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The Curse of Dracula by stratosmacca The Curse of Dracula by stratosmacca
This was my birthday gift for my husband this year. We've been on a Hammer Horror marathon since last month and I've been enjoying the hell out of these films.

He requested something depicting Peter Cushing as Van Helsing from The Brides of Dracula (1960) and Yvonne Romain from Curse of the Werewolf (1961), hence the title of the piece.

I'm on a huge Peter Cushing kick right now-- he's such a phenomenal actor. He is my Van Helsing. I wish all Van Helsings were as badass as he is in The Brides of Dracula.

Anyway, it was a challenge painting this piece. I haven't used openCanvas since the Jenna painting from 2006. But it was a lot of fun. I'll probably do some more painted pieces in future :)
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Mute werewolf mommy and Van Helsing teaming up? AWESOME!!!
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pencil-pawn Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i MUST watch those films. they sound epic.
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent!!! But I'd love to see your version of Yvonne Monlaur, if you haven't done one yet!
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141188 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
Peter's VH kicks ass! He is the best Van Helsing, he really captured the perfect balance between cold scientist and kickass vampire hunter. I think I need to pay a visit to your gallery, these pics are awesome! FAVE
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Kirk-Mints-Studio Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Really nice!
Ya, i've love Hammer films since i was a kid.
My friends and i saw every film in the theatre or drive-in that came out, and back in the early 80's when video machines were first introduced i'd buy Hammer videos from guys in magazine ads who'd tape them off some late, nite TV station (including the station call letter), and my friends and i would be in heaven.
It was expensive but fun trying to find everything i could, and trading with friends, but lots of good films weren't released till the last 10 years.
Of course today i transfered all my rare videos to DVD, and bought everything i was missing on DVD, and still watch them over and over.
Anything with Cushing , Lee, Barbara Steel, or Vincent Price is a must have.
I remember Back in 1968 my sisters, and girlfriend, screaming during "the Conqueror Worm", and saying it was the scariest movie ever.
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rhannah Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
Thanks darling! How much do I owe you? My soul?
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Ninja-G33k Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Gorgeous! Stunning! Stupendous!

FAVED!!!!111eleventyone!!!!

Your husband is a profoundly lucky man. You must remind him of this at every opportunity. :XD:
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kiwimouse Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
So THIS is the piece you were talking about!!! OMG... *drools* Ick, look what I've done to my keyboard. I've seen Peter Cushing in a number of other things, (although no Hammer movies, shockingly,) and I just adore him. Amazing, amazing work you've done here; I love the intense look on his face.

What a wonderful birthday present! I hope he liked it!
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stratosmacca Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yep! I should've had it finished a couple weeks ago, but I'm still getting the hang of openCanvas... Hopefully I'll get faster as I go ;)

And omg, you must see Peter Cushing in some of these Hammer films! He is fantastic!
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kiwimouse Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
Better as you go? ORLY? What other masterpieces of fannish delight do you have in store for us? *HINT BIG HINT* I am totally innocent.

And I'll get right on the Peter Cushing-watching... just as soon as I get off my cheap British scifi kick.
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stratosmacca Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oh, there is nothing at all wrong with cheap British sci-fi ;)
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angelgaby Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
i love this!
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stratosmacca Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I've watched my share of Hammer films, but not "Bride". But I'd recognize that look anywhere. Those beehives and tacky costumes, haha! Great work, and I love how you did Cushing. :D
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stratosmacca Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)

I think Brides may be my favorite Hammer film... or at least one of my top favorites. It was only just released on DVD recently, I think. Before that we had to resort to buying a very expensive out of print VHS copy. It is well worth watching, though!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
And lo and behold, I can watch it on Youtube... whee! :XD:
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whoisrico Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Really nice work!!
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stratosmacca Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Rico! :)
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Marker-Mistress Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Dude I had no idea you already finished this! And it looks awesome! (I'm glad you didn't stoop to using lensflare on the lantern lol) You really know how to use that opencanvas!
And you're right, looking at some of the other Van Helsings in cinema, Peter's totally owns them all. ;)
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stratosmacca Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks, man! And yes... I couldn't resort to using the lens flare. That's S4 territory! ;)
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Marker-Mistress Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahaha Yeah, I mean you'd have to draw S4 Avon with all those studs to be able to use the lensflare ;)
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