Famine: I started by painting the card background greyish-purple. I had googled a black horse that I liked, so I started to paint it into the background. Then I painted in the girl and realized very quickly that I was riding a fine line between "cool" and "little girl and my pony". To try to keep it on the cool side i gave the girl and the horse glowing eyes, and I tried to keep the image as creepy as possible. And the i added in the scale, Famine's trademark. Death was next.
Death: Again I started with the background and I made it purple again. However, to make it stand out from Famine I gave it a bunch of green glow. Again I had a horse image for reference. I wanted to make the horse and the girl partially skeletal, but only in a very subtle way. Part of the girls face is skeletal, but only where her robe is casting a shadow. The horses nose and mouth are partially skeletal as well. I also decided to add a skull in the bottom corner as Death's trade mark.
War: This one I painted reddish-brown. I kind of wish that the horse would have turned out a little more menacing, but I really like the evil grin on the girl's face. I also really like her long red hair. I was thinking of a way to give her a sword, as a symbol of war, but I couldn't quite manage to fit it into the composition. Nevertheless, I think one can easily tell which of the four horsemen this on represents in context to the others.
Conquest: This one is by far the least scary one. But I suppose that's usually the case with conquest - pretty white horse, nice crown, sometimes a bow and arrow. Conquest seems like the tamest of the four. I wanted Conquest's horse to be positioned slightly different than the other three, so I painted it kind of from the front, rather than doing another profile. For the girl I had some reference art. I just changed the eye colour, added a crown and covered up the nipples with some hair.Overall I really like the ways the set turned out. It was also really fun to paint because I could pretty much do whatever. I think Death and Conquest are my favourite out of the four.