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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:
ancient-warrior Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Awesome artwork, as always.
Love the composition and the green ghostly background !
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
K:
Amazing detail! Great work :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks :)
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Elephantking89 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
now those are some decaying pirates
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay, crazy mutants :)
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enolive138 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
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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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for saying so - really appreciated :)
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:iconriverking:
RIVERKING Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
.....THIS REALLY IS AWESOME, DUDE.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks for saying so :D
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:iconriverking:
RIVERKING Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
EXCELLENT WORK, MAN. THE INTENSE ACTION THAT'S COMING.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleased you like it - thanks :)
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ImagenAshyun Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Hobbyist
Wow, this is wonderfully incredible! The details here are fluid without overruning themselves to bother the eye, and everything here is placed perfectly! The color choices in this are superb, with the bright, intense colors for our troubled hero and muted blue-grays for the danger it imposes on him. Excellent usage of contrast, and the angle in which the viewer sees this battle really adds on to this intense scene. This is astounding! I love it! :love:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you feel I pulled it all together - thanks very much :)
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:iconsuzanastojanovic:
suzanastojanovic Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a wonderful piece of art. Lovely work on the details!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks you :)
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mariobj93 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
:o this reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean... Will Turner in Davey Jones's ship
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, guess so. Least I can claim I painted it first ;)

thanks :)
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Identity-Paradox Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Dude this is an awesome picture. Not only because the action and emotion is well portrayed and the attention to detail, but because I was in a D&D game that actually had a minotar pirate. brings back memories.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool. Thanks :)
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:iconfiendy:
fiendy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
this is so cool ,love all things piratie,and congratulasions to you and ironshod on your baby :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks on both counts :)
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dreamworker72 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
Amazing illustration! I like in particular the perspective, very cool.
Ciao
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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Ningos Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
I love the fact that you've captured the entire naval feeling of being out to sea by using turqoise in the background.

I also think you've hit straight on with placing the focus on the swashbuckler. There's no doubt that he's the one we're rooting for :)

The only negative aspect I can see is that the varying thickness of the main mast, which I assume you did to create perspective between the angle we are seeing it from and the stage, seems to be a bit too sudden. It changes from thin to thick too fast compared to the the characters.

This is just overcriticism though, most likely a result of my jealousy for not being able to draw remotely as well as you. :P

As far as I'm concerned this painting is, for all intents and purposes, perfect!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It was diffilcult to show a mast thickening against the foreshortening, so I can understand why you feel it doesn't work.

That aside glad you like it, and feel the overall composition works. Thanks :)
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Deneb-Cygni Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
I've seen your works in published books before! I just realized this upon seeing the Dweomervore, but I digress-- I love your stuff! Your attention to detail and the richness of the colors you use have always appealed to me.

Curious-- did the Savage Tides adventure path have anything to do with this, or vice versa?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I have done quite a lot for DnD, so I'm pleased you recognised my work, and more importantly that you like it ;)

This piece though was for a Games Workshop novel cover. The novel is Savage City by Robert Earl.
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eiries Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
Eat your heart out, Pirates of the Carribean.

I very much enjoy the descriptions you give for the pictures, It's really an eye-opener for aspiring artist, and gives a glimpse into the effort that went into creating a piece like this.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm happ that my descriptions are useful, and more so that you like the painting. Thanks :)
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Ixaix Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
The blood splattered across the blades is very impressive; it looks almost real.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, it took a while for them to back him into a corner ;) Thanks.
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:iconixaix:
Ixaix Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
You're welcome ^.^
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:iconlandoflor:
landoflor Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007
great job
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconlandoflor:
landoflor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
np
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:iconbranchewski:
Branchewski Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Technically very well done, mate. You said it yourself. Great job.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Sweet. Pleased you feel I pulled it off :)
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nn3nn3 Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
nice artwork
i like the hero very much
it looks great
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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PurpelBlur Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
All of your work just stupifies me with its perfection and utter life-life detail...
You really should be doing art for an animated movie..or something!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. I am very happy to be doing the art I love :)
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jezviking Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
Most Awesome! Great work on the colouring and intensity to achieve focus on the MC. His expression actually looks like he hates me so much he's going to jump out of the computer screen and attack me, regardless of what foes surround him. Great job mate!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. Glad it works for you :)
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katizua Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the turqoise atmosphere in this one!

I don't care if he's the hero. I'm rooting for the pirates ;)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - ah, but maybe he is a pirate too ;)

thanks :)
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feuer-faust Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done piece. I like it especially becuase it's not as grandiose as the previous work you've done. not that there is anything wrong with massive, five-hudnred character scenes :P, it's just nice to get a smaller, focused shot too.

He does seem to have less a knowing smile, and more of a come-n-get-it scowl... but it accomplishes the same effect nonetheless. I like it.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It still has lots of people though ;)

It was fun to do a piece where there is a puase in the action, and the viewer has to fill in the blanks.

Thanks :)
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babyboo72 Featured By Owner May 25, 2007
man id love 2 have 1 of those w/ Jack Sparrow and Will Turner
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well if Disney ever want me to do one.. ;)
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