Sketchbook: Dracula and Thalia

We are officially two weeks away from the release of Dracula the Unconquered #1, and as we approach the first issue, it’s time once again to take a look behind the scenes.  This time around, we’re flipping through Steve’s sketchbook to see his original designs for Dracula and Thalia!

First up, the Unconquered One himself:

Steve Says:  Drac is heavily inspired by Gene Colan’s iconic take as well as a general fondness for turn-of-the-century gentlemanliness. He seems like the kind of guy who would try to be the best-dressed dude in the room. His poses and gestures are overdramatic, even operatic. He’s very theatrical. I originally envisioned him with longer hair, but Chris suggested a look with short, slicked-back hair, a definite improvement.

Chris Says:  Steve nailed the attitude I wanted to have for Dracula right from the start.  Theatricality and appearance are very important to him as a character, just as they are in the original novel — the monster who builds the illusion of nobility.  I wanted him to have that sense of grandeur in his motion, and Steve gave him exactly that.  My favorite detail:  The bat-winged chain holding his jacket together.

And here’s Thalia:


Steve Says: For Thalia, I was inspired both by Beryl Hutchinson (Squire from DC Comics’ British superhero duo Knight & Squire) and my own sister. Thalia’s stocky, chipmunk-cheeked look was designed to contrast with Dracula’s gaunt, somber appearance. The bowler hat was there from the beginning; for some reason I can’t really imagine her without it. I toyed with the idea of giving her pants or breeches, but the long skirt just felt right, both for the character and the time period.

Chris Says:  I love Knight & Squire, so Steve and I were on the same page right from the start with his designs, and the visual dynamic of the two characters.  As for the hat, it cracks me up every time to see her holding it on while she’s running.  It’s got that great Lou Costello physical comedy to it that fits right in with the tone we’re going for.

Keep an eye out for more sketches, and watch for Dracula the Unconquered #1, available right here on Monday, October 31!

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