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From the Shadows by NihiloNeko From the Shadows by NihiloNeko
I decided I'd like to take a stab at the Dark Shadows contest :)

At first it started out as a sketch, I really didn't know if I would enter the contest. I figured I'd rather try semi-realistic than my comfortable style, or Burton-esque. I just thought... "What kind of portrait would he have hanging in say an office or over a mantle (etc)"... As the sketch got more detailed, I really started to like it :)
But... I didn't want to just color it with colored pencils. I was afraid that I wouldn't be happy with the finished texture. So, I tried something completely different: make up. Eye shadow, more specifically. This picture is probably 90% eye shadow. The papermate pen allowed me a comfortable inking style, a yellow pen for the details on his ascot, and a couple of colored pencils to add a little more color in his eyes and some texture to the hair... Oh! And a bit of marker for that little blood mess. I liked adding the "old stains" and "messes". I thought it help make it look a little more... authentic?
I thought it was a bit of a bold move, using a ... "medium" I had never used before. When I started I felt very brave, and quickly became comfortable with it. I actually went out the next day and bought a few more "palettes" to finish the picture X)

So, I suppose that's really it. I just tried to keep it simple, but add a little risk to it :)
Hope someone out there likes it.
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killjoySG Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
The ending was terrible, but I loved the show:)
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel bad- I still haven't actually seen it :iconlazycryplz:
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killjoySG Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Ehhh, you're not missing much. It wasn't a really good show, but Johny Depp played a rather convincing role in it:)
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wasn't especially excited for it, but I heard the old series was good, sooo...
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chaotixnightgirl Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Artist
This picture is badass.
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks XD It was fun :)
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littlecheese Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
glowing chin
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No longer a night-light for vampires!
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blowfishwings Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Very well done-it looks fabulous!
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :D
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Kuroyoake Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eyeshadow! Interesting choice of medium for this. I think it works well!
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
Mom had mentioned you did something with eyeshadow sometime ago...
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Kimmeeninja Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you will definitely win this xD
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno. There are some pretty good portaits out there X) Let's just wait 'n see if I make it into the top 7.
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Kimmeeninja Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure you will xD don't worry :D
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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Kimmeeninja Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:] Don't forget though there are some people who made theirs from scratch(like what you did) and others just used pictures and tried to edit them to make them look slightly different. I'm sure those who put forth the effort to make theirs unique, and drawn well Tim Burton would definitely be impressed :] plus you made yours your own so no one could duplicate your work xD it's just like a fingerprint each artists has his or hers style of artwork xD (note: just watch for xerox copiers... :ninja:)
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, art theft is a big deal -__-; I've never had anything stolen that I know of...
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Kimmeeninja Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Jail all the art thieves!! :D and I hope none of your stuff gets stolen or anyone's in general >3<
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Kuroyoake Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, I was just going to say that this is original. I was looking through some of the entries, and most of them were just copies of poses caught in screenshots. There were even a lot that were done in a Burton-esque "Corpse Bride," "Nightmare Before Christmas" style, obviously hoping to appeal to Tim Burton. As an artist, I'd be impressed if someone could copy my style, but for a contest, I'd rather see what the artist could do on their own. ^_^
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Kimmeeninja Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know it sucks >3< I wanted to see someone make their own creation... :/ slight bummer ya know? I saw those they were kewl looking but, I think they were trying too hard to be similar to Tim Burton which in some ways seen as "imitation is the best form of flattery" btw I looked at yours and they rather kewl xD I can't draw very well on the computer but I am practicing and I hope to eventually be really good but I am better drawing by hand >3< and people aren't my strong suit it's mainly abstract/weird... or at least my peers say so... ps. I am jealous that you can draw humans so easily and even though the muscles are in the sketchbook portion the concept of it is really kewl :D possibly Tim Burton is looking for a new twist for his character instead.. I wish though a lot of people didn't use so much black and such >3< I know he is a vampire but... it was the 70s man!! Bright colors, shag carpet, and lava lamps!!(I was looking for someone do something that would be completely unexpected for the usual dark tones....) Sorry wrote too much habit >3<
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Kimmeeninja Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :D
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks X)
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Kimmeeninja Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :D
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