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Vampirus Provectus Miserabilis by nyctopterus Vampirus Provectus Miserabilis by nyctopterus

"It didn't used to be this way, Smithers. No, it didn't used to be this way at all."

A miserable old vampire sits on the step in front of his throne, nostalgic for the days when he was sexy because he drank blood and stayed up all night, not because of his bunny-ears.



File info because it is fun:

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GraySayell Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
outstanding :clap:
emeseszorenyi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work is insanely beautiful! Scarily unique! I would fave the whole gallery!
shabado7711 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
it's crazy! I look into your gallery and the small pictures on the view don't do your art justice. I full view them when I open them up and I'm even more blown away!
This one in particular is wonderful. Expect me to purchase a print from you in the soon future.
VoodooBiatch Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
The colors... is like looking at Egyptian hieroglyphs. so rich and mysterious. it looks sexy too.
at0mica Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Student
every detail of this piece is so gracefully executed. the time it must have taken...but what a lovely outcome.

the floor is absolutely perfect. i also rather enjoy the egyptian imagery this sort of echoes-- the vampire looks a bit like anubus to me

you make very obvious just how patient you are, and it pays off :aww:

nyctopterus Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
Thanks, it was a little Egyptian influenced, and it did take and awfully long time!
opiumtraum Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
missed this!
ZigguratArtwork Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Really a excellent work.
MarkShifrin Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
This is unbelievably beautiful
Everything just matches everything else
Just perfect
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006
Awesomely intricate. :D This is vector art??? I salute you.
nyctopterus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006
Vectors is best for intricacy.
WillowIstari Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't normally comment on strangers art because I'm way shy, but I came across this randomly and I had to. The wings are the most amazing thing I have ever seen, and the colors are astounding.
Caddielook Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredibly unusual work! so detailed, so original... :+fav:

i'm stunned by it!
you're a real talent! keep it up!
ekster Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2004
Wow :omg: There's only one thing I can do after seeing something like this... besides wetting my pants that is. :+fav:
Aoede Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2004
Wow. Amazing work! Love it. The wings are fantastic, but then, so is everything else. I don't know why, but I especially like his robes.....
mftalon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2004
Crazy cool!
phuture2k Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2004
amazing detail and prespective ! :+fav:
crafty-barnardo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2004
Amazing stuff! seriously considering getting a nice print of this one :)
ebichu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2004
Wow. I love your style the wings look so cool. Vampires are my thing.
phraseology Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2004
DAMN IT MAN! Get a wish list button!!!
nyctopterus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2004
You have to offer a print for that. Unfortunately, exporting print-sized images on my slow old computer is a royal pain in the posterior. But I'm getting a new computer, so I'll be offering prints of just about everything soon.
phraseology Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2004
...then can I search for a wish list button...*please say yes please say yes*
nyctopterus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2004
JetpackDragonfly and ConflagratingChimera are the only things I have prints of at the moment.
burkina Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2004
thats just sweet, i am mixxed between awe and envy! lol

excellent, i have always wanted to try wings like that
achirea Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2004
whaaaa.. man.. :) this is devotion :) as well as that dragonfly thingie.. great art
a word of advice.. in future projects when drawing this complex try to detail stuff (eg wings) in separate ai files and afterwards you may import them into one big one.. that's an idea
nyctopterus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2004
I did. Not the wings - Illustrator actually deals with lot of little lines reasonably well - I had the curtain and the floor in separate files - but when it comes to pasting them in things always need work to get them to look right, and it's my screwing around with transparency to get the light just right that it hates.

In outline mode it was still fairly usable, but most of the frustration comes from making the millions small adjustments to colours and transparent objects that I do towards the end, when I need to see the entire thing properly.
achirea Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2004
well yes you're right..
anyway keep it up
the grace in your art is amazing
inziladun Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2004   Writer
The Advanced, Miserable Vampire.. What an excellent name for this. :)
The detail of this is just superb, I truly value every single minute you put into this.. And what a masterpiece all that hard work produced!
The first allusion that I saw in this picture was Egyptian mythology; the head of that vampire is very much like that of Anubis, the designs on the joints in those mechanical wings are strongly Egyptian, and the ibis-head-shaped adornments on the throne he's sitting in remind me of Egypt in general, but also of Thoth, the god of knowledge. In fact, this whole colour scheme reminds me of Egypt! Bronze, gold and semi-darkness. That's the key. :nod:
The vampire's clothes, very richy adroned (he was probably very rich), also remind me of Egyptian aristocracy. And the way they flow and settle on the ground is really wonderufl, as though they were made of something extremely thin and soft like silk. Perhaps he was an Egyptian demi-god/vampire!
Ahem; and then behind the throne, on the walls, this Egypt-linked design changes and becomes more reminiscent of something likely to be seen in India. The single 'stripe' of images looks like a sort of artsy mural, and the walls all around (a very pleasant shade of red by the way) have such beautiful subtle designs in them.

