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Danse Macabre by Muirin007 Danse Macabre by Muirin007
I've always wanted to do a piece based on this fabulous composition: [link]
It's one of my favorites. I absolutely LOVE it. And I think it's perfect for Erik and Christine. Well, mostly for Erik. He oozes creepy.
If I could animate, I would absolutely animate a short film of the two of them dancing to this with a bit of a Burton flair. Can't you picture that? And I'd have them gradually picking up speed as the song gets faster, and there'd be a bunch of shadow...ghost...dancer people in the background. And at that very last dramatic note, Erik would gesture abruptly, and everything would disappear. Then he would bow slowly, and then look up at the "camera," and everything would fade to black except for his glowing yellow eyes....
Yay for hypothetical animation sequences!
It was fun to experiment with color and lighting like this. I used my favorites--colored pencil, marker, and ink. :) This is a terrible scan, though, so I'll upload a better one later.

Stock image used: [link]

Much love to Camille Saint-Saëns!!
Phantom of the Opera is © Leroux.
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PhantomOfTheOpera321 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  New Deviant
omg. i am lisening to the music while I'm watching this picture and imagining them dancing. 
its so amazing. so many emotions are going through me.
LaValseMacabre Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to see how you depict Erik as the Red Death:)
Yatzstar Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One day, I swear I WILL find the time to animate your description. I could totally do it if I really wanted to, but unfortunately I have major issues with procrastination and motivation CURSE YOU! 
DvArtGal13 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
the colors and facial expressions In this are intense
MrsDecepticonQueen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow this fits perfectly!
Hugabouv Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
coraajna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Writer
Insightful. That is actually one of my personal favourite pieces of music. You choose the perfect colours to capture the emotionalism and I think you made an overall splendid composition. 
ClippyRed Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful. Your Christine sometimes reminds me of a young Linda Eder, when she was in her Jekyll and Hyde days.
HolyMaiden Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Swirling reds... I keep getting drawn into them..... :D
Teen-uh7 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Again, the coloring on this work is fantastic! It's deep and passionate like their relationship is, and I love it. Good job.
BlueBearPaw Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
INTENSE!!!! Stop staring into my soul!
ThePhantomsgirl Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
supprisingly, i learned this song in 4th grade music class at a private school. Never forgot it... always will love it.
Pentos89 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Amazing! Whirling, gives me feelings of dizziness and danger and passion! And look at his look!!
Just wow *__*
ninsennansen Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BeetleJuiceBeetleWut Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Erik! My soul doesn't need to be looked at, please stop.
BlackberryFinn Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013

Please. This has to be made in my lifetime. It has to.
boleighbella Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Christine felt her heart speed as she requested, "Dance with me?" He stared at her proffered hands in unhidden bewilderment.

Erik felt his face register the shock her question had inspired. Hoping she hadn't noticed, he concealed his feelings again. He laughed as frigidly as he could, despite the conflicting emotions. "Really, Christine, are you truly asking to dance with the devil?"He spoke the condemning word to remind himself who he was and why he could not have her. Demons had no right to innocent angels.

"No," she answered decisively. "I am asking to dance with Erik, with you."

He glared at her. Did she realize who she was tempting? "Fine," he growled. Walking to the phonograph he switched the songs. Returning to her side he began to circle her speculatively, his eyes roaming her lean figure in a most forward manner. Then with a suddenness that stole her breath, he grabbed her waist and intertwined their hands. With a challenge in his golden eyes, he began to step, turning slowly, but with a powerful movement driving him. The tempo of the introduction was deceptively slow, random staccatos trilling the slow entrance. Each advance made her brush against him. She felt the hardness of his tall figure against her and her hands grasped his tighter.

A great, rising crescendo registered and then they were flying. Christine reveled in the strength of his arms. They begin to waltz with the dizzying tempo. The tune was so complex, so swift, she felt disconcerted and unprepared. Erik's eyes never left hers. A look of dissatisfaction crossed them. "Stop listening," he commanded. "Feel it."

She ceased to try and predict the next steps, only letting the pressure of Erik's hands and the swell and fall of the music guide her. They circled the great ballroom with a natural grace. His form was perfect and her elegant steps mirrored his exactly. He looked above her, trying desperately to avoid the wanting that was plaguing him. This should be, must be a dream, holding her so closely. Dancing, dancing with an angel. Christine could feel the undercurrent of restrained intensity. Though his hands never held her with more than a gentle pressure, she could sense the passion running through him. The music swirled into another vast crescendo, cresting with soaring runs. He spun her out, her long limbs extending gracefully. He couldn't bear even that meager separation, and pulled her quickly back to him.

Suddenly their eyes met and everything was fire. The passion in their bodies was equaled. The rhythm made their hearts speed, the pounding intoxicating them. Erik's stoic expression unraveled, leaving only desire lighting his features. As his hand held the small of her back, she fell back against his support, one arm and leg lifting beautifully in the motion. He stopped fighting himself, and with a huff of defeat he pulled Christine back tightly to his chest. Her body shaped itself to his perfectly and he forgot everything of himself. All that mattered was him and her, together in this moment. She followed him willingly in every movement, allowing him to have her completely with no reservation or regret to come between. Her dress billowed as he spun her. Only his steady arms kept her grounded. At the exact moment his hands guided her hips down then up again, she leapt into the air. His palm caught her waist, the fingers of his other hand curling around her thigh, supporting her as she flew. Spinning her back into his embrace, the flames licked through their fingers. He was passion and she was desire, performing a dangerous dance in each other's arms.

