Being that it's almost Halloween I've found myself trying to get in the spirit of the holiday season. One of the ways I've done this is by partaking in a number of horror films, both new and classic. As you can guess the original 1931 Frankenstein made the list.
One of my favorite shots is of Henry (or is it Victor?) Frankenstein himself. I think it's likely the scene that depicts his lack of sanity the best, while ironically claiming the exact opposite. So I couldn't help but try to capture this. It's just such a great shot - and line.
This drawing is done in graphite, both with a woodless graphite pencil and a Staedtler mechanical drafting pencil. The surface is a gessoed piece of Rives BFK. Instead of using an eraser for highlights I opted to use white acrylic paint. When I scanned it the scanner warmed the paper and cooled the paint. The whites in the original are a bit more neutral, but I dig the push between the temperatures so I left it as is.
Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you later,
Crazy, am I?
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Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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