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Dracula's Guest by mike-nash Dracula's Guest by mike-nash
Dracula, an unsurpassed host. Wielder of a relentless charm and intelligent wit. A man whose age defies appearance and with an agenda known to none. In secret, he is incorporeal; casting no reflection upon the water nor looking glass. He is the shadow and the mist. The silence in the dark and the eyes forever watching. He is the prowling wolf, the scurrying rat and the soaring bat, lit by the moon. Walk freely into his dwelling and you are forever his. No shackles restrain you, and yet, you are his captive. Bewitched prey led so willingly into an invisible snare, fresh for the feed to follow.

I entitled this image 'Dracula's Guest' to encourage the viewer into the artwork, but also as a nod towards a chapter cut from Bram Stoker's original novel by his publisher. Only to be published later in 1914, two years after Stoker's death, as a short story called 'Dracula's Guest'.

Copyright Mike Nash

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free-gamer4ever Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
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Toast-N-Knives Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Vampire kiss? 
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Toast-N-Knives Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
BITE MEH! Flirtatious 
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Lynettedrac Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Dracula : time to eat my dear guest ...
Guest : I was going to same thing *w*
Dracula : Wait... are you.... ? 
Guest : faaaangiiiirl... come here mister vampire *0*
Dracula : GET AWAY FROM YOU DEMON SPAWN !


No.... seriously.... He's HOT **
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Lynettedrac Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
*"FROM ME" My keyboard ate my "ME"
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kahlan1 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013

I hope I am not repeating myself, awesome work I have just one question about the robes. Where did you find the references for the robes? I am painting my own  Dracula and I have difficulty painting the robes any tips that can help me unstuck?


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MorgannaTorok Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Amazing work. I just finish watching the youtube video and realy loved how you made this painting come to life :) It kind of reminds me of Tom Cruise in Interview with the vampire
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BluishShimmer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautifully love the mystery around the whole piece.
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:iconnightgirl7:
nightgirl7 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This painting is so relaxing... I can look at it for hours :)
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dudelebowski69 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love how harmlessly it captures Dracula, it's so elegantly miss leading.
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I'm so pleased you got that impression. That's exactly how I see his character.
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Darker-Dreams Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
...Ageless.
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Morrigan-Van-Dracul Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I love it!!! awesome!!!!
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popipola Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That is sick !(another word for awesome) *subscribes*
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LiNas235 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i like the color and the darkness of this picture ~~ joy !
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BeetleJuiceBeetleWut Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student General Artist
you know i found your videos for making this piece and am currently on part 2, then i stumble on to this....woot
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patriarch-of-shadow Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
absolutely delightful.
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:iconmumzee:
Mumzee Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice.... & Im jealous of ur bat drawing skeelz... :)
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CaptainSuzy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow....I am speechless....
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mushroomGOD121 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing
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FloraTasartir Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
AMAZING. I love it - this light and shadow, colours and count.
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steverlfs Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
I think your stuff is absolutely incredible! I'm on my way to visit your official website.
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're very kind, thank you. I hope you like the official site too!
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FrodoPrime Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful and theatrical
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Genisc Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Very beautiful and great atmosphere!
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Schezinger Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
I Fall in love.... He is sooo... handsome!:D
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Nyxya13 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your art work has really insipred me, i love how u draw your own version of dracula, its beautiful!!!
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I've very pleased you like it :)
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Another Grand show of technique and style, using Both light and shadow adding such eerie depth to this image!
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Selene344 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
AMAZING!!!
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FrancesHIMfected Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
Totally loved this one!! Awesome work Mike!
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darquepinkpaper Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh my gosh I saw the video of you painting this!!! I LOOOOOVE IT SO MUCH. And I was watching it in the dark too. :D

So great to find your DA. :D
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mike-nash Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you found your way here. :)
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SinteArkras Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks like Lestat from "Qeen of the damned" very amazing work!
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Swicca Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautifull :) I like the shadows and how you painted the robe
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rechan666toysmchn Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
awesome ^^
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Frozen-song Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Very nice ^ ^
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InSeRt-liFe Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow really impressive atmosphere!
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LucRae1 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful. I was drawn to this one!
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FuriarossaAndMimma Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
W-O-W.
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Rabidus-Lepus Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Simply amazing!
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El-Arte-de-Angelina Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I-M-P-R-E-S-S-I-V-E!!!! i love it, monochrome, creepy and about Dracula ;) a perfect combination
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Really good colouring, but wasn't Dracula described as being much older looking in the book?

Are you going to make a painting based on the actual short story too?
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mike-nash Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
At the beginning he is described older than he is here, however Dracula actually reduces in age (physically) throughout the book, as he feeds on blood. I chose to depict him, somewhat rejuvenated. Also this image isn't intended to necessarily relate to the time frame of the book; this image could depict a time long before Dracula even knew of Jonathan Harker. :)

I wrote a little more about this image here [link]

I haven't read Dracula's Guest in it's entirety, but I hear there are some interesting scenes towards the end. Whether I decide to illustrate them, I can't say yet. Maybe! :)
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Well it's been a while since I read it but I think the name of the human is different. In addition it plays in Germany and there is a scene that some author whose name I wont mention to not pollute this site claimed as containing a werewolf. But I think that was either Dracula himself in wolf/dog-form or some other vamp or wolf.
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mike-nash Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
From the summary I read, I think you're right. It would make sense if the wolf is Dracula. Strange that it was removed from the book, sounds like an interesting Chapter! :)
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Well only Stoker knows...
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Kanthesis Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning work on the atmosphere, the almost unearthly shape of Dracula fades in the background.
And most of all you found a very subtle way to describe him, no big fangs or aggressive behavior. You captured the essence of the vampire : the charm!
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mike-nash Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm so pleased you understood my intentions and appreciate how I handled his character. It's a pity that Dracula is often painted brash and exaggerated.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is so cool, I love the atmosphere and colours!
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