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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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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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