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Dark Shadows Portrait Contest by BLOOD-and-LUST-87 Dark Shadows Portrait Contest by BLOOD-and-LUST-87
Barnabas Collins (c) Dan Curtis Productions

This is for the Dark Shadows Contest on dA. I'm super excited about it, so I naturally had to enter -- I've been waiting for this movie for like five years!

I found out earlier this morning that the ORIGINAL Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) died at age 87, and that makes me very sad. :( I've been a fan since I was 13/my mom and I have watched all the episodes, so it'll be weird to think he won't be at the DS Fests anymore. RIP. :heart:

This portrait is supposed to depict Barnabas as a human, and then afterwards as a vampire. I haven't looked at any of the entries since I don't want to psych myself out, but I'm sure it'll be a tough contest!
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ShadeOPale Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His dual nature is captured perfectly in the subtle change from sunlight to moonlight upon his countenance. Splitting his image between innocent and damaged is a brilliant and startling approach. There are tell-tale blood spatters near his more naive self which are amplified with a ferocity around his darker side. It is as if the shadow of a cloud had passed over his face; remarkable to see the change in his eyes and features, receding into the netherworld background as he becomes vampiric. Each side of the halved face is softly rendered and gives an indication of Barnabas' predicament. This is an arrangement that, while serious, is nevertheless, enjoyable to ponder.

Thank you for your kind and heartfelt words for the late Mr. Frid. He was a complex and intelligent actor who gave immortal life to our beloved Barnabas Collins. It is always wonderful to hear such regards from the different generations of his fans.
BLOOD-and-LUST-87 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thank you so much for the thought-provoking critique! I really appreciate it! :heart:

And of course! I'd feel callous if I didn't. Frid was wonderful, and will always be the REAL Barnabas Collins in my eyes. Although I enjoyed Ben Cross' and Depp's interpretations, they just didn't quite capture the injured torment of the original. Of course, I feel that way toward just about all the actors. Burton's Josette lacked the spark and innocence of Kathryn Leigh Scott's, and although Willie was amusing, he just didn't do it for me like John Karlen. This is making me want to break out my DVDs! lol
ShadeOPale Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, those DVDs. Thanks, Dan Curtis, for maintaining creative control over your "DS" series. If he hadn't, it would have been erased and the tapes used to film "Angie" or some other 70's sitcom.

I agree regarding Cross and Depp's performances. Frid was so compelling as the multi-faceted Barnabas. Karlen was another of my favorites on that show.
Ela-Hara Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely Done!
The contest was tough... :-)
BLOOD-and-LUST-87 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart: And Lord, yes it was... haha But I enjoyed looking at all the applicants. There was some pretty cool stuff. :)
jovialHarlequin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*gasp* Johnny! :iconlawooplz:

This is REALLY great. I love how it's so soft, rather than being stark and obvious - which, all your art has that soft quality. :D
Good luck in the contest!!! :huggle:
BLOOD-and-LUST-87 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, well thank yooou! :love: And I know! Johnny! *flails* XD
jovialHarlequin Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcomeness! :dummy:
Yush! *flails and headbang* :iconfacedeskforeverplz:
DollfaceJ19 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Oh i love this dear! It's beautiful! I wish you the best
BLOOD-and-LUST-87 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank yooou, I appreciate that. :love: I mainly entered (well, not only because I love DS) because I still don't have a job! A quick jab of cash would be nice. x_X
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