Vampires and Viagra

Robert Pattinson: Never Think

Robert Pattinson’s Unruly Hair was given its name due to the fact that Pattinson, in real life, did seem at the time I rendered this portrait, to have hair that looked like he took a shower, shook his head dry and sprayed it with hair spray and was was done. All that being said, it was a good look for him. Starting the piece with the idea that since I enjoyed drawing hair so much that I would really would like to do a Pattinson portrait, only to find myself doubting my artistic merit as well as cursing Pattinson’s jungle of hair and highlights as I got lost from time to time.

To me Robert Pattinson will forever be Cedric from the fourth Harry Potter

Robert Pattinson's Unruly Hair

film and will always make me wonder who broke his nose.   The Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire film was Pattinson’s first big production film and launched his acting career on the screen.   Back in 2005, in my favorite bookstore / slash coffee shop; I sat with a friend looking through books we could not afford and magazines on upcoming fantasy films.   Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire film was to be released and I had not finished the novel yet and was curious about who would be playing the additional characters.   It was pointed out to me that Pattinson was to play Cedric Diggory.   In the novel, author J.K. Rowling did describe Diggory as a handsome fellow with a straght nose so I could see Pattinson being a good choice for the role.

"Nosferatu" Shadow 1922

Since the Goblet of Fire film, Pattinson has had a phenomenal rise to stardom on the screen with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series playing a teenage vampire and in the process has become a sex symbol around the world.   The same phenomenon did happen back in 1994 with the screen adoption of Ann Rice’s Interview the Vampire that exploded Brad Pitt into a sex symbol and a film star.   With age, I have been cynical of a vampire being sexy as the original depiction of a vampire in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) was described as being of the living dead.   Just think about that for a second, a walking corpse with long nails and what I would assume to be bad breath.   Stroker wrote the character as a scary villain that transfixed his female victims with hypnotism and charm.   In Nosferatu (1922), a German production had the main character (who’s name was changed via the request of Stoker’s widow) was bald, long fingered and had a general freaky demeanor about him .

 

Dracula 1931 poster

It was not until Bela Lugosi portrayal of the Count in 1931 that people started to see vampires as attractive or sexy in any way.  The idea of a tragic lonely, intelligent and charming character seems to be an allure as well the idea that these creatures of the night must feed on the hot blood of the living to stay alive.   That connection of the cold nightwalker pressing his teeth into the warm passionate victim’s skin is a base for many fantasy, romance and horror readers.   Also the fact that the vampire must woo the victims, having great talent in sucking the life out of someone, and into necking as it were is not a bad thing.

Aside from the eternal youth of being a Vampire, the supernatural powers that could make a date a night to remember and the necking I have one small flaw of the Vampire that seems to be over looked: he’s dead and Viagra will not help that situation.