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Dark Shadows by PennyHorrible Dark Shadows by PennyHorrible
I've decided to invoke the great Tim Burton himself for my entry. The asymmetrical shadows and exaggerated lines are an homage to German Expressionism, one of my favorite periods in art/film history.

I am a HUGE fan of Tim Burton, so as soon as I heard about this contest I got to work right away! I've been a fan my whole life, going back to the first grade when I dressed up as Catwoman for Halloween. I dragged my Mom to the theater to see The Nightmare Before Christmas half a dozen times when it first came out and I have seen every film he has ever made and anticipate each new release eagerly. I even traveled to New York just to see his show at the MoMA! He is my favorite director, artist and kiddie book author. To be judged by him would be a dream.

I am very influenced by his work, so if you are also a fan, be sure to check out my other entries and my gallery.

Thanks for looking, commenting, and favoriting. Best of luck to all other contestants! :pumpkin:
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InsanePaintStripes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely lovely. The blue and pink swirls, reminiscent of veins and arteries, are a nice touch! I especially like the jagged edges of his shirt sleeves, because it really brings out the Tim Burton style! <3
:love: :happybounce: :blackrose:
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the thoughtful feedback! I am glad you enjoyed this piece.
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ElRinaZuza Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very interesting artwork! Yes, I agree that this Barnabas is just a little bit similar to the Victor from "The Corpse Bride"; nevertheless it is one of my favorite animated cartoons so I don't have any complaint to your character.
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I will take that as a compliment :D
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ElRinaZuza Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome and yes, it was a complement.
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Biggerontheinside10 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
He looks a bit like Victor van Dort from 'Corpse Bride'.
But it's a brilliant piece all the same! :laughing:
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Victor is much cuter lol! This guy looks demented. Thanks :)
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Biggerontheinside10 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconlaughingplz: That's very true....
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Ha! So very cool! I love this! Good luck in the contest! :dance: from tarpalsfan
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :D
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
You are welcome:)
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CoolTurtleLover Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student
Johnny Depp is hot. Your argument is invalid. I love you work!
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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ChristopherDavid420 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Nice work... But doesn't look like Johnny Depp... They should take it down like they did three of my pieces I entered for the contest...
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's too bad they removed your entries, but that really doesn't give you the right to go around around and police everyone else's entries. If you have concerns about the contest's rules and regulations, take it up with Devart, and leave the judging to the judges.
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jaicy-jpg Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^THIS, thank you!
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HoudaShams Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great! very Burtonesque !!
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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HoudaShams Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome!
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MaddLouise Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your shading is lovely. The style definitely comes across as Burton. But the hands look primative to me in comparision to the rest of the image..
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, and I agree with you. I will most likely go back in and fix them up. Thanks for the c.c. :)
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MaddLouise Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool :) you're welcome.
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've fixed them and added some background shadows :) I think it looks much better now and more complete.
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MaddLouise Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree :thumbsup:
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lsarver Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You've got that Tim Burton look cold! Good Luck!
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Best of luck to you as well :D
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kyleighishot Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
i like this! it reminded me of the corpse bride characters!
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I was going for a burtonesque character so I am really glad that it comes across that way. :joy:
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barmybritishbird Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My distant relation Richard Hollis is in this playing Mr Winters - don't know what sort of part it is. We haven't got this in UK yet
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It hasn't been released here yet, either. DO you know your relative? You should totes ask if he can get you autographs!
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Best of luck to you! ^^
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, Jolly! I doubt I will win (or even get to the finalists) but it was a lot of fun to do. I might also try a realistic portrait. I can't wait to see what you come up with!
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Do you know If the finalist are the ones that are the most popular, or the ones the devart crew will pick?
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think popularity will be a deciding factor. It's my understanding that the judges will select 10 of their choice and then Tim will pick his top 3 from those. Perhaps a few of the more popular ones will make the cut, because there are some really brilliant entries ^^
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's good! So everybody gets a chance! :D
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PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I agree! There are some really fantastic, lesser-known artists on here who deserve some recognition.
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