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Heroes of Forgotten Kingdoms by RalphHorsley Heroes of Forgotten Kingdoms by RalphHorsley
Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms

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

Acrylic, Approx 13" x 17".

Original artwork for sale; UKŁ1700.


The Half-Elf Druid snarled and bared her teeth as the lupine transformation began. The wererats and their lesser minions would be no match for the heroes...

The Druids glowing staff and transformative magic creates a strong focal point, and allowed me to use the lighting to pick out the various figures. In strong contrast the Drow's almost-silhouette form helps frame the image and add to the dynamic.

I chose a low viewpoint and strongly tilted horizon to add to the drama and sense of danger.

This is a companion piece to

and the D&D product details can be found here:
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Galron2 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
But wait...Drow cant grow hair? Or at I read that they are usually bald, or is that just males?
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Galron2 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
OMG, you have a dragonborn warrior, AND with token of Bahamut, this is so totally wicked!
Nice Drow, I made some OC Drow, I role play them as graceful, yet deadly, poetical, yet masterfully efficient in ways of making your death slow and very very painful :)
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:icongalianvincent:
Galianvincent Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Damn that drow looks badass.
I can't begin to imagine the time all that detail must have taken.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconnsideddice:
nsideddice Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
The adventure with the staff looks really cool!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconnsideddice:
nsideddice Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
You're welcomed! It's great to see artwork like this. The thought you put into it gives it a sense of realism.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again.
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NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
This is just wild... I love all the spiders on the Dark Elf's armor... it's so intricate.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - I enjoyed doing that detailing :)
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GarnetElf Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
... This is a Drey. They have the bone-white eyes. Drow have color eyes, usually red, orange, violet, etc. But surface elf blood can make them different colors too.
I'm not insulting your piece; I love it. But when it comes to distinguishing between Drey and Drow, I'm quite strict about it. :P
Again, no intentions to insult.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I just followed the commission details... thanks :)
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:icongarnetelf:
GarnetElf Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
oh okay. Lolsry, I should really get into the habit of reading before i comment... ^^;
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
np :)
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GarnetElf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
:iconyay:
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Arnakhat Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing, magnificent study of armor.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much :)
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:devil: The Swarm is Coming! =) :thumbsup: :devil:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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El-Niphrendil Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's fantastic! I love how you drowing the lights and shadows, and the weapons.... oh I really really love them :D My favourite on the pic is the druid's pose and the drow's eyes. :deviation:

Sorry for my bad english -.-'
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for the comment :D
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:iconcemac:
cemac Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Beautifully composed with great attention to detail. So much action and emotion makes this not only extremely well painted but also a very interesting artwork. Great work! :clap::winner::clap:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconcemac:
cemac Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Definitely earned and deserved :heart:
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wolfstochter Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i love this picture =)
the color style is amazing and i like the play with shadow and light ^^
and wow the rats are so big =)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much :)
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:iconjlburgos:
jlburgos Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Great stuff. Cant wait to pick up this book. Glad your art is gracing its cover
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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LadyIsis-666 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Simply BEAUTIFUL!!!

The drow and his armor.... WOW!

:clap:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thansk a lot :)
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Lecktmich Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Rats are really a plague. ^^
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Oldbeho Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Your artwork is absolutely unbelievable!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very kind of you to say so :)
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turbosuo Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
I positively LOVE your drow. And the armor. That is exactly how I imagined them. Or more accurately it's one of those cases where once you see it like that, you can't imagine it NOT looking like that. Great work!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's greta - thanks :)
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:iconturbosuo:
turbosuo Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
No problem. :D
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:iconjh-kael:
JH-Kael Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Looking good side-by-side.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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jcpahl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Haha, wow. Fantastic piece. You're so good with acrylics, which have always seemed like such a hard medium to use to me; it makes me wonder what you could do with Photoshop.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.

I am so inexperienced with PS they would probably look rubbish ;)
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ShawnLeroy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool! The way you capture the Half Elf druid in mid-transformation is neat! :D There are a lot of other things I like about this, too. Can't wait for the next one.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very glad to hear it thanks. :)
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Swixel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome Drow - hehe I wonder when the drow will be banned out of political correctness >.>
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Triluna Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Somehow the front guy is reminding me of a morphed Arthas of WoW.
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:icontriluna:
Triluna Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Sure it is :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope that's a good thing ;)
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VerySmallIndeed Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
This is traditional? You've got skill!
Good lighting too by the way.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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