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Announcing the 10 Semi-Finalists delivered to Tim Burton for his final judgment!

Our staff judges pored through thousands of portraits featuring Barnabas, a dashing vampire played by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s latest film, Dark Shadows. It wasn’t easy but we finally narrowed it down to these special 10 Semi-Finalists for the Dark Shadows Barnabas Portrait Project!

In addition to cash awards, points, backpacks and devWEAR, the Grand-Winner as well as Second and Third place winners will be made into framed prints and presented to Tim Burton as a gift from the deviantART community. The remaining 7 Semi-Finalists will get a dA Digital Backpack, Dark Shadows merchandise, deviantART Points and a One Year Premium Membership to deviantART!

The one and only Tim Burton will now select the final three winners!


Read Contest Article Read Official Rules Browse All The Entries



Dark Shadows - Barnabus Portrait by count-joshula Disco Barnabas by NuraNooni Barnabas by euclase Barnabas Nouveau by spacemonkeydr
Barnabas Coffin by InnerSwirl The Dark Shadows. Bright Moon by vadns -Dark Shadows- by Initial-Dzines Barnabas Collins by AVallois
Dark Shadows: Barnabas Collins by LegacyArtist Portrait of Barnabas Collins by nonnahs144


Please note: If during the finalist judging, any one of the semi-finalists becomes ineligible or is disqualified under the Official Rules, the semi-finalist judges will replace the disqualified entry with a new selection to be considered by the final judges.

Our staff judges poured through thousands of portraits featuring Barnabas, a dashing vampire played by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s latest film, Dark Shadows. It wasn’t easy. But we finally narrowed it down to these special 10 Semi-Finalists for the Dark Shadows Barnabas Portrait Project!
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ZomBieTOmmm Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
I also wish that the rule about signing your work was a little more obvious as I was one that missed that little gem.
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ZomBieTOmmm Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
As a Tradtional Artist I always feel a little bit out matched with the digital contestants. So for this contest I took my painting and turned it into a few digital pieces as well. Wish it was in the top ten. I have to say the top ten are not the ones I would have picked perhaps one or two of them were but their were others I personally liked better. I guess that is a matter of taste but In the rules they did say that skill was part of the judging and I got to say that the level of skill in the top ten is not as good as the ones I liked. Not going to rant and rave about my entries because as the contest was closing out I saw some many great pieces entered into this contest. I truly feel that the selections were weak at best and Tim Burton not going to see the great art that was created. Perhaps running a contest with both digital and traditional in one category is a BAD idea... oh well. Had to at least throw in my two cents. Sorry to offend the winners If I did I do feel at least some of you deserve to be there.
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grudgegirl532 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student General Artist
there amazing. so cool and congratulations
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jazzderry Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
am i the only one that favors # 10 ? i think its great-that or number 3-i think number 3 is a shoe in but # 10 rocks my vote.
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zombiehead10 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
I just saw the movie it was awesome though it was really funny [wow]
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Twichl Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm having a guess that the 3rd and 7th ones will be in the top two.
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alexiasli Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
I heard the movie is funny.
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SmileyMonkeyLurvesU Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm going to see that tomorrow! Woop can't wait! :D
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AppleGrassxx Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The last one is my Fave but the one where he is holding the umbrella above it is pretty awesome too.
Two of these I won't mention which ones are awful and don't fit the theme or character at all or look like they were done by a young child
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keep-me-posted Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Writer
#3 is my favorite, but they all look amazing! Great job, everyone! :]
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beaglebuddy100 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i like number seven!!

its nice and simple!

disco barnabas is cool too XD i laughed

its between those two!!

do we find out on the 11th?
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eveningstars242 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It sucks I couldn't enter because my computer wouldn't read the f'n files....how crappy is that?!!?
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jkadiejatu Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
the one with the big head look
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adelaidegladney Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Photographer
5 and 8!!
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Sh3ikha Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
3 and 8 are amazing! wow! :stare:
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Angelwings82 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love #3, #5, and #9! They are awesome!
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KookiePrincess Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist
I like the 5th 6th and 8th the best!! THEY ARE AWESOME!!
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ShawnToddOMalley Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Any ideas when the final three will be posted?
its almost the 11th and I thought they would be posted by now! Lol
Apparently DeviantArt is a last minute type like me!
So does anyone know the drill for this?? Will DA wait for the release of the movie??
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iMunchyMoo Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like InnerSwirl's~
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chelsmith18 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love
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Gail0902 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
All of these works are not interesting, because they repeat already good known movie's frames and official photos, containing minimum of own feelings of authors. It's sad. I don't speak for all, but I waited for more impressive and original works. Sorry, IMHO
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acceber39 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
I hate to have to slightly agree, they are wonderful don't get me wrong but I'm really disappointed that there is only one that is not done in photoshop. I really wish there were more original and hand crafted pieces.
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adelaidegladney Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Photographer
i feel the same way! my heart goes towards the one that WASN'T made on photoshop.
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Gail0902 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
All of these works are not interesting, because they repeat already good known movie's frames and official photos, containing minimum of own feelings of authors. It's sad. I don't speak for all, but I waited for more impressive and original works. Sorry, IMHO
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Brother-Malachai Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
When is the film coming out? :?
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IvyDillonx Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
May 11th 2012.
Soon, my friend. Soon.
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Brother-Malachai Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
This is so exciting! I used to watch the 60's and 90's re-runs on scifi! Sure, Burton seems to be going for a comedic take, but I'm sure he can make it work! XD
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IvyDillonx Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He always seems to make "things work" :3 that's because he's Tim burton!! XD
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derrykatt Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
when do we see who the winner is ?
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12000BC Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm pretty sure they said the decision will be on or around May 11th. Just a few more days!!
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derrykatt Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
thx for the heads up-i loved all the entrants but i do have my favs-i hope #10 wins or #3
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NyanCatFTW Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
8 Seems like the best one, at least to me.
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MarinaCardoso Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
It are pleasant to me 6 and 8 more
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NyanCatFTW Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Yeah definately
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Pixel2Portrait Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Number 3 hands down. No contest. 3 is the winner.
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Pixel2Portrait Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Without any doubt this one is the WINNER:
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seolxnguyen Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I can't beliece nonganrui's didn't get in..................................................it was soooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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iKhrys Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd choose 7, 8 or 9, but they are all really awesome.
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clowcard27 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
how could you ever choose just one?
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Aerorwen Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I meant the 6 and 8th one. I can count. *facepalm*
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Aerorwen Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I like the 3, 5, and 7th one... Looks like I missed the deadline... Lol. Oopsie.
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Ludichris1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist
XD
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butterflydharma Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
I agree, 8 is awesome although 7 is pretty excellent too.
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Leatha101 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
The original Barnabus Collins, Jonathan Frid...passed away April 14, 2012...just after doing cameo for this film. Seems more important then petty squabbles...nes pas??
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IvyDillonx Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god! Really? That's really sad :(
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aliforever331 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
#3 #5 #8 have gotta be my favorites ^^
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ComatoseLily Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Got to be #4, #5, and #7
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xMEDZx Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Three, six, and eight are all epic win ^^
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vampirezombies Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Wow, these are awesome~ If I had a choice in the winners I'd probably pick the 2nd one in the first row and the 2nd in the second row. Those ones are my favorite.
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FlowerChild420x Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
#8 is the only one I'm impressed by..&&#5 I suppose, just for creativity.
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