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Dracula's Castle by MJBivouac Dracula's Castle by MJBivouac
Pencil on Bristol Board. I did this many years ago in college. Based on a publicity still from Universal's 1931 DRACULA with Bela Lugosi. Overall, I think it's reasonably successful, although the figure of Dwight Frye pains me to look at it. The head is just so bad!
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Jimi-von-Broadway Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018   Traditional Artist
Wow!  I think I know the photo, or one similar to it.  this is very well done my friend!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018
It  a very well known image
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Jimi-von-Broadway Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018   Traditional Artist
Indeed!  It was at this point in the movie that brings back memories.  My Dad hated horror movies.  Up until the time I was in late Jr. High we had one TV in the house (a black and white one no less) which of course was in the living room.  Here in the Milwaukee area Saturday nights meant Shock Theater on the local independent TV station.  So it was a Saturday night and the second feature that night was Dracula starring Bela Lugosi!   Oohhh!  I thought!  I had switched the channel over just in time and began watching.  My Dad was in the shower.  I saw the opening scenes and had gotten to the scene in question when Bela responds to the  howling wolves with "Children of the night!  What music they make!"  It was at that point that Dad came into the living room took one look at the TV. said "What the Hell is this?"  and spun the channel selector over to the 10 o'clock news.  So much for that.  Of course now I have it on DVD, and even watched it with my kids as they were growing up.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2018
I recall a similar incident when my brother and I sat down to watch the Universal MUMMY for the FIRST time. It was a Friday or Saturday night and we were at my grandparent's house as my parents were out on the town. My grandfather only liked to watch sporting events, the TV news and variety shows like Lawrence Welk and Hee Haw. Any sort of movie or TV show that had anything like DRAMA in it he could not handle. He had "emotional" issues. Well he put up with the MUMMY until it came to life and took the papyrus, and the archeologist lost his mind. And then my grandfather lost HIS mind as well. He started shouting, cursing and freaking out because it was JUST to scary for him. He just couldn't handle it. My grandmother came into the room and switched the channel over to Lawrence Welk and he calmed down. My brother and I knew he had issues but he had never demonstrated them to us like that before. WE just sat there and watched Lawrence Welk and were bored silly. I think my grandfather went back to his newspaper and was ignoring the TV. My grandmother came over and asked us if that was what we wanted to watch, meaning: we could watch almost anything else except the horror movie. We knew better than to risk another outbreak from our grandpa so we told her just to leave the channel where it was. We were pissed but what could we do? I remember my brother and I whispering back and forth to each other that Lawrence Welk was just TOO scary for us.

I recall another time when again, at grandma's house we started watching a circus program. It was of course a taped program. it was NOT live. My grandfather was fine with it until this slack=pole acrobat started doing his act. he appeared to always be on the verge of falling off the pole(which was what the act was all about)but apparently my grandfather was SURE that he was going to fall off the pole and be killed right there on prerecorded TV!  This time however, he got up and went into another room so he didn't have to see the guy get killed. Apparently he realized that he was being unreasonable and didn't take it out on everyone else.
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Jimi-von-Broadway Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2018   Traditional Artist
Wow!  I remember when I used to watch horror films at Grandma and Grandpa's house, Grnadpa usually was in bed after the first feature and Grandma would stay up with me to watch the second feature (Again in the days when there was only one TV in the house and it was in the living room - and it was in a wood-like type casing and was black and white).  She could stay up and watch it with me but whenever it was over she always say "You're going to have bad dreams!", which I never did.  Now once in a while I;ll get those nights when maybe the last thing I watched on TV will sort of invade my mind as I'm as I'm falling asleep and it may not have anything to do with horror.

The circus incident is interesting story.  I can remember in high school one of the networks had one of those shows which you alluded to which was hosted by Captain Stubing - Gavin McCloud.  I think I saw part of it while walking through the living room.  A friend at school had watched the whole thing and complained about how Gavin McCloud had acted like a total douche during all of the high wire acts constantly saying things like "Oh if he falls...".  I almost wonder if that was the same program you were watching and if the host was partly responsible.
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shadono Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A good tribute to the 1931 film . Frye probably isn't too easy to get totally right.

