i'm so happy that wonderful "Faithful Ruslan" story inspired you to making such a beautiful picture, yes, i admit, gloomy one, but very adorable at the same time, very much suiting the story i think
and with those great brown-green-sepia colours scale you usually use with such good effects
heh, if you liked "Faithful Ruslan" and you say you adore gloomy books, then i sugest you a book even gloomier from similar genre of forbidden Russian literature of those times: "Everything flows" by Vasilij Grossman (the part which is the very artistic description of the hunger in Ukraine of soviet times was the single gloomiest saddest thing i've ever read in literature i guess
, shocking and very deeply touching thing indeed
) also short novels entitled "The Red Cavalry" by Izaak Babel (all Russian authours obviously, Babel came from Odessa) although the last one looked at all the scary terryfying events from a bit different point of view
which is sometimes even scarier, 'cause one can't guess when actually the authour is using irony and of course bitterly joking about the crimes in the name of regime he happened to take part in, and when maybe he is partly on the side of the offenders and murderers, well "The Red Cavalry" is amazingly written indeed, and very touching too, although it's the most brutal maybe, and hasn't got such a clear messege under the stories, so i think i didn't find it that beautiful as "Ruslan" or "Everything flows"
still it's also worth to be widely recommended