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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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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - glad the text was useful :)
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Djota Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Your have a fantastic art!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleased you think so :)
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Oldbeho Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
i'm watching the picture from about 10 minutes asking me if you come from this world.....It stunned me!!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great to read - thanks a lot :D
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ShawnLeroy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
My level 4 Magic user has just crapped his pants. Inform the GM...
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - thanks :D
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Woah, this is fantastic; all those details are quite amazing. I also love how you portrayed the gnolls here, they appear to have more personality than the usual pack of beastmen who exist solely as obstacles for adventurers, even if that is the role they fill here as well.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much. Alos pleased you liked my gnolls, I did try to make them seem different, and not just a generic horde :)
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Splend Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Brilliant as ever! Definitely not a battle I'd like to find myself in the middle of :D
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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KiroVBS Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! =D The ruin looking place.. That green smoke, all the effect are just awesome!! As always haha xD

Keep up with your amazing artworks, Mr. Ralph! ^_^
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very glad to hear it - thanks :)
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KiroVBS Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome! =D
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Triluna Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Looks very great. Though I find the red dragon comming a bit odd, but It's not bothering.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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loztvampir3 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
great artwork as always ralph ..luv it!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very kind of you - thanks :D
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Fantastic work...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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autumnelle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
Your works are amazing -- the characters are so dynamic. What kind of material do you use to paint on? Is it canvas or some sort of paper?
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very muhc. I just paint onto thick card - 'mountboard' - used for mounting/matting pictures.
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koukoubahs Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
this is realy great!!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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mr-nick Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Your style is getting really distinctive and recogniseble. Also In your recent paintings you seem to play around with interestings perspectives and such. I s this on purpose or are you just doing what feels right for the brief?

anyway I like it all and am interested what ye cook up next.

cheers
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I am pushing myself in a lot of areas, perspective is certainly one of them. By tilting the horizon plane and choosing na interetsing POV I feel I can really up the drama and interest of an image.

Thanks :)
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mr-nick Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
np
you certainly do your job well. Im much more likely to pick up a WOTC product if it has some sweet Ralph lovin goin on :D

cheers
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very kind of you to say so - thanks a lot :D
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job man! I always love seeing your work! :D
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much - always good to get your comments :)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For sure man! Least I could do! You are certainly one of the friendlier artists on this site! :D
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I try to reply to everyone kind enough to leave acomment :)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And that makes you very kind indeed! :D
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
aw shucks ;)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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shadowlag Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Nice detail, each character in this is great!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for that :)
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Creative-Games Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
So it's more than a mist right? The mist can like 'bite' the player or poison him? Or does he just spit out a mist that makes magical tricks?
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
To be honest - I don't know, but most illusions work that if you believe them then they do the damage. Sort of psychosomatic I guess :)
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Mic-KillaH Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
what about more saturation?
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