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Heroes of the Fallen Lands by RalphHorsley Heroes of the Fallen Lands by RalphHorsley
Heroes of the Fallen Lands

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

Acrylic, Approx 13" x 17".

Original artwork for sale


The halfling let out a warning yell as his torchlight flickered across the bony skulls of the advancing Hobgoblins, but it was at that moment the Goblin Skeletons attacked from behind...

I chose a tilted horizon line and strong perspective on the stairs to add dynamism to the image. The view looking down on the figures helps add to their sense of being trapped, as do the figures looming in the foreground.

To strengthen the focal point the lightest parts of the picture are the torch and young warriors face and cloak. This helps pull your attention to where I want it, and lets me extend the shadows outwards into the recesses.
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:iconcreeppingdeath:
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very nice!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconwnter06:
wnter06 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
good job art Dungeons & Dragons
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconcryopathic:
Cryopathic Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
So your the one that done the cover of the 4.0 source book!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That'd be me :D
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:iconsupersmurgger:
SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
My eyes are just suffering a color overdose !! :D EXCELLENT!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
lol :D
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:iconnatyara:
Natyara Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Wow! Amazing art! :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconalexorio:
AlexORio Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have a question, are you an employed artist of WOTC? Or where you commissioned?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Commissioned - I work freelance.
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:icondisciple-craig:
Disciple-Craig Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
It makes me want to play the game
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Result! :D
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:iconpredatorgx:
predatorgx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
WHAT PROGRAM DO YOU USED?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's traditional - acrylics.
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:iconzacramandy:
Zacramandy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
so dynamic!! Great work!! :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconzacramandy:
Zacramandy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
you are most welcome! :D You have an amazing work! Congratulations for you art and talent!
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:iconspectorknight:
SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Great angle. Very dynamcic. :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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:iconoldbeho:
Oldbeho Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Incredible painting!!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconelsie01:
Elsie01 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
See that crack in the skeleton's head? ...I did that. Totally bashed it with the butt of my sword. Bastard just doesn't know how to stay down...

Just to let you know, I like the descriptions you give on how you put the piece togther. It helps me to identify everything in the art. ^^
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks, glad my comment is useful :)
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:iconelsie01:
Elsie01 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
You're welcome!
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:iconrobslijkhuis:
RobSlijkhuis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning work; Well done :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconrobslijkhuis:
RobSlijkhuis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No worries :D I think your a great artist; I enjoy watching your work! To me your a new kind of Frazetta :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very kind of you to say so - thanks :)
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:iconspartrage:
SpartRage Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
This is awesome nice lighting nice look overall great job
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much :D
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:icontriluna:
Triluna Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Great epic work. Well done on the perspective.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - glad you like it :)
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:icontriluna:
Triluna Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
yw :)
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:iconshamanofshadows:
ShamanofShadows Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Excellent work, as always! :-)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleased you think so - thanks :D
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:iconshamanofshadows:
ShamanofShadows Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Always a treat seeing your work. :-)
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:iconderfblue:
Derfblue Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow the texture of the wall in this one is pretty neat:D and cool design on those swords. The rest is awesome as always:)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much - appreciated :)
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:iconpeet-b:
Peet-B Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
When i saw it is made with acrylic i changed my mind from "good" to "holy sh*t!" :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - thanks - there were some slight digital tweaks at the end - thus the categorisation :)
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martimG Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
what i like more is the perspective and composition... well, indeed, is a well rounded job!

Now, the heroes... tell me... they didn't make it, did they?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much

what do you mean? they're heroes, right! ;)
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:iconpxilpooshr:
pxilpooshr Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconhera-of-stockholm:
Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
I like the angle which captures the whole battle in spite of the hard perspective those stairs present
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconhera-of-stockholm:
Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Welcome!
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:iconchillphillyphil:
chillphillyphil Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
I love your style man - very cool. So much going on that it makes you want to stare at it... sweet. +fav
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