I recently watched the documentary The Dark Ages by the History Channel (2007). I was struck by the excessive length of the Dark Ages and the excessive human suffering. The sack of Rome in 410 AD and the subsequent fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD mark the beginning of the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages lasted around 600 years and were marked by war and pandemic. The Plague killed between 1/3 and 2/3 of Europe's population.
A scene from the documentary inspired this illustration. 4B and 2H pencils on Strathmore 400 Series Drawing medium paper (9" x 12").