Dark Shadows: The Barnabas Portrait Project

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In Tim Burton's latest film, Dark Shadows, Johnny Depp plays the dashing, charismatic vampire Barnabas Collins, a relic of the Victorian age who is freed from two centuries of entombment to find his family, fortune and beloved Collinwood Manor in ruins. To save his family, Barnabas must learn to make sense of the modern world – and there's nothing like a total image makeover to shake off the dust and get with the times.

We've got more background info on Dark Shadows to help you create your original, all-new, portrait of Johnny Depp as Barnabas. Check out the asset pack for reference shots of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas, helpful links to interviews with Tim Burton, and a full creative brief about the film.

The Grand-Winner as well as Second and Third place winners will be made into framed prints and presented to Tim Burton as a gift from the deviantART community.

  • Get inspired by downloading the Dark Shadows asset pack!

    Download Assets

  • Use one of the three templates as the base to your entry. You may choose any one of the three provided sizes, but other sizes are not allowed.

  • Create your portrait of the vampire Barnabas and submit your entry to the contest gallery.

First Place
Grand Prize

  • Your art in a gilded frame
  • $3,500 Cash
  • A dA Hoodie or Jacket of
    Winner's Choice*
  • A dA Digital Backpack
  • 16,000 deviantART Points
  • Dark Shadows Merchandise
  • One Year Premium Membership
    to deviantART

Second Place

  • $2,500 Cash
  • A dA Hoodie or Jacket of
    Winner's Choice*
  • A dA Digital Backpack
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • Dark Shadows Merchandise
  • One Year Premium Membership
    to deviantART

Third Place

  • $1,500 Cash
  • A dA Hoodie or Jacket of
    Winner's Choice*
  • A dA Digital Backpack
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • Dark Shadows Merchandise
  • One Year Premium Membership
    to deviantART

All 7 Semi-Finalists each receive a dA Digital
Backpack, Dark Shadows merchandise,
8,000 deviantART Points and a One Year Premium Membership to deviantART!

*based on availability

  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PM) on April, 24 2012 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART.
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the Contest.
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is free.
  • Entrant must be a resident of the United States (including Puerto Rico and U.S. territories, possessions and military installations).
  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of April 9, 2012 to be eligible to enter the Contest.
  • Entrant must submit: an original portrait (the "Work") of Johnny Depp in character as Barnabas from the motion picture, Dark Shadows, as inspired by the materials provided for download at the Contest Site;
  • The Work must conform to one of the three templates provided at the Contest Site;
  • The Work may originate in any medium but must be submitted as a single JPG or PNG file;
  • You may not use any third party stock images for the Work however licensed brushes and textures are acceptable.
  • You may submit more than one entry.
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, please read the Official Rules carefully.

Read the Official Rules

10 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff.

From the Semi-Finalists, the final three Winners will be selected by Tim Burton!

All Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall Visual Impact
  • Success as a portrait of Johnny Depp as the
    character Barnabas from Dark Shadows
  • Technical Skill

SKILL-BASED CONTEST.  OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES (including Puerto Rico and U.S. territories, possessions and military installations), 13 YEARS AND OLDER.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  Contest begins on 4/9/12 and ends at 4/24/12.  ARV of all prizes: $10,493.  Subject to
full Official Rules.  Sponsor: deviantART, Inc., 7095 Hollywood Blvd, #788, Hollywood, CA 90028.

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i didn't even know about this contest! wasn't there a notification?
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NuraNooni's avatar
Oh no, let the agonizing begin!
xMunecaMuertax's avatar
Has a winner been announced?
Auroen's avatar
I would like to know that too. And where to find the portrait.
haruhifujioka910's avatar
sonadow-hot's avatar
mmmma mm lla paso berdad ^^pasticipar buua xD
SpellboundArts's avatar
So many submisson!! The anxiety is too much! Checking every ten minutes is getting to me.... Good luck everybody.


^-^ My submissions
tracieching's avatar
:presses face to screen waiting for results:
LHMiller's avatar
I sent my "thank you" fee,er, gift to the judges. I hope it arrives in time...
Well, got to get back to bed,doctors say complete rest and "happy thoughts" MIGHT save me...
Good luck everyone!
NuraNooni's avatar
May I ask what this thank you fee/gift to the judges was?
LHMiller's avatar
8 1/2 lbs. of gold via carrier pigeon. I trained him for weeks with 5 lbs of flour. I hope he makes it.
NuraNooni's avatar
LOL. Impressive! I really hope he makes it too.
Esevans's avatar
The suspense is killing me as well! I'm not complaining, just impatient. I hope to make the semi-finalists. Keeps fingers crossed. However, there were some great entries. Good luck to everyone who entered and I wish you all the best.
Bobonlyknows's avatar
This has been a fun contest! I cannot wait to see the movie. I was a fan of Dark Shadows as a kid.
embercoral's avatar
Well, I entered one of these contests, for a change...and I managed to make something that's NOT crap, considering it was on the first page of popular entries for a short time!


I have a bad feeling that it will be all for naught, though...a lot of these other entries seem much more original...
Shiro-haru's avatar
For those that didn't read the official rule WINNERS WILL BE ANOUNCED AROUND MAY 11

Plese view comment and fave
PennyHorrible's avatar
Just for clarity's sake:

SELECTION OF WINNERS: Potential winners will be selected on or about April 25, 2012 from all eligible entries. Ten (10) semi-finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff, on the basis of Overall Visual Impact, Success As A Portrait Of The Character Barnabas From Dark Shadows, and Technical Skill . The semi-finalists will be posted in advance of final judging. Only one Work per Entrant may be chosen as a semi-finalist Entry. From the ten (10) semi-finalists, the three (3) top winners will be selected by the director of Dark Shadows, Tim Burton. The three (3) top winners will be announced on or about May 11, 2012.

Semi-finalists are to be selected on or about the 25th, but not necessarily announced then. I take this to mean that semi-finalists can be announced any time between now and May 10th.

So relax, guys. No need to check the site every 20 minutes. :nod: Judging by the number of entries to sort through, they are most likely going to need some time.
Yobi-chan's avatar
But where are the announced winneres shown now? I haven't been able to find out which three portraits won.
Shiroiyuki3's avatar
YAY!!! That isn't that far off ^_^. I'm so happy! I wish everyone the very best of luck, and only hope mine makes it to at least the finalists to Mr. Burton can see it *sigh*
Asher-Bee's avatar
but semi-finalist will be announced in a couple days. ^_^
NuraNooni's avatar
These are all the emoticons that pretty much sum me up about now.

:tears: :toilet: :wtf: :bored: :frustrated: :hmm: :pray: :pc: :eager: :dummy: :la: :woohoo: :nuu: :lawooplz:
NuraNooni's avatar
GAHHH! They said on or about the 25th! *looks at clock* And its almost the 27th! *sobs*
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