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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

Facebook Page: [link]

"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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Shizu-ciaan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
this is horribly amazing. I can't feel anything but just pure love for it xD It's really magical, drags you into the art piece~
good work.
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CapnSkusting Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Featured… spooked again… :ahoy:
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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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:iconralphhorsley:
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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:iconbibiarts:
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work... send you a request of my group :iconsoulcollectors:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconbibiarts:
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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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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number1alesanafan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awesome!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Amidamaru88 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
awesome
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks :)
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caramelli91 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student General Artist
It's a really nice painting. Can i ask you something? Do you have a hole picture in your head from the begining or do you come up with some details when you painting? I hope you understod my english. Anyway, you make cool art. :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
IT is usually planned before I ebgin the final painting, but happy accidents happen along the way :)
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caramelli91 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Ok, facinating :) You draw really nice. Thanks for you relpy.
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thehotmageaeris Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is always so inspiring. This is brilliant!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Appreciated - Thanks :)
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neverending toil, wicked scene & grand scale :thumbsup:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconmczart:
Mczart Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
fairy and really impressive
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Ellofayne Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:jawdrop: :faint:
its so amazing!! I love the caverns, and how you drew the drow, and the glowing plants... it came out so AMAZING I love it
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - Thanks :)
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BannHuaSingha Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*0* Good job !!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome fantasy folk and depth pitch!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yw ;)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It certainly looks like a very otherworldly and spooky place. You've done a great job conveying the inhuman-ness of it. I think the best part for me is the eeriness of the light coming from the far distance.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks :)
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DrowElfMorwen Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just saw this on the WotC website too. This is a wonderful piece of artwork. Glad to see the artist on dA!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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Naitachhal Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
genius! I love it ^^ i knew the book its great ^^
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks :)
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AKA-Celestial Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Gorgeous work! Makes up for the details that conflict with the books
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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amaranthine-eternity Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is incredible!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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amaranthine-eternity Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
:wave::huggle:

This sublim artwork has been featured in my journal: [link]

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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
you're welcome!
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sabin-boykinov Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Love this artwork, really amazing !
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Shadyra Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That perspective is incredible and perfect! O_O
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