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Boggart Birth Rite by RalphHorsley Boggart Birth Rite by RalphHorsley
Boggart Birth Rite

Magic the Gathering; Lorwyn. ©Wizards of the Coast

Acrylic, Approx 11" x 7.5".

Original artwork not for sale.

A proud Boggart hoists another fresh born into the air for inspection, as a broad grin of satisfaction cracks wide across her face.

I wanted to make this a busy piece with lots going on, but keep it readable. I dropped the background right back by using going desaturated, mid value, and low contrast, with a very limited palette. In contrast the foreground is more saturated with a broad palette. The range of colours helps pick out the different characters, but tends to stick within the blue-green-yellow spectrum. Finally the little fella is picked out more sharply with the fleshy pink hues.

Lorwyn has just been released, and this was one of my first contributions to the set, I look forward to showing you the others shortly.
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Superbum Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Have you ever done a FAQ or a how to get into the fantasy illustration business; other than obviously the amount of time and commitment to develop the skill?
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Check this out:
[link]
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Superbum Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, this is fascinating. Some things I already knew, some things I didn't. This man seems very frank and straight forward it's nice. It's really neat for him to point out the argument between the artisan and the artiste, which I respect both personally. I read an interview with a comic artist named Paul Pope who said in Europe and Japan that they encourage an individual who is doing art for art sake and they really respected that in his work when he did place meaning in it; he referred to the concept as an auteur. However I read in one of Dave Mckean's books that many of the Bauhaus guys were wanting to seperate that "heavy poetic meaning" in art and go more for an aesthetic as decor or function only. It feels like it's easy to get caught up in many arguments in art.

The problem with overt commercialism to me feels that it can draw many people who are "yes men" or some who don't take risks on trying to reinvent ideas. At some point in time Wizards of the Coast was invented by someone, Richard Garfield did MTG as a concept and I feel that had to come from a heart that may have been between both an auteur and an artisan. Many of the other yuppie college kids in my peer to peer class went around talking crap and laughing at DnD players and MTG players, who they themselves liked Pixar, which isn't any more of a respectable interest in my opinion. With many of the Pixar animator types not having any literary bone in their body, like if a famous poet was next to them they would go out of their way to jeer at him.

I've also read those individuals like Alphonse Mucha or Moliere the writer were friends with wealthy people to help allow them to establish more artistic integrity in their work, I'm not sure the average person is aware of that when they read or view their work.

Also I see so many people willing to criticize in life and on the internet who they themselves have NOTHING to show for creatively; they are the sorts who never touched their pen to paper for poem, story, visual, etc. regardless of its purpose.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very pleased you found it useful and inspired some thought :)
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Superbum Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes, thank you, sorry to be long winded looks like something I needed to say.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Liamwitz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Beautiful. Not the creature, the art haha.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol :D
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Ru6y Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
I wonder what happens if the kid doesn't make the cut haha. I love the desaturated background, very effective ^^
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Good question ;)
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
I've featured this piece here: [link]

:heart:
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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chiumi Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
My my... it's so strange seeing the art work on the cards I sort through on someone's deviantart! I'm glad I found your work.

I've been looking at the artists on the cards as of late, and I think, "Gee (yes I thought 'gee';)how do these artist get found for this job?" and I wonder if you could inform me :>.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you found me too :)

It is less a case of getting found, and more one of submitting work to the company.
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PurpelBlur Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Just way too awesome. :clap:
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you think so - thanks :)
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Add-tooth Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
Damn, for one that hurts! Let the f*** go of my ear. Second, momma! I love you.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - thanks :)
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feliw Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me congratulate you, i personally loves goblins in the magic universe, and you perfectly captured the escence of them, the growing shrooms on the auntie was perfect, and the one crying was a little perturbing, awesome man.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much - this is one of my faves too :)
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W4RW017 Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Im playing a Goblin deck, the boggart one actually and damn I love this card. The artwork is wonderfull and its damn usefull, Im leaning more and more to the discard-deck type (As im gonna get alot more cards to tool my deck so that whenever I discard or throw to graveyard the opponent takes damage) so I use this to pick up some good damagewhendiscarded cards :)

Its kinda disturbing that THAT is a she though.. hur hur
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
This is one of my personal favourites. I reall yenjoyed working on 'it' ;)
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Dantorio Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
very good work ^^
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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Dantorio Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
no prob ^^
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chuckwheel Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Cute little fellas, ain't they!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I think so ;)

Thanks :)
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FATRATKING Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
wow...baby's face has a striking resemblance to wormtail in the harry potter movie....

haha..but yeah..awsum pic!!

Ryan
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Pure conicidence I assure you...

thanks :)
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Nalavara Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
Nice ^^
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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fonzosagua Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
i love goblins i have that card is very cool
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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Rangerer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Byoog. :)
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Elsie01 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
I know it's motherly love...but I feel disgusted...@_@
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL :)
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IvanChristian Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007  Student General Artist
The colour palette works very well for the work, adding a sense of cohesion which otherwise would not be as strong because of the amount of action within. Similarly, the light background also adds to the colour theme while not drawing attention away from the figures.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Glad it works for you. :)
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JulieFairhurst Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
that is amazing work!!:D love his expression!!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I did enjoy working on these characters :)
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TLOZ Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
one of the coolest pictures in the set
but 1 question
did the lead art designer say their had to be useless frogs in boggart pictures or was that just for fun

post more lorwyn stuff please
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Really pleased you think this stands out in the set.

Frogs appeared in the style guide, I rather took to them, so added them to my own pieces - so 'just for fun'.

Thanks :)
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Hungrysparrow Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Nice technique of throwing back the background like that. I like the fungi growing outta the biggun.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you feel the contrats works,a dn yeha I enjoyed adding the mushrooms. Thanks :)
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Splend Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
Eurgh, they're not exactly pretty creatures, are they? =p

Love the little frog tied to the stick ... I'm not entirely sure what he's doing there, here's hoping the poor guy's not a snack :o =p
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I think the frog is a prodder/poker - allows for more mischief to be made :)

Thanks :)
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P4P4 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I LOVE THE FROG! LOL
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
SO DO I :D

Thanks :)
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
Oh I like this, the fairly desaturated feel made me think watercolors at first - it's a neat contrast from a lot of the more colorful pieces you've done lately.

This is definitely a favorite of mine. Great work.
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