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

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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 eyes...wow...just 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! Erik...is...AWESOME!!!Flying tard 
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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
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SpiritBird-250 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Giggle Phew! 

You're welcome. :D
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YamiPharaohess Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
I love that man, and you do him justice :) well done!
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much :)
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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!
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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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;
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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.
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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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sanukart Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic! I've been very inspired since I was a kid to see a realistic version of the phantom portrayed. I'm kinda tired of the Gerard Butler versions running rampant. He was not a handsome guy with a patch of messed up skin. He was horrid and gruesome, and I think you captured the essence of that here without making him look on the other hand like a demon. I'd love to create a version that shows his emotion coming through his horrific appearance...
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. You might be interested in my other Phantom works they are mostly Leroux based.
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ncfwhitetigress Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
How does one sing without lips?
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Quite easily ;) the sound comes from the vocal cords. And he is a ventriloquist after all.
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ncfwhitetigress Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh right. :stupidme:
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hehe
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BeetleJuiceBeetleWut Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
may I use this for my research paper? I'de be honored to hand this in and this piece of art be the first thing you see.
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sure you can. I would be honored. All I ask is yah give me credit. PM your email and i'll send yah a version with out the watermark.
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BeetleJuiceBeetleWut Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
oh thank you thank you thank you thank you!!
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) sent
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BeetleJuiceBeetleWut Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student General Artist
its in my powerpoint :)
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!!! How'd it go?
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BeetleJuiceBeetleWut Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
presenting it tomarrow, my class isnt exactly open minded but at least ill get a grade
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sorry to hear that.
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undying-L-O-V-E Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
feature here: [link]
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RosaRoseRozsa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I am not good at writing reviews. However, this is very well made, showing real Erik, Leroux´s Erik, Phantom of the opera like he should be (and yes, I like 2004 movie for it´s sumptuous, if overtly sweet visual opulence, grand melodrama and gorgeous music).
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's ok you don't have to write a review and thank you for the comment :) I'm glad you liked it.
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undying-L-O-V-E Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
feature here: [link]
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XxiLive4SeddieXx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What an amazing painting. One of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Those twelve years really did pay off. :clap:
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Glad yah liked him so much.
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Phantom-Sparkles Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student
so this is what he looked like in the book i had my thoughts but i am rather young so it was hard to read but people like you help me under stand what they look like. cheesy comment
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes he looks similar to how i drew him only I wish I could have done better.Maybe that might help [link]
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michealdark Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
See, this is what I think of when I think of Erik. A guy with a small like burn mark over his eye? Useful only for the awesome quarter mask. That's it. No, if the story is about ugliness and an attempt to have love redeem it, Erik should look like something that would be difficult to care about based on appearance, someone who would be shunned from society because they can't see past the deformity to the man beneath, someone who would be turned into a monster by man's hate and cruel ways.
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I completely agree.
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michealdark Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Which is not to say that Webber's Phantom is without merit. It's a well written musical with awesome songs that captures a lot of the basic tragedy of the story. Michael Crawford's Erik was also fairly repulsive in appearance (he looked kinda like the Norse goddess Hel in that he looked like half his face was alive and well and the other half was rotting off his head). Butler's Erik though...I liked the portrayal generally, but the deformity did not warrant those reactions. So he had a messed up eye? Maybe some people would look at him with curiosity, but I doubt anyone even in 1870's Paris would have been awed to black out inducing terror at him.
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oddly I didn't find Webber's Phantom repulsive at all. I like the music and it's a fun musical, but keeping to the book, story wise fell short for me. I agree on Butler's Phantom though.
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nika3123 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good piece of work... What makes me wander... is such deformity is possible? I don't question lacking of nose and lips [link] but looking like a walking dead?
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. And yes it is very possible. I met a girl who was deformed as such when I was diagnose with diabetes in the hospital. She was put in the same room as me. Anything is really possible even today with all the medical science. There were famous men who displayed themselves as living skeletona. Claudio Ambrosio Surat was just one Claude Seurat is another man who showed him self . [link]
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nika3123 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I met with opinion that Erik was a cruel madman cause he has killed people and felt good with it. I won't judge him cause I didn't read the book. But I think they have forgotten that every coin has two sides. It's not like everything is white or black nor the Phantom was totally bad ( from what I found out from posts). There's always a reason for killing , killing because you like it isn't any reason to me but thinking that it makes you an artist ( no matter how weird) is a reason. So , my point is his madness ( if he really was) and cruelity could came from the way people reacted at his appearence. Btw Did he really existed? Cause I met different opinions and I got confused.
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I completely agree. Some people think that he did not really exist. I suggest you read the original novel by Gaston Leroux and formulate your own opinion. I know he existed. There is proof if you go looking in the right places.
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nika3123 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You mean opera's undergrounds , right? Well some people say that those who work there feel weird at that place , forgive me but I forgot opera's name. And from what I've found out about book's plot and characters I dare to say that the only person I understand is Erik and Christine ( in some part) but Raul de Chagny and The Persian well I don't like tem , especially Persian. Erik thought of him as a friend but Persian claimed him to be just a monster and prevented him from killing any more people just beacuse of his rent.
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not just the underground that was there long before Erik ever was it was used in the Commune. There is a lot of evidence and some of it starts with the book it's self. The name of the Opera house is Palais Garnier, Paris Opéra House, Opéra Garnier, Opéra de Paris or Opéra de Paris Garnier. You still should read the book it contains a wealth of knowledge and describes the characters far better they any version has thus far as well as it points to things that would prove his existence. But like I said it depends on the person and what they have found and who they have talked to. There are different translations out now some are more enjoyable then others. Mireille Ribière is far more accurate to the original french one.
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nika3123 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok , thx :) Maybe I will read it some day
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Hunteress1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
O_O So thats how deformed he was..? no wonder why Christine screamed in shock..I thought he had a nose though..-Meh- no matter what I still am a phangirl for Erik..
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Have you read the novel by Gaston Leroux? You might want to read that if you are a 'phangirl' for Erik.
He was most likely more deformed then how portrayed him.
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Hunteress1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Well to add on I dont really believe it, hes 20/25..somewhere in his 20's I've always thought.
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Hunteress1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
I haven't read it, But I know all the versions of Erik, And thankyou for reminding me of the novel by Gastron Leroux.


There is simply different types of Eriks, there is a more deformed Erik- this one..I believe he happens to be 50..
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
um he's 52 to be exact.
Here is the book
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all version were based off of this man.
you might want to check out my site too.
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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just cause you believe something doesn't actually make it so. Even in the musical he is 35-45 even 50's. Soooo.
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Red-Rose-12 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
wow you really drew the orignal phantom very nicely. good job!
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