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Barnabas Collins of Collinwood Manor by claudiasutton Barnabas Collins of Collinwood Manor by claudiasutton
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:bulletred: Dark Shadows: "Barnabas Collins of Collinwood Manor" - Painting Steps Video
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So here it is finally, it took me awhile but this is my entry for the Dark Shadows: The Barnabas Portrait Project Contest.

:bulletred: My Thoughts
When I first saw this contest notification in my inbox, I was ecstatic because now I had an excuse to paint Johnny Depp. Johnny looks absolutely amazing as Barnabas, and the hair, makeup, and costume design is just brilliant. Like all Tim Burton films, Iíll be at the theater bright and early on the first day because Iím excited to see it.

Not only that, but the fact that Tim Burtonís involved with the judging made me so incredibly happy. It would be quite the honor for him to view my work because I have admired him since I was very young. For me itís a way to give back to a favorite creator and visionary that has inspired me throughout my life.

:bulletred: Inspiration
After I finished thoroughly reading over all the fine print, I already knew the direction I wanted to take. I was going to create the portrait as if I was thee portrait painter myself. That meant oil on canvas/panel, or at least the simulation of such. So I envisioned myself sitting down with Barnabas at his Manor as his own privately commissioned painter.

Recently I had the privilege of visiting The Haunted Mansion at Disney World, so I had the wonderfully eerie Victorian portraits still on the brain. I decided that it would be fitting to pay homage to young Master Gracey himself and pose Johnny in a similar way. Proud and tall, sitting with his left hand on his chest, but still a bit of a smug grumpy pants. The way that Johnny frowns is amusing; therefore I knew that part of his character had to be captured. I also drew inspiration from the Dutch Golden Age of painting, Rembrandt being my main influence. His beautiful self portrait ďPortrait of Rembrandt with GorgetĒ had a similar color palette (depending on the photograph) as the film. So my painting reflected that and consisted of an array of pale desaturated greens and golds, complemented by vivid pops of red and deep navy blue. Like Rembrandt, I also wanted to render an affective chiaroscuro, not only because it's visual appealing but it's symbolic of Barnabasí struggle with light and dark.

:bulletred: Technique
Painted in Photoshop with a Wacom in 18 hours over a 3 day period; all on one layer to help simulate real oil painting. I used the Standard Portrait Template (3125 x 2500), Fine Art brushes from my collection to create the texture and look of real paint, along with the grid method pioneered by Renaissances Masters to help keep proportions accurate.

Cheers,
~Claudia
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:iconmarkhossain:
markhossain Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This is soo good that it makes me wanna start painting in digital. Seriously do you have any detailed tutorial or could you recommend me something to begin?
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional
Oh wow! Thank you. That means the world to me.
Go for it dear, and have fun! :hug:
Well, in the description there's a link to the painting steps for this painting on my channel. :aww:
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:iconswirlyeyeshypnotize:
SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible! 8D
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional
Oh thank you. :aww:
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:iconswirlyeyeshypnotize:
SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are more than welcome, my dear! ^^
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional
Awww! La love 
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:icondrochfuil:
Drochfuil Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
He did the best Richard Burton voice impersonation I'v ever heard, it was pure comic gold. This is a brilliant rendition of Barnabas Collins, it is very unlikely I will see better, great work.
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional
Indeed! It was brilliant. That movie is good fun. Aww. Thank you so much; that is kind of you to say. :hug:
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:iconpm-graphix:
PM-Graphix Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional
Thank you. <3
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:iconeruiz:
eruiz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Great work!
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional
Oh thank you so much. :glomp:
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:iconthomasbaron06:
thomasbaron06 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013

you did this!? :iconwowplz:,

can you take requests? :)

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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional
I did indeed. Aww, no I don't, but it doesn't hurt to put it out there into the aether. :heart:
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:iconthomasbaron06:
thomasbaron06 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013

awww shoot,

I really wish you could though,
been looking for someone to do a portrait

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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional
:w00t:
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:iconthomasbaron06:
thomasbaron06 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
haha :w00t!: :D
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:iconsameer-patil:
sameer-patil Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student
superb Headbang! 
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional
Thank you hun! :heart:
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:iconsameer-patil:
sameer-patil Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student
np:)
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:icontygahman:
Tygahman Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work playa :):beer: .
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional
Haha, thank you. :)
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:icontygahman:
Tygahman Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :)
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional
:hug:
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:icontwidx:
Twidx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
love the artwork, Johnny Depp would be proud to hang that on his wall i bet!!
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional
Wow, thanks. I really appreciate that. I'm not sure he'd ever see it though.
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:iconpepe09:
Pepe09 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Amazing work !
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional
Oh thanks! :love:
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:iconsmoocherz1:
smoocherz1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Is it just me, or does this guy look like Johnny Depp
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional
Heehee! Yup, he does look like Johnny. :giggle:
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:iconsmoocherz1:
smoocherz1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
LOLOLOLOL
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional
:aww:
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:iconshadowed-star18:
Shadowed-Star18 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
featured here [link] :D
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional
Wow! Thank you so much for this hun. You made my day.
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:iconshadowed-star18:
Shadowed-Star18 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
naawww, you're welcome!
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional
:huggle:
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:iconarteater1:
arteater1 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Fantastic...
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional
Thank you hun!
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:iconsmokeyjo7197:
smokeyjo7197 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
i have not seen this movie yet, but i want to
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional
It's a good one. :aww: I enjoyed it. Love the art direction, makeup, and costumes.
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:iconkreepychris:
kreepychris Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i just watch this movie it was cool
o yea sweet photo
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional
Indeed! It's a fun film. :3
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:iconkreepychris:
kreepychris Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
yes it is
what movie did you like
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional
Dark Shadows. :3
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:iconkreepychris:
kreepychris Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
so did you have it
here take a look at this
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional
Oh wow. I'm surprised you found that. Yeah, it was fun. I saw it in the theater. :aww:
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:iconkreepychris:
kreepychris Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
it was a good movie
that is good to know that you were surprised
here look at this one
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so funny
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional
:aww: Sure was.
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TapSkill Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
You should have got at least 3rd place... this is good.
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
Thank you; I'm glad you like it.
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