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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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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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BloodAndRedRoses Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I really like the brides, but I need to keep safe garlic-smelling distance!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I heard they turned Dracula's castle into a Day's Inn anyway.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Nicely done. The magnificent ruined castle set was the best thing about the 1931 film, in my opinion, and this evokes it very well.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Well, while far from perfect, I'm, still a big fan of the classic Universal Dracula. Thanks for the comments.
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Uponbatishwings Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"the spider spinning his web for the unwary fly, the blood is the life."
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
"I never drink...wine."
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OneCallGat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Insert catslevania theme here.
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