Vlad Magnus Concept Sketches

The primary villain of Von Herling Vampire Hunter is a vampire named Vlad Magnus.  The name was drawn from the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler – who some of you may recognize as being influential on the character development of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  Magnus is the Latin word for “great”.  So a loose translation of the villain’s name is “Vlad the Great”.

Anyway, I had to develop the character some more and give him a definitive appearance on paper.  

vlad magnus concept 1



I studied reference photos of white wolves as well as actors Christopher Lee and Bela Lugosi in their roles as Dracula in their respective movies.  Then I needed to think about what sort of character Vlad would be.  He’s the primary villain and being a vampire, he should not be able to be defeated by any normal characters in the story.  Hence, that’s why I made sure he towers over everyone else.  Size is always an important matter to consider when you’re designing an antagonist (David and Goliath anyone?).

Vlad was also given a powerful stare and a very self-assured attitude.  After all, he’s a vampire who is centuries old so he’s been there and done that.

This was just a first pass.  It’s not perfect, but it gave me something to work with.


One Response to “Vlad Magnus Concept Sketches”

  1. In Nomine Patris « The Art of Max West Says:

    […] up with the basic concepts for Von Herling, Vampire Hunter, I worked out various sketches (some of which I did share on here).  But to convey to others what the final product would look like, I worked on […]

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