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We Ride by AndrewSalt We Ride by AndrewSalt
This was inspired by the ending of "Thief of Time". I had not seen a drawing of all five Discworld Horsemen yet, so I thought I would give it a go. I have seen Paul Kidby's beautiful painting of the Four Horsemen, and took some details from it (the man does such a great job of getting the characters right, I can't help it) But I made sure not to look at it at all while I was working on this one, so as not to copy anything directly, so I only used what I could remember of that painting.
This one was drawn traditionally and then colored digitally. I ran into a few small problems when working out the details of this piece. Kaos is said to have a sword of burning cold so I originally wanted to have his aura be blue. But Death already has the blue glow in his eyes, so I felt the need to keep his aura blue. So I had to go with purple for Kaos. Also, we do not know what weapons Pestilence, War, and Famine carry. Death has is scythe of course, but I had to go to the source and use what the Book of Revelations says the Horsemen had in their hands. So I gave Pestilence the bow, and Famine the scales, (neither of which I really liked, but I couldn't come up with anything better) but according to the Bible, War should technically have a sword. But since we know Kaos already has a sword I gave War a battle axe instead.
The horses' colors gave me a bit of trouble too. The Bible says that War rides a red horse, and Famine rides a black horse, which was no trouble, but it is well known that Death rides a pale horse. Obviously Terry Pratchett interpreted this to mean white when he created the character of Binky, and that is a fair interpretation, but not when you read that Pestilence rides a white horse. So technically, Pestilence's horse should be a lighter shade than Death's, since white is lighter than pale, but I had to stay true to Binky, so I gave Pestilence a more realistic white horse,and kept Binky the brilliant white that we all know and love. Brown hadn't been used, so I gave Kaos a brown horse to keep them all different.
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yzkethrag Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice.
KeplerNova Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is fantastic!
Sergej12345 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Great, I love colours of auras, but there is one thing that always irked me when it is about Four riders of Apocalypse, in original, Pestilence is actually Conquest, but in modern times it is Pestilence.
MidnightGrim Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
It's So Beautifull i love the variety of colours it is just awesome!
Terrin-Auh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Four Horsemen's Death and War and Famine and Pestilence and Kao We toured the world, from the Discworld.
starryeyed-nz Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HoustonDave Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nicely done. The hoofprints are an excellent touch there.
V-chan10 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Yes! The Five Horsemen ride again! Kaos is always amusing, even as Ronnie Soak
DBlinman Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Student Writer
Heheh. Those are some riders indeed!
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