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Barnabas by cypherx Barnabas by cypherx
for the Dark Shadows Contest even though I really didn't have time to put something good together I couldn't sleep last night so figured i would give this a whirl.

Used the screenshot right after the disco ball fell as reference and the screenshot of him before his dark days for inspiration and reference on the coat (I love that outfit!) as well as old oil portraits to get a feel of the era he came from though I guess he would have had to commission an artist in present day to paint him as a vamp.

i realize he's not a dead ringer for jd but it felt more natural this way

steps: [link]
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TanyiWolf Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Very nice!
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LAvenus79 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey good luck, this is really awesome! :w00t:
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bestyoshimon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a young barnabas! Real sweet, good luck!
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raVen-MacKay Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Nice job. One of the best yet. Good luck with the copetition!
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting take on this! I love the focus shifts you've got going on, and the color is superb. Good luck!
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SierraLD12 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
very nice job! u should win
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beastlycool Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think it would be a crime if you didn't win. This is AMAZING!
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Smaugarmor Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Pretty good. It stands out because, while it doesn't look EXACTLY like Depp, it is evocative of the character in the Tim Burton film.
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NarusukeUchiha Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   General Artist
awesome
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InsertNamesHere Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I'm really glad someone did a portrait pre-vamp. I think the idea of the contest is really well represented here and it just looks...great.

I also wanted to commend you for doing something that looks more like a painting in someone's personal style rather than a photo of the character. It really comes across as a portrait someone could've painted of him when he was human and in that era.

In short: Awesome, and I love the idea you went with! :)
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cypherx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

You know I'm glad you think as much. I was thinking there's a very distinct possibility I won't even make it to semi finals because it's not a duplicate image from the trailer or reproducing of some other photo of Johnny depp and for competition's sake perhaps I should enter one more that is just in case mine is passed by for not enough likeness.

So I very well might do another before the April 24th deadline but I'm personally really satisfied with this one because you're right; back in 1770 America they weren't exactly tracing an image in Photoshop and likeness wasn't always dead on in the least.
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InsertNamesHere Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
With so many duplicates running around, I'm sure something more individual will catch attention. I must say it's not the most exact likeness, but it does capture the character which, in my personal opinion, seems more important than being able to draw Johnny Depp's face. Might just be me... *shrug*

Whatever you choose to do, I hope this gets the praise it deserves for both the realism and the work that clearly went into it! :)
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caltsoudas Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I don't think likeness is as big a problem. This does fall in line with what goes on in Dark Shadows (without spoiling anything, portraits are a VERY important plot point). He looks like a younger Barnabas during his days from when he first met Angelique (and broke her heart).
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cypherx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope not - i did decide to do a second entry with a very good likeness that I'm midway thru.

i like both for different reasons.

shhhhhh no spoilers... after watching the trailer umpteen million times I'm really looking forward to seeing the film :)
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HetaliaAnimeArtist Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think is the best one!!!!!
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BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
very awesome
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RebeccaProp Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous! The light is fantastic in this! :)
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like your painting BECAUSE it doesn't look like a recreation of the already existing photos that are doing the rounds. Your style absolutely suits this. Wonderful colours, especially on the jacket!
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tigerbull77 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
ditto---your painting is a refreshing take-like it alot
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cypherx Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Andy - it is something to debate when doing a project which is based on a celebrity; do I have to duplicate a photo pixel by pixel to make it "him"?.

I know I can do that so-so but it doesn't feel true to the body of work I'm trying to build upon these days. Showing a potential client a piece that was rendered in that method doesn't give them a feel for what kind of work you do.

Hope yer well!!

I just took on a pin-up project for a local beer company who is just getting started, so I'll be working on some hyper realism stuff (loads of airbrush work) for the first time in ages which feels so strange to me!! But it's great for practice (and of course monies doesn't hurt!!)
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh pin-up stuff is always nice to work on :D I look forward to seeing what you come up with. I'm very well thanks...married with strange children. Hope you are doing well!
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cypherx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol I meant congrats but my iPhone auto corrected to make it appear as Freudian slip!!
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cypherx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah pinup stuff is fun, I suppose! I'll only be able to share the sketches I did for them for the hiring phase until the marketing campaign goes public but for sure I'll post that as well.

I don't drink beer so I'm not even sure if theirs is any good!

Strange kids, eg? Those are the best sorts to have!!! Contests and extra points for them differing from everyone else. We oddballs must unite!
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well I do drink beer so if you need anyone to test a crate...

My youngest Matilda is only 2 but starting to exhibit some eccentric behaviour like eating butter cos she thinks it's cheese and brushing her teeth with soap stuff like that and generally being in her own mad little world where she is the only one in on the jokes.

Anyway give me a shout when and if you want me to judge fo yo :)
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