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too late by nicktheartisticfreak too late by nicktheartisticfreak
revisiting an old idea i like. [link]
this was drawn entirely in public over a few days. i finished inking it while watching Battle Royal. wicked flick.
simple ink on paper with a photo background

ATTENTION//// :wave:
i realise now that i did not say i was [obviously] inspired by a scene in the animatrix. my bad. that explains why i am still getting, "hey isn't that..." every other comment. google "the horseman from animatrix" it probably has a fansite.


the following was written by ~Valkur

The Rider

Here comes the gaunt rider,
Tall and faceless,
Atop his mount
Of gears and bones,
A mesh of oil and caked blood
Covering the discordant noises
Of the beast’s pace.

The crimson sky oversees
The black rider as he moves about
on grass that is no longer green,
on ground that is no longer brown,
For the lifeless bodies
-whole or not-
Littering the field
Force the spectrum of colors
To restrict its display.

The rider has no emotion,
No response is shown
To the still chaos
Surrounding him.
The tattered flag he carries
Does not wave,
A flag from no land.
His flayed skin is exposed
Through the holes
Of his well-worn armor,
Pieces of his ragged tabard
Barely covering old wounds.
His coat-of-arms is faded,
His cracked shield
Hangs loosely on the right flank
Of his mount,
Clanging with each
Irregular step,
Like war drums
Summoning fallen warriors
To fields in heaven or hell.

Crows and vultures descend.
Flies now circle the dead.
Time resumes its course.
The rider leaves,
A ghostly aura
Disappearing in the fog,
Probably headed
For other killing grounds.

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Daily Deviation

Given 2007-11-09
It is not the first time *nicktheartisticfreak gets suggested for a DD, and too late shows one of the higher points of a gallery that keeps getting better. ( Suggested by meikahidenori and Featured by stigmatattoo )
Shaka-zl Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
I guess there are many people that have this burnt in their mind. This one is my favorite from all i can find online. It's a different take and i love it.
nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. That's very nice of you to say!
Zegaroth Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
We seem to be inspired by some of the same things, that same scene from the Animatrix inspired me to draw this: [link] A while a ago.
nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's sick! The art in that film, all of them, is just soo good. Yup. More of that.
Zegaroth Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
4C Studios (I think that's the creators) have also made some other amazing things, like "Genius Party" which is part of a collection by that studio called "Genius Party". Besides the video in it that's named Genius Party(After the collection itself) my other favorite was Happy Machine.
nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool. I know there were a bunch of animation studios that pitched it. The second renaissance was actually my least favourite of the animation styles, but it kicked so much ass... I'll look that up tho.
Zegaroth Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Good luck with that, then.
AirashiiKyoushu Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Hey would you be able to post this imagine in blue? I'd like to buy a print of this amazing artwork of yours, but I think it'd be awesome in blue. I hope you consider. >.<
WolfclawT Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Excellent work! colours, lines.. i like it.
GraphiteForDays Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great inking and congrats on the dd, it is well deserved.
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