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Dark Shadows 1 by Fickta Dark Shadows 1 by Fickta
Here's my entry for the Dark Shadows contest! I'm so excited! :D It was really out of my comfort zone :heart:
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ShadeOPale Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so impressed by this. If you are a young student, which I suspect that you are, then you have a remarkable grasp of design. The portrait, itself, more than suggests a Barnabas who is both darkly alluring and approachable. Your use of broken line adds to the sketch-like quality that gives the portrait its immediacy. Through your eyes we see a Barnabas fast discovering this "wonderful new age" with a smidgen of trepidation. The juxtaposition of his classic image with that of the coldly temporal nature of modern newsprint, fading in and out, makes for a most satisfying vision of life, however undead in Barnabas, and true "death" as exemplified by the drabness of the modern world he has awakened to.
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Fickta Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is such a wonderful thing to wake up to. :D Thank you so much for the compliments. I've never considered myself a designer. It's amazing to hear from someone who seems really well informed not only on symbolism in art, but in the character himself. I'm really really greatful!
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Coral-Melodia Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O

You can do realism too?!

Good luck on the contest! :D
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Fickta Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
>.< Thank you! I learned a little bit about realism in school. Though this was much harder because it was required to make him look like Jonny Depp. ^.^
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