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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:
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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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