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The Red Death by Raiecha The Red Death by Raiecha
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. :la:
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kiankarlo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Looks like a mix of Hugo Simberg paintings. Excellent work!
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WizAdopts Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous piece! 

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SchwarzWieEbenholZ Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Photographer
spooky =D
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A-Chard Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
This is a creepy piece of work! very nice tho!
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naama6699 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! so much emotion! amazing :)
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Kpop-44 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
You've created such a morbid atmosphere most wonderfully. Great picture :D
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Slb9537 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student
this is really amazing, and REALLY creepy. I love Poe's works (I even wrote a 10 page essay on them). This piece really captures the essence of 'The Masque of the Red Death'. Nicely done!
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ekzotik Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Looks great, I really like that right corner bit, with the woman and the death figure, it has a really powerful quality to it.
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Bo-Po-Mo-Fo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
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.
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Seraphine-Harmonium Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Ooh very cool. I like how with her style of clothes it's been modernized somewhat, but still feels old and dangerous. And I am a sucker for a good bloody plague.
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Raiecha Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heheh, thanks! Can never get enough bloody plague. :P
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Seraphine-Harmonium Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013   Artisan Crafter
They're so much fun, bloody plagues!
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Meep-and-Mushrat Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Very nice work, I really like the significence of this :3
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Raiecha Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really glad you like it, thank you. :3
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xiao-speck Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww~ the poses and the motion in the picture shows the emotion really well! It all seems really vivid!
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Alicezatt Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good work, it creates such a creepy mood! you did a great job on the atmosphere and the shading, everything!!^^
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Melody-in-the-Air Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the shading in this piece was done very well~! It conveys great atmosphere!
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WeaselWomanCreations Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved reading the Masque of the Red Death :) Very good work on this.
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Dankex Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Really like the detail and the shade :) well done :)
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Philliewig Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is astounding :D As always, your textures and juxtaposition of the rough paper versus the smooth figures is so eyecatching.
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Alikamoon Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nice!
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Art-By-Mark Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice work! =)
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RialZeeno Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
this looks very neat, great job! :woohoo: :squee:
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Vial-of-Venom Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing, end of story.
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saysoifyouwantto Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoa bloody fingers *_*
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OtakuNateLawliet Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, just wanted to say that you did a fantastic work.
Keep doing your best~
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Seylyn Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Strong theme and your rendering is fantastic!
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MattJamesComicArts Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow. This is awesome. I love it.
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Jii-en Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Digital Artist
wow thats very amazing
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Drayuu Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice =)
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DaisyCr0wn Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is interesting. I've never seen anything like it.
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devaughnecloudskape Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Love edgar allen poe and this artwork based off his story <3 love that you didn't use any color except the red <3 super well done! :D
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CaptainMisuzu Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks lile a great piece of art we saw in museum ! Really nice !
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DrawDrone Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very grim and disturbing piece of work. Love the shading and the red accents.
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Thegarfieldtouch Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student General Artist
so much pain and so much death and yet artwork like this has a thousand words and it explains alot in a paragraph about losing a love one and it can be painful to get over the grief over a loved one that past away :happycry: :clap: bravo!!
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Not2BeTrusted Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Photographer
Really creepy, but awesome work!
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Raiecha Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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kurimbbang Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student
great piece! i love how the entire picture is in gray except for the blood! i also like how you didnt just draw a pile of dead bodies, but there's a guy screaming on his knees and a person reaching their hand out. idk like this is just really really cool. and it was done in mechanical pencils too? awesome! lol
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Raiecha Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, i'm glad you like it :D Yeah, basically I work with mechanical pencils, but when I edit my work on Photoshop, I change the levels so the darker shaded areas appear black. I love contrast. ;)
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NikolaiMcFist Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student General Artist
The detail in the faces, and the skulls too, and the hair! Oh man, a delight, as usual. I don't think you went overboard, it's just enough to convey what you wanted, yet not overdoing it. The blood on their fingers, and underneath some of the bodies is just lovely...well..not really, but you did it well !XD
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Raiecha Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, thank you! I'd already 'finished' this one, just hadn't edited it. I really didn't like it, but seeing it with the texture and the sky has changed my mind somewhat. ^-^
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NikolaiMcFist Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I get the same way about comic pages before they're colored or whatever. I mean, not that I don't like my inks, it's just that last step, that last addition to detail and whatnot really helps.
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Sherlover221 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So confusing and so clear! Tragic and true!!
I love this. *_*
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Raiecha Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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Sherlover221 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If i can suggest you something.. the right arm of the dead girl seems too little. But maybe it's a question of prospective. However it's really fantastic.. The particulars of the skull, and the shades, are perfect.
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Raiecha Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, it's bent upwards and further away than the left one, it's a kind of awkward position xD I think it's a case of just adding some more shading into it. I hope? Damn, you've got me wondering now! It's so difficult to notice when things don't look right when you've been staring at it for days :P
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Sherlover221 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, I understand you soo much _
If you add a little bit of shading should be good. But when i fisrt saw her position i thought: "WTH, how did she do that?? It's so flexuous! and she also seems so confortable in the arms of the death."
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