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4e DnD: Skeletons by RalphHorsley 4e DnD: Skeletons by RalphHorsley
4e D&D Skeletons

Acrylics, approx 7" x 11"

©Wizards of the Coast. 4e Monster Manual; Interior Illustration.

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A fearsome undead quartet faces off the adventurers, as a fireball hurtles towards them signalling the start of the fight.

I was asked to present the four different types (which I can't discuss yet) of Skeleton in equal proportion, in a line, with minimal background. In this respect the brief was quite restrictive, intended to clearly show the figures, rather than create the most dramatic image.

I tried to use the fireball to generate some interest through it's highlight and the lighting it would generate.
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Whoa reminds of Skyrim!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Your welcome
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ask-gearwolf Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
are you allowed to discuss the types now? they look amazing
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't rememvber them all offhand, but they rae in the D&D Monster manual now :D
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:iconask-gearwolf:
ask-gearwolf Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
monster manuals are so amazing 0_0

thank you, and your work is amazing!
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:iconsolsilverthehedgehog:
what's the ghostly one called it's really cool
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd have to check the MM ;)

Thanks :)
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SquirreLJ Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always thought of skeletons as simple goons and infantry, but these ones are far superior!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks :)
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:iconliamwitz:
Liamwitz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
OMAGAWD! I didn't realise you did this one! I saw this on the monster vault counters!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
cool - Thanks :)
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CharmanRaa Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
i actually had this book, got it from Barnes and Nobel. quit expensive, liked it though! spent a long time looking at this picture specifically though, couldn't get enough. good to finally comment to the artist!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - thanks :D
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:iconcharmanraa:
CharmanRaa Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
no prob
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:iconlevi-rogier:
levi-rogier Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
wickedddd
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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:icondevon-wilson:
Devon-Wilson Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010   Photographer
Awesomeness!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconlemniskate:
Lemniskate Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
The burning one is way too cool, the dusty and the armoured ones also. Just the violet one doesn't win me.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Can't win 'em all ;)

Thanks :)
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:iconskullmummy:
Skullmummy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
It's GREAT!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconmorphine-cloud:
Morphine-Cloud Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
One of my favorite.... ;)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great. thanks :)
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:iconlouis-ruthven:
Louis-Ruthven Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Kick ass!! Instant :+fav:!!

:headbang:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconnickelpat:
Nickelpat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Love it, really gives an old rough D&D feel.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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:iconphoiyikas:
phoiyikas Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Just got my 4e mm, very nice work you've done, but i'm sure all of underground nerdy america agrees with me.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I certainly hope so - thank you :D
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:iconelsie01:
Elsie01 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
I notice that one of the skeletons must've had their heart ripped from their chest while they were alive.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Quite possibly ;)

Thank you :)
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:iconelsie01:
Elsie01 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
You're welcome! :heart:
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Totsu150 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
very nice man. i really like the way you color metals especially the chain mail, so realistic. plz keep sharing! =)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It helped getting my own chainmail hauberk ;)

Thanks :)
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slavewagestudios Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Very nice, gald we get to see some of your stuff in the DnD books. Keep the wotc art coming, hope you have some stuff in Eventide. Great pic man!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - yep I'll keep sharing :)
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PainBrain Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Sry but have to comment all your art xD because its awsome..^^ love DnD play often with some friends
#love your acryl working style ..^^
hoping for a wip foto stry xD
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I am very pleased you nejoy my work :)
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Dartharian Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
Amazing
very good details
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconannfrost:
AnnFrost Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
Amazing work! :clap: and great details :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for saying so :)
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Den-drite Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
Crikies! "Close your eyes Marian... don't look at it!'
chuckles...

Awesome!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Aragorn-cro Featured By Owner May 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Enough praising, his head will bloat... and what shall he do then when every portal will be to narrow for him to pass :D
Interesting work can't wait to get my hands on books... by the way , what is exact date of releasing?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - thanks :)

June 7th... not long now ;)
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isiliel Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
Love them! Great details as always, the chainmail is really nicely done :nod:
Though it looks like the fireball will hit the purple one, and the firey one thinking "oops" :XD:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)

I was hoping the light shed from the fireball would help visuallypull it alongside the lead figures without the need to overlap it.
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