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Divine Power by RalphHorsley Divine Power by RalphHorsley
Divine Power

Dungeons & Dragons supplement cover artwork.
© WOTC; D&D.

Acrylic, Approx 13" x 17".

Original artwork for sale; UK£1000.

Knowing that faith in his divinity will protect him, the Dragonborn fearlessly leaps into the mass of Eladrin Vampires...

There was a lot going on in the art brief for this piece. A host of Vampires, a tumbledown castle, Will-o-the-wisps and the Dragonborn Cleric, plus their needed to be room for the title.

To achieve some focus and punch the light is centred on the Dragonborn's holy symbol. This then sheds strong light onto the protagonists in the foreground; in turn helping them stand out clearly against the background. The symbol/light was deliberately offset to one side to provide more tension. Placing everyything very centrally can deaden an image.

We are also looking up at the leaping Dragonborn. Which when combined with his action pose helps create further drama and action.

The cloak helps accentuate the sense of flow and movement, but in the final image will mainly be obscured by the trade dress of the title. To see this, and to get further details of the product, check out this link:

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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Whoa that's awesome!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Your welcome
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ChaoticUtopia Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
I love DnD, and I do once in a while play Dragonborn. I'm a dragon fanboy, what can I say.
Anyhow, great artwork. He looks like he's about to drop the ten-ton hammer on those guys. In the name of Bahamut.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :D
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DemoComics Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really awesome
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:icondemocomics:
DemoComics Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome =D
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:iconoktanas:
Oktanas Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconmick2006:
Mick2006 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010   Digital Artist
Awesome I love the lighting
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great :)
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:iconprezerdent:
Prezerdent Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
The composition and movement is outstanding, combined with the exquisite details of each individualized character. A wonderful piece to say the least.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
very pleased you think so - thanks :)
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:iconogrebear:
ogrebear Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Jaw-droppingly good!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :D
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:iconezekrialase:
ezekrialase Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow that is impressive!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for saying so :)
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:iconezekrialase:
ezekrialase Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Student General Artist
you're welcome =D
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:iconzousha:
Zousha Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I finally got my copy of this. Your illustration looks even more impressive adorning the cover of it. Thank you for contributing such an important thing to what I think is the best D&D book yet.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I am very glad to hear that - thank you very much :D
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Oldbeho Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
you've already written everything in the print's description.
I can only say AMAZING!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's quite sufficient - thanks :)
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Fandergaut Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
I don't really know what else to say other than

BLOODY BRILLIANT! Wish I could do artwork like this
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for saying so :D
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LadyRavenSkye Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like everything I see you do, I just love this.
The colors are marvelous, and the point of view is just something spectacular.

It's a pity the logo would cut some of it off.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :D

It is at least designed with the trade dress in mind, and it is primarily his cloak that goes.
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LadyRavenSkye Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not a problem.

Yes but it's not fair.
How long did you work on it?
D:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I get paid for it - so I guess it is fair ;)

I spent about 10 days on it.
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LadyRavenSkye Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
10 days? I can't ever work on anything that long. After seven days I get frustrated and give up (or say I am done and hide it for a few weeks).

I'm probably not good enough for commissions, but how much do you usually get paid for a piece? If you don't mind me asking.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Patience is a virtue :D

Yeah, 10 days can seem a long time for me too, but i am used to the discipline now :)

For this piece I was paid US$3000, and get to keep the original.
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LadyRavenSkye Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How long did it take you to get used to working for so long? =o

...and dang. That is a lot. How many commissions do you usually do a month/year?
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I guess it built up over time, but I have always been reasonably patient - as the detail in my owrk tends to show :)

That was a well paid job, most don't pay that well. Card art for Magic/WoW is US$1000 and a page of D&D art around the same. I make a good living, I am pleased to be able to say :)
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d00mg1rl Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009   Digital Artist
beautiful lighting, and I love the characters
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great to hera it - thanks :)
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cqb Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful illustration! I want to do some composition practices now. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate the explanation as well.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Glad the blurb is useful ;)
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Ludifer Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Wow great work! Love the composition of the picture, I'm actually gonna try and get back into D&D again. I usually always end up playing as a Dragonborn Paladin.

Nice work.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is right up your street then :D
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:iconmilosmilos:
milosmilos Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
fabulous work, I love it!!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great to hear - thanks :)
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milosmilos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
:)
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:iconpocza:
pocza Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Man, i LOVE it.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very pleased about that - thanks :D
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:iconzousha:
Zousha Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Oh. My. GODS!!! I so cannot wait for this book! I must have it! In the meantime though, I'll fave this!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope it keeps you going until the books here :D
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:iconzousha:
Zousha Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I hope so too.

So is that a cleric or a paladin? I know he worships Corellon, judging by the holy symbol.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
He's a cleric - turning the Undead, and all that :)
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:iconzousha:
Zousha Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Dragonborn cleric of Corellon, eh? Definately not what I'd expect.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Is that good, or bad? I don't know the background well enough - just following commission details :)
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