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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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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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