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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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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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