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Portrait of Barnabas Collins by nonnahs144 Portrait of Barnabas Collins by nonnahs144
With a little bit of photo-manipulation and a lot of digital painting, Barnabas Collins is now ready for his close-up. :)

EDIT: in case anyone is interested in what my process was like, here is a run-down of it:

-First I made a list of things that I want going on in my image.
-Then I made sketches of different poses and directions I could have the character go in and made tiny value thumbnails of the whole composition in pencil. [and picked which I liked best]
-I took the two reference images I needed from the asset pack into PhotoshopCS5, then liquified, warped, and re-painted certain areas until they matched my sketches.
-Converted everything into black and white.
-Used various Photoshop brushes and painted everything on new separated layers for easier access and editing. [also referred back to the ref of J.Depp to make sure there was a likeness, as well as referred to myself in various lighting conditions to get things consistent]---This is the part that took the longest, I made such tiny strokes!
-Went through various background and border ideas, until I settled with this one.
-And lastly colored! Made a new layer and set it to color. Played around until it was where I wanted, and Bam! Finished~
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:iconsydneyitssydneyyo:
SydneyitsSydneyYo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional
This is just creepie.....lol
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JoviClaire Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Photographer
I think you deserve to win!
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KawaiiChibiKuro Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*squee* :iconlove:
Wow, cute! It's a Barnabas chibi!! I love chibi Vampires!! (not the MANGA... although I like that one too)
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:iconstaclouica:
staclouica Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
aw how cute!! love this <3
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Shiroiyuki3 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really surprised Tim Burton didn't pick yours...since it looks a lot like something he'd do himself.

>_<!
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adelaidegladney Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Photographer
i think it looks like johnny depp! *scowls at comment below*

this is totally Burton. i love it : )
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Synferi Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
This is really an awesome portrait, but I have to say it looks nothing like Johnny Depp, which is confusing because that's what the contest was about...
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I also thought Johnny Depp as this character looked quite different from usual (I think its the lack of facial hair), but when I asked people who my portrait reminded them of, they always said Johnny Depp.
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Synferi Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Well, it is pretty awesome either way.
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:iconcomatoselily:
ComatoseLily Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist
this is so Burtonesque. i think you're gonna win.
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you~ we'll see!
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LovelyTurnip Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Yours is my favorite of the ten, definitely. I think your style is so wonderful! Good luck. :iconloveloveplz:
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww, thanks!
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:iconakatem:
akatem Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
For some reason.... this reminds me of Coriline.... BUT IT'S SOOO GOOD!!!!!!
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I love Coraline, the book and movie~
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:iconakatem:
akatem Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love the movie but I had no idea that there was a book! And you're welcome!!!
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:iconomath47:
omath47 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
congrats! does this remind anyone else of a Mark Ryden painting? xD
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! And someone mentioned it already~ ;)
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:iconomath47:
omath47 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
really? oh yeah! well anyways this is really good
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mytwocats Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Congratulations on making the semi-finals!
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thankyou!
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derrykatt Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
this would be my pick for number 1 had i been a judge! i love it! it reminds me the old board games clue or masterpiece.
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I only have the new Clue game, so I don't know what the old one looked like.
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derrykatt Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
your welcome.I love the result of all the effort you put into this. I'm not sure what triggered the Clue game similarity, come to think of it-maybe the movie. in any case yours stands out to me as great-imho.
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Riotxgrrrl85 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
i think this is by far, the best!!!
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
:blushes: thanks!
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Lime-smurfette Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Tim will probably like this one, since there is such a "Tim Burton" feel to it.
I really love the detailing on the vest and in the cloak.
Really great Job. Now I'm going to go molest your gallery...
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for noticing!
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xXRainbowChihuahuaXx Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing, reminds me of Mark Ryden's work!!!
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nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ooo I used to love looking at Mark Ryden's paintings. I haven't in a long time though, I'm curious to see his more recent work. ;) Thanks~
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xXRainbowChihuahuaXx Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your'e welcome
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tonksiford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If this doesn't win, there is no justice in the world <3
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha, Thanks! but no worries, there will always be justice. Burton could be looking for something more unique than what I made.
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:icontrudos:
Trudos Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student General Artist
We could have a winner here
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
:blushes: thanks!
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:icontrudos:
Trudos Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconi-am-who-iam:
i-am-who-iam Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I LIKE!
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nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
:dance:
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ArtWorkzbyWmD Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Sup Shannon~
So first let me say 'Congratz' to you and your spot as 1 of the Semi-Finalists! Your 'portrait' is my fav amongst the Semi's and I'm sure you'll place if not win the whole thing! Although I work mostly in Adobe Illustrator, and 'dabble' in PhotoShop, I'd love to learn how to take my art to that next level with PS. The work you presented here clearly stands out and truly has the vibe of this whole contest! Take a moment to look @ my efforts and advise me if it's possible to 'tweak' it to have more of the painted/realistic feel by bringing it into PS. Hopefully you can pull it up through my spot (since I don't know yet how to 'link' it, sorry).

Thanks for your time,

William D.
ArtWorkz Studioz
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! And sure I'll take a look at it, but just know if you have specific questions or techniques about Photoshop, its best to search for tutorials or try things out on your own, so you can really grasp the techniques.

dA has tutorials here in the resource section: [link]
(Just type in some keywords to try and find what you are looking for.)
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JetEffects Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
I hope you win, i think you did an awesome job, very creative, very original, and very Tim Burtonesque.
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I feel though that Burton could pick any of the entries, depending on his mood. ;)
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FelineShaow19 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
if i may ask that frame is really lovely its similar to the one on The Corpse Bride was that an inspiration? the angle of the picture is really unique i like it alot it seems that somewhat distorted style is what Tim Burton is looking for very well done!
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nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! A couple people mentioned to me that it reminds them of the Corpse Bride portraits, but I actually hadn't thought of them while I was working on this~
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recentrunes Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally awesome, I love the expression in the mouth. Best of luck for the win!
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thankyou~
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fairiepop Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Love the feel of this :D Congratz on being a semi-finalist :D <3
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:iconnonnahs144:
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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