The story of Dracula was told by Bram Stoker in 1897. In the story, Count Dracula is struck by a picture of his guest’s fiancé, a beautiful woman who is strikingly familiar to his past love. He travels to London to meet and woo her, as her family and friends try desperately to protect her.
According to the History Channel’s documentary, the fictional character of Dracula is modeled after a real man named Vlad Tepes, or Vlad Dracula, meaning “son of a dragon.” He was most famously known as Vlad the Impaler. Dracula was from Romania, and known as a fierce and cruel warrior against the Turks. He was well-known to have burned, boiled, disemboweled, and tortured his way into history.
Dracula also built cities, castles, and what would become the capital of Romania, Bucharest, and was responsible for building Europe’s most imposing mountaintop castles.
The myth of vampires has been around for centuries. Exact origins of the folklore is unknown and tales of vampires occur in nearly every culture. In Medieval times, the dead were often blamed for streaks of misfortune, murders, failed crops, and anything else that might go wrong.
Villagers would unbury the recently deceased for proof of vampires’ existence and considered the natural decomposition of bodies as evidence that the dead walked among them. Things such as long fingernails, bloated bodies, and the presence of blood in the mouth, caused by the bloated body pushing blood up and into the mouth, were cited as proof. Many protections and cures were used, such as garlic, crosses, holy water, and other folk remedies to stave off vampire attacks.
Designer: Kyle Gifford
Number of Layers: 713
Layer Resolution: 89 Microns (Slightly thinner than a human hair.)
Build time: 3 hours, 7 minutes
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.3 x 5.3 (other sizes available)
Printer: ProJet 660Pro
Software: Maya and Photoshop
Fun Character Facts:
- Dracula by Bram Stoker has never been out of print.
- As of 2009, there are an estimated 217 films featuring Dracula, with more likely to come.
- Dracula means “son of a dragon
“This Dracula was inspired by the old Castlevania games from my childhood,” said Gifford. “He has a very traditional European color scheme, and an almost anime-like appearance. I opted away from the dark, blood-thirsty themes to give him a more regal yet intimidating presence. Overall, Dracula was one of my favorite characters to design due to the amount of creative freedom that can be taken with him.”