Now once again you have shown amazing skill in creating a hybrid between org anic and mechanic; although all these amazingly detailed designs remind me of ancient Egypt, the wings undoubtedly are a link to more recent, or even more distant times (future-wise). They seem to be outlined with metal, apart from the amazing metallic 'muscles' holding the wings in place, and this definately brings out the fabric or texture that the wings themselves are fashioned out of. On their own they might look very fragile and sensitive, but outlined with such a strong streak of golden metal, and streaked throughout with the same metallic lines as it is, this material appears to be some futuristic chemically bonded substance, both beautiful and tough. (Whoo look at me go)

The lighting is another thing which blows my mind, and that must have been one of the things that took you the longest to do; they are so utterly realistic and all-encompassing, and they along with the reflections on the wings and on parts of the throne make it seem like the light is coming from somewhere above.

This is absolutely stunning.. Godly work, man, inspired and godly. :faint:
Karbon-X Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2004
very very detailed
kouqa Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2004
Wow... just like, wow. Lots and lots of detail, and very nice. Some times when people use detail they over do it, in your case, you didn't. That's a good thing. =D
Cute bunny ears too ness. hehehe
blugoo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2004
Far out... Wish I had something more intelligent to say. The symmetry! So perfect! You work on half and then mirror it??? Stunning work.
rocksicle Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2004
Are you some kind of masochist?
verucasalt82 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is AMAZING. +fav
chippermonky Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2004   Digital Artist
beutiful, some peopel have too much patience :P. Lovely, I need to learn how to do illustrator agg sutpid finals.
lunarfall Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2004   Interface Designer
hey, how do you count the amount of paths and stuff ?
nyctopterus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2004
In the "window" menu choose "document info" . There's a whole bunch of options in the menu that drops down from the little arrow on the top right of the palette, choose "objects" (making sure that "selection only" is off) and then " save", and it will save a text file with the info in it.

I'm not surprised no one seems to have discovered it. ;)
Alec3 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2004
Wow! Well done :D I'ts beautiful and so detailed! And congratulations on being the featured artist at ~vbu. You totally deserve it!
opacus-somnium Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2004
Wow, I had no idea you could do such things with vector (I have no idea how it works, either, though). But you don't have to know how to make vector to appreciate it. This is amazing. I love it, the colors, the subject, the detail, the title. My favourite thing of all, though is the wings. Absolutely stunning. :+fav:
twinware Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2004
antimule Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2004
rad , def something different vector wise for a change
liliy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really need to learn how to use illustrator 10.. *pokes dorky swan pic* The detaiil in some of these images amazes me. *_*
nyctopterus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2004
Well, most of the detailing isn't anything tricky, just lines (I do tricky stuff with lighting and shading mostly). All that's required is a lot of hard work.
dragonfli Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2004
its insanely good, also has an egyptain style to it :)
potlan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2004
A+ for effort!
And wow, it's not greyscale!
nyctopterus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2004
So, nice try and at least it's not greyscale? Thanks anyway... ;)
potlan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2004
No, it's totally kick ass, I was just too tired to leave an intelligent comment!
nyctopterus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2004
I was teasing, which is impossible to express with emoticons.
potlan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2004
You never know. This is Deviantart, after all.
nyctopterus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2004
Yeah, maybe we need a "can't find the appropriate emoticon, because the list is too long" emoticon.
MattMart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh.... my.... gods.... I just can't comprehend the amount of complexity in that thing. I think we have the true king of vector right here.

And what a cool character. Frank the bunny has met his match :D

Easily a +fav, and I'd certainly buy a print if one were offered.
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