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Couatl Cloud Palace

The Plane Above - chapter start artwork; Dungeons & Dragons. ©Wizards of the Coast

Acrylic, Approx 21" x 19".

Original Artwork for sale; £1200

Hopefully the disagreement would be resolved amicably, but if not...

This was created as a chapter start for a D&D supplement, and spreads across two pages of a book, with the guttering falling about a third in from the left.

To accomodate this I tailored the composition so that interest occured on both pages, with the guttering falling down the barrier created by the Couatl's left wing. That way I was intending that the supporting characters balanced the point of interest created by the argument.

The Couatl is a naturally very colourful creature, and I chose complimentary colours for the background to help accomodate that, and to suggest that this was his homeland.

The D&D book can be found here:

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SquirreLJ Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wondered where coatls lived.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Dear RalphHorsley
Your Wonderful art work ... is selected to get in...Action-Portraits
If you don't mind...:heart:...!!!
"This is an invitation to Joint... Just in case if you are not in already ...!!!"
best regards.....................
You're most welcome in Action-Portraits...!!! :iconaction-portraits:
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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jupiter01 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I. LOVE, the dragon!!!! Extremely cool, very epic. :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
great - Thanks :)
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Dragonfang467 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Filmographer
I love its feathery wings.... you are amazing.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Dragonfang467 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011   Filmographer
;D
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Ludifer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Isn't the astral sea where all the gods are O.o.

Anyway great picture, great composition and I love the couatli :D.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
My background knowledge is weak...

Glad you like it, thanks :)
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phoenixsinger Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
i love this picture and i bought the book. Excellent work.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very pleased to hear it - thank you :)
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Oldbeho Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Brilliant work on this one! Great feeling of action being captured!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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DemoComics Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really nice pic
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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DemoComics Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=)
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:iconiancjw:
iancjw Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
stunning work
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Elsie01 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
One down, several dozen to go.

My thoughts at that point:

"F********CK!"
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
;)
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DarthLen Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
excellent work - I love it!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it - thanks :)
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drop-asd Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
This is so colourful and dynamic! :clap: IT's been included in this news article: Daily beauties 4 If you have time I'd appreciate if you look at the selection and I hope you enjoy it! :]
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Thats really awesome! Very nice detail on the feathered wings! :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Splend Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
Fantastic! Very dynamic :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Tizrak Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
Wow, this is absolutely incredible!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - thanks :)
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logosles Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful colors and details! simply wow!//_//
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Absolutely beautiful...
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Abhorash Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Simply love it. The colors are great- Its great how you put the colors. The harmony is only broken by the clothing of the elf, but thats the point. It makes the elf the center of the conflict. I really love that picture. :)
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for your comments - much appreciated :D
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GuardianAsian Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
That's awesome!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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eMDay Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, amazing work once again. Love your art as always.

But this piece is a bit confusing. The comments clear up alot, but is that guy actually rowing with his sword? And what is the elf grabbing? Not that it's a bad thing.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)

the guy is polishing his sword, and the elf is holding part of a torn and bloody flag.
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MadhuM93 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
wow your gallery is AMAZING. how do you do it so detailed??
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.

I work twice print size which helps, oh, and a fine brush ;)
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MadhuM93 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
oh ok,wow amazing! :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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JohnArmbruster Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
sweet
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Lynxy88 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
Awesome! =)
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