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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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DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the motion in this.

All of your art looks impressive, but I enjoyed the impact of this one more than the others :).
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DavidGeorgePortero Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A lot of dramatic action, and the water is great also :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconrevan005:
Revan005 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Super cool.
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Valiant-Horizon Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol :D
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:iconcellolott:
cellolott Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
great pic indeed! Ha!
nice to see how you work, thanksAlot for sharing.
SeeYa!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconsuperbum:
Superbum Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep - it's a water drake :)
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Chibi-C Featured By Owner 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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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Acrylic - Thanks :)
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:iconjyudith:
JYudith Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Beautiful ! It's very good ! I love it !
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Much appreciated - Thanks :)
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:iconjyudith:
JYudith Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Beautiful ! It's very good !
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I don't have any idea what a Thri-Kreen is... but they look pretty cool. Armored crab people with multiple arms for multiple armaments? Sounds like a tough opponent, even for a speedy water dragon. The fact that there's of them just makes it even cooler, especially since one of them is a wizard!

This is an amazing piece... you really put a lot of time and effort into it. Your work really payed off.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconredpilgrim:
RedPilgrim Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
A fantastic painting. I really like the composition and the sense of action & tension it gives to the piece. The process post you did of this painting on your blog was great too! Thank you for sharing it with us.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much - appreciated :)
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:iconjackshow:
jackshow Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Ants the best warriors, ever!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - thanks :)
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xKaseix Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The perspective and level of action taking place in this is super gripping, love it! The shadows under the dragon's arm is my favorite part for whatever reason. I think its probably the reflected light that gets me.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconrojas199:
rojas199 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome job man
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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Retrogamersblog Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful water effects and the sheen on the creatures scales are top notch.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - thanks :)
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:iconshelfcloud:
Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ashtonishing work again! I love the aggression and power you bring in your works. It gives a great climax!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - thanks :)
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:iconshelfcloud:
Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome!
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
outstanding piece! :thumbsup:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
you're very welcome :)
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Fantastic piece...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much :)
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Your welcome :tighthug:
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! I love the detail and the perspective! Very well done! :D Fantastic! :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome! :D
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic job! :)
is it acrylics on paper or board?
don't you paint with oils too?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :) - it is on board.

I don't work with oils.
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:iconcrazyjigle:
CrazyJigle Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Man the art style is really amazing!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconmitia-arcturus:
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Dear RalphHorsley
Your Wonderful art work ... is selected to get in...Action-Portraits
If you agree...!!!
"This is an invitation to Joint ...!!!"
:iconaction-portraits:...:heart:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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Gollorr Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Great stuff again! How do u do the glow effect of the staff? I've seen it in many works of yours-how is it done, can u make a step by step tutorial some day or just to explain it. Tnx a lot
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I put a subtle glaze around the immediate surroundings, otherwise it is just a simple highlight.
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crazyL0cke Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool water ~ nice work~
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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