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April 23, 2012
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Barnabus Collins by Girlgoth Barnabus Collins by Girlgoth
My entry for the Dark Shadows Barnabus Collins portrait contest!

I pretty much love everything about this contest, so I couldn't *not* enter! :D

8x10" White Prismacolor pencil on black illustration board. Accents in Scarlet Lake, Crimson Red, and Tuscan Red.
Around 30-35 hours.

WIP Animation here: [link]
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CreativeName01 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Artist
Love it!!! Just the other night I watched the movie, and fell in live with Barnabus! Again, AMAZING!!!
Dilligaf-paw Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
its Barnabas and what about the old show its on netflix, check it out
REDVAMPIRE120652 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
He looks like me in my 20's... V
abigail-leigh Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student General Artist
this is really incredible. it does look just like him <3
Girlgoth Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Thank you so much! :)
ferrignofan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY CRAP, it looks just like him!
Girlgoth Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Awesome! Thanks! :D
ferrignofan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ShadeOPale Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The black illustration board was a good choice. This is a formal portrait, in keeping with the original series' take on the subject of Barnabas. The facet in his garnet, or ruby, pendant is perfect, and mirrors the mixed reds and blacks of the ascot; the metalwork on the chain is quite detailed, giving it a pewter finish and texture. I prefer to think of it as tarnished silver. The hair and clothing are also finely nuanced.

There is just the right amount of shadowing around the eyes without making him appear garish. The shading of cheekbones, nose, and mouth are also subtly done. Although Mr. Depp's face is somewhat broader, there is a remarkable resemblance to the regal expressions Mr. Frid would often acquire, especially about the eyes and arched brows. The kewpie-doll lips are strictly Depp's but add an interesting effect, nonetheless.

What a striking portrait!
Girlgoth Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Wow, thank you so much! :D

I'm so glad my piece was able to reflect a lot of my intentions, as well as the familiarity of the subject. I am a fan of the original series, as well as of Depp/Burton, so I worked hard to make sure both incarnations of Barnabus were there. :)

Thank you again!
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