It's the 16th Crepping Wednesday and I warn you - put your scarfs on, as a ghastly figure approaches! Today you'll read about Dracula
, vampires and nosferatu. The theme was suggested by one of my greatest CW suggesters, ~JadasArtVision
. I'd like also send thanks to =Natalia-Luz
for suggesting visual work for this issue. The next CW is going to be about Alice in Wonderland
-- please, as always, remember that I'm looking for underappreciated works that were done traditionally.
What is that attracts you to traditional art?
- Traditional art, when you see it up close or hold it your hands, has always fascinated me. I can lose myself just studying the brush strokes, line work and overall technique of the artist.
- My art is actually a blend of traditional and digital methods, although I tend to draw everything by hand and then add colour and/or manipulate it digitally. I love the immediacy of a sketch, something spontaneous and full of energy – that’s what attracts me to traditional methods, as when I have tried to create things from scratch digitally I find it slows me down and that takes a lot of the energy and feeling out of it.
What is your first memory consider Dracula?
- My first memory of Dracula would have to be Bela Lugosi as the Count when I was a child. That image of Lugosi creeping along the wall, coming out of darkness, is just about my idea of perfection.
- My earliest memories of Dracula are glimpses of Christopher Lee with blood streaming down his chin in one of the many Hammer Horror films from the 1970s – I don’t remember which one, but he’s definitely the one I think of first.
From all the countless versions and adaptations of Dracula's stories, which one would be your most favourite and why?
- I would have to say my favorite version of Dracula is still Bram Stoker's original. When I was 10 or 11 I received a beautiful Unicorn Publishing edition, lavishly illustrated by Greg Hildebrandt. That book remains one of the most treasured books in my horror library.
~mygrimmbrother - I’m a big fan of Murnau’s Nosferatu. The grainy quality and the heavy expressionistic shadows are superb, making for a truly chilling atmosphere. There’s something terrifying and animalistic about the Count Orlok interpretation of the Dracula character too – a hairless, angular and feral creature as opposed to the haughty aristocrat portrayed by Lugosi and Lee.
Thank you for your answers!
Similiarly to dragons, you can find vampire equivalents in most of the world's cultures. Not all of them hunt for blood - there are also vampires feasting on others' life energy, for example.
My favourite type of vampires comes from Slavic mythology. Called "bezkost" in Polish, which would translate to "no-bone", they are as far from the idealised present image of a vampire as you can imagine. Just like the name suggests, they have no bones, only their sharp teeth. A no-bone vampire looks like a sack made of human skin and some muscles, like a huge leech that can slip through very narrow spaces and get you when you think that you're safe.
Here are some nice groups accepting traditional art deviations related to Dracula: