Here is a portrait of Vlad Dracula and Mina from 1992’s, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This movie, I find, is a bit polarizing to to many horror movie fans. I think the fact that the movie is more romance than horror is probably the big hurdle. Well, that and Keanu Reeves’ performance. Bad acting aside I do enjoy this film. I think it’s visually stunning. And, I do enjoy the romance between Mina and Dracula. As a monster movie fan I can’t say this is my favorite version of Dracula. I will always pick the original Bela Lugossi film as my favorite Dracula flick. But, the 1992 version is still an enjoyable addition to the Dracula film catalog.
Mina: I want to be what you are, see what you see, love what you love.
Dracula: Mina, to walk with me you must die to your breathing life and be reborn to mine.
I wanted to put out another one of these illustrations for a “poem” I wrote for this week. So I could sneak it in before Valentine’s Day. This one is about that feeling you get with that early spark of a loving relationship. Especially when you, or maybe both people, are coming together after being hurt from prior situations. The right person comes into your life and brings that much needed light to your soul. Like a lighthouse shines it’s light to break through the dark and the fog. It’s an amazing moment and also a scary moment to realize that this one person can turn everything around and change your life, when you had almost given up.
Week two of February is upon us and here is my second “love” themed piece for the month. This is a painting based on the movie, The Princess Bride. This is one of those cult classic type movies that has a big following. I must admit that I am new to this movie. I saw it for the first time only recently, in the last two years. And after hearing how great this movie is for so long, I was pretty confident that I would be underwhelmed by it. But, I gave it a shot and I’m glad I did because I did enjoy it. It’s a nice fantasy movie with interesting characters and a fun story. Best of all it has Andre The Giant in it. Since the movie, at it’s heart, is a love story, I figured it would be a fun subject to paint for this month’s theme.
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Welcome to the start of February and a month of love. I wanted to try and celebrate the feeling of love this month with the art I’m creating and posting. And this subject matter is certainly taking me out of my comfort zone. I wish I could be the type of artist who can put their heart on their sleeve for everyone to see. But, unfortunately I do not express myself well. That’s something I would like to change in the future. And, I do have plans to start doing soon. So, this month can kind of be my way of taking baby steps. I would like to be able to open up and show my feelings to someone. Try and express how important love is to me. Things that I probably couldn’t say out loud.
But, love is a double edged sword. And I’m hoping to keep this month’s work on the positive feelings that love brings. Those moments where love first appears, makes us laugh or shelters us. The times where the only things that matter at that exact moment are two people. Learning about each other.
Today’s drawing is a style that I will be repeating. A more illustrative style with a few lines of that I wrote that helped inspire the drawing. It’s a close to a poem as I can get. I got the idea for doing this after I recently bought a book of poems by Tim Burton, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories. By the title you can kind of tell it’s not really a story about the happiness of love, but it helped plant the seed for me.