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This is a piece of conceptual art (and potential future graphic novel cover) for a proposed TV show from Wild Child Productions, called "Soul Searchers." My client described it to me as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but with Buffy's mom instead of Buffy."

The bad guy to the left is a James Woods type, a sinister billionaire named James Colfax; the fortysomething heroine in the middle, named Elizabeth Coe, is based on Lauren Graham; and the young guy in the background is Lizzy's guardian and mentor, a mysterious shapeshifter named Baltazar. The Clyde Caldwell-esque jewel hanging from Mr. Colfax's fingers is a "soul cage," and imprisons the soul of Lizzy's recently deceased daughter (hence its apparently radioactivity). The bowl on the table holds similar soul cages, because Colfax is just that kind of guy.

Yes, it's cheesy, but that's intentional. That's Hollywood for you!
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ApprovingAbnormality Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really wonderful! It has this atmosphere I can't quite put my finger on.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :) 
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OxygenDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
What media did you use?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Acrylics, the usual for me. :)
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Forgotten-Death Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008   Photographer
This is a really great pic. I like the concept, and the soul cage, I'm curious to see how everything goes.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm curious too! I'm excited (and nervous) at the idea of a bunch of big entertainment execs looking at my work...
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
This sure sounds like a very interesting idea. I really hope it will be made.

I love the beautiful background and the man in the foreground!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I don't know if you noticed, but I've been reading so much about Rome lately that a sort of Pompeiian color scheme made its way into the picture...

Anyway, the first pitch meetings will be next week! As I told Cyrion, I shall keep you all posted on the show's progress. :)
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Well, I can't blame you! Reading about ancient Rome can be very addictive! And the colour scheme in your art is always so beautiful. But I had noticed it. The thing is - I love it!

I will keep my eyes open!
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous like everything you do.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Susannaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but with Buffy's mom instead of Buffy."

That sounds excellent; I'd love to see more stories on TV about women older than 25. :D

I like your evil mastermind. His eyebrows are ace.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! You are awesome. I sure do love my Evil Overlords. :D
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
Love your illustrations, as always. The warm colors and non-static figures among the rich details are what makes your work stand out.

Seems that vampire stories are popular again, what with the Twilight series among books and Moonlight tv series. From your sketch alone, it's obvious the guy in the back, Baltazar (isn't that the name of one of the Magi?) will be the focus for a "heartthrob" character. And I guess since the babyboomer population shift is now mid-aged plus, that explains the older main character. Be interesting to see how this evolves. Particularly since the theme of the captured-soul-in-the-jewel is now a common plot among anime tales. A blending of West and East tastes, it seems. Can you keep us posted on this production?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comments! You hit the nail on the head- Baltazar is indeed the heartthrob character. (I was requested to make him look like young Hispanic actor Edgar Ramirez. [link] ) I'll keep you guys posted on the show's progress- the first meetings are going to be next week or so. Keep your fingers crossed- hopefully it'll get picked up!
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kyria Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
i love the texture of your crisscrossies :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
I envy your background skills. ;_; This is very good!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Intriguing!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you- I hope it is! I am crossing my fingers that my clients K. & K. manage to sell this to one of the networks. They've scheduled meetings with the Sci-fi channel and Lifetime and several other places. *crosses fingers*
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
*crosses fingers for you too*
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
What does she have on her right hand?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Good question! I should have mentioned it in the notes- it's a star-shaped birthmark, which is shared by three generations of the Coe family. This project was originally called "The Mark," actually.
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