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Vlad Dracul

Cover book series finished! Finally!
And the last one is Vlad Dracul, the historical figure Vlad Tepes (pronounced tse-pesh), who intermittently ruled an area of the Balkans called Wallachia in the mid 15th century. He was also called by the names Vlad III, Vlad Dracula and Vlad the Impaler. The word Tepes stands for "impaler" and was so coined because of Vlad’s propensity to punish victims by impaling them on stakes, then displaying them publicly to frighten his enemies and to warn would-be transgressors of his strict moral code. He is credited with killing between 40,000 to 100,000 people in this fashion. Horrible, isn't it?

Long time i didn't know, whether I should draw him or not because of his brutality. Sure, if you read his biography, you could understand the one or other behaviour of him.
So finally I completed my cover series and go on with the next project. Work never ends;-). But it is fun, as always!

© Artistic depiction by me
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Mister-Haro's avatar

This man knew how to govern.

When he ruled Wallachia, there was a 0% crime rate.

Sedeslav's avatar
WoW! That is really accurate reconstruction! great job!
burnsport1's avatar
Beauteous. "The evil that saved Europe from an even greater evil"
liloxa's avatar
Direi che replica in pieno il Principe romeno .
AkageTatsuya's avatar
I love this one! And the pose too. Btw, can I use this as my pose reference? Many thanks in advance. :) (Smile) 
GodsofWarAndRock's avatar
Vlad, Vlad, Vlad the impaler
Vlad, Vlad, He could have been a sailor but he's
Vlad, Vlad, Vlad the impaler
Vlad, Vlad, He could have been a Whaler
could have been a Tailor,
He turned out to be Norman Mailer


He stepped back and he smoked a joint
Twenty thousand peasants had to get the point
Mommy was a hamster, Daddy was a jailer
Real tough childhood for such a fucking failure

He's glad he's
Vlad, Vlad, Vlad the impaler
Vlad, Vlad, He could have been a sailor but he's
Vlad, Vlad, Vlad the impaler
Vlad, Vlad, He could have been a Whaler
could have been a Tailor,
He turned out to be Norman Mailer


V-L-A-D Vlad

When he was a boy, they sent him to the Turks
But you know they didn't like him
because all the Turks were jerks
When Vlad returned home his wrath
for his ancient foe had spurned
But the ancient art of impalement
was something that the boy had learned

Oh, how he learned
He learned, they burned and burned and burned
Rotisseries of corpses turned
Oh, he's so glad

He's so glad, he's so glad he's Vlad
alithking's avatar
OMG! Amazing artwork, congratulations! Clap :o (Eek) 
Comosicus's avatar
Magnificent rendition of this misunderstood historical figure. Legend says that the voivode himself put a golden goblet at a fountain next to a crossroads and nobody dared to steal it. When one morning the travellers found the goblet missing, they knew Vlad was dead and thieves and bandits were once more free to roam the country.

Well done again!
DemitriVladMaximov's avatar
Beautiful work, and always fun to find something I didn't expect to. 
YouCallMeInsane's avatar
Tepes is pronounced 
Țepeș is pronounced like you wrote it [well... more or less].
jazzycane88's avatar
i love that there's fanart of Vlad!! Fabulous.
Thank you very much for drawing our (Romanians) beloved ruler. He fought for our land and our religion( being a member of the ''Order of the Dragon'' , which was found to protect Christianity) and it worked , as you can see we (Romanians) are today still Christians.
Gnosticon's avatar
Interesting you should say that, an old acquaintance of mine also stated that Vlad Tepes III was a personal hero of his. Myself, I would like to see a rendition of Dionysus (with the epithet The Tyrant) or Lysander from this artist. 
ioana24's avatar
amazing coloring, but his eyes were black, but is not a problem, amazing fanart
I could not resist taking his hand...My Prince has come! Very magnetic and I don't think there are too many females that could resist the power and draw of his eyes.  ;) If he looked at me like that, I would be done for. His until the end of time...This is the historical man, not any fictional monster. From the woodcuts and paintings that I have seen, I think this would be a pretty accurate representation of his looks. What an interesting and dangerous man he must have been to inspire so much negative propaganda. A man of his times and I doubt he was that much worse than his contemporaries, besides having a wicked case of PTSD from being a boy among enemies and being betrayed by nearly everyone. Very powerful work!
KejaBlank's avatar
Wow.thank you for your "powerful" words. I always appreciate, when someone takes their time to write a comment like this. I am very grateful.
I must say - in my opinion this picture expresses very clearly, what is inside of one ruler's mind: needed ruthless, demand, calculated cruelty, orientation toward further aim... Position of the arm and hand is excellent, colours of the entire picture also. Vetical lines of stakes are beautiful and these are speaking even  more without victims.
Picture is perfect, especially these rivets on Vlad's chest, as these represent undercover armour, which was absolutely necessary for Vlad.
As I am not native speaker, I cannot clearly express my respect.
KejaBlank's avatar
Thank you very much for this comment! I appreciate it very much!
EdenianPrince's avatar
Vlad Dracul was a hero! :) 
KingOfCopper16's avatar
great what is the name of the comic? i am interested.
KejaBlank's avatar
The nema of the book series are "Wolfgang Hohlbein - Die Chonik der Unsterblichen". It is available in German and French and has 12 volumes. There are also 3 graphic novels released of the first 2 volumes.
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