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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 ConceptArt.org 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 16 hours ago
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.
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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 
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Magic666z Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
wow
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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.
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Adline-c Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
oh my god amazing lights
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Digital Artist
I wish I could favorite this twice, that's how much I still love it!
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Sinphie Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AMAZING!
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ColourFactory Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
wonderful ambient and colours, and Elizabeth Bathory, of course. Great job!
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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
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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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