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Vampires In Love by BryanBaugh Vampires In Love by BryanBaugh
I have received some very strange, ridiculous comments from people over this illustration. I guess there are some modern vampire fans (apparently with no sense of history) who are bitterly opposed to the presentation of vampires as hideous monsters with sharp fangs. Forget Bram Stoker - these people are convinced that all vampires should look like Brad Pitt in "Interview with a Vampire" or those new kids in the "Twilight" movies... instead of Max Shreck in "Nosferatu". Show them an old-fashioned, scary vampire, and it seems that they get "offended". Yes it is true, and I find this completely baffling... as any rational person would.

I have been equally amazed and amused by some of the angry comments I've gotten from people who are upset that I drew an "ugly" vampire in love. I guess "ugly" vampires can't feel the emotions of love or desire - only physically attractive vampires can... according to fans of Anne Rice and Twilight.

Scroll down to read the bizarre comments from these surprisingly sensitive, and surprisingly rude individuals.

I love vampires too, and I also have strong opinions about how they should be depicted. But they are make believe, fictional characters. Does it really ruin your day if someone depicts them differently than your preferred version?! People must live very easy lives to be bothered by something as trivial as this.

That said, I stick with the ORIGINAL, CLASSIC vision... of Vampires being scary, evil, undead creatures straight outta the grave. Here to ravage humans and drink blood, and turn into bats and fly away.

The pretty-boy, post-modern, emo vampires are pathetic, embarrassing whimps if you ask me.
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japender61 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Amen, brother!
anjadine2012 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Nice Dude NICE!
Creature218 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
you know i am making my own horror universe like our world with vampires, werewolves, zombies, and such and i'm basing some abilities vampires have on clasic stories, and i agree with you on how the vampires should be viewed with some liberties, and it's fair to say that something like what's in this picture can happen in this universe. so yeah, you and me are on the same page on this subject
RealtaDeSomnium Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
After two years of favoriting this picture, I thought I'd toss a coin into this fountain of debate. There is no such thing as 'the' vampire, meaning, the vampire itself has never maintained a definitive, exact identity. Over time it has changed. Its earliest accounts where described as ethereal and spirit like, with no physical shape. Later it adapted into something in close relation to a zombie- walking without a soul or conscience. Later it became more demonic, and possessed a personality- albeit a 'cursed', dark, satanic one wreaking havoc, descruction, and mischief (some reports compare them to leprechauns and sprites). By the era of Byron, the vampire morphed into a sympathetic anti-hero. Suddenly, people could pity the haunted creatures of the night and even romanticize about them. However, it must be noted that these vampires were still horrific and, according to church standards, slaves of the devil, cringing at holy symbols and recoiling from blessed water and garlic. It must also be taken into account that in Bram Stoker's Dracula, Dracula is said to have studied in a mountainous temple of the devil, and that the Count himself possessed the ability to walk in broad daylight (sans sparkles, however). If you are looking for an example of a true, sympathetic victim to vampiracy, then the titular character of the penny dreadful 'Varney the Vampire' was indeed a cursed creature with a moral conscience. Varney, though a devilish, macabre character, was remorseful towards his actions and would soon plunge himself into 'undead' suicide to end his anguish. I will not say how, exactly, but it is fabulously dramatic. In film, the vampire, for the most part, remained true to its dark roots, most notably in London After Midnight (now a lost film) and Nosferatu (a directly plagurized reinactment of Stoker's Dracula). But it was not until Universal's release of Dracula starring foreign actor Bela Lugosi did the vampire begin a new stage of its evolution. Due to censorship codes at the time and societal standards of horror (keep in mind that a film like Saw could never exist in the thirties- we had not yet been desensitized yet to our current state, and World War I was horrorific enough for society to endure), many of the major scenes from the original novel were removed, such as the stabbing of Lucy or Dracula crawling down from the window. The film itself was also based off of the theatrical production of the novel, which in part should really be held accountable for the re-workings of the source material. The count became a suave, romantic 'bad-boy' that women swooned over, and thus the amorous vampire lover became a popular sensation (although vampire lovers have been written prior to this, Lugosi's exotic portrayal of the count catapulted the image into pop culture). Others would soon join Lugosi's Dracula in years to come, each offering a different spin to the undead fiend we have grown to know and love today. To end this lengthy comment, I will say that the vampire once again further changed with the advent of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, which sparked a chain of youthful immortals that continue to captivate audiences around the world today. We have Angel and Spike (both of whom I would consider the 'Edwards' of their day), Louis and Lestat, Bill from the Stackhouse novels/True Blood, and Damon and Stefan (the original novels actually predate Twilight's 'new, strange kid at school' theme and also its triangular love dilhemma). There are many absurd vampires outside of Meyer-land, and many are arguably worthy candidates for 'worse vampire of all time'. SOOOOO… I agree with you in that there should never be any outrage in a new depiction of the undead. It is going, and will continue to, evolve, whether we like it or not. That being said, I prefer my vampires sparkle-free vertebrae of bloody, demented proportions. I actually do not mind the Vampire Chronicle books, as some scenes were truly horrofic and memorable (like a vampire getting stepped on by another, ancient vampire and being smashed into the earth, and another vampire being without blood for centuries and is thus reduced into a Varney-esque living skeletal corpse with blood shot eyes… yeah… the list goes on). I ought to just write about this on my blog. Sheesh.
BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for taking the time to write those very in-depth comments! Yes I am pretty well-versed in the history of vampires as well... I just prefer the older versions (Varney, the literary Dracula, Nosferatu, etc...) over the more modern versions (Lestat, Twilight, etc.). That's all.

I swear, when people first started leaving angry negative comments on this illustration, attacking "my take" on vampires, I thought it was so ridiculous, it had to be my friends, creating fake DA accounts just to play a practical joke on me. I am still amazed that real people with real lives could actually get that upset about such things. Trust me, there are certain depictions of the vampire which annoy the crap out of me, as well... but I don't feel any motivation to waste my time going on the internet to write the creators of those depictions a nasty message. Who cares. To each his own.

Vampire-prince-demon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Artist
I agree. Have you've read Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan? They don't look like the vampires like the one in this one, but they're scarred, mishappen , tough and kill the weak or old. They also NEVER put themselves in human affairs( well, sometimes). For more info, [link]
BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope haven't read that one but it sounds cool.
Thanks for your comments!
hiyorisarugaki12 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i love this drawing btw
BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
hiyorisarugaki12 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
your very welcome
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