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Gates of Neverdeath - Cover by RalphHorsley Gates of Neverdeath - Cover by RalphHorsley
Gates of Neverdeath

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

Acrylics, Approx 9" x 12"
Original artwork for sale.

"The Necromancer held the mighty crown aloft, with it's powers and his undead army he swore he'd be unstoppable..."


This image is a crop from the large, poster-sized, image I posted earlier in the week. I wanted to submit this piece as it shows how I intended the cover image to look. It should also enable you to more detail, especially in the Necromancer.

I have written an entry on my blog [link] detailing the creation of this painting, including preparatory sketches and the cover mockup.

I was asked to create an image that placed the viewer at the heart of the piece - as if they were being actively engaged by the undead. I chose a low viewpoint and forced perspective to emphasise the central viewing position as the focus of the piece.

In addition the majority of the painting has a limited palette, meaning that the Necromancer's red robes really pop and bring him into sharp focus.
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:iconshadowspyproductions:
ShadowSpyProductions Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
dang zombies
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Quite!
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:icongorrin:
gorrin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i just love the use of the cool colors, then bam red move your eye right to the center. very nice
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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:icongorrin:
gorrin Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
np
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:icondeuteriumtritium:
DeuteriumTritium Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I like your b&w sketch on the blog too. But you're right, with the coloring looks the necroman really amazing.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconsilent-jugement:
silent-jugement Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
= o = oh god!

c: i frucken love this! + w + i love zombies period
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconsilent-jugement:
silent-jugement Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome(:
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:iconmistakentoast:
MistakenToast Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn cool detailing and perspective :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnak you :)
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:iconamrelnaggar91:
amrelnaggar91 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconwildchild9:
Wildchild9 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow! That's incredible! :star: :love:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconwildchild9:
Wildchild9 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student General Artist
You're very welcome. :aww: :heart:
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:icondimlormeister:
DimlorMeister Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Amazing!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconnoblefivejorge:
NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
This is brilliant. I really like the necromancer's tattoos and how you've made the zombies look stiff and jerky. Great work.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconbunneyx:
Bunneyx Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wery goodwork ;)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconancientmagician:
AncientMagician Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Great job!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnak you :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I really like the poses and the colors man! Nicely done! :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks :D
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
awesome cover art! :thumbsup:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
you're very welcome :)
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:iconkeeperofthemetalkeys:
keeperofthemetalkeys Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like an Iron Maiden album cover. Nice!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
sweet - Thanks :)
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:iconwildgrowth:
WildGrowth Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
amazing : )
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:icondschallock:
dschallock Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic piece. Congratulations on an illustration well done!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks a lot :D
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:iconthe-mad-pirate:
The-Mad-Pirate Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing Work Mr. Horsley !!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconthe-mad-pirate:
The-Mad-Pirate Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is trully inspirays inspiring Mr. Horsley!
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DesignsByEve Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
The cropped version definitely seems framed better, with more attention falling on the necromancer, for a book cover format. I hope they went with this version for that!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
If yo ucheck my blog you can see what they went for... ;)

Thanks :)
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DesignsByEve Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Well, I think the crop they used is all right, guess they wanted even more emphasis on the main bad guy. Tho honestly I think I liked your mock up layout a bit better. Not sure why they felt the need to brighten it up, or have the bottom banner go behind the rock like that. Doesn't really make the text easy to read down there. I would have gone with a color closer to maybe the red of his robe for those blocks of color myself, but maybe that's something they have the same on all the books. Either way, your work is awesome no matter how ya crop it ;)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I prefer my own crop - but then I would ;)
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nucularman Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
really great :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thaks very much :)
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