How I cre­ate… a bloody em­brace

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1 Ini­tial con­cept

Orig­i­nally, I imag­ine the woman as a hu­man rather than a sym­bol and have the vam­pire’s dark­ness forc­ing her against the side of the pic­ture, to em­pha­sise the fu­til­ity of her sit­u­a­tion. How­ever, I want to push the mean­ing a bit more and make things a lit­tle less lit­eral. Fur­ther­more, it wasn’t ob­vi­ous that this fig­ure was a vam­pire.

2 Mis­placed at­ten­tion

In this par­tic­u­lar sketch the woman is more sym­bolic, but is too sub­mis­sive with no real power – just like an ad­dic­tion should have. The vam­pire seems too de­tached and show­ing his en­tire face may bring too much at­ten­tion to him as a char­ac­ter, and de­vi­ate from the main con­cept of blood lust and ad­dic­tion.

3 Fig­ure al­ter­ations

Us­ing the first sketch, I an­gle the vam­pire’s head back­wards to show his fangs and also give his mouth a eu­phoric ex­pres­sion. Lim­it­ing the view of his head not only leaves some­thing for the viewer’s imag­i­na­tion, but also keeps the fo­cus on the con­cept rather than char­ac­ter back­story. Fur­ther ad­just­ments to the woman also leave her look­ing less fear­ful.

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