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Elizabeth Bathory by JessiBeans Elizabeth Bathory by JessiBeans
Some of you may remember this painting I did back in 2009: [link]

The story goes like this -- I has gotten a new (supposedly) badass computer, which it turns out was a lemon, that blue-screened nearly constantly and with no provocation. The Elizabeth Bathory CHOW for was the first painting I did on that computer, and it was honestly the best painting I had ever done - until the computer did a BSOD in the middle of saving an iteration and corrupted not only my new file, but my old working PSD too. I lost the whole thing, and it was awful. I finished ... something... in time for the challenge, but I never was happy with it.

I put this away for a year, and then started this REALLY ambitious re-paint. Now, two years after that - working very sporadically on this from time to time - I think it's done. :)

Elizabeth Bathory is also known as the Blood Countess - one of the first female serial killers and one of the first modern vampire myths. More on her here: [link] Most people depict her nude in a bath full of blood, I'd decided to be different and show her recording her victims' names (she had over 650) into her book. With blood for ink, natch.

PS - I left the image kind of large so I can show off the details I am proud of. Don't go stealing stuff and make me put a watermark on it. <3

Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Intuos 4
Can't begin to say how long it took...
Image J. Oyhenart-Ball, 2012
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Animal-Angel Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
it's a small thing but if she's recording names, then shouldn't the tip of the quill be red? Other then that i love itand how evey time you look at it a new detail pops up.
avada---kedavra Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the detail especially the bleeding arm by her feet it's a bit inconspicuous 
Magic666z Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
CirceKali Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I like both this one and your original submission of this picture. If I ever get published, I would like an artist with your style to commission the art of the cover. You're inspiring and talented.
Adline-c Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
oh my god amazing lights
CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Digital Artist
I wish I could favorite this twice, that's how much I still love it!
Sinphie Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ColourFactory Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
wonderful ambient and colours, and Elizabeth Bathory, of course. Great job!
Brushogen Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Ah, Elizabeth Bathory aka the Blood Countess and or Countess Dracula.
One of the most horrifying human beings to ever live.
Excellent depiction
cesca-specs Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work, and the story behind it is fascinating--how had I never heard of her?!
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