Friday, 1 July 2011

Sketchblog: Death and the Discworld

A portrait of Terry Pratchett and his Discworld.

See Death and the Discworld on DeviantART
If you don't know about Pratchett:

He's the creator of the Discworld, that little planet being carried away into space by the turtle Great A'Tuin, with the sun setting on it.

Death, the walking skeleton with an awful lot of character appears in all his books (however briefly) and spends a lot of time trying to figure people out.

The lilacs were worn in memory of a revolution in Night Watch and are now the symbol of Wear the Lilac Day on May 25th - Discworld Day, and now dedicated to Alzheimer's Awareness.

Because - oh yes, Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer's Disease. And I started painting this while listening to his documentary on assisted dying:  'Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die'.

So this was a painting about him facing death, a celebration of what he's brought us... and that it's leaving.

Time: 4 hours
ArtRage Studio Pro

References used for Terry Pratchett and the Skull.

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