also, the right side of the mouth seems a bit drooped, yet I don't know if this was intended. Other than that, my gosh, this piece is incredibly detailed and very, very wonderful. The clothing and face details are exquisite! Thanks for sharing this piece with the dA community!~
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! Haha indeed his mouth was supposed to be a bit droopy, but thanks for the feedback!
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BerryBerryCocoa Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Just as I'd figured. You're welcome! :)
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famine-star Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The only thing that bothers me about this is the lighting. The light on his face is pretty powerful, but it as powerful anywhere else in the portrait or his left cheek. I think it would have looked better if the left side of the face was just as dark as the right side. That said, I like the details in the piece like the spider, the bats, and the wrought-iron gate(: Good luck!
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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:iconvioletmirage:
violetmirage Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, that's amazing! Great work! :D
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:iconelbarien:
elbarien Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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Rijio Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
il like the eyes
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