When it comes to memorable characters in horror films, few are as heavily referenced and as recognisable as The Bride of Frankenstein. Victim (like the original monster himself) in James Wale’s classic Universal horror, her mixture of hollywood starlet looks, lightning streaked hair and macabre medical bandages make for one of the strongest images in cinema, and an example of perfection in character (or should that be creature?) design.
I can’t let Halloween go by without a special illustration, so I offer you my take on this goddess of horror in the form of a black and white portrait illustration. Created digitally in Adobe Photoshop, it shows a loose style that focuses the detail on her face, with thick, highly textured brush strokes to invoke that feeling of grainy, black and white film stock. See the image below for a detail shot of the facial features.
Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!
From WikiPedia: Bride of Frankenstein (advertised as The Bride of Frankenstein) is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein (1931). Bride of Frankensteinwas directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester in the dual role of his mate and Mary Shelley, Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein, and Ernest Thesiger as Doctor Septimus Pretorius.
The film follows on immediately from the events of the earlier film, and is rooted in a subplot of the original Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein (1818). In the film, a chastened Henry Frankenstein abandons his plans to create life, only to be tempted and finally coerced by the Monster, encouraged by Henry’s old mentor Dr. Pretorius, into constructing a mate for him.
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It’s back! It’s Alive! It’s the return of the Halloween competition!!! The rules are simple… Name all five of the classic horror movies as drawn here by myself and you could win a free print of your choice from my Society 6 shop!* Place your entry in the comments section below. Only one entry per […]