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Betrayal by RalphHorsley Betrayal by RalphHorsley
Betrayal

Acrylic, approx 7" x 10"

World of Warcraft trading card game illustration
©Blizzard Entertainment & Upper Deck.

Original artwork for sale; UK£200

"Friends are mere stepping stones when plans are hatched..."

I wanted to try and capture the sense of devious malevolence that is clearly redolent in this Troll. To do that I opted for strong directional lighting. This would mean dark shadows to aid the mood, and by choosing the green light I am visualling signalling that something less than good is at hand.

The closer crop on the figure, and static, almost profile, form further helps give the sense of a quiet, composed, moment as the cogs begin to whirr!
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:iconspaceranger108:
SpaceRanger108 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
sweeeeeet well done
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:iconnatasherz:
Natasherz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome, great attention to detail, and you really made him look malevolent!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconsennu:
Sennu Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Ohmaaaaan this is super cool! :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
great - thanks :D
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:iconlylawenn:
Lylawenn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Joli!!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconazuremosquito:
AzureMosquito Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dat hair @_@
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Bassejr Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely warcraft art. It really portrays the overall Hex-voodoo-cocky-mean-awesome character of the trolls.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
great - thanks
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NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
He does look like quite nasty.... A fitting title.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Good :)
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:iconisosduke:
isosDuke Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Drakuru! I helped you, you troll! What do I get in return?! I get you siding with the Lich King and a new found love for trolls. Curse you T_T

Love the piece; as soon as I saw it I was thinking, 'why does this remind me of when I was helping Drakuru and he betrayed the crud out of me?!' Love this troll though, the image worked AMAZINGLY well in instantly putting him in mind.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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:iconsilentsteel:
silentsteel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
My, what a sweet grin you have there . . *evil laugh*
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
;)
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:iconsyani123:
syani123 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Wow this is so cool ...is this guy Drakuru?? the lord of the trol Drakari on ZulīDrak?? he looks so similar =)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.

Not intentionally...
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:iconsarahswowiestuffs:
SarahsWowieStuffs Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Amazing! :heart: Such gorgeous detail!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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gokhanproject Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
good work nice painting.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconthe-myster-man:
The-Myster-Man Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Ahh... Trolls... Never can trust those blue bastards. >_>
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconthe-myster-man:
The-Myster-Man Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Which is why I love being them. :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconthe-myster-man:
The-Myster-Man Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
You know it! But I see one thing about him that bugs me... Are his eyes bloodshot, or is that natural?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's natural.
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:iconthe-myster-man:
The-Myster-Man Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Cool... In a creepy kind of way.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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bakutaramaru Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I must say, this is absolutly beautiful.

I first saw this picture on the page for Drakuru(one of my favorite characters in the game) and I always wanted to get a closer look at it.

Amazing details, and he makes mohawks look gooood.

Dis foo' never be pitied.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for saying so :D
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:iconnahek:
Nahek Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
That... is what Trolls are about.

Excellent work technically and in capturing their essence!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - thanks :D
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mini-mini-me Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
wow, that's awsome! :clap:

I love his hair colour and the shading :iconheheplz:

just wonderful :hug:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - thanks :D
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mini-mini-me Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
np :)
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Oldbeho Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Great use of lights!
The pic transmits the exact feeling you've explained on the description. :clap::clap:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Good to hear it - thanks :)
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Krysella Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Why I like your work - besides the obvious artistic skill, of course :) - is that there is a meaning behind it.

A lot of pictures go like 'Troll rogue' and then you see a troll rogue standing. Not that they look bad, in fact they are a whole lot more than what I'd ever dare to dream of to create, but they somehow feel empty to me, just standing there in their tier-dunnowhat set.

Unlike this trolly here. Despite of the lack of action in the picture I can technically imagine a story around it all, what could lead to this moment, and what would the outcome perhaps be. And THAT is something quite rare. :)

Probably a bit late for this babble now, but it took some more drawings for me to realize the difference.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I ma very pleased that I have managed to pull of the storytelling I was aiming for - thanks :)
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TombraiderLover Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
This is great!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleased you think so - thanks :)
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Ankhu Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
What I really like is the expression of his face. Also the colors. You use cool colors to give him more of his personality and it works so well. The lighting on this piece helps capture the fact he is going to betray someone. Powerful piece :nod:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad the dramatic lighting works for you - thanks :)
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:iconankhu:
Ankhu Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
You're welcome =)
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mrTwisby Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Spotless execution. It stands completely on it's own without the title. :thumbsup: =D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it - thanks :)
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Alinafee Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
:omg: :wow: :faint:
AWESOME!!!!!
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