Artwork & Words © Richard Ewing all rights reserved

Artwork & Words © Richard Ewing all rights reserved

Monday, December 5, 2011

If ...brigade

'Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred'.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson's most famous poem was written in a matter of minutes after reading of the tragedy of the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War, October 25th 1854. 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' elucidated the bravery of the soldiers in the face of an obviously miscommunicated order. The poem was immensely popular with the public, and remains so today.
'Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die'
© Richard Ewing. All rights reserved.
© Richard Ewing. All rights reserved.
© Richard Ewing. All rights reserved.
© Richard Ewing. All rights reserved.
.Thank you and enjoy.

9 comments:

  1. Another awesome portrait. Although I am a bit scared by the hooves. Love the sketches!

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  2. His expression is very evocative of this sad situation - especially the blind eye. I like how you've merged the horse and man, and captured their 'onward' movement through the prancing hooves and flowing hair. You always present an interesting back story that makes me want to read up on your characters. Very nice work!

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  3. intriguing and fascinating portrait of the "arrogant and extravagant aristocrat".

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  4. Good caricature Richard...like the hair being thrown forward in canter/gallop whilst his head is thrown back..excellent stuff..

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  5. What a sad poem, but I love how you tied sadness and horse and movement into the whole thing. Nice job!

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  6. You really captured the tragic mood and the momentum. The expression of hopelessness and surrender is expressed very well in the rhythm, texture and palette.

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  7. Tragic red and green surrounding the eloquent architecture of the face and head with the dull eye blindly following orders. Strong piece.

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  8. Nice mixture of energy and somberness. Good work!

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