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Shadow Flayer by RalphHorsley Shadow Flayer by RalphHorsley
D&D Miniatures Box Cover; ©Wizards of the Coast

Acrylic, Approx 12.5" x 12.5".

Original artwork SOLD.

The warrior Shadow Flayer stands ready to strike infront of the archway, eager for his next victim...

I was commissioned to provide box cover art for the next set of D&D miniature booster boxes. They are an unusual tetrapak shaope which presented some challenges, and also needed to be clearly readable on the shelf.

I chose the archway to frame the figure, and also had that as a back light source to help bring out the silhouette of the flayer, where the darkest values are also placed.
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Yoshimario40 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
One of the major inspirations for one of my OCs. I remember searching for a picture of an illithid fighter and was overjoyed when I found this piece.

Sorry I didn't comment before now. This is one awesome artwork!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - appreciated :)
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OniVrask Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I remember these things from Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance 2...nasty thing this was, but very cool looking. Just wondering do they all talk with a femanine voice?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Can't answer that one.. ;)
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:icononivrask:
OniVrask Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Threw me for a bit of a loop that did, gthe voice seemed odd for that thing to have.
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:iconhbknight:
HBKnight Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Really like that each skull has a few holes in it. Wonderful detail. That's one well-fed illithid.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well spotted - Thanks ;)
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:icongrimseeker123:
grimseeker123 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I love illithids...they are so much fun to have in game.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
cool - Thanks :)
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:iconvegito1234:
Vegito1234 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
It looks kind of like the faceless void from DoTA :iconlaplz: Anyway, awesome art!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconzireael07:
Zireael07 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Love the background and the torch and the skulls and his pose!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
great - thanks :)
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:iconjasonleconof:
JasonLeconof Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason I want to see him shredding a guitar solo.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
lol :)
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:iconloinnirailleacht:
LoinnirAilleacht Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just yesterday, we killed one of these squid guys. Poor thing, didn't have much of a chance...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconanything-goes123:
anything-goes123 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
this is one of your paintings that is in the future of fantasy art book.:headbang:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's right :D
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:iconfancraft:
Fancraft Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
great!!! I have this one in a box of D&D miniatures.

good to found the author, see you!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconlordstevie:
Lordstevie Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
ever since i read 8-bit i cant take these guys seriuosly.still awsome
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconnataliekiea:
NatalieKiea Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
The color, the perspective, and just everything is awesome on this piece. I am impressed with this.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for saying so - appreciated :)
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:iconfiendy:
fiendy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
excellant looks like there is crystals all around the entrence
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. yes, there are :)
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:iconfiendy:
fiendy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
lol good observasion :)
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:iconmidnightinmoscow:
MidnightInMoscow Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
Oh wow!!!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconbrainghost:
BrainGhost Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
Cthulhu fthagn!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - nearly ;)
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:iconmarkirwin:
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ralph, sorry I didn't comment sooner- this is awesome man, really great color composition!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment - anytime, it is much appreciated. Thanks :)
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:iconmarkirwin:
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconethanschur:
EthanSchur Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
A pure killer!! As always:) Amazing atmosphere and colour:)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks very much :)
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:iconaquariuswolf:
AquariusWolf Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Very cool, I like the purple crystals and the holes in the skulls...creepy :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
creepy is what I was hoping for - so great :)
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LadyDeddelit Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Is a very great works, all are great but the thing that I more like is the colration :love: .. and I very like the Mind Flayer :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconladydeddelit:
LadyDeddelit Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
allways deserved :love:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Shucks ;)
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:iconnether83:
Nether83 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
An illithid... ninja?! Weird stuff.

It never ceases to amaze me how naturally all this lighting and composition stuff come to you. Marvelous work once again.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I just try to make it look easy ;)

Thanks.
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:iconnether83:
Nether83 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
And so the truth is revealed. :D

You're welcome.
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:iconderfblue:
Derfblue Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An armed mind-flayer, ... I think this could be a hard fight :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You'd think ;)
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:iconjezviking:
jezviking Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
This rocks mate!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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