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Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« on: October 26, 2019, 01:13:08 pm »

Hi all, I'm working on a CYOA game over on ChooseYourStory.com called Legacy of Dracula's Castle. It's still going to be a few miles down the road, but MadHattersDaughter has agreed to do some commission art pieces for it, which we'll be using this thread to hash out.

So here's the teaser -



It was the middle of September, in the year of Our Lord, eighteen hundred and ninety eight.

In May of the previous year, on the Eve of St. George’s day, when evil things in the world have full sway, a foreigner went up to the dread castle of the wicked Count Dracula. Whatever he witnessed there, drove him mad, for he was found wandering the streets of Klausenburg in a demented stupor two months later. Some say that he was taken to a mental asylum in Budapest; but we know nothing of how he came to be in such a state, so far from the Count’s accursed castle in Borgo Pass.

Rumors circulated that the Count had even left his castle that summer, to travel abroad, yet there remained some malevolent presence at the castle – even the Szgany gypsies, whom Dracula at times employed as retainers, fearing to venture too close.

Then came October of that same year; and with it, more foreigners. Four men and one woman arrived in Biztritz, looking for Count Dracula. There are those who say the woman accompanying them carried with her the mark of the beast. They made their way from Biztritz up to the castle in Borgo Pass and were seen again a few days later, one man short of their team, boarding the train bound for Klausenburg. It was spoken in hushed whispers, that the foreigners may have found and killed the evil Count – and that doing so, had freed the woman of the beast’s mark.

Even so, almost a year later, none dared to test the tale – for who would be foolish enough to tempt the evil that still lurked in the unholy edifice of Borgo Pass?

Such was the Legacy of Dracula’s Castle…
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2019, 02:02:04 pm »

First Five Subjects

1. Dracula (Bella Lugosi Style)


Classic Dracula. Something easily recognizable that says, "Hey it's that Dracula Guy!"
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2019, 02:06:54 pm »

2. Male Bruja Vampire


This guy is a French Cuirassier. Note the breastplate, sabre, and fancy helmet. I prefer something like the closer-up pose to the right and imagine him a lot more muscular and a bit older.
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2019, 02:06:59 pm »

3. Female Malkavian Vampire


This vampire is batshit crazy (like Harley Quinn from Batman). She wears a lolita dress with her hair in pigtails and carries a creepy naked doll at all times. A long slender navy dirk hangs at her hip (approx 19 inches length, no sheath). I prefer the dress on the left style-wise, but include both for reference.
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2019, 02:07:04 pm »

4. Male Nosferatu Vampire


This vampire is seriously deformed, like Quasimodo, but with the central fangs (rather than traditional canine/cuspid fangs) - truly a sight to see! He wears a cloak and hood (for obvious reasons) and probably has bandage warps on his arms or the like. He carries a large Kukuri and doensn't seem to notice all the rats that constantly surround him.
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2019, 02:07:08 pm »

5. Male Werewolf


Huge terrifying werewolf in crinos form!
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2019, 06:44:00 pm »

You will have to forgive me as I try to post/format these best I can! I don't know how to post images without them being their full size!

So far I've created Drac and the Frenchman. Are you looking for mostly close-up, portraits of each of these characters and are these alright?

--- You should be able to right click and download them if they're what you imagined, as these are the full files. :~)

Drac without eye pupils:
https://i.postimg.cc/2zxBfJRf/sketch1572132563874.png

Drac with eye pupils: (I prefer no pupils, especially with my style, but perhaps your vampires need menacing eyes!)
https://i.postimg.cc/cZkwHVKx/sketch1572132557591.png

Frenchman light eyes:
https://i.postimg.cc/VfL0sRm0/sketch1572132516360.png

Frenchman dark eyes:
https://i.postimg.cc/6KYGjDfr/sketch1572132532018.png
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2019, 12:38:57 pm »

You will have to forgive me as I try to post/format these best I can! I don't know how to post images without them being their full size!

Just take the address and put it between img tags and tell it in the first tag height or width  8)
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[img height=300]https://i.postimg.cc/2zxBfJRf/sketch1572132563874.png[/img]








Are you looking for mostly close-up, portraits of each of these characters and are these alright?

