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Ambush by RalphHorsley Ambush by RalphHorsley
Ambush!

Illustration for Dragon magazine
©Wizards of the Coast.

Acrylic, Approx 22" x 22"

Original artwork for sale.

The waterhole was less idyllic than it first appeared!

I had great fun creating this image of two Thri-Kreen stopping by an oasis to refill their canteens, when they are pounced upon by a Water Drake.

The curving sinuousness of the Drake made for a great framing device, with it's head and tail both pointing to the victim. I reinforced this as the focal point by using other lines of force (primarily in the background) and through the lighting effect.

A full walkthrough of my process - including over a dozen images - can be found on my blog.
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:icondavidgeorgeportero:
DavidGeorgePortero Mar 14, 2013   Digital Artist
A lot of dramatic action, and the water is great also :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconphoenix2683:
Phoenix2683 Jun 21, 2012  Student General Artist
"I knew it"
"Knew what?"
"This is my 13th time being in this oasis. It's a bloody jinx."
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol :D
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:iconcellolott:
great pic indeed! Ha!
nice to see how you work, thanksAlot for sharing.
SeeYa!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Superbum Jan 27, 2012  Student General Artist
That creature is seems to be a combination of a catfish and a dragon with a very pronounced muzzle.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Jan 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep - it's a water drake :)
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Chibi-C Jan 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
what kind of paint do you use?
the closes I came to much detail with my paint is this [link] (already two years old though I really want to paint more in my life ;w; )
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