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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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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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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - thanks very much :)
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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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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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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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Chayo8683 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wooow!! So many details... And traditional!
This.Is.Epic. :la:
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much :)
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Chayo8683 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^^
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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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