Yeah, more interested in closeups/upper half for these.

These are great by the way! I'm liking the no pupil eys too. They look uncanny, which is good for vampires.  :)
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2019, 02:26:18 pm »

Two more! :~)
Female vampire:


Nosferatu:
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2019, 05:31:59 pm »

Wow, these are coming fast!

The Nosferatu is perfect!

I'm loving the Female Vampire, but find the mouth a little confusing in the little pic vs. when enlarged. Any way the bottom of the mouth could be defined more?
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2019, 06:55:33 pm »

I'm loving the Female Vampire, but find the mouth a little confusing in the little pic vs. when enlarged. Any way the bottom of the mouth could be defined more?
Updated!

Werewolf:


Haha, the weekend is officially over so I'm not sure how quickly this next set will be out!
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2019, 07:08:20 pm »

Excellent! Those are great!

Of course I don't expect them to be completed so fast, so even if the next set takes a week waiting for the next weekend, that's fine haha!

I'll probably set up the next set tomorrow evening.  :)
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2019, 11:03:53 am »

MHD, anyway we could get a version of the female vampire with the dirk/sword removed?

I'm thinking that the doll is her most important aspect and that maybe the addition of the dirk draws your eye away from it.

Thoughts?
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2019, 01:44:16 pm »

I agree. I guess it could be argued she looks even crazier/more threatening with it, but whatever fits her aesthetic. :~)

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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2019, 04:39:33 pm »

Thank you!  ;D

Next installment sent via PayPal (though it will arrive by Nov 4th, due to the way its being routed apparently.) I'll put together the list of next 5 illustrations, though you can wait for the payment, or weekend, or whatever you need. No critical deadlines LOL!
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2019, 06:01:00 pm »

Next Five Subjects

6. Priest Presenting Cross


I need an evil Priest presenting a cross to the viewer (as if the viewer were a vampire). He needs to be old like the picture on the left, with a facial expression of grim determination like the shooter on the right. The middle picture might be a good pose using the thicker cross (though it doesn't necessarily need a hanging Jesus - a plain cross will do). I think it's important to show the white collar clearly though, like in the central picture vs. the one on the left.

Thinking eyes should be filled in (dark) for humans, while the white centers really pop for the vampires.
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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2019, 06:02:43 pm »

7. Mama Kark


Mama Kark is an obese cannibal Madame of a Brothel (imagine Baba Yaga decided to start pimping out girls). She's big. Real Big. She's also old, like the woman in the center, which is also the type of pose I am looking for - only with a large meat cleaver, rather than a rolling pin. Oh, and can the cleaver be on fire? ^v^

Mama Kark's eyes could be like a vampires.
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2019, 06:02:48 pm »

8. Hanns


Hanns is a flesh golem, created by Mama Kark. The picture on the left captures his face, age, and personality well. The center picture his physique, and the picture on ther right would be the 'Hulk Smash' sort of pose I am looking for (as this guy gets to pound on the player in the story haha!).

Thinking Hanns' eyes might be white with no iris at all (zombie-like) or if that looks off, then dark like a humans?
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2019, 06:02:54 pm »

9. Angry German Sailor


I need an old-timey German Sailor ready to fight the player. The pic on the left being the type of uniform and the pic on the right being a decent pose.

Dark human eyes.
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2019, 06:03:00 pm »

10. Dracula's Castle


I need pretty much this (a profile of the real Bran Castle) in your style, bat is optional haha! (I really like the Castle picture you have on your site with the dragon BTW).
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2019, 06:03:07 pm »

Extra Pic. Gypsy Fortune Teller


If you are able to throw an extra one in this time around, I could also use a Gypsy fortune teller.  :)

Dark human eyes.
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2019, 02:38:32 pm »

Priest:


And a few variations of Mama. (I love her!)




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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2019, 03:16:48 pm »

These are beautiful! It's a hard call which Mama Kark I like best haha!
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2019, 06:05:24 pm »

:~)

Hanns:


Sailor:


Castle:


Bonus Castle with lightning gif:


Gypsy:
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2019, 06:57:12 pm »

Sweet! Thanks again for the great work!

