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Elizabeth Bathory by JessiBeans Elizabeth Bathory by JessiBeans
Some of you may remember this painting I did back in 2009: [link]

The story goes like this -- I has gotten a new (supposedly) badass computer, which it turns out was a lemon, that blue-screened nearly constantly and with no provocation. The Elizabeth Bathory CHOW for was the first painting I did on that computer, and it was honestly the best painting I had ever done - until the computer did a BSOD in the middle of saving an iteration and corrupted not only my new file, but my old working PSD too. I lost the whole thing, and it was awful. I finished ... something... in time for the challenge, but I never was happy with it.

I put this away for a year, and then started this REALLY ambitious re-paint. Now, two years after that - working very sporadically on this from time to time - I think it's done. :)

Elizabeth Bathory is also known as the Blood Countess - one of the first female serial killers and one of the first modern vampire myths. More on her here: [link] Most people depict her nude in a bath full of blood, I'd decided to be different and show her recording her victims' names (she had over 650) into her book. With blood for ink, natch.

PS - I left the image kind of large so I can show off the details I am proud of. Don't go stealing stuff and make me put a watermark on it. <3

Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Intuos 4
Can't begin to say how long it took...
Image J. Oyhenart-Ball, 2012
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ladyblackbird13 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Countess: I totally didn't just kill someone!
*Hand sticks out from under her dress*
Countess: *hides the hand under her skirt* You didn't see that.
starsatyr Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
Countess Bathory definitely had issues, and some of those issues are still problems today. One thing that really worked against her victims was her higher social status, though thankfully it didn't protect her from the law when the hammer came down. Unfortunately, even today, some people think that being rich puts them above the law. Or, to paraphrase the quote about paying taxes attributed to the late Leona Helmsley, "Obeying the law is for little people."
Sekley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
I cannot fathom how a mass murdering, death worshiping pile of evil garbage has become a pop culture icon. It makes for a fun fantasy story, but let's face it we should never forget the lives she destroyed. 
AnthonyTroyVoltaire Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016
Nice interpretation of Elizabeth Bathory, and I think your reasoning for her writing in that book is very interesting!
Grahamhorridge68 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
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Meerkat-meow Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
The lady Bathóry is a creepy one... but here she looks kind of sexy, I have to admit!
dinoking007 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
According to a touhou fan theory, it was Elizabeth who both bit and converted to scarlet sisters into powerful vampires that had to be isolated from the world
GoreManiac Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
A really beautiful pic.
Animal-Angel Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
it's a small thing but if she's recording names, then shouldn't the tip of the quill be red? Other then that i love itand how evey time you look at it a new detail pops up.
avada---kedavra Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the detail especially the bleeding arm by her feet it's a bit inconspicuous 
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CirceKali Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like both this one and your original submission of this picture. If I ever get published, I would like an artist with your style to commission the art of the cover. You're inspiring and talented.
Adline-c Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
oh my god amazing lights
CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I wish I could favorite this twice, that's how much I still love it!
Sinphie Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ColourFactory Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
wonderful ambient and colours, and Elizabeth Bathory, of course. Great job!
Brushogen Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Ah, Elizabeth Bathory aka the Blood Countess and or Countess Dracula.
One of the most horrifying human beings to ever live.
Excellent depiction
cesca-specs Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work, and the story behind it is fascinating--how had I never heard of her?!
NekoWashu Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Wow, this is just amazing! And I'm officially a fan of your art now. ^u^ <3 I just discovered you today, wish I had seen your art sooner. ha ha I look forward to more!
Pubjunk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Her story has always been a facinating one to me, and I love that you depicted her differently than most. As you said, most of the time she's shown in a bath of blood. And I absolutely love the lighting and her sassyness as she writes the name of her latest victim under her seat. =D Well done!
BecomingUnreal Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Awesome! Fantastic attention to detail and emotion. I absolutely love it!
downunderrob Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Astonishing! Just superb.
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Sweet Work!!! Love It!!!!
Flamme-Doudoune Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
The lighting is really well done !
cgtang Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she looks like Jessie J XD
Lilith-HellAngel90 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the story of this woman!!!
great work!!! beautiful!!!
Mununsah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
the real countess. the original queen of the damned.
FedericoMusetti Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautiful scene and light!
Harley-1979 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just the most breathtaking piece I've seen in a while. These colors are to DIE for
disneyisawesome Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
this is amazing! so very well done :squee:
GabiSaKuRa Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lizwin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is magical! I don't know what to say.. O_O
krYlOn69 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
star-anise Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I come back to look at this again and again just because of the lighting. That delicious juxtaposition of warm glowing candlelight and cool purple-tinged moonlight... mmm! Candy to my eyes!
JagiFederschwung Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay, the Blood Countess :) I like your version of her :D
mehdi-tehrani Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely Beautiful!
teodoratan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Great work!
beachrain Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
and this one is even better than the original! awesome detail and lighting!
xlouisax Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Omg ur amazing :heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart: I especially love the colours and lighting, and all the details, amazing! x
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artist
happychipmunks Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aquilonn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
oh my god, that hand underneath her skirt nearly gave me a heart attack!! D8
it's so goooood!!! :'D
PetiteNe Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I love this work!
tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Absolutely beautiful...
ArsinoeArgento Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
This is gorgeous. :D She looks exactly like professional belly dancer, Zoe Jakes. Here's a pic for reference: [link]
JessiBeans Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ha! that's unintentionally awesome... :)
Zeroagain Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Positively smitten with this. Amazing!
KerryDale Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this piece, and I love that you went away from the norm of her bathing in blood.
The only thing I miss from the older version is the blood dripping from the pen. Because other than that, she could just be another woman writing in her journal.

Great work!
mirz333 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   General Artist
:heart: 8-9-12 - This piece has been showcased on my profile page as part of my Weekly Features. Thank you for making such great art.
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