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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.
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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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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 )
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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.
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. That's very nice of you to say!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Zegaroth Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Good luck with that, then.
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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. >.<
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WolfclawT Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Excellent work! colours, lines.. i like it.
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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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Prone2Drift Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
The animatrix almost made me cry, I don't know why it had such an effect on me, so much death and destruction and to have the realization that mankind was going to disappear into the howling darkness and never return was upsetting for me... Awesome picture by the way!
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stardust30 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
really well done! lovin the red too :)
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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o--kAne101--o Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Dude....One day I am going to order a print of this piece. So sic. Damn your skills.
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man!
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SeWoUl Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That's One Mad Art Ya Got There Dude.
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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ruruchan56 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
amazing detail. i love traditional pen art!!!
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! me too. :D
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o--kAne101--o Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
+fav this is like something i have tried to do before only...not at all and way more OMW AWESOME
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. You should try again!
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DropsOfAcid Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing...
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks.
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Of-the-Mountain Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student Artist
I am glad to have stumbled on to such a magnificent piece years after its creation.
Great work.
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! i appreciate you taking the time to stumble and leave such nice comment. :)
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LordXheroth Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
"In the beginning, there was man. And for a time, it was good. But humanity's so-called civil societies soon fell victim to vanity and corruption. Then man made the machine in his own likeness. Thus did man become the architect of his own demise" - Instructor This is soo awesome!!
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D :horns:
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blackhunter28 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, very good your poem
and the image
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!

not my poem though. this guy did it >>>>~Valkur
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PenRunner Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you.
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PenRunner Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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walldidi Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Whaaaa a mecanical Horse full of charism!!!
Hard to create.... but you did it!!!
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i had good inspiration. ;) thanks.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010   General Artist
Awesome work! That definitely reminds me of that robotic horseman from that one scene from the second part of "The Second Renessance".
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
yup. thanks. :)
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010   General Artist
No problemo.
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Beril311 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
The whole black, white, and red thing you've got going on here inspired me to do -[link] . This is one of my first colored pieces. Really like this picture. Keep up the good work.
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks. :) glad i could help.
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matbonucci Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
if i could i'll put on a frame on my room ;)
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:) thanks.
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rockmysocks223 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
wow. i am most amazed.

this would make one hell of a t-shirt; you should consider merchandising it.

good job!
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i probably should. thanks. :)
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DizzyBlue Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
i love this, if it wasn't so detailed it would make a wonderful tattoo
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
no doubt. :D glad you like it.
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Shikha0o Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
gorgeous:jawdrop::+favlove:
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:) thanks.
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krenum Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Reminds me of the Animatrix. Good work.
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rebekahkirkland Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
reminds me of dali...very menacing
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
ooh thanks :)
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