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Grim Reaper This Way Comes by Adara Rosalie

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I was tired of seeing really dark Grim Reaper images that were predominantly black. The Reeper is neither good nor evil, he just is; a keeper of the balance

Death as a sentient entity is a concept that has existed in many societies since the beginning of history. In English, death is often given the name the “Grim Reaper” and from the 15th century onwards came to be shown as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and clothed in a black cloak with a hood. It is also given the name of the Angel of Death

In some cases, the Grim Reaper is able to actually cause the victim’s death, leading to tales that he can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted in order to retain one’s life. Other beliefs hold that the Spectre of Death is only a psychopomp, serving only to sever the last tie from the soul to the body and guide the deceased to the next world and having no control over the fact of their death.

In many languages Death is personified in male form (English including), while in others it is perceived as a female character.

An exellent and humerous portreyal of Death or Lady Death can be seen in Terry Pratchetts Disk world series. Mainly the HOGSFATHER and SOUL MUSIC.

I thought that this old folk song on death was a complimentary addition to the description. I love the smallish guy on the right, I cannot believe that such a deep voice can come from him. It was startling.

Stock Used:
Marcus J Ranum for his Reaper
The Background by umbradenoapte stock

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All artworks contained herein have been created in Photoshop CS3 or Photographed, by Adara Rosalie, and are all original artworks.
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Jayde, also known as Adara Rosalie, is a self taught digital artist living in the Sydney Region of NSW. Her works bring forth the beauty in the dark, strange and Gothic. Her images are beautifully rendered, with a blend of photo manipulation and digital painting, showing a natural talent for creating new and fantastic visual artworks that are original in concept.

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  • dax1
    dax1almost 5 years ago


  • Thank you Dax. Great to hear that you like this piece.

    – Adara Rosalie

  • jim270
    jim270almost 5 years ago

    Fantastic creation!

  • Much appreciated James, Thank you!

    – Adara Rosalie

  • AFogArty
    AFogArtyalmost 5 years ago

    Nice work, great informative description. Thank you.

  • Thank you so much, it is wonderful to know that you enjoy the image and the information about the myth behind the reaper. Hope you are having a magical weekend!

    – Adara Rosalie

  • terugvanver
    terugvanveralmost 5 years ago

    superb stuff

  • Thank you so much, I really appreciate you sharing this with me.

    – Adara Rosalie

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, amazing work.

  • Awe, thank you bubbleblue.

    – Adara Rosalie

  • Expressions &  Reflections
    Expressions & ...almost 5 years ago

    Nicely done, bravo!

  • Thank you both, it is a wonderful gift you have given me, knowing that you like this piece. I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend!

    – Adara Rosalie

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 5 years ago

  • ooohh, Thank you! It is a lovely honour! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it!

    – Adara Rosalie

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 4 years ago

    very subtle but strong…well done! :]

  • Thank you again VampVamp, your continued support is a great strength to me!

    – Adara Rosalie

  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldover 4 years ago

    Ooooh way cool!!!!!!!!!!

  • You are such a sweet Belinda! I wish you and your family a very merry and magical Christmas!

    – Adara Rosalie

  • DaveBassett
    DaveBassettover 4 years ago

    Superb creativity.

  • Thank you again, DaveBassett! It is great to hear that you like this piece as well! I wish you and your family a very merry and magical Christmas!

    – Adara Rosalie

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