He first appeared on Sesame Street in 1972, the same year I appeared on the planet. I chose a screen shot from his first appearance on that show, drew it on tracing paper, and then transferred that to the black canvas. I used thick outlines around him as I used to love the Sesame Street coloring books back in the day!
The toy of the Count was from the Fisher Price 1973 Sesame Street Playhouse Playset. Yes, I have both sets in my collection with boxes.
Below you can see the progress images of the creation of the paintings, including the source material and the pencil drawings I made to transfer to the canvases.
I felt his coloring was too dark, so I asked my friend Zach if he thought the same and he did. So, I sent the color sample below, we agreed on it, and that was the continuance of the painting. It had to change for the better!
And for fun, when Bram Stoker's Dracula movie came out, I loved the font in the logo and so I painted it, too, on posterboard. It's very fragile now and falling apart.