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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.

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:iconalgaenymph:
This picture says a thousand words about how wretched Taldor is. Well done!
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RalphHorsley Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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CaptainZorikh 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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RalphHorsley Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
okay - Thanks :)
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RalphHorsley Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Kaithas 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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RalphHorsley Dec 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great to hear - thanks very much :)
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Kaithas Dec 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
My pleaure. :)
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