Was going to be color...ran out of gas. I don't think I have ever done anything with this many elements to it. I may come back to this and add some color. I was inspired by the old woodcuts by Holbein. Flu of 1918 was nasty!
Beautiful and spooky. Sorry for my english..but I think your gallery is the most original and exciting in traditional art on DA. The compositions are superb and really convey emotions. Thank you for the ispiration.
In countries ravaged by four years of war and rationing and shortages, the flu would have bitten down really badly - people would have had so little resistance left. But then, in the pecking order of the Four horsemen, War comes first, then Famine, then Pestilence, ad then all three chorus "come and See!" to death... macabre but very very deep artwork.
I saw the colored version on Tumblr -- nobody seemed to have caught on to what it was about, but all the clues are right there: The house number "1918," clothing from that time period, and one of the "nicknames" of the Spanish flu was "The Spanish Lady." Snap! You bet it was nasty --50 million deaths. I think you've conveyed the "woodcut" quality nicely, but it still has a very "period" feel to it. Looks like it was printed on newsprint, and the style looks a lot like magazine and book illustrations from that time period. I have to say I kind of prefer the colored version a little bit more because it has a more somber tone. The way the skeleton lady's head is held almost looks like she is throwing her head back and laughing. I like how you've "rethought" the Danse Macabre imagery of the medieval Black Death and brought it forward into this more modern historical context -- same song, next verse.
It is amazing how humanity has seemed to have just forgotten about that. People thought the world was coming to an end and it is almost like it never happened...it was less than 100 years ago! Thank you for taking the time to critique my drawing. You completely get it! I worked very hard on this one and I'm glad you appreciate it. Thank you.