Von Herling Page 2

And now, for another page of my graphic novel (currently being worked on) entitled Von Herling, Vampire Hunter.

Von Herling Vampire Hunter page 2

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Von Herling Page 1

Von Herling Vampire Hunter page 1

The very first page to Von Herling, Vampire Hunter

This was drawn chiefly with a Speedball C4 nib, a wider lettering nib that I experimented with.  While it works here in the drawing (the hatching on the statue wings are done with the C4), I decided to leave the C4 as a special tool to be used on certain occasions.

The eagle statue here is a shout-out to the 1958 classic Hammer production “Horror of Dracula”.

Peggy Jo Warner

I’ve introduced you to both our protagonist, August Von Herling, and our antagonist, Vlad Magnus.  Now it’s time to meet our deuteragonist, the lovely waif Peggy Jo Warner.

Peggy Jo Warner

Peggy Jo Warner is essentially the equivalent of Mina Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  She’s a young lady of fourteen (two years younger than Von Herling) who has lived all her life in Richten, Tennessee.  She’s best friends with Brittany Mary Parsons, the most popular girl in school (we’ll meet her in a future post).

She’s very shy and silent, yet can be incredibly resilient to everyone’s surprise.

Be Strong In the Power of the Lord

I needed to do another concept piece to convey to others what Von Herling, Vampire Hunter would look like.  So based on the sketches I did of August Von Herling and Vlad Magnus, I decided to put together a piece to show what my work would ultimately look like.

Be Strong Pencil Drawing

Pencil drawing

This is the final pencil art done on 7×10 inch hot-press watercolor paper. From here on, I would apply diluted paint.   Read the rest of this entry »

In Nomine Patris

While coming 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 some more detailed concept drawings with inks and paints.  This first one was what I came up with.

In Nomine Patris

“In Nomine Patris”, Ink and acrylic on paper, 7×10 inches

I wanted to show Von Herling in action, but also convey that he was not your contemporary vampire hunter who goes head to head with creatures of the night. He’s more of a guile hero who will wait until vampires are at their weakest and then strike by exploiting their weaknesses.

Diluted acrylic paint was used for the shades of gray while colored ink was used for the holy wafer.  In vampire fiction, holy wafers (also called sacramental bread, communion wafers, communion host, or Eucharist) were used to prevent the deceased from rising as a vampire; they’d be put inside the mouth.  Some media depict wafers placed on a vampire’s resting place to prevent said vampire from sleeping.  Others (such as the 1992 Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola) show the host being painful to the touch for vampires.

As you see, Von Herling always keeps some wafers in his tool bag.  They come in handy in the battle against the undead.

Incidentally, the Latin chanting you see in the image (a portion of which makes up the title) basically is the Trinitarian formula – “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”.