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Beyond Menzoberranzan by RalphHorsley Beyond Menzoberranzan by RalphHorsley
Beyond Menzoberranzan

Illustration for 'Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue'.
©Wizards of the Coast.

Acrylic, Approx 23" x 21"

Original artwork for sale: SOLD

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"Any human eyes witnessing the twisted form of that city soon wished they hadn't when they saw the horrors within..."

I really enjoyed painting this epic scene showing the underground city and its denizens.

I chose a low a horizon line and 3-point perspective to help with the impression of awesome scale. The eye is drawn to the centre by the 'train track' cavern walls which contrast with the strong central vertical silhouetted by the central light.

The palette is fairly desaturated against the glowing green lichen, which helps give depth and lead the gaze around.
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Sorvacloudstep Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student General Artist
This is pretty much perfect for my idea of mind flayer lairs and just the underdark in general. Sweet piece dude!
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turbosuo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Absolutely awesome piece.  Your paintings are perfect for emersion into the worlds you paint.  I'm curious, do you plan out all the subtleties like the glowing lichen adding depth to the picture or do you just add cause it looks good and realize later WHY it looks good?  And I do mean the more subtle stuff not the 3 point perspective or the train track drawing the eye up.  I guess I'm asking if they are "happy accident" or if you sit in front of your canvas for an hour wondering what is missing?
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

Thanks very much.

Yes, the glowing lichen was pre-planned. something as fundamental to the image as that would be worked out in advance, but happy accidents do happen all the time :)

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Demon0fDarkness Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing detail!!!!!!!!!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Demon0fDarkness Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very welcome! :)
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work... send you a request of my group :iconsoulcollectors:
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
always my pleasure and thanks for the accept :love: I've send you an invitation and hope you also accept it.
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JenglotHitam Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome
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