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Taldor - Echoes of Glory by RalphHorsley Taldor - Echoes of Glory by RalphHorsley
Taldor - Echoes of Glory

Pathfinder Companion cover artwork.
© Paizo; Pathfinder.

Acrylic, Approx 13" x 16.5".

Original artwork for sale; UK£1300.

The knights battled fiercely, each striving for an upper hand in both their individual fight and endless civil war

To attempt to keep focus on the main protagonists I chose a strong spotlight behind them, in the form of the setting sun, which creates powerful rim lighting. Accompanying this the background recedes through atmospheric perspective and muted palette, whilst the fallen figures drop into deeper shadows.

The two sides in the battle are purposely similar, with only small differences in their heraldic devices, to add to the sense of intermingled confusion.

Details of the product, and a picture of this image with trade dress on, can be seen here:

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:iconknightorder:
knightorder Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Excellent work. You've really managed to capture the essence of the dying empire quite well.

If I was to make one critique about the picture, it would be that the one knight's mace is MASSIVE. No human alive could swing a mace whose head was the size of, well, your head, for more than two or three swings before becoming exhausted. A smaller mace head would look more natural in his hand.

Minor quibble, I know, especially coming from someone who has not an iota of your talent.
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:iconjohnslegers:
johnslegers Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Amazing!
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks amazing! :D
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:iconalgaenymph:
AlgaeNymph Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
This picture says a thousand words about how wretched Taldor is. Well done!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconcaptainzorikh:
CaptainZorikh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
A lovely piece of fantasy art, good and gory and exciting. You have a very strong and confident style and I applaud your bold choice of making your "production design" more extreme than historically accurate. That helps take it out of he "real world" and put it in a place where things can be even more dramatic than real life.
My only quibble is about the right leg of the knight on the left (with the bandage) I am not sure of its anatomy. It seem a little small and attached a little low on his torso. Prehaps his hips should be wider. It looks like a cylinder, the niled bordering it being parallel, but the armor curving around it looks like it is pointing away from the camera. I can;t really tell where the knee is, and it looks like it is in a real difficult position. I would think if you were to put some curves on it where the thigh and calf muckle should be, then it would look more like a leg I would believe it a little more.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
okay - Thanks :)
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:iconjuniorjac:
JuniorJac Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
beautiful
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconkaithas:
Kaithas Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
DEAR GOODNESS! It is absoluty beautiful! Numerous details, a truely epic scene with the right ammount of chaos! To truely create the perfect battle scene requires much hard work and attention to many, many details! I LOVE the armor styles! I love how each soldier, fallen or standing, has a unique suit of armor, or perhaps pauldron, or helm. Well done!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great to hear - thanks very much :)
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:iconkaithas:
Kaithas Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
My pleaure. :)
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:iconfire1344:
fire1344 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
.... wow
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:icondarthpit:
darthpit Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
"The setting sun illuminates the dead
The battlefield is shining red"
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconmaiwand85:
maiwand85 Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks:)
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:iconluk999:
Luk999 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Another great painting! I love action scenes :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks :)
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:iconluk999:
Luk999 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
You´re welcome!
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:icon0wnenstein:
0wnenstein Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Digging the historical stuff!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconartstain:
artstain Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so brilliant! the patience for detail is great and the color harmony is also great! :thumbsup:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank very much :)
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:iconartstain:
artstain Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :-)
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:iconjeanwilcox51:
jeanwilcox51 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
your work is awesome! the detail is great!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconjeanwilcox51:
jeanwilcox51 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010   Traditional Artist
ue welcome!
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:iconmarkarandjus:
MarkArandjus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
RAAAAAAR GLORY!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Oldbeho Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
wow!
the details are too much to keep them all at first sight.
I've passed over ten minutes to watch the entire artwork and the result is aboslutely amazing!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very glad to hear it - thanks :)
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:iconrarayn:
Rarayn Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
I really like the use of lightning here, and the details are quite stunning.

Saying that this is great would be an understatement - awesome work!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, appreciated :)
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mofogie Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
i dont really have much criticism to give: i like alot of it, and you already explained alot in your comment. the one thing i woul change is just expand the picture, so it has a more grandiose feel. maybe a wider battlefield is too much work, but at least a larger sky.

right now it just seems a little cramped, which i understand a battlefield should be like, but it also diminishes the 'epic' feel to it.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment. I appreciate your ideas, but the commission required a close-up on the two central figures.
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Veck2p0 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
First off; love your work. Great Magic art. That said, I was a confused with the picture at first. I was trying to figure out why there was in-fighting and then I saw the lions on the crest and read your description. It seems like an epic fight with two warriors would have some more stark contrast between their factions.
That's my only criticsm.
Fantastic job with the lighting and the armor design is really inventive. another great picture.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, and glad you like my work. :)

In this piece I was specifically asked to make the factions very alike, and that the only differences were in the heraldry you outline.
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece Ralph, love the palette and hopeless pointless feel to the conflict.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Ben,

Thanks very much - I had fun on this. Just a shame the top and bottom thirds get covered up.
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thehotmageaeris Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I'm at a loss of words again by your art. D:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :D
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:iconnecrocyborg:
Necrocyborg Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
That... is... AWESOME!!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :D
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:iconroach88:
Roach88 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That looks awesome, I really like all the detail and the lighting, well done!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleased you like it - thanks :)
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shuckster Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Nice detail, but both characters look wrong to me, and I think the reason is their hips. When you swing a melee weapon, the action is in your hips, not your arms. Your arms simply guide the weapon. The knights in this picture would understand this.

As such, the guy wielding the axe looks wrong because he is striking a powerful blow but his hips are facing away from it. He looks contorted -- the swing is to his right but his hips are facing left. The guy wielding the sword looks wrong because his hips would be forced to his left by the blow, but they are still facing right as if nothing happened.

I know it's a fantastical scene, but it doesn't look natural because of this, if that makes any sense. :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It is true that I tend to focus more on exaggerated stylisation for dramatic effect, rather than srict naturalism. However if this is affacting the overall piece then I probably need to look at this area.

Thanks for the comment :)
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:iconannickhuber:
AnnickHuber Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Where do you find inspiration for the armors?
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