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Dracula by mike-nash Dracula by mike-nash
My aim was not to depict the stereotypical vampire that we see so often in films from the 1930’s and fancy dress parties. For these are warped incantations that show little likeness to the man described within the novel by Bram Stoker. I wanted to base this depiction on the original text.

Dracula is an illusionist, his past and true personality are hidden from whom he meets. A man whose age is far older than his physical appearance and with a mind containing a wealth of knowledge. He has a dark appeal; danger concealed behind a relentless charm and intelligent wit. No physical shackles restrain you, and yet, you are his captive. Prey led so willingly into an invisible snare.

All of these elements combined make it very difficult to paint an image that does justice to such a complex character, I hope I achieved it!

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KingOfCopper16 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
finally! some one made the REAL Dracula! thanks
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JSalinger7 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Good job! I honestly think you covered Dracula closely with research from the book and quite honestly, if Mr. Stoker were around today, he'd agree that you captured his vision.
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I'm so glad you think I did justice to the character. I hope Stoker would agree with you! 
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JSalinger7 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student General Artist
It's honestly no problem, I think Stoker would agree without a doubt that you brought his nightmare to life. Thank you for taking the time to make this for the masses of horror snobs like me!
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Fourdeadman Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Looks like romanian... BEYOND WORDS!! JUST AWESOME!!!
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hbenthow Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
That's pretty interesting, but not quite like the Dracula of the book. In the book, Dracula was going bald at the temples, and had very dark red (and cruel-looking) lips, sharp teeth that stuck out, pointed ears, and was hawk-nosed.
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Hennesey Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Incredible.
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Morgalahan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Bram Stokers. Sort of like Gary Oldman as the character, but not. It's a lovely piece, full of atmosphere...He has a dark and dangerous feel, but the almost magical lighting makes you want to move closer...Almost like the character himself.
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, Dracula forces you into submission using nothing but his charm. His charisma, intellect and wit are all tools he uses to hide his true intent. :B
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Morgalahan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, I saw Bram Stokers Dracula again last night on TV. He really is a charismatic individual. I so much prefer that version of Dracula to the 'Van hellsing' movie version.
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely!
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RammPatricia Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TOTALLY AWESOME
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! It's one of my personal favourites :aww:
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King-Behemoth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Student Filmographer
I like it a lot. He really does seem more like ordinary guy, and I think that that's the reason why vampires are scary, you never know, who they really are.
I think that this painting shows that very well, and the look of the eyes makes the Dracula to look even more intimidating. Great work!
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FionaVanyel Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa. This is one of the best representations of the Dracula in Bram Stoker's novel that I've ever seen. Absolutely beautiful. <3
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, that means a lot to me, I'm really pleased you like it!
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FionaVanyel Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure.

For one of my classes in college, we had to read Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula. It was fantastic, but now we're watching a lot of the movies based on said book. The first was Nosferatu, and seeing that was very disappointing.

However, this captures the essence of that dark man incredibly well. <333 Wonderful job!
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Ashayaa Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
I like how you create the atmosphere and I really was stunned about the details and the textures... Great work!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great details
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Drusila333 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
I really like how he seems to stare at you from the page. Far more believable than the stereotype portrayed. I love the gradual rendering of light and shadows. Well done!
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, thats exactly what I'm trying to capture with my work - making fantasical characters seem believeable.
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Smolin Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is great. The eyes and expression are indeed perfectly handled, but I wanted to give a shout out to the hair: the weight of it and the way it falls -- the strands on the right side of his face and that curl that's resting on his shoulder -- wow. So natural. Really awesome textures, too, and once again a moody and evocative palette.
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mike-nash Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Smolin, glad you like it. I've been keeping my eye on your gallery :). Also, thank you for the fav.
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My-Plastic-Existence Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
\"drawing practice and an attempt to improve my skills with Photoshop\" - do you beliee yo need it?
it\'s incredible, with honesty the best Dracula I\'ve seen so far. He is.... just real. You can imagine him coming out from that picture.
I love his facial expression. It\'s not quite mysterious, it does not suggest that he is the *evil himself*, let\'s call it. He might be even happy. It\'s like a twost of different phases and emotions to me.
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mike-nash Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thats exactly what I wanted to capture. The decision not to show the fangs was an important one as it really helps keep the image believeable and away from over-used cliches. Hopefully people will be surprised to see this, in a good way. Thanks for the comment!
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My-Plastic-Existence Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
you are welcom :bow: to be honest I didn't eve thing about the fangs, even without seeing them you can *feel who he is.
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mike-nash Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I hope other people agree with you! :p
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My-Plastic-Existence Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
and I wish you that !
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anastasiyacemetery Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really great light 8) and interesting vision of Dracula... Dracula or relly historical Vlad Tsepesh (dont know how in English) looks absolutely not like this character...but anyway - its great, and looks like character of Bram Stoker\'s \'Dracula\'
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mike-nash Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it. Yes I based it on Bram Stoker's description of Dracula. Some reports say Stoker was inspired by Vlad III Dracul when writing his novel 'Dracula', but some say that the two have no connection at all. Who knows. :)

I wanted to make Dracula look more ordinary, more historically inspired than we are normally accustomed too. Thanks for the comment.
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anastasiyacemetery Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"I wanted to make Dracula look more ordinary"
and you did it :)

you are welcome )
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mike-nash Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, well hopefully not too ordinary! Its definitely a more natural depiction. More believable and plausible.
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ChickenKai Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
Wow! I really dig the expression:wow:
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FelineElement Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
wow wonderful job
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dark-innocence22 Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
the eyes remind me of..damn i cant think of his name..he was in 'heat' and 'willow'..but his eyes seriously remind me of him..
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Drusila333 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
Would it be Val Killmer? :)
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You're right! That wasn't intended at all. :P
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dark-innocence22 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
yes that's it!
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