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March 1, 2013
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EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
Model
KODAK EASYSHARE C613 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA
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1/44 second
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F/2.7
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6 mm
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160
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Jan 2, 2013, 3:04:26 PM
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Windows
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Vampire Goddess by brettgray Vampire Goddess by brettgray
This drawing is a fusion of the vampire bat in nature and the vampire of folklore. The common vampire bat , Desmodus rotundus , (Desmos, meaning “fused together” and odus from the Greek odontos or tooth, and rotundus meaning “round”) , is so named because of its large pointed incisors and canines which are so close that they appear to be “fused” together within its dome-like skull. The headdress worn by my vampire goddess is similarly fused to her own skull. So there’s a lot of fusion going on here in this drawing.
I named my vampire goddess Desmodea. She has no eyes (borrowed from the old wives’ tales regarding bats as being blind---which they are not, by the way) because she is so old and powerful that she has no need for them. I figured she could hunt for blood using her highly developed sense of smell or have servants do the work for her. The little bat-winged creature (perched on her elaborate choker) flies around and collects the blood for her, feeding it to her from its tube-like tongue.
This piece was sold to a private collector in January, 2013.
Charcoal on paper, 2012.
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Davey4Life Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing!! how long did it take you to do this? quite impressive!
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brettgray Mar 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, my friend! I usually have several drawings going on at once, so I typically jump around from project to project until they're all finished!
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Manga-Lauren Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, this is amazing! The merging of all the creatures into one is so striking and powerful, and all the texturing is incredible!
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brettgray Mar 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words!
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