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Sleepy Hollow, forced to kill by Acrylicdreams Sleepy Hollow, forced to kill by Acrylicdreams
This was a commissioned cover artwork for a Metal band (called Headless Beast).
And, of course it is inspired by "Sleepy Hollow".

It took me so much time and work that I have no idea how much, hehe. (From the first contact with the band to the finished product it was almost 2 years - of course, with many long breaks)
I started this as a traditional painting with acrylics on cardboard (about 42 x 50 cm), but (fortunately) I scanned some unfinished steps of it (the background without the rider and the burning crosses for example), so I could change a lot afterwards - and I really had to.
The position and size of many elements in this image is very different from the original painting now, but almost everything is still painted by hand with brushes. I only had to rework the flames and the head of the horse (it looked right into the viewers face before - which looked more aggressive but didn't seem to fit to the scenery anymore when placing the victim right to it) and paint the clothes of the witch (which was supposed to be naked before) and the victim with the computer. I used Painter and a Wacom tablet for that. I also added some more branches to the finished cover.

The band will also use my first version of the rider with the horse staring at the viewer (and I have used it for the booklet of the CD).

Here's the image that was used for the back of the CD cover: [link]
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:iconbloodmoon08:
bloodmoon08 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional Artist
cool
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:iconwickedwizard1991:
wickedwizard1991 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so cool
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UnbearableME Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
good one :)
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demonlovers Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
love it 
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:iconlietuwis:
lietuwis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
the work is awesome! but u shouldnt have redened the cross , it draws the whole attention
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Thanks!
Maybe you're right, but a coverart should be an eyecatcher and this one wouldn't draw someones attention (from far away or when looking at a thumbnail in the www) if there was no red in it.
There are so many great black and white artworks in the world, but you don't see often ones with black, white(, grey) and red in them.
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:iconlietuwis:
lietuwis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
well then i wouldve used the red on the horseman couse hes the main thing in here. anyways awesome work
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:iconacrylicdreams:
Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I understand your point, but my concept was, to let the red only come from a source of light - and glowing horsemen would look a bit strange... :D
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DR33MZ Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
just awesome
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DetectiveSiMunLee Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Amazing artwork!
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YikYik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
This is great! Wow, super nice! :D I like the monochrome with only a touch of red there! Cool!
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Very scary.
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ApertureStar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
The subtle use of color really makes the red pop. I love it!
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:iconphasellus:
Phasellus Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job! That horse looks badass!
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
woooooow, excellent job!! ^^ well done! :woohoo: :clap:
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:iconquest007:
Quest007 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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ROMAN-HELMET Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Wow!!!
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Kit-the-hunter Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student General Artist
wow this is awesome :D
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:iconreconcookies:
ReconCookies Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconcrazymeau:
Crazymeau Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OH wow this is just too good!
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:iconruzuworld:
Ruzuworld Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student General Artist
wow both works looks great!! the other have vamps ^^ nice
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KinsmanFrederik Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Skull collector. He, he. Badass dark mood!
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valoliveira Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work!!!!
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Vulkanette Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Featured ;-) [link]
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MariaAragon64 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty damn cool work there. Love it.
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RJBaudouin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice
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AngelMitskano Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
Omg!!
:iconveryexcitedplz:
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Vulkanette Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Wow.... echt toll :clap:
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neko7584 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow so much detail ♥♥♥
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning work - The kind of art that inspires me to buy the LP! :D
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Fantastic piece...
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