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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.

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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible! 8D
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional
Oh thank you. :aww:
SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are more than welcome, my dear! ^^
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional
Awww! La love 
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.
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:
PM-Graphix Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional
Thank you. <3
eruiz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Great work!
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional
Oh thank you so much. :glomp:
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