I won't get to the next set till the weekend though.  :)
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #25 on: November 08, 2019, 10:02:44 pm »

Five More Subjects

11. Stalking Wolves


I need an image with two or three wolves approaching the reader in a threatening way. I really love the pic on the right btw (even though they are not snarling, they still feel quite threatening).
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2019, 10:09:21 pm »

12. Giant Spider with Webs


This would be a giant man-eating demon spider with glowing red eyes (or the black and white equivalent). In order to represent scale, I think a few skulls scattered in the dirt might work. If possible, I'd like to get the funnel-like web to look like it is choking an ancient passageway (because in the story, the character has to kill the spider that guards entry).

After thought - it occurs to me that so far, all our pics leave the background obscure, which really works for the style. So perhaps we just need the spider and a skull or two for size reference.

If you feel like experimenting with the web elements, I'd certainly be interested in seeing what can be done with them, but thinking we need to stick with the overall style.
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« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2019, 10:16:26 pm »

13. Shadow Demons


I need creepy shadow demons! I like the nebulous smokey look of the middle pic above, but the other styles would also work. I'd prefer a picture with two or more subjects in it, though a really strong attack by a single entity might also do the trick.
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« Reply #28 on: November 08, 2019, 10:19:00 pm »

14. Rat Swarm


A swarm of large glowing eyed rats approaching the reader.
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« Reply #29 on: November 08, 2019, 10:22:50 pm »

15. Crazy Naked Man


Well, almost naked (please include a loincloth haha!). I need a wild-haired crazy loincloth wearing man attacking the reader with his fingernails, like he is going to scratch their eyes out or something. Alternately, it might also work if he is lunging at the reader with both hands outstretched like he is going for a choke.
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #30 on: November 10, 2019, 04:25:17 pm »

Sweet, I'm excited for this bunch! I'll start when I can. I'm buried in papers and projects and power naps, oh my! :~)
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2019, 05:34:48 pm »

No worries  8)
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #32 on: November 13, 2019, 10:28:50 pm »

Wolves:


Spider (white eyes):


Spider (red eyes):


Shadow demons:


Rats:


Crazy naked man!
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #33 on: November 14, 2019, 04:51:55 pm »

Amazing work as always!

Will post the last batch sometime this weekend.  8)
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #34 on: November 17, 2019, 09:58:03 am »

Final Batch of Subjects

16. Skeletal Apparition


I pretty much need this pic, only in your own awesome style. A ghostly apparition of a floating skull and rib cage (with a hint of arms) - the rest vanishing into the mists!

(Anatomically speaking, this guy is missing scapula in the back, but that's OK if it complicates things too much).
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« Reply #35 on: November 17, 2019, 10:06:50 am »

17. Butler


The Butler did it! I need this guy on the left. With or without the tray on the right.
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« Reply #36 on: November 17, 2019, 10:13:23 am »

18. Angry Mob


What's classic horror without an angry mob? Something simple, like the mob on the left, but less medieval like the outfits to the right. I especially like the Mayor with the sash leading the pack.  ;D
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« Reply #37 on: November 17, 2019, 10:18:36 am »

19. Fighting Gypsies


I need a gang of male Gypsies ready to fight. I imagine a pose something like the group on the right (only facing the reader) - with their mode of dress more in line with the pictures on the left.

(Also, what the hell kind of creepy goblin is that in the background of the first pic?!?)
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« Reply #38 on: November 17, 2019, 10:21:41 am »

20. Spy



I need this guy to be my Spy.
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Re: Legacy of Dracula's Castle
« Reply #39 on: November 17, 2019, 10:21:48 am »

Extra Pic Request 1 & 2




I need a picture of a victim's reaction to impending vampire attack (one male and one female). I like the poses to the right, while mode of dress is more reflective in the pics to the left.
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« Reply #40 on: November 17, 2019, 10:22:16 am »

Extra Pic Request 3


I don't actually need old Vlad here - I just need a magical amulet on a chain that incorporates the eight-pointed star and giant ruby on Vlad's spiffy headband. I like the inclusion of the eight small pearls surrounding the ruby, but don't want any of the rest.
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