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First Flight by RalphHorsley First Flight by RalphHorsley
First Flight

Wildborn Series.
©Ralph Horsley.

Acrylic, Approx 26.5" x 18.5"

Original artwork for sale: SOLD
Image available for license.

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'The first wingbeat signals the start of life’s journey.'

Dragons are invariably shown as solitary and frequently engaged in combat, which is why I chose to paint a more intimate scne, but still one wrought with it's own drama and narratives.

The compositional structure is a strong triangular form, drawing the viewer to the parents head, accentuated by the positioning of the sun and rim light. Overlaid this is a sinuous 'S' which helps with creating energy and movement.
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:icondragonzoo:
DragonZoo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015   Writer
Stunning image!

This is our dragon of the day on dragon-zoo.tumblr.com
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:iconigneousdragon2718:
igneousdragon2718 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
that's fantastic, :happybounce: 
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Whoa badass 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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:icondragoroku:
DragoRoku Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I would be honored if you would allow me to use this video in a non-profit video for the under appreciated and hardly shown caring side of Dragons. If you have any ?'s before proceeding then please don't hesitate to ask.
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:iconshadowspyproductions:
ShadowSpyProductions Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
That castle is done for.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
yep.. a little bit ;)
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:icondy-hio-deviantart:
dy-hio-deviantart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I loved the colors, amazing quality.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconkeitsumah:
Keitsumah Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Dat is a BIG dragon... and even the babies easilly outsize the castle...

makes me wonder how many babies are killed in legends and what would happen if one of the OLD dragons awoke...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
quite...

Thanks :)
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:iconilliarovanna:
illiarovanna Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great new rendering of the first flight idea! Want to see more of your gallery... :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool - Thanks :)
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:iconbaneeden:
BaneEden Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing^^
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconbaneeden:
BaneEden Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem:)
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:iconginibloo:
ginibloo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Artist
your art is full of fantasy and imagination incredible!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconsiathedragon:
siathedragon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
big dragon:FLY MAH BABIEZ FLY
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconsiathedragon:
siathedragon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol.......
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:iconborderlanderguy:
BorderlanderGuy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Fantastic!!!!! Such a amazing work!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Much appreciated - Thanks :)
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:iconnightpark:
Nightpark Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist
I always enjoy your paintings because of the great effort you put into interesting details, such as the birds or the crumbling tower. Once again, incredible work! :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconzyari:
Zyari Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Amazing :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:icondameodessa:
DameOdessa Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:icondragonhiplz: Hello!

You've been featured in my journal! :) [link]

:iconhappydayplz:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:icondameodessa:
DameOdessa Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're definitly one of the most amazing traditionnal painters I've ever seen!
Your artworks are not about fantasy, THEY ARE fantasy, they totally embodies it! It's thanks to artists like you that I discovered and appreciated so much those univers and RPG!
You have an incredible talent to tell stories with colors (and this is even much more impressive since it's traditionnal, I really admire you for this!)
Splendid lighting, epic scene and at the same time so tender and lovely! :heart: (but I truly prefer having sparrows' nest on my roof! :D)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I really appreciate your comment - thanks very much :D
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:icondameodessa:
DameOdessa Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :huggle:
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:iconmorgoth390:
morgoth390 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist
this is awesome dude
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:icong-r-fracassa:
G-R-Fracassa Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student Writer
Amazing, sir. Your geometric method of composition here is, as always, the defining triumph of your work.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :D
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:iconionnas:
Ionnas Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Amazing work, the composition is very interesting, and it even makes me feel dizzy.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks
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:iconmikelangston:
MikeLangston Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
great work. The scale is unbelievable !
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :D
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:iconzeitgeistdragon:
ZeitgeistDragon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
I love it when ppl draw epic pics like this with traditional mediums! :iconrespectplz:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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:iconnaeran:
Naeran Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A really beautiful image! Full of details with a fantastic quality. It's a truly amazing example of your magnificent skills. :clap:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much, appreciated :)
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:iconrunninkool:
runninkool Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thts awesome!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconrunninkool:
runninkool Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
uw!!
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:iconwild-huntress:
Wild-Huntress Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing !!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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