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Bladehands Spigotgulp by RalphHorsley Bladehands Spigotgulp by RalphHorsley
Bladehands Spigotgulp

Acrylic, approx 7" x 10"

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

Original artwork for sale; UK£350

The battle cry rent the air as Bladehands launched herself towards her prey...

I wanted to depict this Gnome as feisty, vicious, character. I chose a low viewpoint to make her more imposing, and added to the movement and drama by placing her in mid-flight.
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:iconlecktmich:
Lecktmich Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Looks like she got mindcontrolled and is forced in the endless deep in one of this outworld-landscapes. xD
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
maybe so ;)
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:iconrudyao:
rudyao Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
cooool artwerks!!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :D
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:iconrudyao:
rudyao Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
no problem my friend ....u deserved that!
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:iconoldbeho:
Oldbeho Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Lovely work
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I really like the purple-heavy background colours, it make it very surreal, and reminds me slightly of Mighty Max for some reason. =p
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool. Thanks :D
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:iconelsie01:
Elsie01 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Wait, if her eyes are red, is that the only color she sees? What happens if she starts bleeding? Totally ignore her wounds thinking it's something else?

*shot*

I like her armor design; it reminds me of the Black Knight from Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, only cooler and totally not sexist. I'd totally be this gnome, fo sho.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm, can't answer that one ;)
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ShawnLeroy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Choosing a lower POV for a gnome was simply BRILLIANT.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you think so - thanks :)
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:iconzousha:
Zousha Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Too many people think gnomes are silly and irritating, and never think about just how badass they can be. This picture shows just how badass a gnome can be. Excellent work!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Too right! Thanks :)
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:iconzousha:
Zousha Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Mah pleasure, as always!
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:iconjamindavey:
jamindavey Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For Pony!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:icondaviddavies:
DavidDavies Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Man that is bad ass! Cool shot, and foreshortning. I love the way you shade with visiblle brush strokes it really gives a richness to your paintings that I love so much.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconsilentgipsyqueen:
SilentGipsyQueen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
:la: "I apologist profusely for any inconvenience my murderous rampage may have caused." :meow:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - thanks :)
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:iconsilentgipsyqueen:
SilentGipsyQueen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Lol, I dunno. I can imagine this little gnome yelling out, 'WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!' while she is launching herself. XD
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL :)
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:iconfenrysk-art:
fenrysk-art Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
great job capturing the specific armor set in addition to the composition
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, pleased you think I nailed it :)
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:iconfenrysk-art:
fenrysk-art Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome!
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:iconskywyvern:
SkyWyvern Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
well that are one of those things that are better not on your back xD good job anyway, I really love your style I even got some tradings cards with art of you =D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it - thanks :D
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:iconaaronmiller:
AaronMiller Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
great stuff Ralph! love the colors.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much Aaron :)
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:iconomega9000:
Omega9000 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Gnome plus feisty... and vicious...
Somehow those words don't seem to compute...

Either way awesome colors.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - maybe, but glad you like it :)
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:iconmaramu:
Maramu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
hmm. Had to look at it for a minute before i figured out what it was.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay.
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:iconstatn:
Statn Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Intense and menacing! I like it! :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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:iconunclefester84:
UncleFester84 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
for a second when i saw it i thought it was a character from Jak and Daxter
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry - don't know the reference :(
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:iconfstitz:
FStitz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Again some really great work!
I like the colors!
Is she smiling under that cloth on her face? :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, and she could well be :)
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:icongregshepherddesign:
gregshepherddesign Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
woot bloodfang
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks :D
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:iconhavik0666:
havik0666 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
niice
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Fantastic work...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:icontommi-75:
Tommi-75 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Hi Ralph- after my long rant on your blog about the last one, I have only this to say on this piece: Awesome! =D
A whirlwind of gnomish steel!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the blog comment - glad you like this too :)
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Tommi-75 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Actually thank you for being so very accessable and replying to everyone's comments. As a relative newcomer to this (my second) career, it is very encouraging to have such a supportive professional community. I took your advice and posted a link in the last Ninja blog to a recent image so if you're on the next review panel you might get to have at it. Otherwise you can see them in my gallery here :)
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