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Dracula and his Ladies by dashinvaine Dracula and his Ladies by dashinvaine
2012 (April 20) will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Bram Stoker, which is as good a reason as any to do some work inspired by his horror novel 'Dracula'. This is Count Dracula largely as described in the book, along with the three mysterious and seductive female vampires who also inhabit Dracula's castle (nowhere actually named as 'brides'.) I also made the Count resemble Vlad Dracula, the Impaler, who was his historical inspiration.

This design is now featuring on various products from my cafepress store, by the way.... [link]
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
Nice work
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DrMuttonchops Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice work!
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Syltorian Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
How did I miss this before? Saw this on the site of the Fearless Frog, and thought: "Hey, is someone using Gordon's style?". Turns out you are... ;)
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
Fearless frog?

I've got a bright future as a forger of Gordon's style, if nothing else.
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Syltorian Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
A DA artist couple from your neighbouring country (Cymru). Look out for them... there aren't too many combinations in the url that you could try. ;)

Once you're an influential and wealthy artist, you could become really wealthy by selling those forgeries... :p
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lordawesome1994 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
dracula is an og pimp.
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BabaYagaga Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
heavens fuck me

this is exactly how I imagined them all (including Dracula of course)

of course they are all described in the book, but the description is not that detailedOops! 
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December-Rainfall Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
I like the lady off to the far right who's more conservatively dressed out of the three of them. She's absolutely stunning! Although I do admire all of their dresses. The woman on the far left, I especially love her hair done up like that. All lovely! Amazingly realistic-looking, too. It almost appears as if they were actual people in our reality. Quite amazing, indeed! :aww:
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
I've read the book, and I'd say this illustration is true to Bram Stoker's descriptions. Well done!
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duzetdaram Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Featured here: www.facebook.com/groups/566248…

It is a perfect draw.
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DWSWCNFan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
This is amazingly beautiful! Part of me wishes the media would actually depict the book more accurately than what other adaptations have done. Now every time I see the "brides" or "sisters" as I think they were called in the book shown as a blond, brunette, and redhead, I get kind of annoyed (there was no redheaded one, so why?). Your image of Dracula is fantastic!
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
There's a lovely bit in the book where the three female vampires take the form of whisps whirling around on the moonlight. That's never been done in a film version, either, but it's a great scene. Such an under-rated book generally. I like how the origin and nature of the three is left mysterious. It makes them more tantalising.
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DWSWCNFan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I haven't read the book in years and really should re-read it. I think another book that is inaccurately shown in media is Frankenstein. Wasn't he actually smarter in the book? You are right though that they were very mysterious. You don't know if one was Dracula's wife and the other two were daughters or just a bunch of women he turned. That leaves room for speculations (some think it links to possible incest) I wish they had been fleshed out more, but at least some movies try.
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rivka-nikola Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible! :D You've got mad skills. I'm jealous.
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tanit-isis-stock Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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duzetdaram Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
AMAZING, EXCELLENT.
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Olaf68 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
beautiful
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
A Stunning Masterpiece!!!
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vampirekingdom Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Feature here: [link] :heart:
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MMSmith1777 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
This looks more like Stoker's description, and like the hidtorical figure. Great job!
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Retro7 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   General Artist
Oh really? Wow I didn't know that. Nice way to celebrate the author. I love Dracula! Good work!
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meimei808 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
smexy.
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BloodAndRedRoses Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Atmospheric and beautiful... great work!
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BeautyBeneath Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
highly impressive!
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SPRSPRsDigitalArt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Very nice. Stoker did something they forgot about in so many of the movies--he made the Undead NASTY and unpleasant. I never felt any romance, just horror mixed with disgust.

You want a subject, how about that brave Polish ship captain who held the bastard at bay and kept his soul even at the cost of his life?
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
No, no, they're lovely once you get to know them. Just very misunderstood.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
I always liked the movie, 'Dracula's Daughter.' Hey, a longbow arrow IS a wooden shaft through the heart, right?
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
'Dracula's Daughter' was nice and eerie. I was thinking for a minute of 'Daughter of Darkness', a vampire movie filmed in Romania. Its vampires, instead of fangs, have a lamprey mouth on the end of their tongues. (There's also a Hammer film called 'To the Devil a Daughter', with Christopher Lee. Part of it was filmed by the hellfire caves, not far away.)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
<shudder> Lampreys and spiders trash anything Bram Stoker came up with.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Yeah, God was the ultimate horror author.
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Bravo!
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IronJenny Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it looks really great!

And that book, Bram Stokers Dracula still holds upp today.
It's a really great and thrilling book that I love ^^
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
It really is a great book, it's a shame film makers have so seldom stuck to it.
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IronJenny Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know...like almost every book made into movies/tv series.

And isn't it ironic that the movie (of those I've seen) that sticks most to the book is Mel Brooks version; Dead and loving it :p
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valkiries Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.. it's amazing :wow:
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vampirekingdom Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012   Digital Artist
:clap: wonderful my freind!!!!!
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Xenathon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
I love how this is actually what he looks like in the book. Too many representations allude the book completely. But beyond that, this is beautiful and frightening regardless, I love it.
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IAmTheUnison Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Dracula...the world's most famous pimp. :)
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
LOL. Oh yes...
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IAmTheUnison Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
=D
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karaokecowboy76 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely beautifully done! And I didn't know that about the anniversary, that's interesting!
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Elianor-Hesperus Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
This is stunning. As always, the details are amazing (especially on the colthes !), and I love the face of the blond vampire. Bravo !

Plus, I'm glad someone remember what a true vampire is !
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Excalibur14 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
beautiful and very haunting. love the women!
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mjarrett1000 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
One of your best works, no doubt!
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presterjohn1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent. I like that you put the effort into making Dracula appear both as Stoker described him and like the Impaler.

I also like that you did not feel the need to spoil the image with a gratuitous trickle of blood from the corners of the mouths.

Great job!
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Thanx. I suppose experienced and well-bred vampires are not messy feeders.
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presterjohn1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought it odd that people draw portraits of vampires as if they are impeccably dressed in elegant evening wear, but insufficiently conscious of their personal appearance to wipe the blood off their mouth.

Somebody might point out that vampires cast no reflections in mirrors, but I would argue that their clothes should and so would someone else's very mortal blood! LOL

Now I am just overthinking it!
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
True.
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Xlavok Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
I think it can be also implied that Dracula is not actually Vlad the Impaler but rather his father Vlad Dracul which I thought it would be more fitting.
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