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Bernardo Lovelock by tymime Bernardo Lovelock by tymime
He looked at the lock over his heart, and then looked down and spotted a key, seemingly its mate. He pointed to it and asked what it was for.

His host looked at it and picked it up, holding it up lightly in his hand.

"What, you mean this?" he said with a smile, chuckling nervously.


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An entry for the Seventh Sanctum contest "Twilight of the Vampires": www.seventhsanctum.com/contest… The rules said to be "different" (and not much else), so after picking his name, I drew this in a sudden fit of inspiration.

Bernardo Lovelock is a toon bat, born in Scotland, who long ago had a deeply serious romantic relationship with a woman he loved very much, which unfortunately ended with him getting dumped and his heart broken.
Wanting to forget the pain, he placed a magical lock over his heart, which he attaches to his jacket, so that his heart would stop beating and prevent feelings of sadness, regret, loneliness, and most of all romantic love. He feels everything else, though, especially fear.
The most unfortunate effect of this lock was that he was forced to become a vampire in order to stay alive. He also can never go any further than ten feet away from the lock, or else it would cause him pain- so while he can take his jacket off, it must stay at his side at all times.

Over the years, he's gotten very used to living as a vampire, living in a castle that normally rejoices in escapades of a macabre nature with his many spooky friends. Ordinary people would still consider him to be a scary freak, though, despite not being evil. But he's still a very tense and nervous fellow who's easily frightened, especially if you bring up the matter of the key that unlocks his heart.
Should his heart ever be unlocked, he fears that it would start beating again, and that he would fall into despair and fits of hopelessly sappy daydreaming.

UPDATE: For further insights into his personality, see this mock interview: fav.me/d2u6lxd

Seriously- this is the very first time I drew him. He just came out this way... after freely associating things with the name "Lovelock" and my favorite horror films, out popped all these symbolic objects that I couldn't readily explain. It was all sort of stream of consciousness.
So for the next few days, I found myself needing to draw other sketches of him in order to fully realize the details, based on this one drawing. I knew what I wanted out of his personality and design- I just had to get it down on paper. Also, I needed to have all of it ready before I could start coloring him.
So I really could only put his backstory into words until right before I started coloring him, once I tidied up the feelings and associations I had attached to him in my mind.

I took a lot of inspiration from cartoons and comedies that were based on macabre humor, especially from the '60s and '70s.
I'm actually not sure what to do with him- I'm thinking he'd mostly be a spokesperson for my love of old-school horror.
Normally I wouldn't have introduced an original character of mine here without copyrighting it first, but this being a contest and all...

The sketch was done in pencil, and the colors were done with colored pencils and Crayola crayons, with some further tweaks in Photoshop. I've always wanted one of those huge boxes of Crayola's complete line of colors, because you can do so much with them... I had been planning to take crayons outside of the realm of children's drawings, and use my knowledge of painting and light and shadow to realize the crayon's full potential.
...And I must say, I've really enjoyed it, like I always thought I would. Crayola crayons are awesome!!

~Fatal hilarity

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Selenmariene Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great art!
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super-tuler Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010   Digital Artist
I really love this character, I read the full description and I kept leaning into my monitor as if I was excited to read what other juicy details you had on him. In fact, I was excited! Great drawing, really, really interesting character you have here. :)

Great work!
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tymime Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks! I'm glad you had that reaction. I only wish others did, because it didn't win me the contest...
Did you read the mock interview? You'll find plenty more details there.
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super-tuler Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010   Digital Artist
Ohh, I shall when I'm at work later on this evening. It'll give me something to do to pass the time :D It should of won, it was very captivating.
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AmberWolfy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Student General Artist
I like the idea! I like to use crayons too, I prefer them over colored pencils.
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Count-Hoenhiem Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010   Writer
This is pretty good. I like how you've chose a Toon Vampire, but made him just as dark and sinister as his non-Toon cousins. Very nice touch.
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PsychoAngel51402 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Oh! He looks like such a sweetheart! I got a little misty-eyed when I read your artist's comments...such a sad story! Oh, I hope you get it all written out and post it here! I can't BELIEVE you did this with crayon! I LOVE his expression, the details (especially his fur), EVERYTHING!! This is by FAR your best work I've EVER seen! I'm in awe, my friend!
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tymime Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I'm glad that I managed to evoke an emotion like that... even from a summary!
Yeah, I like to think that I have a good eye for color, and blending them to get the proper effect. It helped a LOT to take painting class, although one thing crayons can't do is especially dark and/or subdued colors. You're kinda stuck with vivid ones, no matter how many colors you mix.
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PsychoAngel51402 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
It struck a chord, somehow! I bet I won't be the only one,either!

You do indeed have a good eye! And you made it sound like you were just beginning your training! Well, I suppose you can never really say you're well into your training until you're getting on into the famous stage, can you? :) I guess Crayola never realized the wide range of artists and styles they'd be used in when they chose their colors, eh? When I was little I was forever annoyed that my Red, Green, and Black (especially Black) crayons were stubby and worn out after only a few drawings, because I liked to draw black dogs and horses in green forests and fields, with red flowers, collars, etc. :P

Will you be posting more of him? Model sheets perhaps? :eager:
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tymime Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I did only start taking painting last spring. I do have the good fortune to have a mother who knows a lot about art, being an artist herself, so she exposed me to a lot of the old masters while I was being homeschooled during high school... that may have something to do with it!
An artist's best tools are his/her eyes! If you observe things closely, you'll eventually learn through osmosis- at least that's the case with me- and no amount of technical studies can replace that.

Luckily they make crayon sharpeners these days. The box I got came with one. It already smelled of wax for some reason...

I will be, but I've got one more week of school, which means I have some work to concentrate on... I'm not sure if they're proper model sheets, but they are sketches showing what he's supposed to look like...
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