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Those Weird Sisters by AbigailLarson Those Weird Sisters by AbigailLarson

Week one of the 2018 Month of Fear Challenge: “Lies”

I’m illustrating scenes from Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, “Dracula” for this series, and with this week’s prompt, “lies”, I chose to depict the “weird sisters” (as Jonathan Harker calls them) since they appear with a mask of beauty and a false charm to lure in their victim, only revealing themselves for the bloodthirsty creatures they truly are mere moments before they strike - but by then, it’s too late…

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marianarener Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Blue Love 
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DarqueThoughts Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018
Were they sisters or just... brides? =D
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Bram Stoker never elaborates on their origins! In the book, they're called "the sisters" (the later movies call them brides) and one of them is hinted to have similar facial features to Dracula, implying that at least one of them is related to him in some way. 
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DarqueThoughts Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018
Oh, wow, you’ve done your research! I’ve read the novel twice, but it’s been a long time since I last did so. I do remember that it is a very intense scene when Jonathan Harker can feel them approaching. (And then, of course, Dracula bursts in and says “This man is mine!”)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018
 Well on the one hand they're three beautiful, immortal and infinitely thirsty women ... on the other hand they're quite literally Out for Blood; all told, I think poor Mister Harker had the right idea when he made his escape from Castle Dracula and didn't stop running until he reached Budapest!:o (Eek) 

 On a less earnest note, please allow me to compliment you on balancing the need to keep these "Weird Sisters" a unit with the desire to give each some share of individuality; I especially admire your retention of their canonical hair colours, while including a subtle distinction to help audiences distinguish between the two dark-haired "Sisters".

 Whenever I imagine the "Weird Sisters", I tend to think of them wearing clothing they've acquired through brutally straightforward means - in the same way that Count Dracula appropriates Mr Harker's wardrobe, although usually without any victims surviving - with the apparent hierarchy between the "Brides" (the Blonde would appear to be "Big Sister") being represented by the quality of their costumes (the "Big Bad Blonde" wearing the newest & the most fashionable pieces, the middle sister wearing the less fashionable new pieces or the more intact pieces of older clothing, the third wearing whatever happens to be left - possibly because she's a little more feral than the others).

 I have to admit this idea might involve a little TOO much fussy detail, which may distract readers from the flow of the story.
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018
I love that scene. :iconsobeautifulplz: Gorgeous work!!
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mochajung Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018  New Deviant Professional Filmographer
This is so beautiful <3
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018
Fantastic art :love:
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018
Fervent fan of those three... Nicely done. 
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NachoMon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018
So elegant and creepy at same time 
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bobshmit13 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 6, 2018  Student Writer
I thought the weird sisters were bearded, or is this sexy weird sisters?

Edit: I thought you meant the witches from Macbeth! Sorry, I've often heard them referred to as the "weird sisters".
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TheMiaTopia Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow so elegant! I really love how you created an amazing backgroun that does not take away from the main focus. This is goals!
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Aleximee Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018
great !!
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Retro7 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2018   General Artist
-Squee- I love the brides, despite their short role in the novel, I just do. There's something about how mysterious they are that gravitates me toward them. Being the first indications of straight vampirism in the story doesn't hurt either. 

Love how you did this, with the dresses looking like literal bridal gowns (extra point for the long sleeves) and their expressions match their seductive yet predatory nature perfectly. Overall wonderful work. It's going straight to my faves.
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bobshmit13 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 6, 2018  Student Writer
Actually, the title says weird sisters which usually refers to the 3 witches in Macbeth, at least I'm pretty sure they're from Shakespeare.

Edit: nevermind, read the description! Oops!
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018
cool
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn!  You really captured them, in all their fearful glory.
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atomisis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018
I saw the thumbnail of this on the main DA page and the thought in my head was 'the weird sisters'.  Lo and behold, I was right this time.  It's so rare to hear them called that rather than the Fates.  For some reason that term has stuck with me since I think high school.  I like the picture and the feelings it evokes.
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LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love seeing your Dracula art. I'm a huge fan of the book so I'd way rather see this kind of art over all the Winona Ryder etc. type stuff.
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ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
NOICE, very NOICE! However, before I read your author's note, I kinda thought these were supposed to be the Weird Sisters from MacBeth or something, but hot (and also made me think of the Ayakashi Sisters from Sailor Moon, who are sometimes referred to as the Four Weird Sisters) :D
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matticusprime1 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018
Makes me think of the weird sisters from Gargoyles. I never did make the connection until just now.
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RearendofRoach Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cinderella is the blonde
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patriciaschmidt Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018
Love this!!
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LadyYomi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!!!
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Even their sisterhood must be a lie
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Xewonyan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, I love your style 
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melondream Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018
This is so cool! (And I just realized that the fake band "The Weird Sisters" from Harry Potter was prbly referring to this. orz)
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Willow-Branch Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The way you draw women is absolutely breathtaking!! 

I especially love the draperies in the background and foreground, they really add a sense of space to the piece, while keeping the dark gothic tone.

Truly beautiful!! <3
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Daniloolinad Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont see anything weird Heart Heart Heart 
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2018  Student General Artist
This almost reminds me of the holy grail movie the part where that soldier finds himself in that castle filled with Ladies.
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pyrofly999 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018
Hey, are those the Kardash-- ...oh wait, nevermind. ;)
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AeshaLacrymosa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this scene so much.
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k-i-z-u-n-e Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh it is beautiful, and so inspiring as I love how you not only paint a picture but also are able to convey a certain mood and atmosphere <3 
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yunepi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful as always :heart:
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The-Psychonaut Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Student Filmographer
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KanaGo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
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writerinafoxhole Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
They are indeed gorgeous, aha!
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