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Savage City by RalphHorsley Savage City by RalphHorsley
Savage City

Acrylic; approx 8.5" x 13.5"

Novel cover for the Robert Earl book of the same title.
© Games Workshop

Original artwork sold.

The swashbuckler hero and his sidekick stand back to back against the mainmast as their enemy mass around them.

Insurmountable odds? I think not!

The focus of the cover very much needed to be the hero. I tried to achieve that a number of ways throughout the composition and rendering.

The hero is the only figure looking directly out of the picture, whilst all the other characters are very keenly focused on him. I reinforced this effect by the colour scheme. The Hero has the strongest value contrast, blacks and whites, along with the colour contrast of being in a red-brown spotlight against the aquamarine surroundings.

The sail was left as a blank expansive area so that the title could be placed there.

Lastly his knowing smile tells us what he thinks about his predicament.
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:iconancient-warrior:
Awesome artwork, as always.
Love the composition and the green ghostly background !
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RalphHorsley Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks
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K:
Amazing detail! Great work :)
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RalphHorsley Feb 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks :)
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Elephantking89 Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
now those are some decaying pirates
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RalphHorsley Sep 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay, crazy mutants :)
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:iconenolive138:
Wow! This is some of the most amazing art I have seen on this sight. I love this stuff!!!...You are a great inspiration, I can't wait to finish writing this praise so I can hit the drawing board!...I'll deffinately be back...!!
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RalphHorsley Jul 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for saying so - really appreciated :)
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:iconriverking:
.....THIS REALLY IS AWESOME, DUDE.
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RalphHorsley Jul 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks for saying so :D
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