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Sleeping Beauty by Muirin007 Sleeping Beauty by Muirin007
Being the resident opera ghost has to be exhausting, right? 

If you have ever had a cat, you know that they remain perennially unacquainted with the concept of personal space, ergo Ayesha napping on Erik's (bony. ouch!) back. Also, I love the idea of Erik having tons and tons of fine art all over his house, some that he's "collected" (read: pilfered), some that he's painted/sculpted himself. Just covering the walls like the portraits at Hogwarts. He'll look at any face but his own. Including Poe's, apparently. :lol: And I put in a nod to Beauty and the Beast with the wilting rose. Yay, allusions!

Also, yes, that is Christine in ancient Egyptian attire. And as a mermaid. I'm sure Erik considers it the act of painting his muse. Christine probably considers it the act of Peeping Tom-ism. 

I needed an excuse to draw an elaborate Victorian couch. Again, I imagine furniture like this all over Erik's house, some that he made himself, others that he somehow smuggled into the cellars. The idea of Erik having a sprawling, elaborate mansion under the opera with no one being the wiser is hilarious to me. I was never keen on the idea of him pitching a tent in a glorified cave. He's too fussy for that. I keep picturing the rooms with high, vaulted, cathedral-esque ceilings and priceless works of art and Christine just gawking at the whole thing wondering how the heck he managed to sneak all of that several floors below ground level. I can't possibly work out how that would be possible either, but the imagery makes me laugh.

Argh, I haven't had time to color anything in ages, so my gallery looks decidedly bland at the moment. I can't wait until winter break so I can add some life to this, color-wise! One day, I want to draw Erik's whole house. The way I picture it is probably architecturally impossible--at least for a home situated underground--but artistic liberties always win, right?

Phantom of the Opera belongs to Gaston Leroux.
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scotcampbell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Professional Artist
So beautiful
Beyworld101 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Awww, so cute seeing him sleep X3!
Run-for-too-Long Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
((My own cat likes sleeping on my chest sometimes like the adorable big baby he is. So precious to see big bad Erik passed out like this with a fuzzy companion.))
xLe-Mort-Vivantx Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fucking adorable. My teacup poodle sleeps on my back like that! Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-03 (Squee) [V1]
screwer24601 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, I could keep watching these all day... I don't understand how someone can be so good artist *-* ♥
ghostquartet Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It should be....hehe....bigger on the inside....
Flute-Maniac Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact that there's a portrait of Poe on the wall makes this whole scene ten times better. :XD: Beautifully done!
mydearstar Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
Sorry to ask but may I use your works as avatars or something like that?
nysad Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
Awww, cozy Erik.
xAdriElsa37x Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He totally sleeps in the same position as I do! Totally!
jesterbells Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
So much of this is great but I just had to exclaim over The Cat!! :D
TornAsunder7916 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
MerChristine is the best. 
kashuarashi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
Yup, that's a cat.

And honestly, if Lerox can have him build a mirrored room that heats to brain-killing temperatures without question, I think you're pretty free to design your marvelous sprawling museum of peeping-tom-ism without apology. XD
gracexandrew Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Omg his kitty tho :3
CherryBerry2018 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YAS :3 I love kitties it's adorable!
gracexandrew Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
me: sneeks towards sleeping erik to touch the kitty*
christine: giggles*
me: almost there.... pokes kitty* 
kitty: stirs awake* mew... ?
me: kitty... pets kitty*
christine: giggles how erik is still sleeping through this moment*
CherryBerry2018 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Erik: *still sleepy* Huh?
Me: :3 Morning Erik!! *grabs kitty and pets it gently*
gracexandrew Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
me: playing with his mask* damn i look good...
christine: lol
CherryBerry2018 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Erik: *blushes* miss . . . Stop playing with my mask please >///<
gracexandrew Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
me: sorry im just facinated with ur stuff X3
CherryBerry2018 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Erik: >///<
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WritterInTheArtHat Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Sleeping beauty indeed :3
JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw cute! I'd love to live in Erik's house!
LikeRenfieldSyndrome Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Writer
have you seen the lair set for the us tour? it was very much like this, with a lot of just,,,knick knacks all around. like, erik, why. i thought it was truer to his personality than the traditional set.
WingsOfASong Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His home reminds me of the Shadow Gallery in B for Vendetta. :3 And the mental images of him stealing furniture makes me laugh. XD Aww for the kitty, though. :3 Cats love to sleep on their masters, bony or not.
NightDreamer37 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Yes, all cat owners know that cats will often try to sit on you. xD Whether it's your face, your chest, stomach, back - anywhere. I think it's cute how Ayesha is taking a nap on Erik's back. My cat tries to climb onto my shoulder like she's a damn parrot. But I luv her anyways. Meow :3 
I love all of the detail you put in Erik's house! If I were Christine, I too would probably gawk at everything in complete awe. 
I lit up when I saw the picture of Poe - it came out great! And it seems appropriate for Erik to have a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe since POTO has the whole Masquerade scene with Erik dressed as Red Death.
Great job! 
ladcat13 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
*phangirls again*
You really must stop making me do that. It is most unbecoming.
I also need to stop being obsessed with your work. If I'm not careful I might accidentally/ subconsciously plagiarize, and I would be simply mortified if I did.

