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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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Khialat Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
It's not just vampires - there are also people who complain about dragons sometimes being depicted with four limbs instead of six, and people who insist that all werewolves must be bulky and muscular. I can't stand purists who won't accept variety and diversity in ideas :( As you said, these creatures are fictional and there are many ways to imagine and interpret them; if you ask me, that's part of their appeal :)

As for how I imagine vampires, I tend to picture them as shape-shifters, able to take forms both attractive and monstrous. After all, being able to appear beautiful is helpful if you want to lure your unwary human prey to you! But I have also begun to imagine several distinct breeds, after looking at various legends, including the seductive, shape-shifting Strigoi and the horrible, corpse-like Nosferatu. I've even begun working on a project inspired by Dracula, which you can see here if you want: khialat.deviantart.com/gallery…
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japender61 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Amen, brother!
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anjadine2012 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Nice Dude NICE!
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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
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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.
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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.

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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]
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope haven't read that one but it sounds cool.
Thanks for your comments!
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hiyorisarugaki12 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i love this drawing btw
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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hiyorisarugaki12 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
your very welcome
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hiyorisarugaki12 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
there are no such thing as emo vampires but i just love vampires and i have seen this drawing of these vampires in a monster drawing book and i forgot what it was called!!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The book was "Scared: How to Draw Horror Comics Characters" which I co-authored and illustrated.
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hiyorisarugaki12 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
oh yea thanks for telling me
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Skytaino Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
GREAT DRAWING!!!!! Reminds me of Fright Night (1985).
It is refreshing to see that you understand the history of vampires and / or vampire-like creatures. These are ancient myths (across many old cultures) that presented these creatures as aberrations of the life and death cycle.
I understand the views of some of these modern-media influenced people...to come up with something original. But the problem is that if you call something like "Twilight" a vampire movie, then IT IS NOT ORIGINAL. It is using the word vampire. And if it is still using that word, then comparison to the original concept must ensue. If they would have called Edward and his cronies something else, then no problem...
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for commenting!
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batgirl1969 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Would be cool to see them sharing a petite blonde cheerleader...converting her into more than just a vamp!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahh, that would be a fun illustration!
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Saphyr88 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do love me a sexy vampire but could not agree more with your assertion that "ugly" or "monstrous" is how the vampire originally was and people getting angry or upset over that is absolutely ridiculous! Doubly so if they're implying 2 ugly vampires couldn't be in love =O baffling. Well, please do accept the submission request for this going into the Best of Vampires - we don't judge on beauty or sexyness there! =D
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks for your sentiments, and yes I will absolutely accept your submission request.

Over the past couple years since I posted this illustration the comments have gotten much nicer. You really have to scroll down a long ways now, to find the psycho comments. But I still think it's funny that people could take something totally imaginary, so damn seriously.
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Saphyr88 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One would call it passion... if it wasn't expressed with so much possession. =D
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha!
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x-Ink-Black-Heart-x Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Nosferatu would kick any of the wanna-be vampires in twilight's stinking dairy air.
"OW hey Imma vampire why did you bite my arm off???"
"You ain't no vampire, you're just some dork with glitter!!!" :XD:
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skittles1460 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
twilight ruined vampires!!! but they r still awezome nd tht iz an awesome pick! nd to teh twilight fans, watch an actuly movie with real vampires in it, not some gay ass show taht has gay ass people in it, nd edward is fukin ugly!!!!!!!!! i had to say that nd idgaf if any one says im retarded or anything cuz its the truth watch some real movies that has real vamps in it! example, dracula is a real vampire, and watch Vanhelsing, its an awesome vamp movie, so get ur head out of ur ass and learn wat a real vamp iz... awezome pic btw
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presterjohn1 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said above and a great picture!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks for your support!
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doctor3uk Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
In actual legend vampires are vile, ugle, disease spreading horrors. Oftern as not they don't even drink blood, just transmit disease.
I hate modern shit like Buffey and Twilight. The only cool vamps are the monsterous inhuman ones.
Anyhow Mr Vamp here is a lucky, lucky fellow. His girlfriend (girlfeind?) is just my type!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I would tend to agree with your opinion on vampires. Oh and thanks for your kind words on my art!
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edgarallenpoedreamer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I frefer the old version over the modern type...your not alone in you opinions
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rockywhoreor Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
lol. actually, the "woman" isn't ugly here. just the guy. that seems to be more about gender double standards than old-school vs new school vampire or the whole species would be 'ugly'. HOWEVER, since there are probably a lot more straight male horror fans, I truly can't fault that, and I do love the beautiful women/scary monsters images regardless. Beauty and the beast is always a fave 'theme' for me (I'm just not offended by equally attractive male versions and/or UN-attractive female ones) To each their own, and all that junk. lol. yada yada. so don't take that as a negative comment. just pointing a small point out.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well-said, and a good point. The notion you suggest, would not have occurred to me. To be honest, I never think twice about "gender double standards". That's one of those topics that today's left-wing liberal "politically correct" generation worries about. I find that whole viewpoint boring as hell. And so sadly anti-romantic!! I guess in 2011 that makes me a "sexist", or whatever... But I prefer an old-fashioned world where men are men and women are women. And in the horror genre, that usually means the men are hard-edged, oafish brutes and the women are delicate flowers.... no matter if the men and women are normal humans or monsters. So, I tend to write and draw my characters that way.

