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Daniel Blum the Insane Vamp by sephiroths-muse Daniel Blum the Insane Vamp by sephiroths-muse
Yet another character study based off Jemiah Jefferson's vampire books. This is the multi-talented vamp named Daniel Blum, by the way. He's German who wears lipstick and glittery eye shadow and is into some *freaky* stuff. :stab: He's easily one of the hallmark characters of the vampire series. Seriously, no one can overlook this guy. He's just too crazy, too out there, and very... :chainsaw: :jackdirt: :mwahaha: ...... Never mind. Let's just say this isn't the guy you want to take home to meet the parents. :granny:

And of course, he's also the lover of Orfeo Ricari (the love of my pathetic life) :love: :worship::worship::worship: If you checked out my Orfeo painting and read the description, then you should know what kinda relationship they have.

I did this with a mechanical pencil, btw. I call it an exercise since I'm still wondering what type of hairstyle to give him. It's supposed to be spikey and, if you're like me and have played games like Kingdom Hearts and the Final Fantasy series, you'll realize there are *many* levels to having spikey hair. :D So I'm still messing around and trying to come up with a hip and interesting look. Hence, this character still has a ways to go in terms of depicting him visually. In fact, with the exception of some things, I'm not happy with him quite yet. I think I can do a lot more with this guy and will continue to explore him and try to convey what I see in my head when I read about him. I'll probably email Jefferson and take her up on that offer about showing me some reference pics regarding him. I guess he's such a powerful character that I feel intimidated a bit. :p

And, as always, these are Jefferson's books if any of you are interested and are old enough to handle em:
"Voice of the Blood"
"Wounds"
"Fiends"
"A Drop of Scarlet"
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BloodlessVoices Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Writer
I've read Voices of the Blood and Wounds but not the other two yet. Strangely, your love for Orfeo mirrors mine for Daniel. ;) I don't know why, but the character just pulls me to him like a moth to a flame. Love what you did with him, though I do kind of picture his hair a bit shorter. Still love it! Damned good work I say. 
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Xeavon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Not familiar with the character, but I love your artistic style/ signature! :D
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JoHo92 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
that looks awesome !

go on with it i rly like it :D
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sephiroths-muse Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
Thanks! I'm glad you love the style. ^_^
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JoHo92 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
NO problem :D
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Jeff3333 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
I love the shading you've managed to do with this. I've never read the book but your drawing makes me feel as if I know exactly what his character his - great job
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sephiroths-muse Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007
Wow, thank you for the lovely comment! I'm glad you love the shading since this is one of the first images that incorporates my traditional painting style. I figured I should try to connect my traditional work with my digital stuff. Again, thank you for the comment. :D
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Jeff3333 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
I do indeed love the shading - it's extremely well done and I'm extremely jealous ha ha
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Rosaka-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Student General Artist
Beautiful shading. 8)
Your style is very nice. :heart:

*tilts head*

Wow, yeah, this is so good. XDD
Great lighting and the hand looks nice too. ;)
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sephiroths-muse Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
Thanks for the comment! Sorry for the belated response. I'm trying to catch up on my DA checkups.

I'm very excited whenever ppl talk about this piece. It's my experimental faze with color since I'm just floored when ppl talk about it.

And yay! the hand looks good! hands are like the #1 artist nightmare, lol
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Rosaka-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Student General Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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mjrahabim Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
Beautiful work! I love that face and those nails! Wow! You are really talented!
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musela Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
Wow, great detail.. I love how you did his hair.. :)
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sephiroths-muse Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
Glad you loved the hair. :D I used to be scared of draw hair, once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away. :omg:
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Shakahnna Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
He looks a bit like someone famous but I cannot think who. I think my favourite part is the hand actually with those large nails and you get in so much details!
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sephiroths-muse Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
LOL, seems the hand is a popular part of this drawing and it's funny because, originally, there wasn't one. I was also *this* close in not including because I was acting too lazy to go through the hassle. :P Still, I felt something was missing and when I added it there it seemed to make the image. Once again... the inclusion of a hand changes everything. :D
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Shakahnna Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
It's amazing how something small can change the whole perspective of a picture. Like sometimes what is standing out as looking wrong isn't actually the problem at all. Or so an artist much better than myself told me ;) But it really does look awesome.
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CameDorea Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
The quality of your pencil works is really stunning :faint: It's so vivid, your lineart is so precise and your shadows gorgeous :love: :love:
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sephiroths-muse Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
:glomp: I'm so happy you love my pencil work. Golly whiz, you've commented on several of mine and I'm in cloud nine for that. And yes, I try hard to convey shadows and interesting linework. It's just amazing that you mentioned everything I set myself out to accomplish. Thank you so much for making me one happy gal. :D :love:
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CameDorea Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Nyaaaa I'm really happy if I can make you happy :love:. I mean every word I told you in my comments ne~ :hug: :hug:
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CameDorea Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Nyaaaa I'm really happy if I can make you happy :love:. I mean every word I told you in my comments ne~ :hug: :hug:
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CameDorea Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Nyaaaa I'm really happy if I can make you happy :love:. I mean every word I told you in my comments ne~ :hug: :hug:
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Dyingroseofsanity Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the hand is great
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sephiroths-muse Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
Major thanks! Hands used to be one of the tricky things to draw. But I've kept on at it and will continue to. I'm glad you love the hard work I put into it. :)
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Dyingroseofsanity Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ofcourse! welcome
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ElvenAngel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
:p Haha, I'm actually gonna admit he looks totally outta here, but he still looks more tame than my two vampire characters (but then again they're meant to trash at modern pop literature conventions of vampires, so that's VERY relative)

But I love what you did with his hair! And... OMG... that.... shading......... *drools*
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sephiroths-muse Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
LOL, believe me, this guy ain't tamed. Any vamp who goes down on himself while having a psycho girl take pictures of him in action is as wierd as it can get. O_o

And, and thanks for digging the hair. I just wanted it to be a little different from the norm.
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ElvenAngel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
He goes down on himself?! XDDDDD That must be the most ridiculous thing ever... my vampires are just... 'wacky' all round. They're heavily non-conformists and they do whatever they want. They're largely a-sexual although they do love to poke fun at their human servant...
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Oooo...I love the expression. It bleeds a sort of tranquil insanity.

Experiment away, I would love to see more of him.
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sephiroths-muse Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
Weeeee!!! Thank you! You know, I first started with a quick portrait with his head angled just to make it a little more interesting and get me working on side angles. The moment I added the hand, everything changed and it made just made it for me. ^_^ Funny how adding hands keep changing my images lately... (remembers hand in Orfeo's painting, lol)
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Erika-M-R Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooommmggg!! woman stop being so good right now you are making me cry!!!!

P.S. Shading and the details are beautiful :)

Erika M. R.
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sephiroths-muse Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
:glomp: Thanks for the comment Erika. ^_^ Ooooh! My shading and details get the 'thumbs-up' from the Goddess of Kickass Art. :worship:! Be still my beating heart... :D
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Erika-M-R Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Man don't start this with me again :shakefist:
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sephiroths-muse Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
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