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Wounded by Gold-Seven Wounded by Gold-Seven
During the siege of Saguntum, Hannibal is wounded in the hip by a spear. Two of his soldiers hold him down as his physician removes the spearhead.

(The man on the far left is Bomilkar, soon to be Hannibal's bodyguard captain. It's his first week as Hannibal's guard and he probably thinks crucifixion is more likely at this stage than promotion...)

Note #1: No, I decided against something to bite on. This seems to have less common than films make us believe. And it would have looked totally disgraceful for the strategos autokrator of Libya and Iberia. 
Note #2: That said, clutching at the physician's assistant is probably not a very smart move...

Acrylic ink on watercolour paper, A3 size.

I started out veeeery loosely from a reference angelasasser-stock.deviantart.… by AngelaSasser-stock, but all that's remained of that is really the angle of Hannibal's left arm. ;) Still, the angle of the ref shot was dead useful for building up the scene, so thank you! :)

My Hannibal project:…
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Andracus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
The whole thing is marvelous. The expressions, the style of coloring, the way the whole scene looks just SO real, it's astonishing.

Now that I found it, I think this is exactly one of the things I've been looking for for a long time here on dA.

Simply gorgeous. You got a watcher.
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it! I've always been fascinated with bringing the people of classical antiquity back to life. Right now, I'm working in an illustrated novel on the Battle of Cannae, which should be available in a few months. :)
Faraleigh Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Writer
I'm sure this was a dangerous event for everyone involved.

Love the folds on the blanket and how you warped the pattern on it appropriately. I was always fascinated with cloth-folds back in the days when I drew.
Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ouch, poor Hannibal. He's lucky to have escaped infection.
On a happier note, I can't get enough of the realism, and of the beauty and brightnness of the colors!
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
 A rather fitting reminder than even the Greatest Generals can find themselves brought low by random chance on the battlefield.
Black-Wren Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Makes me appreciate modern medicine all the more.

Great job on the scene.
Qitian Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My inner wiseguy is worrying that if Hannibal actually does rear up, they're going to dislocate his left shoulder on top of everything...
Other than that, though, I'm in awe of the composition and execution. I love how intensely focused the physician and his assistant look!
Musician-Moo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So intense!
DevilGal23 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You've really brought out the pain in his expression!
flyingfish98 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Nahh, that's what the assistant is there for.  That, and holding stuff.

Presumably his physician was Greek?
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