That said, I don't take what you are saying as a negative comment. You sound a hell of a lot smarter and more thoughtful than the people who have complained about this drawing. Thank you for chiming in.
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Lyn-zAshlin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
I myself are a teenager, yet i find it disgusting how today's vampires have evolved. thank you kindly for this magnificent work ^^ its good to find someone with TRUE sense of what vampires really are.
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Queens-Of-Loath Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holy shit! i told myself i would not log in today but you sir have forced my hand....I Freaking LOOOOOOOOOVE you right now!!!! I'm on deviant looking for refrences my vampires and i looked at your pick and i was like crap they took my idea. i making a vampire the masquerade role playing character. she malkavian (crazy as all hell) and shes dating a Nosferatu and i was afraid of the exact same comments your getting. i still couldn't see her dating a pretty vampire cause people automatically think twilight so thank you thank you for this!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your welcome!
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IndianaFan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
First off, This is a fantastic picture. Super cool. I love kind of cartoony feel mixed in with the old vampire stuff. Kind of gives it a new scale of creepiness

I will admit that I love an occasional fluffy vampire as well. (Not at all Twilight but, Anne Rice yes and Jerry from frightnight, either 80s or modern movie, I consider a little fluffy as well)

But to be perfectly honest, I think the best part is reading all the ridiculousness people are posting and reading your very calm reactions to some pure psychotic craziness. X3 Of coarse this has kept me from writing my english paper, so, though Im not pumped about that, I am so glad I made this discovery. XD
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks for your comments. Yes, it was fun to spar with the Hot Topic kids at the start but I've pretty much given up on replying to weird comments anymore. I have a job. I am way too busy these days, to acknowledge nonsense like that. Thanks for your kind words on my art. Now get back to your English paper!!
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falconlord5 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Hell, even the original Dracula was an ugly dude.
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eris-chaos-goddess Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think a mix of beautiful and ugly vampires makes a story complete *hearts* Laurel K. Hamilton did it modern and right in my eyes, until she turned the Anita Blake series into a smut-fest.

I love love love this picture!!!
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eris-chaos-goddess Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got the book this is in!!
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David-Zahir Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
I'm a major vampire fan (although--perhaps curiously--I neither love nor hate TWILIGHT). What most impresses me about this, other than the general quality of the drawing, is how you managed to combine the monstrous and the beautiful. These vampires manage to be repellent yet oddly erotic. Bravo!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for that compliment!
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Infernauta Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it..!! i love the 1922 nosferatu, and love the klaus kinsky remake.. but i must admit that i too love the anne rice vampires.. perhaps because im more "young", but the twilight "vampires" are simply pathetic.. at least the anne rice vamps are evil and drink human blood and have goddamn fangs..!!
i'll use the same nickname the godzilla fans gave to the new zilla movie.. twiligt vamps are VINO, vampires in name only..
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha! VINO. I'd not heard that before. Good one. Oh and thanks very much for your comments on my drawing!
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Infernauta Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love your style and topics.. i was in fave frenzy in your gallery.. keep up the good work!! and like they say in my country (méxico) "le quieren enseñar a su padre hacer hijos..!!" (they want to teach their father how to make babies..!!) lol. keep ignoring those preppy-harmless-vampire-nazi lovers!! classic vampires ftw..!!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, Awesome! Thanks for your very nice comments. Feel free to chime in on my Deviant Art gallery anytime you want.
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Evil-Doppelganger Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Cool pic; the girl reminds me a little bit of the old b&w movie character Vampyra (she was in Plan 9 for short bit).

As for the vampire lovers, let me spell this out for you by borrowing an analogy from someone I heard on a panel at a scifi connection recently: A person falling in love with a vampire makes as much sense as a person falling in love with a shark. And it will probably end the same way!
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DinoDude75 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Better love couple then twilight.
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skittles1460 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
i agree 100%!!!!!!!
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froggermea96 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
i like this picture... but i do think the teeth are slightly too big for the face.... but i love this
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n3gativityinblack Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is neat.
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