Though your skills far surpass mine, so I think we're mostly safe in that department...
AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Filmographer
dat vein on his left foot!
bms-DA Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have a really cool gallery; it is teeming with excellent draftsmanship and creativity.
Lady-Weavile-461 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't get over your ability to draw Erik :o
Chepseh Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Just don't you drool, Erik. :)
ElysseFray111 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your Phantom headcanons give me life. I'd forgotten how much I love your headcanons :D
Also, that couch looks super uncomfortable for a nap and I feel sorry for poor Erik's back when he wakes up. Ayesha's not helping either xD
Also, Erik has adorable feet :D
Figarro-Luv Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He has the perfect home, much like V's home in V for Vendetta and I love the idea! Absolutely bafflingly beautiful work by the way! 
RosesRed4Ever Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
What a gorgeous picture! It captures Erik in such a relaxed, vulnerable state that makes him irresistible!
Red-Rose-12 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
beautiful :)
Fendaris Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
I LOVE how you portray Erik! His personality, his mannerisms, his relationship with Christine, his house, all the stuff he has lying around: it's just how I always imagined him to be and it's amazing to see such a brilliant artist as yourself depict it all. Out of all of the Phantom fanart and fanfiction I've ever seen, which is a whole helluva lot, your portrayal of him is my absolute favorite. Please.Don't.Ever.Stop!!!! O_O
Aleatoire09 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Writer
I can't stop looking at it

the composition 

Aleatoire09 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Writer
That Greek painting is amaaaaaazing.

I love it love it

ps your style is pretty sweet, forgive me if it inspires me 
Mominator Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
I LOVE this!  (Erik's gots nekkid feets! :wow:)  And Ayesha curled up on his back is soooo cute. :aww:

But, why would he still have his mask on if he was dressed for bed (can't tell if those are pjs or not), and if he's NOT dressed for bed, why in the world would he remove his shoes and socks to practice music?  I CAN understand falling asleep on the couch, which is undoubtedly far more comfortable than a coffin. :iconcoffinplz:


Btw, love the detail of the couch. :love:
saturdaychick Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
I am definitely working too much if I missed this drawing! Just wonderful!!!
AmadErik Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW. May I color this? You are an awesome artist! I love Poe's portrait on the wall. :) 
Captain-Introvert Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know EXACTLY how he feels. My family have had several cats. All of them took to sleeping in MY bed. All of them seemed to find the small of my back a desirable couch. This might be why I have back problems!

Also, my walls are just as covered in art.

Bravo - LOVE the scene, and all the ideas behind it. Completely agree with you on Erik and his taste for fancy houses!
silent-observer2 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Although you perhaps want to see it coloured, this drawing is so amazing as it is!!
The title does fit perfect to our wonderful sleeping Erik. I thank you so much you gave me wonderful imagination
of one of his rooms and of course of himself and Ayesha. Clap 
As always you did a really great job!! Your attention to every little detail is overwhelming and the artworks on the wall are beautiful.

I especially like that you have drawn Ayesha. I totally agree on your description about the behaviour of cats. My one is just exactly the same.;) (Wink) 
But -and I'm sure you agree- they are so lovely and sweet that this little disturbance of personal space while sleep doesn't matter at all.

Heart Love your work and I can't stop watching it for hours and gawk like Christine!
canelongno1 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
love the sneaky portrait in the corner.
inzie23 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So vulnerable...

theterriblezodin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, yes, that's so good.
angelofmusic1997 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome drawing!

LOL. I think it's something like one of the scenes in the 1943 Claude Rains Phantom of the Opera where people start noticing only when large things (ex. an organ/piano) go missing. But there was the side entrance in Leroux's original novel, I guess... so he coulda snuck it in to the cellars that way.
cheveyo-98 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so purdy
vampirezombies Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Wonderful! I can totally imagine Erik's house full of wondrous and beautiful artwork. ^u^
Starlene Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Poe portrait makes this. It's a very nice, cozy scene, with the cat and the pajamas-like outfit and the pillows... And then there's Poe to complete it all. Hehe! :')
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