The early scenes in the film, like this one you created here, are by far the best. Once it gets to England it kind of dies and becomes a sort of drawing room drama - apart from Renfield's crazy scenes when he's locked up. "Frankensetein," made by the same studio in the same year, is far superior film, despite being an early takie, with the handicaps that involved for directors. Unlike "Dracula,"  "Frankenstein" has pace - and of course, it also has the great Mr Frye in it too.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
Well you have to also understand this image is pretty much 1:1 scale! Frye's head is quite tiny.
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ZADRgirl2113 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, Dwight Frye! If only you could have lived to see how much your fans appreciate your work! Bela too!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
They would probably be amazed.
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ZADRgirl2113 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad there's a large fanbase for these types of films and actors. They deserve to be recognized as great actors and great films.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Yet at the same time I do meet many young people whom have never heard of many of these actors.  You say "Dracula" and they come back with having seen the very recent remake with (?) playing a winged Dracula...? Just the otehr day two young co=workers thought a sculpted bust of Humphrey Bogart was Bruce Willis.
Sad.
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ZADRgirl2113 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I hear you. A lot of my friends have no idea what I'm going on about, when I mention Karloff, Lugosi, Lorre, Price, and so forth. 
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Damn kids!
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ZADRgirl2113 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I know right!
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WishExpedition23 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just watched it last night. Didn't think it was any good. :yuck: 
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
DRACULA was made like 90 years ago. You're still a teenager. You're used to non-stop action,violence, special effects, blood, and gore ladened movies. Dracula is subtle, has NO special effects, no violence, no blood. perhaps you will appreciate it when you're older.
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WishExpedition23 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, I'm not really the biggest fan of gore and so much violence. ^^; I just didn't like it because of the acting. But you're right about one thing, I DO wish there was more action in it.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
In all fairness, the film has been criticized for being rather static. The acting is a product of it's time. Very theatrical and "stagey".But I still love it. It started it all! 
If you ever get the chance to see the Spanish language Universal Dracula, check it out. It was shot at the same time as the American version on the same sets with different actors and director. Some people feel it is superior as the camera moves around more. Also the dialogue is a bit more spicy as South American audiences weren't as uptight and Puritanical as American audiences.I believe you can see the entire film on YOUTUBE for free.
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WishExpedition23 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll check it out. What's it called?
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Universal's Spanish Version DRACULA
Should be easy to find.
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WishExpedition23 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's it? pfft. [iece of cake. ;)
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Yes
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
You are most kind.
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Chiichiichan94 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is fantastic :la: Love that scene and movie :heart:
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Glad you like it. Thank you.
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Chiichiichan94 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You welcome ^^ all with Dracula is awesome :la:
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Writer
An iconic moment. I love it. Thanks for being talented!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
I drew that one a very long time ago....
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Writer
And yet, it remains amazing!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
i JUST copied a photo. Nothing more.
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dudelebowski69 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is good detail to the background, and you say 30 years ago you drew this, i bet you've improved. DAMN GOOD PICTURE!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I don't know if I'm better or worse now...
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VampiraLady Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG stunning work
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Thank you very much.
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CorissaBaker Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
This is great! I love the detail! :)
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.
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CorissaBaker Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
:)
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   General Artist
Awesome rendition of that scene from the 1931 movie. Very detailed.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thank you. It was more impressive when I was in college. I look at it now and I THINK I could do better. When I showed it to my professor, he told me it was a nice COPY of a photo, but I didn't do anything creative with it. And he was right.
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30SecondsToMyHell Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
WOW I don't know what to say! Shading, details... it's all so perfect! And you drew this over 30 years ago... You are my idol now :p
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Pffft! No big deal! There are many pencil artists who kick my ass on a daily basis right here on DA. You are most kind.
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30SecondsToMyHell Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
You are sooo good!! really, you are. I can't wait to see more of your work :D
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
You are too kind.
Please check out Pat Michael on DA to see some excellent pencil work.
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BloodAndRedRoses Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
For a place covered by spiderwebs Dracula´s castle gives impression of being beautiful instead of dirty... Excellent job!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Thank you very much. yes, I'd LOVE to live in his castle. Cobwebas and all. Hard to belive I drew this over 30 years ago now.
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BloodAndRedRoses Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I agree, I would love to live in that castle...
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
probably hard to heat, but great for parties.
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BloodAndRedRoses Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
You are right, those fireplaces don´t probably give too much heat. But I´m sure there is good warm beds for guests!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
And a bride of Dracula under each one!
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