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The Dark Fantastic by Diamontaetha The Dark Fantastic by Diamontaetha
Aaand back to oils! Much improvement since last time, definitely. I had WAY too much fun doing this one.

I've been on a major Ray Bradbury kick this summer ever since finally reading his novel Something Wicked This Way Comes (and seeing the movie, as well, which is quite good!), and absolutely falling in looove with it. Seriously, read it this fall. It's excellent. And seasonal!

And this BAMF of an antagonist is Mr. Dark, The Illustrated Man - proprietor of the bizarre carnival that shows up in Green Town, Illinois around Halloween: Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show. I painted him as he was described/how I pictured him in the book, but not without a little homage to the Jonathan Pryce movie version. ;) And Bradbury's descriptions of his tattoos are beyond badass, so I had an awesome time putting them together!

Took about 26 hours total over three weeks, oils on 16x20 canvas board. Hope you enjoy, and happy autumn! :)

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RangiChangi Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014   General Artist
He looks almost friendly in this tribute...until you realize what the tattoos symbolize. :)

Wonderful tribute to a great book and character!
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Diamontaetha Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Legion472 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Recently saw the movie

Still can't believe he's played by the same actor as Governor Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Diamontaetha Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Right? I could hardly believe it was the same fella when I first saw this film! The youngest I had seen Pryce before that had been in Evita, but even that was only seven years before PoTC. He was quite the babe in Something Wicked! Thanks very much for the favorite!
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Lady-Blackdove Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Jonathan Pryce is pure love. I wish he'd narrate my internal monologue with that lyrical, smoky Welsh voice of his.
Gorgeous painting, massive props for trad art (which unfortunately we don't see much of nowadays on dA) I haven't seen the film yet, but I'm going to soon. I'd watch anything with Pryce in it. :D
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Diamontaetha Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SWEET MOSES, THIS COMMENT IS EXCELLENT. :D I seriously got so excited when I saw you were a fellow Pryce fan.
Amen to that - man, I'd listen to that guy read the dictionary all day long, haha. And good lord, he is fantastic
in Something Wicked, I absolutely recommend it!

Thank you so much for the kind words; I agree completely about the lack of traditional art in general on here,
and especially oil paintings. I'm still experimenting, but it's definitely worth the time and effort. :) So glad
you enjoyed this!
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Lady-Blackdove Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I did indeed. I look forward to seeing more Pryce in your art! :D
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Victorian-Dandy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful rendition of one of my favorite Ray Bradbury characters.
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Diamontaetha Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That really means a lot to hear, thank you so much! :)
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citizen17 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool, he looks awesome.
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Diamontaetha Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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