Friday, May 31, 2013

Vampire Twins

I went through a brief Anne Rice period around the end of the '80s and early '90s. (1980s and 90s, that is.) Anne Rice makes her work easy to illustrate by lavishly describing her characters and scenes with old-fashioned purple prose. These pallid gals are the red-haired vampire twins from Anne Rice's books, VAMPIRE LESTAT and QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, Maharet and Mekare. Remember, in fantasy redheads rule. They are posed with a cascade of roses (they are inspired by models from a perfume ad) and a skull, from Grateful Dead imagery. You can read a synopsis of their tale in this rather badly written Wikipedia article. Thankfully, I have gotten away from Rice and her vampires, replacing them with Space Marines, which are not so lurid but still manage to splatter a lot of literary blood. 

"Maharet and Mekare" are watercolor on illustration board, 11" x 14", October 1990.

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