Phantom by fantasist

Phantom

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Added: Jan 09, 2007
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‘Feast your eyes, glut your soul on my cursed ugliness!’ Gaston Leroux - ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

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fantasist's picture

Thanks for your comments. I certainly seem to have got into a darker area with digital art. Still just experimenting, really.

Guest's picture

well thats done good. i like yours old art more original.but this is goes like common dark shadow of digital art.everybody just linked into gloomy and black.maybe fashion, i dont know.

fantasist's picture

Thanks, James, glad you like it. It was a long job getting there, but I'm pleased the mood and character come through.

somerset's picture

This is superb work, Malcolm, and it's incredible to think that you are just a beginner with digital....man! I can't even get off the starting block!!!! great to see the phantom the way he should look...was never a fan of the toned down musical versions! You have briught us back to "chaney" and the moodiness of it all! EXCELLENT! Smile

fantasist's picture

Thanks. I still take a lot longer to do a digital picture than to paint one in acrylics, but I am enjoying the learning process. The hat is based on those worn by Lon Chaney in the silent film and Michael Crawford and all his successors in the stage musical.

Guest's picture

Your skills with digital media are improving so fast! This guy is great. The face is good but I really like the clothes and the rather jaunty way he wears the hat. I want that hat by the way.

fantasist's picture

Thanks, Pierre. I am a great fan of the Phantom, but I often feel that dramatised versions and films are not bold enough with his ugliness.

fantasist's picture

Thanks, Stephen. It took a very long time!

fantasist's picture

Thanks, Matthew. I have always had problems with getting lighting right, and I spent a long time on this one. Much work with smudge and blur tools went into the cloak - in fact, once I get the basic colours on, I find those are the main tools I use for digital painting at the moment.

fantasist's picture

Thanks, Rita. I am glad the expression of sadness comes through - that is my overriding impression of the Phantom in the original book.

fantasist's picture

Thanks, Robin. I was quite pleased with the candles - lots of smudge and blur to achieve the effect.

fantasist's picture

Thanks, Uwe. It took a very long time and lots of photo reference material to get right.

carles's picture

Ah ... Gaston Leroux ! I just love your litterary references. Your take on the Phantom of the Opera is briliant.

Guest's picture

wow malcolm,
this work is excellent.

mattbradbury's picture

Hi Malcolm, this is really great work you're doing. I love his cloak, the folds in the fabric look very believable and that's not easy to achieve. You have played with the colour and lighting a little more in this one to and it looks great.... Love the red in the shadows, very effective. It works well with the blue on the other side. Great work!

rita's picture

Wonderful work, he really looks so sad...

witchcraft's picture

The candles in the background really set the mood, nice work.

j-art's picture

Man you really got very fast into digital, this is fabulous work! A really impressive piece!

Art at its best.