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Emmi Sprinklestrike by RalphHorsley Emmi Sprinklestrike by RalphHorsley
Emmi Sprinklestrike

Acrylic, approx 10.5" x 24"

World of Warcraft trading card game illustration
©Blizzard Entertainment & Upper Deck.

One strike is all it takes.

The 'hero' cards for the World of Warcraft trading card game are double sided. The front has the image cropped to a landscape format to allow for text, but when the card is played it is then flipped to show it has been used, and you get to see the image in full. However Emmi was an exception in that the reverse has a different image.

It was fun to get show an actual progression in the narrative. Illustrations usually capture a moment in time, and it is up to the viewer to think about what might happen next, indeed this is often part of the enjoyment of looking at a picture. So to get to realise that action myself was a special treat.
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:icontalietramontane:
TalieTramontane Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Photographer
She is cute :D Reminds me of a character a friend of mine had in World of warcraft :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
cool - Thanks :)
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:icondaemonthor:
DaemonThor Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
OMG SO CUTE
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:icondavionx:
DavionX Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
... and gnomes!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yes, well why be exclusive
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:iconnoblefivejorge:
NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
GNOMES ARE ADORABLE! Bwahhahahahah!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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sauravs911 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Thats one Gnome that is'nt to be messed with !
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Too right!

Thanks :)
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:iconmechatrav:
MechaTrav Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome art! So rarely do I see a pic of a gnome that makes me remember the hurting they can put on one's kneecaps... :P
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - Thanks :)
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:iconoldbeho:
Oldbeho Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
wow this is a good one I like the detail that is in it
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks very much :)
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noizycat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
pink gnomes ftw ^^


your artwork is amazing :worship:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconvolkanyenen:
volkanyenen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
waoow very nice gnome warrior
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you think so :)
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:iconrarayn:
Rarayn Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
[pointless comment]Excellent work as usual! :D [/pointless comment]
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Still appreciated ;)
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Yunie-B Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Student Filmographer
Knowing my luck, she's probably attempting to break my Tauren Death Knight's ankles. Not an Ally player, but a sweet job on her. Grats on your commissons.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - yeah, that sounds about right ;)
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introvertedart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! Did you stick to the official WOW designs or did you do your own thing? I ask because i did a drwing of someones WOW character( also a Gnome) and I found that the designs were too busy in my opinion. I guess they do this so that the high level characters look like they are wearing more expensive garments but still take about over kill.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
As it was a commission I stuck closely to the official designs. The costumes can be complicated to translate from polygon renderings into 2d art.
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:iconthrivis:
thrivis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009   General Artist
Aw, I usually hate gnomes but somehow I think this is awesome. XD

I love the strokes lines in your work, kind of gives everything a subtle energy. :o
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very glad to hear it- thanks :D
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Sheblackdragon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great getting to see the progression of what's about to happen as she runs up and what does in the action! :) She is very cool little dude and I have to say I loves her hair yay! :D
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, this made a nice change. Normally they just crop the art for the front of the card - oh, and it seems Gnomes like pink bunches! ;)
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:icondornyth:
Dornyth Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow, what do you ever do if you make a mistake?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Paint over :)
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:icondornyth:
Dornyth Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Student General Artist
I'd be too terrified of putting the paint on too thick to correctly do so. You, sir, are amazing. I always thought that most Wizards artists had moved to digital mediums, are you an exception or are most still painting?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I think most are digital, but some of us are still old school :)
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:icondornyth:
Dornyth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Student General Artist
Well keep it up, and don't let those young whipper-snappers pass you up!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'' try ;)
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Derfblue Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thats great! I like the second one way better, because it is so much more dynamic.
But the idea with an image hinting what will happen next is great:D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much - it made quite a chnage for me to do the two like this :)
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bubbles79 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
you don't get to see much gnomish art around wow....
funny tho how most of the female gnome i see around the game always have... pink hair
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad I can offer some then - yep it seems a popular colour ;)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats fantastic! Great job! :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your very welcome!
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:iconicekatze:
icekatze Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
hi hi

Gnomes are the best, it is true. I like you were able to make the character look like an adult. Most gnomes just end up looking like kids, which doesn't make a lot of sense for a battle hardened veteran.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleased to hear you feel I pulled off the Gnome, thanks :)
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DKuang Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Gnome females are the best. Cute as heck and when they get violent...oh, the fun that is sure to ensue. Great piece man.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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Renegade-Hamster Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Aw, what a cute name for a gnome warr- HOLY CRAP MY FACE
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL :D
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Raven-Of-Azarath Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the flow of the cloak behind her, especially in the bottom pic. What is she swinging her weapon into? Orc? Undead?

I :heart: Gnomes!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I had fun with the cloak, and adding the extra movement.

Enemy unspecified ;)

Thanks :D
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
That's a Gnome with a very impressive mace.
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