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Balefire Liege

Magic the Gathering; Eventide. ©Wizards of the Coast

Acrylic, Approx 11" x 7.5".

Original artwork for sale; UK£350.

The restless spirit scours the land searching for another victim to consume within its baleful fire.

I chose a warm red palette to echo, and reinforce, the spectral flames of the spirit. To pull the focus onto the beastie I use the lightest values on him, whilst placing the darkest around him on the rocks. This gives a strong contrast with each other, and against the mid range background.
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:iconmedeasafir:
MedeaSafir Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic work!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconsuperteeter64:
SuperTeeter64 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the art and love the card. :D Just found this guy in my collection again. I'm picking up and playing again.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
cool - Thanks :)
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:iconsuperteeter64:
SuperTeeter64 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No, thank you. :)
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:iconhelenpo:
HelenPo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
I admire how ghosty yet solid and dangerous it looks!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks :)
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:iconamitanchan:
Amitanchan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
You did amazing job here.

Also, the card itself is fantastic.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconthedrazonian:
TheDrazonian Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
...wow...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great! :D
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:iconthekarelia:
TheKarelia Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009   Traditional Artist
Super impressive! The colouring is amazing :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconthekarelia:
TheKarelia Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009   Traditional Artist
You´re welcome :)
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:icondjota:
Djota Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Student General Artist
your gallery is really fantastic!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I am very pleased you think so :D
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:iconlastdancer:
LastDancer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
I like the picture, and i love it more when i look at the Foil Bailfire liege i have :)

you did an awesome work on this one :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :D
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:iconlastdancer:
LastDancer Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
you're welcome :)
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:icontheram:
TheRam Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
I'm really attached to artwork on cards, and I love this card, both for its art and its effect. I'm glad I found it's artist. keep up the good work! ^_^
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :D
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:iconjay-chan3:
Jay-Chan3 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
Awesome, really awesome. How did you get such effective transparency with acrylics?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I just built the wash up slowly, and left this area without the darker values, before adding stronger highlights.
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:icononly-l:
Only-L Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008   Writer
I love the image and the card, because it's very high and mighty ^^ helped me a lot at the tournament ^^
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad he helped your gameplay :)

thanks.
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:icontloz:
TLOZ Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
great art
his head kinda looks like a slivers head
i like how it is pushing through the rock
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I also put a bit of rock shwoing through from behind to try and give him a mouth...

Thanks :)
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:iconnether83:
Nether83 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
Very cool transparency effect on the spirit and it really looks like it's pushing itself through the rock towards the viewer.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I was happy with the end result, but was daunted at first ;)
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:icondeems:
Deems Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful picture. Shouldn't be a "horror" but still, brilliant. Fire effect looks great on the translucent body.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconjodipheonix:
jodipheonix Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008   General Artist
perfectly illustrated :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconhentaineko:
HentaiNeko Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG this is pure gold! :worship: !!!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for saying so :D
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:iconbelovedfamous:
belovedfamous Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
well done
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:icondannys-angel:
Dannys-angel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
wow thats really cool looking ^^ great job.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconfeyautumn:
feyautumn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Awe inspiring...(as usual):clap:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you think so - thanks :)
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:iconkandymann:
KandyMann Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Very good, mate. So cool. Fantastic composition, color choice, etc. Fave'd!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconmadgeneticist:
MadGeneticist Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for explaining your use of color and composition. =)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad it's of interest.

thanks :)
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:iconpetrichild:
petrichild Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
HHHOOOOLLLLYYYY shit.

that's just wicked.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you think so ;)

thanks :D
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:iconzorro9:
Zorro9 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
Sweet.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconzorro9:
Zorro9 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Welcome :D! Awesome gallery!
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