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"Off he goes, like a haunting. Axe in hand, the night under his cape. He races across the graveyards; sings for the midnight within the belfry. Sour in anger. Mad and reckless.
Just as a headless horseman."


Concept for a new story.
Ink and dip pen.
Original size is A4. Done in about 9 hours.

As always, thanks for viewing, have a fantastic day.

Characters and art © Amadeus Kastelkreuz
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MrWootton's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

"Amazing" is clearly the word of choice from viewers, and the reaction is well-deserved. Although it's not the first time this type of illustration has been done, in this case Kastelkreuz's dexterity with ink and choice of subject give the layout new meaning.

The scene - which is to say, the story - trails behind the horseman, almost like a thought bubble. The association is especially startling because the horseman is headless. It is as if the viewer is inside the horseman's head, so much so that the head has vanished altogether. It empowers the headless horseman, elevating him to the unexpected position of protagonist, making him the narrator of his own story.

An altogether wonderful portrayal of a classic motif.
Katkat-Tan's avatar
this is amazing ; 7 ;
Fajralam's avatar
thats amazing!!!!fantastic :happybounce:
Hellypse's avatar
Absolutly impressive !
rainsoaked's avatar
Fantastic. I love the way the images blend into one another so seamlessly. Particularly like the moon in the night sky - it really seems to glow.
anaios's avatar
Nice medieval vibe you got here! Brilliant!
Abominableve's avatar
its so wonderful! the composition is amazing. I love the use of symmetry too C:
ShadowJonh's avatar
What a great art, very impressif work
Scribe1969's avatar
Great penmanship.
Cetrus's avatar
Amazing usage with ink again, love how your composition floats! Congratulations! :)
Popokino's avatar

Omg! This is so beautifully done~ XD Great job!
wytherwing's avatar
outstanding work!
EveKudo's avatar
Just Awesome !
Halflung27's avatar
Awesome! This is a great concept! I like the composition and I love the line work. This has the quality of a wood cut.
BuuckPhotography's avatar
This is incredible!
ulltraz's avatar
amazing piece!!!Love 
MTCarpenter's avatar
Yeah, that's bad ass. Nice work.
anne-summer's avatar
WOW! Totally awesome. The details and your play with black and white is so good.
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