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Count Orlock - Commission
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Published: July 14, 2018
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Aaaah, Orlock. Perhaps you all know him best as "Nosferatu", whom I dub the greatest and prettiest vampire in all of pop culture. We owe :iconredstarrynight: RedStarryNight for the creation of this piece. I saw this 2spooky4me antique clock that Redstar linked me for inspirational purposes and something within me just -clicked-. I really went to town on the aesthetics, and I hope it paid off. Just as a small bit of trivia, the skeleton has a pose that is reminiscent of Medieval "Dance of Death" artwork. This one in particular. Again, you could've colored me inspired!

If you have a bit of time and are willing, do take a look at the other vampire-themed drawings I've done for Redstar.

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Someone has entered the castle. Whether they have a case, some other business, or have just unfortunately wandered in is left to philosophers. They have wandered through an almost empty castle, the wind whistling through cracks in the stonework and open windows. Suits of armor, tattered banners, and stacks of books and papers are everywhere, as are what appears to be a million chittering rats with bright beady eyes. Eventually they come to a great door, beneath which they see flickering candlelight. Opening it, they step into a study of some kind, inhabited by a huge desk, yet more papers--yellowed and white alike, and shelves full of books, and a few portraits in relatively good order.

There’s rats in here as well, and they crawl over chairs, a few sofas, and over a unique clock. The stranger steps forward to take in the dancing skeleton and the clear chimes as it sounds the hour.

And in the shadows beyond the clock, something moves...

It took me years to come around to this guy but now I think very highly of him. My appreciation for him increased immensely when I first read about the Nosferatu Clan in Vampire: The Masquerade. Then I saw Shadow of the Vampire, and my liking for this unique character that started out as a ripoff climbed to new heights.
Count Orlok exists separately from Dracula, a unique creature all his own who has spawned his own following. Where Dracula maintains a vestige of humanity, Orlok doesn't take much pain to hide what he is, if it even is possible. Both are frightening in their own ways: Dracula for his ability to navigate through human society and Orlok for...seriously, do I need to say it?

In the Dracula Chronicles, Orlok is the Grand Justiciar of the Vampire Imperium, the supreme judicial authority and expert on the laws and relations between the myriad Bloodlines. Within the Order of the Dragon he is the Procurator, a high officer who supervises discipline within the Order. A very old vampire, Orlok is one of Dracula's earliest supporters and friends, lending his considerable fearsome, moral, and legal authority to Dracula's empire.

Big thanks to :iconharseik: for her enthusiastic acceptance of this piece! Everything that is scary awesome and awesomely scary is her doing!
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SkyPotatoFire's avatar
I like that rat!
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nov1design|Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great work
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bleachcrater's avatar
so creepy and so awesome
a true vampire
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DW13-COMICS's avatar
The original Vampire! :fuzzydemon:
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RedStarryNight's avatar
A classic scene. There's some surprisingly deep humor there: everybody--even the grumpy Squidward--seems to know Nosferatu and have experienced similar pranks in the past. They're not annoyed--again, not even Squidward--and their scolding is given in good humor; they know Nosferatu will never change and they welcome his good-hearted pranks, as well as the attending plague of vermin and disease that accompany the bird of death wherever he goes.
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NRGComics|Professional Writer…

Sorry, little joke. XD
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RedStarryNight's avatar
XD, though I rather like this intro:
Not quite as surrealistically menacing, but catchy.

Gotta be honest: The similarities between Count Orlok and Olaf's names--and pieces of their appearance--have made me toy with a rather cracky idea...
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CinnaMonroe|Professional General Artist
OMogsh the rat-like fangs he has along with the rats is so good.
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Chronos-X|Hobbyist Writer
Three in the afternoon! Time to carry a coffin across a plague-ridden town.
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