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Barnabas Collins by ThatSummersGuy Barnabas Collins by ThatSummersGuy
Just for the hell of it, I worked up a tall version of this pic. There were some elements that got cut off in the square version that I wasn't entirely happy with, so at least with this I've got two options. I think overall I'm happiest with this one.

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My entry for the Dark Shadows contest. I redrew the head on this three times over the last few days because I couldn't get the feeling down. Or the skill quotient that I felt it needed. The first two were pretty darn atrocious :) I'm apparently not too good at mixing 4-5 different ref pix into a coherent portrait. One thing I DID find, however, was a ROCKIN' brush for tone blending. Helped out tremendously on the last attempt at the face.

Since the film is set in the 70's I thought I'd make ol' Barnabas a little more dapper, so I went with a Godfather-style pinstripe suit. Kept his signature necklace though. That thing is awesome. I wanted more of a menacing, yet amused, vibe for his face. Ref was from a screencap of the trailer, I think right after he dodges the disco ball. Went for the Burton-esque trees as well.

Edit: 4/24, Couldn't stand it. I went back and tried to clean this one up a bit, polish it up a little more and put a hair more color into it. I think I'll remove the square version from the contest, although I'll leave it in my gallery. Good luck to all the other contestants, there's some REALLY good pieces in this contest, as usual!
ShadeOPale Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"They all come runnin' just as fast as they can; 'cause every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man". (ZZ Top) The suit is perfect for him. Is that a patterned shirt, roses perhaps, or is that meant to be blood stains? Very interesting. I love his skin tone--very realistic I would think for a vampire just satiated. He looks very much like Depp--you did well! His bangs mimic the curlicues of the tree branches. Great Gothic background--all gnarly trees, swooping bats, and ravens in need of quoting--set before that luminous moon. Nice composition with complimentary colors throughout. Yep, that necklace and pendant are a keeper.
ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I was going for bloodstains, but that was sort of a last-second addition.
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April 24, 2012
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