Use sym­bol­ism in your vam­pire art

The ever-pop­u­lar genre re­ceives an in­jec­tion of fresh blood from Liam Peters, who ap­plies a deeper mean­ing to his bold com­po­si­tion

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Al­though I’ve al­ways wanted to paint a vam­pire piece, given the sat­u­ra­tion of vam­pires in the me­dia there’s a real need to try and set my­self apart. While tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from my favourite vam­pire movie, Bram Stoker’s Drac­ula, my over­ar­ch­ing aim is to cre­ate some­thing con­tem­po­rary in com­po­si­tion and con­cept with­out be­ing too far re­moved from my usual style.

I start think­ing of a vam­pire’s lust for hu­man blood as an ad­dic­tion as much as it is a phys­i­cal need. Through this I start de­sign­ing a red woman who’s sym­bolic of this bloody vice. What de­vel­ops is an im­age of a vam­pire em­brac­ing this woman and her, in turn, gen­tly hold­ing his arm, urg­ing him to keep go­ing.

I try to push the com­po­si­tion a lit­tle more with the use of black en­com­pass­ing the woman and shap­ing the flow of vis­ual in­ter­est. This dark space preva­lent in the im­age is not only a part of the vam­pire him­self, but also sym­bolic of the empty hole within him that can never be filled. This in­sa­tiable lust for blood gives way to the ti­tle, The Great White.

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