Day 16/31 – Dracula

October 20, 2016

Dracula Illustration by Victoria Elena

This is an installment of a daily project I’m launching for the month of October. I’ll create work revolving around the theme of identity and regrowth and I’ll update my blog with behind the scenes content, process, and finished artwork. Click through to read more. Catch up on the ongoing narrative here.

Enter my Frankenstein Print Giveaway


Dracula was a fun one to draw. Most of these horror portraits take about 12 hours across the span of 2 days to finish. But Dracula took only 6 hours. I love how buttery the pencil marks came out.

One negative thing I’ve learned from this process is that the fixative you spray onto your work often ruins it. It causes the graphite to separate, especially on the darkest parts of the piece. I’ve ended up having to go back in to blend the darks and smooth out the gradients for all of these portraits. It might just be that I have a heavy hand when spraying the fixative, but otherwise, it’s an added step you don’t always anticipate needing to do.

So, that’s your art fact for the day! I’m working on 13 days of ink drawings. I’ll post some ‘catch up’ drawings later today.


Classic Gothic Horror Portraits: 

Frankenstein’s Monster
Bride of Frankenstein


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Daily Tarot

Death Tarot Card photography by Victoria Elena

The Death card isn’t always as scary as people think when it pops up in a reading. It means the end to something, but it doesn’t necessarily point to strife, pain, or literal death. The Death card symbolizes the end of a cycle and the birth of something new. Sit with yourself and start a dialogue about what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. Ask yourself what is making you happy and create concrete steps towards making that happiness a daily priority in your life. Put an end to a cycle or situation that does not serve you and find strength in the ability to say ‘no’. Be selfish with your time and with your attention. Not everything or everyone deserves you.




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