The vampire regards you in silence. Only the undead can remain so still and yet so intent. Hands steepled before his chest, a faint hint of a smile finds its way to his sensuous lips. His clothing is simple yet elegant and well tailored to his broad-shouldered frame. Undeath has made him all the more handsome. His only jewelry is a modest ruby stickpin nestled in the intricate folds of his cravat. Ensared by his fathomless dark eyes, it is too late for you as the hellish red glow of his bloodlust shines forth in his gaze. A lot went into the making of this picture. It started out in 1997 with me flat on my back on the patio taking pictures of a friend seated in a lawn chair on top of the picnic table. This is the pose that I picked out of an entire roll of film. I drew it in pencil on Bienfang 50 lb paper and then got stuck. It sat on my drawing board (it's still there in fact!) for ages. Finally I decided to start inking it. I did the vampire in pen and ink and then roughly painted in the rest with ink and water washes. I got stuck again. I didn't know if I wanted to continue with the ink or move on to watercolor or even colored pencils. Finally, in 2001 I got it scanned and then worked feverishly on it until you see what it is today! The original partially inked rendition is still at home taped to my drawing board! The copyright is in my maiden name. Pencil and ink on Bienfang 50 lb paper. Scanned and colored in Photoshop 5. Original size: 11' x 14'