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Erik - Phantom of the Opera by JenL Erik - Phantom of the Opera by JenL
This is Erik as he was described in the original book. This is what the Phantom REALLY looks like. As much as I love the movie, Erik isn't really supposed to be handsom, he was actually described to look like a living corpse or a zombie. As sexy as Erik was in the movie, I still kinda prefer the book version of him better. ^_^ O.K. it may seem a little disturbing to see him without the shirt but Erik says in the book that he is covered in death from head to toe, which means it wasn't just his face that was deformed.

Whats the deal with the half mask? It's a mockery of the movie versions of Erik, the way they always make him handsome with only half a mask. =P

-JenL
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O-MCG Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Nice pic.  I like your rendition; it is the most accurate I have seen.  You've made him skinny in the right way but still given him the musculature that he would need to be the assassin that he is.  You've done a nice job blending those two facts.  I'd like to see a pic of him without the mask and without the grimace...Care to try it?  Good job on the correctness of the eyes as well.
The half mask was an afterthought, from what I've read.  A full mask made his voice too muffled and even though the flyers, etc. were already done for the musical, they decided to cut the mask in half vertically too because the audience needed to see more facial expression, which I agree was necessary for a stage production.  There just isn't enough time and spoken dialogue to effectively present Erik in such a multifaceted way otherwise.  
Again, nicely done.
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O-MCG Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Nice pic.  I like your rendition; it is the most accurate I have seen.  You've made him skinny in the right way but still given him the musculature that he would need to be the assassin that he is.  You've done a nice job blending those two facts.  I'd like to see a pic of him without the mask and without the grimace...Care to try it?  
The half mask was an afterthought, from what I've read.  A full mask made his voice too muffled and even though the flyers, etc. were already done for the musical, they decided to cut the mask in half vertically too because the audience needed to see more facial expression, which I agree was necessary for a stage production.  There just isn't enough time and spoken dialogue to effectively present Erik in such a multifaceted way otherwise.  
Again, nicely done.
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YamiPharaohess Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Actually, I think he's just fine, whatever his appearance =^_-= Whether it's "the sunburn of doom," "looks like walking death," or whatever... it's really all the same to me. Erik is Erik. The heartbreaking, brilliant, passionate and thoroughly mad Opera Ghost... and I happen to adore the ground he walks on. ;D

I don't particularly care for the Leroux, though, for one reason- the choppy style. Maybe it's in the translation, but I've not seen one that manages even a little fluidity. It nags at my author's sensibilities, I suppose... much prefer Susan Kay's version, a book which has been tied for all-time fave with only one other for years... and given how addicted I am to the written word, that says much.

That said, I understand both sides here. Erik is supposed to have come straight out of a "horror" novel, not a modeling gig. But that full mask must have been such a complete pain to work with, I can see why they'd cut it in half, and there's not much point to the mask at all if it only covers up half of what it's supposed to. So yeah, whatever, the important thing is to get the character right, and I happen to like the raw passion Gerry threw into the role. Yes, I like Lon Chaney too... even if I do want disembowel his "Christine" with a spork... gah, she annoyed me more than any version of the character I know. She's the only reason I don't watch that version more often- I might just hurl my DVD player out the window.

Anyway... rant done ^_^() Good stuff, this! faved
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Joshuasigler Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love it =]
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PhantomLover11 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
GREAT JOB!
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Adrainea9876 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
The reason Erik has a half-mask instead of a full mask was because when they did the first musical the actor wasn't able to sing as well with a full one. Though I do agree that they could have at least made the deformity look less like a sunburn and more like I dunno, a deformity! When I first watched the movie (I hadn't read the book yet but I have now, it's SO much better) the way Erik was reacting in his lair when Christine first took off his mask I was expecting something horrible! I was... Disappointed. Still love the music though! :) it's what first got me obsessed with POTO
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Pubjunk Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excilent job! It's sad that so many people don't know or forget what he really looked like, the things he did, or even how old he was.
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ncfwhitetigress Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
On the other hand, I find it hard to believe that he has an angelic voice if he has no lips. How do you sing without lips?
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Pubjunk Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He was also a master ventriloquist, which doesn't require full use of lips. Plus you can still sing without lips, it'd just be harder to pronounce things. :)
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ncfwhitetigress Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay I said that before I knew that. But I've known that for awhile now. :|
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ncfwhitetigress Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Also, I like many of the different versions of the Phantom, so this is a cool thing to see as well.
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ncfwhitetigress Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I think the effect they wanted to create was that he was monstrous, but also human. This character doesn't look human at all. If you can't see the whites of the eyes, it's hard to see emotions, and emotions are what make us human.
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Asrath Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
The movie Erik was even handsome without the mask. When Christine pulled it off and everybody was like "Ohnoooooo!" I paused it, looked at his face again, and again, and again... and concluded that even without mask he was sexy. And that his scarring, in the movie, wasn't nearly as bad as you'd expect from all the horrid reactions.
If I were Christine in the movie I would have shaken him and shouted "DUDE! It's a SCAR! Just a SCAR! Stop being so obsessed and freaked over it! (because for the rest you're gorgeous as hell!)"
Yep, they kinda deformed it...
I still pity him though, and think he deserves a warm hug at the least (though if he looks like this... eyes closed please!), but the movie, and musical, just focuss to much on 'sex appeal' and 'poor-poor-phantom-ness', while he IS a monster! (in the movie/musical Christine and Raoul are almost 'monsters', at least jerks, for treating him like that for just a bad sunburn, lol)
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theflotinghead Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012   General Artist
Brilliant!
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Maq-moon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
You win at Erik. I hated the casting choices for the movie (except for Miranda Richardson- she's always great). Best art I've seen of him yet ^^
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AxelionxBornxOfxHade Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is FAR from Gerry Butler's 'Sunburn of Doom'. Very well drawn, if not almost photograph like.
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ThatPokeyGuy Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
He kinda looks like Eddie from Iron Maiden o.o

