Finished this one now. I'd be happy if I never have to look at it again! Tried to keep the red in the sky minimal, although I still think it's a little overboard. So, this is my illustration of the plague, The Red Death from Poe's 'The Masque of the Red Death.' I have a violent urge to just fill the background with details, but something's telling me not to. I think I can get away with it as it is, since i'm just trying to portray the devastation of the plague.
Anyway, drawn with .7mm mechanical pencils, Sky was painted with acrylics, edited in photoshop. God damnit, there's a photoshop eraser smudge in the sky, urgh! And if you didn't notice it before, i've just drawn wonderful attention to it.
Wow, this is really gorgeous! I love the attention to detail here. It's so smooth! I like the background as is, so I think you're right to leave it alone. It kinda makes it feel like death is on the horizon.