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Jungle Encounter by RalphHorsley Jungle Encounter by RalphHorsley
Metallic Dragons: Jungle Encounter
Draconomicon 2: metallic Dragons - chapter start artwork; Dungeons & Dragons. ©Wizards of the Coast

Acrylic, Approx 21" x 19".

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Breaking through the cover into the clearing suddenly seemed like less of a good idea...

I adopted a viewpoint that places us in the same position as the adventurers. Hopefully this helps aid the sense of coming upon the jungle lair of the Orium Dragon, with his Gnoll bodyguards.

It also allowed the darker, shadowed, elements to frame the image, placing the Dragon and serpent at the centre of the action. This is important as they are the key features of this piece. The Orium Dragon's breath attack (which is a mist that can adopt the illusory form of a giant serpent) and the Dragon were further emphasised by the use of strong contrasting colours.
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Whoa awesome!
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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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hurricaneMitch Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Whenever I get stumped in descriptions of my campaigns I just look through your illustrations. Brilliant.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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Deneb-Cygni Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
One of the things I did like about DnD 4.0 was the new set of metallics they added. The Orium in particular is a favorite of mine-- the design is unique and attractive, and the colour makes it that much better.

Those gnolls are in some deep, deep trouble... great job on the muzzle shot of the snake, frontals are so hard to get right for reptilian faces! :)
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much - the Gnolls are the Dragon's minions :)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I get a fantastic sense of hot, sunny atmosphere and distance in this one, love it. And the use of red and green focal-points is great. :B
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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CarlosNCT Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Really good work. With a very good little lesson ;)
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