the Count

When I was in first grade, I lost my two front teeth at the same time. I took it as the opportunity that it was- a chance to run around the playground, declaring ” I vant to bite yourrr neck!” in my scariest voice. As I would approach, baring my fangs, hands outstretched, my friends would let out delighted screams- pretending to be terrified of the vampire. I knew that secretly, they were a little scared of the menacing figure I cut- who wouldn’t be? Of course, since my only exposure to those fanged creatures was the Count on Sesame Street- I also started counting things, and laughing manically – “AH AH AH AH AH!”

Looking back on it, and picturing a six year-old girl imitating a Muppet version of Bela Lugosi‘s Count Dracula, it seems highly improbable that my friends were actually scared..

Nevertheless, the Count still informs my view of what Dracula should look like- here’s a few takes, with various hair + teeth options. (I like to try out different cut paper options, to find the minimum necessary to make a plausible representation of whatever creature or object I’m trying to communicate). Please note that in most of the options, his skin tone is purple, just like the Count!

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After much deliberation, I decided to go with this one: just the fangs are cut out with paper- after all, that’s his trademark! The only difference in the finished card will be a widow’s peak- I forgot about that when I was making this one…

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Anyway, these days, the only really frightening thing around here is me- talking aloud to myself, in my best imitation of the Count- ” von, two, three- three greeting cards! AH AH AH AH AH!”

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