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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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RalphHorsley Nov 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconhurricanemitch:
Whenever I get stumped in descriptions of my campaigns I just look through your illustrations. Brilliant.
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RalphHorsley Sep 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:icondeneb-cygni:
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 Apr 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much - the Gnolls are the Dragon's minions :)
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CrimsonMagpie 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 Mar 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconcarlosnct:
Really good work. With a very good little lesson ;)
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