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Fistful of Force by RalphHorsley Fistful of Force by RalphHorsley
Fistful of Force

Magic the Gathering; Lorwyn. ©Wizards of the Coast

Acrylic, Approx 11" x 7.5".

Original artwork for sale; UK£150.

The Kithkin held the seed in his hand. He soon began to feel the energy within transfer, and pump within his own veins.

I was asked to show shafts of energy emanating from a hand grasping an unseen object. This would seem to leave an expanse of hand with little interest about it. I decided to overcome this by adding a translucent effect to the skin, and to show the effect beginning to move through the Kithkin's body.
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:iconflamencofrog:
flamencofrog Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
No prob, and that's a real shame to be honest, it's such a wonderful skill and it can be emulated so easily using the computer, it seems like a waste!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
That's the way it goes... at least I have physical originals :)
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:iconflamencofrog:
flamencofrog Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
Precisely.
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DragonessD Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so cool! Don't play MtG, so I'm not sure which card this is, but the effect here is impressive!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. I am pleased it works for you :)
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Scarlet-Adrianne Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
nice work my boyfriend has this card :P never thought i would find someone in dA who draw for magic the gathering.

NICE WORK MAN!! :D :+favlove:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much - say hi to your boyfriend :)
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Scarlet-Adrianne Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
i will :3 hehehe
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:icontechnophage:
technophage Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
POWER..POWER,POWWERRRRHHAA HAAA HHAAAA haaaaa....
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It always amazes me that your works are traditional. My bet would be on digital, if they had no description or category :) You are really skilled.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It's the same skill set really. I don't see a huge difference between the two.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I think digital media are a bit easier to control, if only for the fact you can save, undo, and all that as much as you want. So, getting a clean traditional piece is a bit harder, in my opinion. But maybe that's just me.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, making changes is easier digitally, I meant more that the process is much the same. I don't usually feel that I make 'mistakes' that would have bene different working digitally.

I guess I just try to play done the divide.
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bladesfire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Professional Filmographer
That is so sweet! And whoot! Magic cards! I play red and green together. :D

I must ask, I've been wondering this for a while, how do you get your pictures that you create in real life to look so good on the computer? Even with some photoshop I can never get my work to look as good as it does in real life...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.

Hmm. I do just the same. Scan them in, then tweak the hue/levels/etc in PS, sometimes I might also do some dodging for the intense highlights.
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bladesfire Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for replying!
Hmm...sounds good, thanks! Do you paint on canvas small enough to scan then? (Sorry for all the questions ^^; )
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It is easy enough to 'stitch' pieces together in PS. Just expand the canvas area of one half, then drag the other half in. Erase on the median line to get a smooth join, then flatten.
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:iconbladesfire:
bladesfire Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Ok, I have to do that all the time. ^.^ Thanks!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry - I wasn't sure whether you were aware of that method.

A couple of pieces is fine, but I had to scan the Talisman board in 10 pieces!
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:iconbladesfire:
bladesfire Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Haha, no worries!
No way! 10 pieces! That's awesome!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
a pain in the arse more like ;)
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Thomar Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's got six fingers... Or no thumb?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Huh? Not sure what you're seeing. you could misinterpret the thumb for a finger, but six?
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:iconthomar:
Thomar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that looks like what I'm seeing. The way the bones glow through make it difficult to verify the proportions.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
ok...
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:iconmonyoh:
MoNyOh Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:noes: eeek! the vein is speaking! :sprint:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - Thanks :)
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:iconmonyoh:
MoNyOh Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD welcome, and sorry for that extremely silly coment...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, I enjoyed reading it - no need to apologise :d
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:iconmonyoh:
MoNyOh Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so sweet of yours :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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TLOZ Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
Green veins and see through skin so you can look at the bones
great job i can all ready tell its a green pump up spell
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Great. Thanks :)
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:iconblackcloudconnected:
BlackCloudConnected Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
Great concept, and beautifuly worked out! The wrist band is very impressive.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. As it was a simple image I needed to get the details right, the barcer being part of that. :)
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:iconblackcloudconnected:
BlackCloudConnected Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
You did a really great job doing that.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconblaice:
Blaice Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
wow nice job
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconblaice:
Blaice Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
np
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:iconinfluentza:
influentza Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
the veins are crazy
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure are ;)

Thanks :)
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hasansgrafix Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Really nice work indeed..I really liked the depth of there..All the best..Cheers
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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The-Plastered-Gaul Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
Brutal man just brutal. Awesome work on keeping the viewers eyes on the hand and not the effect. Not very many artists can do that purposely at least.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Glad it works :D
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:iconthe-plastered-gaul:
The-Plastered-Gaul Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Yea man keep it up.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconthe-plastered-gaul:
The-Plastered-Gaul Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
question. How long have you been doing this for my good sir?
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