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Elizabeth Bathory

By JessiBeans
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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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© 2012 - 2020 JessiBeans
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ladyblackbird13's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
Nice interpretation of Elizabeth Bathory, and I think your reasoning for her writing in that book is very interesting!
Meerkat-meow's avatar
The lady Bathóry is a creepy one... but here she looks kind of sexy, I have to admit!
dinoking007's avatar
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's avatar
A really beautiful pic.
Animal-Angel's avatar
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's avatar
i love the detail especially the bleeding arm by her feet it's a bit inconspicuous 
CirceKali's avatar
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's avatar
oh my god amazing lights
CourtneyTrowbridge's avatar
I wish I could favorite this twice, that's how much I still love it!
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ColourFactory's avatar
wonderful ambient and colours, and Elizabeth Bathory, of course. Great job!
Brushogen's avatar
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's avatar
Fantastic work, and the story behind it is fascinating--how had I never heard of her?!
NekoWashu's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
Awesome! Fantastic attention to detail and emotion. I absolutely love it!
downunderrob's avatar
Astonishing! Just superb.
Vampyre-Lover's avatar
Sweet Work!!! Love It!!!!
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