For those living in the national capital and its neighbouring areas, the bad news shows no signs of abating quickly. Schools have been closed due to heavy smog, the economy is likely to suffer, health problems are worsening. The apocalyptic smog is so bad it has even covered the Taj Mahal.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court asked the Central government to treat the worsening air quality in the National Capital Region as an emergency, and draw up a plan to combat pollution.

Responding to this dire situation, on Instagram and other social media platforms, artists and graphic designers have been drawing a grim vision of the future – some of their sketches are a breath of fresh air amidst all the bad news.

Here are a few of the dark, hilarious and thought-provoking images of what a dystopian future might look like.

“You think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding!”

— - Bane, 'Batman'

Several artists compared Vog-masked people in Delhi with Bane, a popular villain from the Marvel universe, who wears a mask that pumps his body full of anaesthetic, helping him survive.

•We might be dead by tomorrow• #RestInPollution #Delhi #SaveTheCity

A photo posted by Mehandee Meera Dureja(बन्जारन) (@banjaaran_) on

In the morning of 31st October, the sun didn't shine too bright here in Delhi. It was cold but it wasn't cloudy, it was as if somebody dimmed the light. When night fell, you could see why. The air was so thick it diffused the street lights and the head lamps right next to you. The mist was tangible then. But I have seen fog all my life, so it wasn't the usual winter fog. It was the kind which Stephen King described, the one where invisible bloodthirsty monsters hid. The news recommended that people wear masks when outside. There was a time before when they recommended respirators for civilians in 1940s. The British government was afraid that the Germans may drop poisonous gas bombs and people would die terrible deaths. The good news was that the bombs didn't go off then. Everyone was safe and the gas masks only became symbols of war and death in popular culture. The bad news is that they went off now, on the night of 30th October 2016. #inking #ink #penandink #sketchers #sketching #sketch #sketches #sketchbook #artwork #art #illustration #portrait #instasketch #instaartist #drawing #draw #drawings #pollution #delhi #delhipollution

A photo posted by Prantar Tamuli (@prantartamuli) on

Current state of mind. #delhi #smoke #choke #pollution #nobreathenovember

A photo posted by Aashish Mandhwani (@aashishmandhwani) on

I hate people. #illustration #pollution #air #gas #mask #delhi #crackers #fucking #diwali

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