This just made a gentleman's book super hardcore now :D
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Kaliidrad Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
The 1925 was the best movie version, if only because Erik looked absolutely fucking terrifying.
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jalfcat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
phantom's arn't supposed to be sexy..... is it wrong that i find this strangly attractive lol I love Erik.
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Kabetchett Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Some reason it makes me think of Iron Maiden's album covers hehe. Nice work! :)
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oOChaosKruemelOo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
thank you for drawing him like he was real discribed. :hug:

i read the book last week and was wondering, his mask was described... black. a black mask. i like the mask from the movie more then the book mask.
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Vamp-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the full mask is fine for a book or anything which isn't visual, but its extremely difficult to convey all the passion and emotions visually in a play or film with a full mask (not even speaking of the muffled voice you get if your mouth is covered which would have ruined the phantom's musicvality) that is why they chose a half mask and yeah, that means the deformity is only under the mask otherwise it would make no sense at all.
Anyway, your phantom is really cool...repulsive almost, good job ;P
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Houseonthelake Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I get your point... but have you seen the broadway/ london stge show deformity? it is pretty gross... and he only has a half mask...
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IzzyBizzyBella Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
FINALLY! SOMEONE who understands! Dear lord! I tried to explain that to everyone!
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Twippywippy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
It's Iron Maiden's Eddie!
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GlassJellicle Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Take note, Mr. Butler: THIS is a proper deformity!!!!

I LOVE IT!!!! DeviantART needs more Leroux Erik!

And I couldn't agree more with you on the half mask business... The whole "It is a corpse that loves you and will never, never leave you!!!" deal is sort of final...
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LibraryPhantom Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
At this point, this doesn't even phase me. I don't know if it my search or scary movies, the monsters in my dreams, or my love for Erik, it is just not scary to me. I'd hug him... except if he really was a zombie, then he might try to eat my brains.
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NaaraHatake Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's not a zombie...not that I'm aware of. I would so hug him.
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LibraryPhantom Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall hug him then!
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Anonymous-Muffin Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I drew a picture like this once! The phantom rules, whatever he looks like. :D
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ManGa4eVerL Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010   Writer
Cool! (Did u read the book?)


I drew a picture like this, but my friends thought it was to disturbing and i've lost it...
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JenL Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read Gaston Leroux's original Phantom of the Opera a few times. It's my favorite book. =)


-Jen
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ManGa4eVerL Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010   Writer
it is a good book. :)
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KiRAG00 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
KICKASS VERSION OF VOLDEMORT
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Wicked-Giggle-loon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!!!!
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! That is seriously freaky looking! Seeing this makes me feel even more sorry for the poor man then the movie version. I'm sorry, it's just kinda hard to feel bad for Gerard Butler with a sun burn! :roll: Which is about how he looked in the new movie. NOW I would choose him over Raul. (Not that I really liked Raul in the movie either. :shrug:)
This is good. :-)
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KauseNeffect Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I'm glad to see someone who is willing to see what the phantom really looked like. I love him in both versions, movie and book, but this is more what he should have looked like. It's sad, but that's what makes him so lovable.
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littlemisshufflepuff Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was really getting sick of seeing all these Gerard Butler phantoms everywhere, so your pic made me very happy:clap:

Power to Leroux, and power to the original Phantom of the Opera!:w00t:
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Die-From-Love Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
This is magnificent. Not only do I love your amazing skills as an artist, but I love the mockery of the half mask. you're style is fluent and flows nicely. It isn't quite realism, but it isn't quite a cartoon. Either way, it shows his deformity well. ^^

I posted this as a face claim for Erik in a vampire role-play I placed him in. (Yes, I am that lame.) All the girls in there were fawning over him, as they imagined the Gerard Butler version. This is even when I explicitly stated he looked like a corpse. When I posted this, Erik seemed to loose all of his lovely girl followers. Hm, I wonder why, :rofl:
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JenL Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got a good laugh of out that. =P


-Jen
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Die-From-Love Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
So did I. :la:
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123Ekaterina Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Student Writer
he looks more like Voldemort only without red eyes LOL
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XSaddendxSeaxDeceitX Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Thanx for drawing this, i wanted a pure version of Erik.


Didnt he have yellow eyes tho, or was that something else created down the line?
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JenL Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Erik wasn't described as having an eye color in the book. Just as having two dark holes with the reflection of light. His eyes were sunken in from what it described.


-Jen
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Aah is that so? I'll definitely take ur word for it, cuz I've never read the book. Everyone just does golden eyes.
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Amberbydreams Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Hmm... I imagined his face as a bit more ugly than that...

But in general, yay! Book Phantom! ^.^
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DracoKoimuko Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
: D I love it! Yeah, how come in the movie they only do HALF a mask and make the rest of him look perfect? AND they don't even go into how horrible his upbringing was. Just one little clip. Wow. XD Phantom of the Opera was supposed to make him look like THIS. Why didn't they, I don't understand? DX
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FaceDownBrokenHeart Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
I've only seen the movie... Today. For the very first time. Personally, I like the book Erik better already.
Library time! ^_^
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ErikasGunsNRoses Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Student General Artist
:heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:I LOVE this!:heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:
Everyone always draws the movie version...I love Gerard Butler and all, but even critics said that he was "too hansome to play the role of the Phantom".
This is great! I love Erik as a character and a person (if he were real) and I'm glad you portrayed him the way he's supposed to be. =]
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eliseondev Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Meh hes way hotter in the origanl book. He did not wear a half mask it was full and black! But the rest looks great o///o <3

Gaara: ...
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