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The Four Horsemen 02 by rubendevela The Four Horsemen 02 by rubendevela
It's these old characters [link] redone in a slightly more realistic style. (Yeah, I switched a couple of the symbols!)

I still think this counts as a "realistic manga style" but I'm not so sure... Whatcha think? I feel ok with it, but War's manic grin is disturbingly photographic compared to the others.

Big thanks to :iconsloppyperfectionist: who gave me the revelation I was drawing the same nose since... 1998?!?!

Here is the colored version [link]
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:iconbensen-daniel:
bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
I'm not sure I get the characterization of famine. I like war, though.
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:iconrubendevela:
rubendevela Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Yeah! Nobody likes her, not even me. She doesn't line up with an archetype :XD:
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:iconbensen-daniel:
bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Well, the only other personifications of the Horsemen are Pratchett and Gaiman's in Good Omens, and now I'm having a hard time thinking of them any other way.

But archetypes aren't all that matters. I don't think your Death looks very...dead, but I like the character design anyway.
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timkaiserOnline Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I love this version!
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Karooz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
I think War looks like my kind of lady. Actually she looks disturbingly like someone I once dated... Hey speaks to the realism of the look you've got going here heh. Splendid good work here. Noses can be tricky to make unique since it's the subtle differences that make the difference in real life. When it comes to drawing them, it's difficult to stray away from the template without making a character seem out of place or like they were jibbed into getting the "awkward" nose. You did rather well here though.
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:iconrubendevela:
rubendevela Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Thanks! I'm still struggling with noses for this style, though. I'm afraid too much realism might wipe out all the character?
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:iconkarooz:
Karooz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Well it creates a lot of individual character per character. As always, there's a sacrifice of cartoonish stylization whenever you try to be more true to real life, but this looks really spiffy. If it bothers you, you could always try to develop multiple looks. One for serious business and one for more personalized look. The color version of this is also pretty rad by the way.
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Yalene Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Love it like I love the original picture.
Just one thing: Compared to the old one you switched symbols of pestilence and famine. Is that on purpose?
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:iconrubendevela:
rubendevela Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Yup! I was getting comments that were confused on the symbols, and that they should be switched. I eventually agreed with them haha
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
disturbingly photographic is good, I think I know someone who grins like that:lmao:
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:iconrubendevela:
rubendevela Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
I dunno, even compared to the other faces? XD
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:iconwarse-no-miko:
Warse-no-Miko Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Me: I still love how you put death in a barong in the old piece. No wonder the apocalypse hasn't come yet! It's running on Filipino time XDDDDDD
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:iconrubendevela:
rubendevela Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Thanks! I'm definitely keeping that character design!
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
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:icondreampen:
DreamPen Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
I love the crazy look on War. It is War, right?
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:iconrubendevela:
rubendevela Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
yup!
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:iconthemarcher:
TheMarcher Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks good, I think the descriptiion realistic manga fits well a little like the style in Death Note for instance.

Cool Picture!
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:iconrubendevela:
rubendevela Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Yeah I guess it does remind me a bit of some of the faces in Death Note XD
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:iconspacegryphon:
Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"On through the dead of night/with the four horsemen ride/or choose your fate and die!"
:headbang:
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:iconrubendevela:
rubendevela Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
CLASSIC
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:iconanomunnus:
Anomunnus Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
So.. chemical warfare hazard, biological infectious, radiation and poison. Needs more dakka IMHO.
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:iconrubendevela:
rubendevela Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
haha! no more room for more dakka?
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:iconanomunnus:
Anomunnus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
here's always room for more dakka ·iconwaaaghplz·
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Rythmear Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I like it... I like it a lot.

Pestilance looks like he'd get along well with Mr. Umbrella.
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:iconevulchibi:
Evulchibi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse actually live in Chuck Norris's nutsack.
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:iconcjhaacke:
cjhaacke Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Which would fit, as everyone knows Chuck Norris has twice as many balls as any normal human...:)
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:iconhotaruthodt:
HotaruThodt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
:iconhigh5plz: (Sorry, I just thought your reply was epic win). :XD:
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:iconevulchibi:
Evulchibi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
xD
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sloppyperfectionist Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Hahahaha. You're welcome beau.

I like the flat blacks on the hair, and mister gasmask is cool as fuck.

<3
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:iconrubendevela:
rubendevela Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
:3 thanks!
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wicked work man! :)
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Tigershark06 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that is a creepy way to look at the four horsemen! I like it!
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Eruisar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice interpretations! XD
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SinistaBG Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
the gas mas guy is surely more realistic... ahahahah!

nice work though
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