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Curse of the Necrarch by RalphHorsley Curse of the Necrarch by RalphHorsley
Curse of the Necrarch

Black Library novel cover; ©Games Workshop

Acrylic, Approx 13" x 20".

Original artwork for sale; UK£2000.

The knight strikes out with his sword, the outcome of this fateful swing will determine not just his fate, but that of his entire country...

I wanted to put a lot of detail into this painting, as a consequence it ran the risk of being over cluttered. To offset this, and help with providing a focal point, I chose a strong dominant light source - the Vampire's staff.

This allowed for the strong cast shadow, and quick recession into darkness. It also helped provide drama, which I further emphasised by the use of the low viewpoint, and tilted horizon.

You can see the Black Library mock up, with all the trade dress on, here
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:iconlectorculdera:
LectorCuldera Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
i like the details and sense of urgency to the picture. will he kill it? or will it kill him?:o (Eek) 
also, i think that vampire was a boy scout. when in doubt, take EVERYTHING!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - thanks very much :)
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:iconsearleit:
Searleit Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
One of many things I love about your art is that one can spend many hours just looking at it and he'll never notice all the details. Magnificent as always :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks :)
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NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Quite impressive. This Vampire looks like a serious necromancer. All those body parts, limbs, organs, bones, skulls, potions, salves, scrolls.... And the sparkly little doodads too! It must be difficult walking around with all that stuff on.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconchayo8683:
Chayo8683 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wooow!! So many details... And traditional!
This.Is.Epic. :la:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much :)
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:iconchayo8683:
Chayo8683 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^^
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:iconragnarok6664:
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:devil: Damn it's so impressive! Sort of biased towards your GW oriented work perhaps :P very much faved! :devil:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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:iconmkurtz666:
MKurtz666 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think 'masterful' is the right word. I salute you sir.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very kind of you - Thanks :)
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:iconj4b:
J4B Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you are evil, you have to accessorize.

While the picture seems a bit too cluttered at first glance, it does however become greater the more you look at it.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconbloom-enchantress:
Bloom-Enchantress Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
wow
amazing :+favlove:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconwissorl:
Wissorl Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Coool!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconlordmarkoss:
Lordmarkoss Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great piece wish i could make art as good as this :thumbsup:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconhakkyou-no-yami:
Hakkyou-no-Yami Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
now this is good this TRULY magnificent I like the pic very much.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks very much :)
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:iconitsdarkoutside:
itsdarkoutside Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW O.O amazing!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconfazzzzza:
fazzzzza Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
omg this is from Warhammer book cover:) great image and great book!!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure is - thanks :D
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:iconfazzzzza:
fazzzzza Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure:)U are genius for me:worship:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconraydal:
Raydal Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Amazing work! :O great details
I just wonder where the knight gonna land? xD
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - Thanks :)
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:iconslavemitchell:
slavemitchell Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work i love everything about it ;)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - thanks :)
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:iconfromthedead:
fromthedead Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Finally some awesome traditional art. If I could paint this well I'd ditch phototshop. I'm getting sick of digital. Digital will never look this good.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - not sure I agree that trad trumps digital, but follow what you think looks best :)
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:iconfromthedead:
fromthedead Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well I found that I can paint like this in digital recently. I wish had the money for oil paints though. I don't feel a connection to my digital work.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope your saving goes well :)
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dragonsdale Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
holy hammock, this sorta....feels exiting. Like, you can really feel the tension and the whateveritscalledinenglish.
Really, really good!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is a dizzying perspective! I feel like I've already fallen off the tower. ;) I could stare at all the little details for ages. Amazing. :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconmoondaughterstory:
moondaughterstory Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Nice details!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconmetalheadinc:
MetalheadINC Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
rediculously badass!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great :D
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:iconmetalheadinc:
MetalheadINC Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
np
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:iconmichaeljaecks:
MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
This is loverly.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconnagash6:
Nagash6 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Now, this is awesome!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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