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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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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
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!
Deblu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
definetely favourited. :DDD
RogersTheBull Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love this picture. It actually kind of looks like they're battling against he who's number lies between 7 and 9.
tigglewoo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!! A-mazing pic, great interpretations... Its good that you've put Ronnie (sorry, after reading the book it sounds wierd calling himm Chaos, or even Kaos) in even though he isnt one of the conventional 4.
trixtor0823 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
This is amazing. I hope you continue creating art of this quality. :) :highfive: :thanks:
trixtor0823 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Wow... What else can I say, this is Art at its best. I can confidently say that you are among the best artists I have ever seen. This is amazing.
teh-f43ry-pwnz Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Awesome picture! this is one of my favorite books! What other pratchett books have you read?
AndrewSalt Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
All of them. All the Discworld Novels, The Johnny Maxwell series, the Bromeliad Trilogy, Carpet People, Strata, Dark Side of the Sun, Good Omens... everything.
teh-f43ry-pwnz Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
wow, impressive. all the disc world books is a lot of books O__o. i've been wanting to read good omens
AimOfDestiny Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I'm late to the party - just stumbled upon this through a-discworld-guild and would like to leave you this one word:

boh-slayer666 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
awesome picture but isint there four...if not whos the other guy?? lol

I LOVE YOUR beautifully coloured :O =D
Dark-knights-dragon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Wow, a slight spoiler for me but that's what I get for clicking on this. Awesome picture I think I'll fave it.
KinutaDosu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
fantastic work!
dievegge Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
hurray binky~~~~
rubendevela Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
but still we ride
until we die
All the fault of pride
The gods weep in the night

We ride
We ride
AndrewSalt Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
Wow... a Discworld fan AND a Dethklok fan. You are welcome at my house any time. ;)
Gaby-desu Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
OMG so wonderful job!!!

I love terry pratchett!! & the death is so sweet!!!
KiltedFish Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
whoa this is brilliant.
Wayvy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very good! :) good colours and very good horses! ;P
mjOboe Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sooo great!
Ginjon-Leprechaun Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
That is so very awesome i think I must :+fav: it...
ThursdayNextChilli Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
Wow! What a great Picture 0_0!
ebony66136 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
Great image of all the horseman. Thoroughly well done. :clap:
Zalin Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
Whew, from the look of it it must have been a great deal of job! Awsome!
Misao83 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
This is awesome..... I have no words to describe it...congratulations for your work...
kafine Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008   General Artist
Brilliant :D
MysticaMisery Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
I love how the characters are drawn and colored! The background seems a bit too busy and distracting for my taste though.
Still, very beautiful work! :)
SpawnGuy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
Well, what to say...

I once adapted the Hoursemen chaseing Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage from a Borsche woodcut to make a mock book cover for an exam. I consulted Kidby's work too, but they all came out as having kind of an English monk theme. Except for War, who looked like an un armoured version of a viking. But enough about me...

I really love this peice, any Discworld fan will. In Theif Of Time I think there was a section of text that mentioned them all drawing four swords and haking at the Auditors (Who should all be grey, but I'm not going to nit pick) but it's intersting to see the diffrent auraus around them. The similarity between each rider make for a great syncronized effect as they spread out and charge, and that's great combined with the dynamic colour scheme of the auras and the Auditor's. Is their sparkly highlights and stars meant to be a refrence to the Horsemen being the metaphysical equation of a rock band? It looks like their rideing out a disco at first glance.
AndrewSalt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
In answer to your question... Not really. Grey Auditors just made the scene kind of bland, so I jazzed them up a bit with some color. I originally wanted the background to be a kind of outer space scene, and the stars to be showing through the semi-transparent auditors. When it was done, I realized that it wasn't quite the effect I wanted after all, and went for a more Dark Void location but I liked the ethereal sparkling of the stars on the Auditors, so I kept them.
Lady-Sheena Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
Paul Kidby is the best :love:
amazing work! i love all the colours! :love:
Kingrat1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Woohoo! Finally, the Five horsemen ride again!

I like the outline effect and the strong individual colors for each one!
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