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Death (The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse) by DixieKristen Death (The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse) by DixieKristen
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the last book of the New Testament of the Bible, called the Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ to Saint John the Evangelist, at 6:1-8. The chapter tells of a "book" or "scroll" in God's right hand that is sealed with seven seals. The Lamb of God, or Lion of Judah (Jesus Christ), opens the first four of the seven seals, which summons forth four beings that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses. Although some interpretations differ, in most accounts, the four riders are seen as symbolizing Conquest, War, Famine, and Death, respectively. The Christian apocalyptic vision is that the four horsemen are to set a divine apocalypse upon the world as harbingers of the Last Judgment. The final horseman, Death, rides out of his seal on a pale horse and according to Revelation 6:7-8, he is seen as being closely followed by Hell itself, which roars out of the seal behind him. Out of all the riders, Death is the only one specifically called by his name in the text of the Bible and unlike the other three, he is actually NOT described as carrying a weapon or object of any sort. Most modern depictions of him, however, show him carrying a scythe like that of the fictional Grim Reaper and I have chosen to follow that trend.

CRITIQUES ARE WELCOME. However, I would ask that you do not judge this piece based on its realism and how much it looks like a real photo. When I make graphics, I intend for them to look manipulated in Photoshop. My graphics are meant to send a message and to be pretty to look at. They are not meant to pass for an actual photo. With that in mind, please critique away!

Stock Used Sign Stamp by WingsUnchained
Rider and Horse: Stock Pack - Nazgul by Grinmir-stock
Scythe: Death Bass - 2 by Marcus Ranum, also known as mjranum-stock
Background: Dark Grunge Texture by So-ghislaine
Extra Texture: Decay Brushes by Leichnam

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BIP Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No need to critique, I feel it is awesome!
Oh, as a caveat, I am doing research on the subject and a "pale" horse is a sickly light green/gray hue, like that of a human cadaver. Not important, really, but interesting to know.
DixieKristen Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, and yes, I agree that the pale horse would have that coloration. There are no horses like that on Earth and won't be until Death rides out on his, though, so there was no stock like that, haha! =P
BIP Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I've been playing around with making tinted masks in Photoshop, I think you can make a pink horse if you wanted to...that would be kind of cool. Well, not for Death to ride on. That would be funny, but not cool. haha
DixieKristen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be hilarious and frightening on a whole different level than the Horsemen should be. lol!
DixieKristen Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :D
LoboF-NG Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't is the white horse of the antichrist?
according to the Revelation Death's horse should have a color of a corpse decomposed,
Great photomontage anyway.
DixieKristen Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, and yes, the white horse belongs to Conquest and in one interpretation by evangelist Billy Graham, he is cast as being ridden by the Antichrist, or in other words a representation of false prophets. The horse I used here is actually dapple silver, though, not white. It was the only breed of horse that seemed to be good to represent "pale" to me. The white horse can be seen in this series if you click on the link that says "Conquest" in my Artist's Comments. :)
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February 8, 2014
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