When you think of the famed vampire nobleman Count Dracula, chances are that you envision something along the lines of Bela Lugosi or Gary Oldman's rendition of the undead fiend. But just how close are these depictions to the description of the count in Bram Stoker's original novel?
We featured a handful of the portraits from Brian Joseph Davis' Composites a few months ago. It's a cool project; Davis uses his hobby interest in forensics and a police composite sketch program to figure out what literary characters look like. Here's the passage he used to create his Dracula sketch:
A tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache…His face was a strong, a very strong, aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with lofty domed forehead…His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking…For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed. The chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin…The blue eyes transformed with fury.
Even with bushier hair, this gives us a rather different visual starting point than Bela Lugosi does. It would be interesting to see artists riff on this thin featured, mustached version of Dracula.