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Shaking hands with Death by sandara Shaking hands with Death by sandara
A tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett.

I have read his books while growing up and they're a huge influence on me.

"We should aim for a good and rich life well lived, and at the end of it, in the comfort of our own home, in the company of those who love us, have a death worth dying for." Terry Pratchett, rest in peace.


My favorite Discworld book is Feet of Clay, totally brilliant. Hogfather and Night Watch come a close second.
For non-Discworld books, my fav has got to be Good Omens. I remember the first time I read it, standing in a second-hand bookstore and laughing my head off. People must've thought I was mad. :D


painted with photo ref
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Bleu-Ace Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was very sad when he passed, his books taught me that fantasty could be anything, and that it also wasn't the usual tropes we were accustomed to.
LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018
What an amazing tribute!  
Biomodified Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
ChiaraLily9 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love this image, it's so thought provoking
Snailchick Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017
Love this. So much. My favourite is Small Gods but I had the exact same experience with Good Omens... read it on a plane and laughed until I cried.
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017
Love it!
XxGoodSpiritxX Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
The Sheep and the Goats
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom wprepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
DunkleMaterie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017
Do not know that artist. B-) Glad he such a fan to send him off though.

I never thought of Death having a personality or anything but
if that would be the case and I have to meet him one day, lets say
" Damn it was about time. " P.I.G. (Practical-Pig)

Hopefully no one will cry about my leave. Death is too alluring after getting the right experiences of enlightenment.
ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
He's Terry Pratchett (assuming that's what you were wondering). He wrote the Discworld series, in which Death is an important character (read/watch The Hogfather to get an idea. Here's a good summary of both).
Keybraker Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is just perfect, I saw that on reddit and wanted to cry from joy, Its beautiful just beautiful.
I am certain Sir Terry P's encounter with Death was like this !
Skyknight416 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016
Beautifully done. 
silentstarling Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Very moving. Thank you for this wonderful picture Heart 
Sofffie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful! Terry Pratchett is my favourite author, and there are still discworld-novels left that I don't know yet.
Hogfather and A hat full of sky are my favourite ones, I think.
And Good Omens too, I've read it so many times now and it never gets boring.
Aureah Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016
Brilliantly beautiful ! Heart 
rainchickk Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
My father has died.This is giving me such a comfort that he has left on a new journey.This is a beautiful piece and I am using it as my desktop
sandara Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
My condolences. 
Beowulf1976 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Em Gee. Also Millenium Hand and Shrimp. Buggrit!

This is just... WOW WOW WOW Can I please save this and fiddle with sizing so I can have it as my wallpaper? I love it! (just noticed it's downloadable - stolen! :D )

Terry Pratchett is my ultimate favourite author, his works got me through the worst times of my life, (with my ex) I would find wonderful solace in his works of the discworld.

My first Favourite Discworld Book has to be The Hogfather. Then my favourite series are The Watch, The Witches and Death in no order of favourites. :D I have to confess I've not read any of his other works because I'm too hooked on the disc.

Now... I really should actually comment on your wonderful wonderful piece!....

I love how you have depicted the doorway between worlds, how you have drawn Pratchett with such amazing detail, how the light falls on his face, how he looks like he's dressed all in black for his final outing. I think I imagined that Death would be a little taller than that, but I don't know how tall Pratchett is. :)

I completely love all of it!

Thank you for remembering him in such a beautiful way!

I am going to share this on Facebook and link to your profile, I love it that much!
BleedinZombie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016
R.I.P Terry Pratchett. You'll never be forgotten!
LORD-PUMKIN Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
like an ghost rider
puppet2string Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Fantastic. He would love it.
Ulyenov Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GNU Terry Pratchett.
Eleramo Featured By Owner May 17, 2016
rainchickk Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016
what a wonderful image to greet death as you would a guide 
Carefsa Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student General Artist
Can i use this for a game?
Carefsa Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student General Artist
Could i use this on a game,please?
gadgetsteve Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
To think of the world beyond THAT doorway!
Emari-chan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
*gross sobbing*
D-for-Duchess Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This brings me to tears..
Találó.  Super!
thagrapeofwrath Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
Only criticism I could make is that Death would have taken him with a sword, as befitting a king. 

 Really, beautiful work. 
tokilladaemon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
the art and the description nearly made me cry, and this comment pushed me over the edge
Genisc Featured By Owner Edited Dec 24, 2015
Great picture for a great author! So sad he's gone.. but his books will live forever.
My favorite story is Feet of Clay too :) I think it's just perfect.
Bellysis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Student Writer
wow :D
TheInkyWay Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
littlelonedoodle Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
"and one greeted Death like an old friend ..."
LVgraphics Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great looking piece and a very nice tribute.
DragonoSaurus-Rex Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Moonlight-Elf Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god... This piece is stunning! I am a fan of Sir Terry Pratchett myself, so I just had to comment and tell you how incredible this drawing is... It really moved me. Heart 
TianaAtana Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Beyond appropriate.  I hope this actually happened.
doodlebugRP Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist
Gosh, you've brought tears to my eyes again...
JazzBadger Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
OK, I still give my tears for Him.
littlekasino Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
Amazing picture, it has moved me to tears. Excellent work!
EliBurrySchnepp Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
You just became my favorite artist of all time
Rowye Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015   Digital Artist
Featured in my journal here: Digital Paintings All Time Favs Feature II
Shadowranger505 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
What I'd really like to see is something like this, but instead of Terry Pratchett it would be a Marine in his dress blues. That would be an absolutely fantastic memorial picture.
Vv---vV Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
very nice
sanddry86x Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
I've only read about 3 books and seen all the animated stuff but I'm still very sad to know that's Terry Pratchett had past before I even knew about him. I can honestly picture Death shaking his hand in a final farewell...
V-J-Bartlett Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I have loved Terry Pratchett's books since I first read them.  He had an eye for the hypercritical a way of pointing out that if we wait for others to fix our problems then they will never be fixed.  Love your painting, it is the perfect tribute. "And Death took Sir Terry by the hand and led him through the door to the desert of black sand and watched him walk away."
MornaGwathHalla Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful. Indeed 
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