~Lost Love excerpt Chapter 12 entitled: Dancing with the Devil

I wrote that long before I discovered your work, but I've never seen a better depiction of what Erik would have believed them to look like. I like to think Christine's perspective of the scene would resemble your Midnight Waltz. I love both n=and how they can capture two different emotions with the same idea of dancing. One intense and dark, the other innocent and beautiful.

As always much love,
~bo-leigh bella

P.S If you would rather I not comment with quotes like that, feel free to say so. Sorry, I just enjoy sharing the scenes that you seem to capture better than words ever could.
aSummerSoul Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, me, the old days when I was but a babe in this Phandom and fell in love with your writing and Muirin's drawing. So glad to have found this again!

CLASSICDUH Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
You know, I can always see Erik paired up with that song. It's one of my many favorite French compositions. As a musician myself, I would like to perfect the piece. But good work, I couldn't do any better if I tried.
DaMushroom Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
love the use of color here
Muirin007 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Elexora Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
OMG that animation sounds epic. I would LOVE to see it!
Persephone1980 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
This. Is. Awesome!
the-laughingstock Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
oh my god! i love this! and with the song its absolutly lovely!
everdeen13 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
THIS. IS. AWESOME. And can I say that it made it even more awesome that I was listening to "The Point of No Return" when I came across it?
HPAmortentiaLove Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: this is so intense! I love it!
Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
HPAmortentiaLove Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
someone-121 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
You always use colored pencil, marker and ink. But I can't even conceive how! I'd love to color, but I can barely (I mean BARELY) shade passably, so this is beyooooond my understanding. I love the effect even if I can't hope to ever achieve it, though
ElysseFray111 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Woah, definitely creepy! And very, VERY Erik! I can totally see this as kind of Burton-y...
Bellafibs Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the vibrant colours here, it's beautiful :heart:
Myrrha-Silvenia Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sublime dessin. Un des plus beaux et des plus représentatifs.
Muirin007 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
(Pardonnez-moi si mon français n'est pas correct! :))

Merci beaucoup; ce dessin est un de mes favoris, aussi, en fait. :)

Et j'ai vu votre gallérie: vous êtes très talentueuse! Wow!
Myrrha-Silvenia Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
C'est très gentil à vous, merci d'avoir pris le temps de me faire une petite visite, ça me fait très plaisir :heart:

("galerie" ne prend pas d'accent, le "e" ne se prononce presque pas, et contrairement à l'anglais, cela s'écrit avec un seul "l" ;) )
Muirin007 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, merci! :D
PhoenixoftheOpera Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student Writer
I love the colors in this. It makes it all so dramatic. Especially the way the colors are added to their skin to make it look shadowed. Beautiful piece!
EchoVision1357 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Erik's face looks so dramatic!!!
*squeals with joy*
I love it!
Krakenware Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Dramatic, stunning, passionate, dark. This is who the phantom really is, not some whiny underground emo with a bad sunburn
Sabatuar Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
I must say, I still absolutly adore this.
DarlingMonster Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow that looks rally cool, very interesting, i love the colors in it. lol i could totally see them dancing!
love the pic and the music just knocks my socks off !

I agree it fits perfectly to Erik^^

come on, you can do...go kidnap a bunch of animators, cause this animation HAS to be done, especially the one you got in mind !
BlackberryFinn Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Let us kidnap some animators then, Fan-Of-The-Dark-Side.

Do you live within 150 miles of San Francisco? If you do, we could meet up to plan our kidnapping.
autumnsprings Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
If there was a Don Juan Triumphant ballet sequence, this would happen.
WanderingChild96 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love Danse Macabre:) Someone on YouTube made a POTO trailer using the song... Awesome picture! The colors are amazing!
Keyra93 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Stunningly gorgeous. It is... just... so Erik-ishy...
I mean, the music, the colors, the movement, HIS GAZE.
I bow to you, Artist. Wonderful drawing, my dear!
And the hypothetical animation is just as perfect as everything else ;)
MaskedNightingale Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I wish you could animate such a scene, you would definitly get lots of viewers who would be very happy with the results.
Benedikta Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist
I discovered the musical piece Danse macabre last summer and fell in love with it. What wonderful artwork you have made to embody the spirit of that composition!
EriksRequiem Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning, as usual! Your artwork never ceases to amaze me, and I LOVE your portrayal of Erik. :rose:
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Feral-Instinct Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Damn, I'd do that! The animation sequence, of course. ;)

You've always been good with ruffles (it's my favorite detail from you) and they certainly take (if you'll pardon the pun) centerfold. Their clothes and background are not only astounding, but you chose the right colors for the right mood too. And it's nice to see your Erik with his mask off in these situations; he's always such a reserved gentleman when he has it on.

Though "Point of No Return" is running through my mind right now. XD
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