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Dragon's Lair

Cover artwork for the Pathfinder supplement Dragon's Lair.

Acrylic on Illustration Board
Approx 20" x 26"
Original Artwork SOLD

Process shots can be seen as a walkthrough here: www.facebook.com/media/set/?se…

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I wanted to capture the feel of a gloomy marsh, with dim spots of light filtering through the miasma, and then place the action in one of those spot lights.
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:icondragoncid:
DragonCid Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautiful! Look at all dem loots!
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Damn that's wicked!
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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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:iconjonkania:
jonkania Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional
All your work is wicked Ralph!! :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! I had no idea you were doing work with Paizo! :) Amazing work with the flames, and the warm, brown background :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconkisikillillake333:
KisikilLillake333 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
its black but not the big one i seek
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
okay...
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic job!! Thanks a lot for the walkthrough, I love traditional painting, and it's always great to see how it's done.

But how long did it took you?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
About 10 days

Thanks :)
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:iconmatteospirito:
matteospirito Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
AMAZING!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconrujiidragon:
rujiidragon Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
As a beginner, what do you think I (and others) should do to get to this level of art you are at? What suggestions do you have to use this technique that you use? Any info will be greatly appreciated.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Practise is key - paint and draw as much as possible.
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:iconrujiidragon:
rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for the advice :),(I hope I'm not asking too many questions) but could you describe the technique you use?
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:iconmaeix2:
Maeix2 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice take on this motife...also, it's great seeing a dragon other than red guarding his hoard :w00t:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool - Thanks :)
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:icondaermonnashezbaernon:
DaermonNashezbaernon Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Epic! :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconkeitsumah:
Keitsumah Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hamanahamanahamanahamana.... how...

those two are nuts.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconigarcia:
igarcia Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Total action! There is the lizard again, just watching. :wow:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
yep - there he is :)
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:iconninjaweretiger:
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconninjaweretiger:
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome!
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:iconwarrior-of-tzeentch:
warrior-of-tzeentch Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I love the mottled look to the dragon's hide, and all the detail you are able to capture with your work. Let's go dragon :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconvalbowden:
valbowden Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
how on earth did you get this good ?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Practise ;)
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:iconvalbowden:
valbowden Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
can you get the same result with oils instead of acrylics ?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Get out my other recent dragon piece - Uninivited - that is oils.
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:iconvalbowden:
valbowden Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
sorry i've made this into an interview XD
this is the last question, i promise
but do you find it easier to do illustrations with oils or acrylics ?
or is it that acrylics allow you to work on smaller sized surfaces ?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
They both have their benefits - oils can do fine detail too. I guess acrylics have a robustness, and flexibilty, whilst oils have the blending and soft edges.
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:iconbudouka:
Budouka Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great use of color and atmospheric perspective!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconwhipping-b0y:
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
I'm rootin' fer da dragon.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconwhipping-b0y:
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
CX
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
:-)
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:iconkhumbirafoxhound:
khumbirafoxhound Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Wonderful!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconhenlp:
HenLP Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Induebetably
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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The-Stargazer-Raven Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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