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Danse Macabre 1918 by BERT70 Danse Macabre 1918 by BERT70
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!
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MrCircles Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
This is really fantastic.
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Thanks...I really want to re-do this one but I am going to resist. 
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spooky-X-monkey Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
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.
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Thank YOU for your kind words!
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Darkdux Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
raaaaaaaah, so great !
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Mendedpixie Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love that you left it black and white...it give a clear starkness to it.
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BERT70 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
I like the B/W version better as well. Thanks!
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AgProv Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
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.
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BarG2 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
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.
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
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.
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Kupcake777 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Amazing work!
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Much appreciated!
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SBunny198 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
This is beautifully done. May I ask, what this picture is about?
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
It's about the 1918 Spanish influenza that killed about 50 million people and basically ended WW1. Back in the time of the Black Death some artist's would do Danse Macabre drawings which had skeletons taking people away to their deaths. This was my take on a Danse Macabre for a more recent plague. Read about the Spanish flu if you want to be terrified. It killed one of my favorite artists, Egon Schiele. Thanks!
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SBunny198 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
That's very interesting (the Spanish influenza does sound terrifying and they did not fully understand prophylaxis back then). Thanks for the background info. :)
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UnicornSaint Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that this piece is beautiful!
The lines, the composition and the B&W makes this picture very refinate and austere,
it does communicate well your concept.
You did a very meticulous work! it looks like an engraving :)
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thank you very much. This almost didn't see the light of day. I am glad you like it!
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UnicornSaint Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) too bad! It's beautiful
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MadSketcher Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
BTW, this doesn't need any color!
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Can you send me your email again...send it to rhillustrate@gmail.com
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MadSketcher Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, I wish I had the patience to make stuff like this. This is fantastic
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FabioVermelho Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Epic drawing! A really enjoyed this piece!
I'm faving now!
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FabioVermelho Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
The excitement made me write "A really enjoyed" hahaha but it should be "I really enjoyed". Hehe just correcting.
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible. Quite moving too.
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Thanks! I would like to say I enjoyed drawing it. I almost put it down 3 or 4 times.
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JohntheMurray Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
your amazing ...I wouldn't have the patients

It is like a time machine, I don't see art like this alot
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Thanks man. More like a time sucking machine...this took me so much longer to do than I thought it would. Glad you like it!
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ya-na Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
it's beautiful
black and white looks right here
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Thanks! I'm glad you said that...I really don't want to color it.
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JakobWestman Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
This is FANTASTIC!! Wow!
It's like a time machine.
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Thanks man! I am REALLY glad YOU like this! You would not believe the trouble this was for me. I am not used to doing a drawing with so much stuff. I sure hope I learned something from this. Thanks again!
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ClassicNoir Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Wow!!!!!
This is Amazing!! eye gripping perfectly drawn!! Perfectly Styled!!
never saw a piece of art that was so recent and I wanted so MUCH!!
Conclusion: I do like this piece.
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Thank you so much! I worked really hard on this.
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Qrowski Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student General Artist
So cool, love skeleton-head-probably-death-person!
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Mclawliet Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I so love this! :)
I hope you won't color it - the black/white(beige) contrast creates such great depressing mood, If I can put it in such way.
I love it how death holds its head so high in the air!
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BERT70 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Thanks! I really don't want to color it so thanks for that as well.
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