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April 23, 2012
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What Sorcery Is This by croonstreet What Sorcery Is This by croonstreet

When I saw the contest for Dark Shadows pop up in my message folder I was pretty excited by it. I've never really done an online contest before and this one seemed like the perfect one for me.

I thought it would be cool to not only do Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, but also pay homage to Ben Cross and Jonathan Frid's interpretations of the character. Then we get to see how over the years Barnabas has sort of changed but also the quintessential things that still make him Barnabas. I also wanted to have some kind of story for the picture that was weird and humorous. No matter what year Barnabas wakes up in, he will never quite understand that lava lamps are not filled with big globs of blood.

This took the better part of a week to make. It was all done in PS CS3 with the natural brushes set. There's quite a bit of detail in there so feel free to take a close look at it all.


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ShadeOPale Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"You mean, you're not the man from the portrait in the foyer?" (David Collins, 1967)

"How could I be?" (Barnabas Collins, 1967)

It looks like the images of "The First Barnabas Collins" (Jonathan Frid) and his "descendant" (Ben Cross) are reflected in a huge glass mirror. Either that, or Frid's image is reflected in the glass covering the Cross portrait. As Victoria Winters might say, upon viewing these disparate, yet strangely familiar images, "I don't understand..."

Whatever your intent and, however you wished for us to interpret it, the effort is astounding. The concept is brilliant. What tickles me most are the upraised eyebrows of wonderment and down-turned mouths of consternation on the Frid and Depp versions of Barnabas. Ha, ha...Cross' Barnabas remains stiffly dignified, yet skeptical, only one brow raised and a sneer worthy of Elvis on his lips. Each caricature of Collins is given highly representative and distinctive personal traits. The costuming of each is lovingly detailed.

"A pulsating blood urn," indeed! The flow of water and alcohol, or whatever fluids are used in Lava Lamps, from the two "puncture wounds" and its effect, ie., curling up of the plant(?) is priceless! The glowing color really sets off the monochromatic theme. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo...for all three Collinses...and BRAVO for you!!!
K0RVSTOEND Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Wow! Nice one!
Shadowpanther16 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Great homage to all who have played this intriguing character. I also love the more lighthearted air in this picture.
EnglishModule Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, this is just so cool.
SerenityBane Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student General Artist
This one has so much character!
Akira-Ravenlier Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hah! That is awesome. Love how you incorporated Ben Cross and Jonathan Frid as well. Plus, this is just too damn funny.
PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Your piece has been featured here [link] Please take a look!
croonstreet Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool! Thanks a lot!
belledee Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Oh that's great!!
SeaOfFireflies Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOL the lava lamp :heart:
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