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Erik by Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Erik by Sylent-Anpu-Phantom
Erik Le Fantôme de l'Opéra

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Old drawing…

He's been a 12 year project. I took the original drawing and have been working on him for over 3 years intensely. No not because it took me that long. I think it’s because I did not feel I was good enough to use Photoshop and painter, at least good enough to revamp him. I’m still not completely happy with him. I wanted to give the illusion of not being digital. I’m feeling ok with the outcome for now. I know I’ll probably mess with him more in the future, which is the reason why I have not posted him till now. Any and all help with technique is very welcome. I took digital art last semester, which was taught on Painter, and he did not teach shit. All he did was have us draw from a model. Hello I could have done that at home. I need technique. I know how to draw from a model. So yah HELP.
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Critique by UntiltheEarthisFree Aug 21, 2012, 7:57:22 PM
I just had to write a criteque for this BEAUTIFUL painting...

Vision: 5 stars! I love how you treated him as a real person, this doesn't look like a phan-art, it looks like a proper portrait from the era (not the Erik would ever allow a portrait!) You believe him to be real, correct, so do I. You took what Leroux gave, and you understood it. Beautiful.

Oringinality: 5 stars again. You did what Leroux told you to, but I haven't seen anyone else really take it to this, really really work that hard (12 years!!!???) to make him just as he was. Beautiful.

Technique: 5 stars, what else? This is perfect. There's nothing more to say. Your shadowing is very good, and were weren't even using a "skin-color", so it's different from other things. You acomplished everything so well. I'm sure even the real Erik (as you know he WAS a perfectionit) would be quite pleased.

Impact: (Is there a 6 stars??) 5 will have to do...I guess...

THE PAIN in his eyes! THE BEAUTY in his eyes, THE MUSIC in his wow... How did you DO that? Yet...when I look into his eyes (and my eyes are imediately drawn to his, and I can hardly look away) you can see the music there. In those haunting eyes, inside that hidious face... there it is. There lies the music. How did you capture that? Every time I see this image I wonder... "Is this real? Did he really come back for a moment in this drawing?" His eyes are just so beautiful. So, so so beautiful. I hope that even people who have never heard of POTO (there are those people?????? I'm sure there are some, somewhere...poor them...) will still somehow be drawn into this, into looking in his eyes. The voice of an angel coming from a monster? Yes, but in those eyes (I'm serious, how DID you DO THAT with his EYES!!???) you can see the voice of that angel...and that angel trapped inside the monster he's become... that man, who could have been the greatest of men, living behind a black silk mask, to hide...this... (I'm going to start crying now...)

I never really thought of this before, but your painting made me realize that besides being terrifying to look at for others... (and himself I suppose, that'd be hard to get use to) His nose...or lack there-of...wouldn't that be painful? I never thought of the defomity causing him pain before...but I wonder if it does...? Poor Erik...

In short: 5 stars all around...THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. I mean that, it's beautiful, because Erik is beautiful. You did in an image what Leroux did with words. A beautiful monster...who's very soul is made of music.

I hope this didn't sound all gushy and sappy, but this really really touched me. It really did. There are tears. Finally, someone who drew him as Leroux really "drew" him. :) Thank you, so much, for this. Everyone in the phandom needs to see this. I'm not kidding. Beautiful.
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SpiritBird-250 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's exactly what my mind conjured up when I read the book.

I'm either a very strange person, or he doesn't actually look that bad. I see things in a weird way...hmm 

But anyway, great job!!!!Flying tard 
Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No I don't think you are a strange person. He probably didn't look that bad. But I guess when someone isn't expecting a living skeleton it might freak you out a tad. ;)

Glad you liked him. Thank you. :D
SpiritBird-250 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Giggle Phew! 

You're welcome. :D
YamiPharaohess Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
I love that man, and you do him justice :) well done!
Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much :)
paroapockinroo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow you did amazingly on the eyes!!!! Its crazy how you made them look like they are looking right at you! That's hard to succeed at well done!
Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
Thunder-Star Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is such an amazing drawing. X3 It really captures my vision of how Erik was described in the books~ It just looks so real, both in execution and in his expression, and the yellow eyes are stunning! I've tried to draw a realistic Leroux-Erik before, and it's challenging! I wish I had this skill! ;D;
Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much. A lot of research and it does help i know some one who's been through the same things Erik has. I also met a Girl in the Hospital who was born with out a nose.
Thunder-Star Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I'm sure the research would help a lot! ;D Same with knowing the girl~
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