Dracula Project

Posted: 20th March 2019 by Charlotte in Acrylics, Dracula Project

Carfax Abbey

The Project: It was early October, 2018, and I needed a quick project for Inktober. What better subject for 31 ink drawings in the blackest of black ink and the whitest of paper than illustrations of that great 19th century novel … DRACULA. (Bet you haven’t read it.)

Mere ink sketches didn’t begin to answer the depth and creepiness of Dracula. I decided I needed to do a full press illustration of the entire book. (Yes, I’m crazy-ish.) I began with 5″ x 7″ drawings in marker, acrylic ink and watercolor pencil. Pretty soon I expended to fluid acrylics, and larger 8″ x 10″ sketches.

Themes: You may have heard that Dracula is about syphilis, (Bram Stoker denied that his book had anything to do with sex), but there is so much more in this novel – deviant sex, technology vs. magic and superstition, First World (of 1890) vs. an invasion of the Third World. Does Dracula have meaning in the 21st Century? I think so.

I plan to concentrate on the themes of technology v. magic and the invasion of Western civilization by a foreign and dangerous enemy.

Check out the sketches on the Dracula Project sketches page for my brilliant thoughts on the dark, spookiness of the most famous monster ever.

Howling of the Wolves

Posted: 26th March 2019 by Charlotte in Dracula Project

Jonathan leaves his fast, modern train, and joins the diligence coach. Against the advice of the local villagers and the coach driver, Jonathan is left at midnight at a crossroads in the mountains. He is picked up by a driver, who races through the night, chased by wolves. The night landscape is lit up by blue gas flames that mark the site of buried treasure on Walspurgisnacht.

Here I added an invented character – the Angel of Death, who floats above the landscape, and hovers all too closely to the terrified Jonathan.

Some Imaginative Whirlpool

Posted: 26th March 2019 by Charlotte in Color Pencils

3 May – Jonathan Harker’s Journal: I read that every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool; if so my stay be very interesting.

As Jonathan travels east through Europe, he documents his travels in his shorthand (new technology) diary and his letters to his beloved Mina. He leaves behind the familiar and safe West and enters a land where all is strange and disconcerting.

This sketch is a multi-media extravaganza – markers and watercolor pencils. Train tracks scramble through the forest as Western technology extends its tentacles into the primitive East.

We were leaving the West

Posted: 26th March 2019 by Charlotte in Acrylics, Dracula Project
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3 May – Jonathan Harker’s Journal: Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through the streets …. The impression I had was we were leaving the West and entering the East …

Newbie London Attorney, Jonathan Harker, leaves behind London, and his new fiancee, Mina Murray, to travel to the Wild East of Transylvania, where he plans to meet his law firm’s new client – an eccentric Count who has purchased property in England. He travels on that most modern of Victorian technologies – the steam engine powered train.

3 May – Jonathan Harker’s Journal: Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through the streets …. The impression I had was we were leaving the West and entering the East …