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Talisman

Talisman box cover artwork; ©Games Workshop
Acrylic; approx 19" x 19"

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Games Workshop have decided to revamp and relaunch the perenially popular boardgame Talisman. I was very fortunate to be commissioned to work on the cover and board artwork.

The object of the game is to be the first to reach, and secure, the Crown of Command, which is guarded by a Dragon in a valley of fire. The Talisman, of the game's title, acts as a ward against the fearsome Dragon.

The players play different characters, Knight, Priest, Thief, etc, and I needed to show several of these interacting and racing to the prize whilst being attacked by the Dragon.

I came up with the idea of a spiral staircase. It allowed me to show lots of characters trying to get to the prize without all overlapping, whilst it would also lead the viewer's eye into the image. I tried to compliment this by employing different light sources, with the strongest of all falling on the central figures of the Knight and Dragon

I hope you like my interpretation of a fierce red Dragon.
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Given 2008-04-23
In the distance one could hear the damsel in distress crying while huge red wings covered the sky. The magic was sparkling in the air, the battle cry of the battle-mage gave warriors extra courage and strength to battle forward. The roar of the dragon could be heard for miles away. Talisman by *RalphHorsley is just beyond wicked, imaginative work that takes the viewer straight back to the time of magic, heroes and amazing adventure. If one likes Dungeons and Dragons the work of this artist should not be missed under any circumstances. Please do check rest of his gallery. ( Featured by SandraPelly )
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Piotrs Featured By Owner Edited Mar 14, 2015
Isn't That Warrior in the middle not the Knight? ;)
I see warrior, priest, thief, assasin, sorceress, wizard, druid, elf, dwarf and prophetess. New artworks for Talisman are wa better than 1st and 2nd edition ones, though Polish 2nd Edition ones were probably one the best ever released, they were much darker and less colourful than original ones :)

Here is a piece of it: portal.strategie.net.pl/index.…
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CheddarPie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student Filmographer
I love this game I play it all the time nice artwork btw! 
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nehehetrol Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
I have to say, I love this piece. As a fan of Talisman, I would also like to ask, is the idea of there being a dragon in the valley of fire official, or is that something you came up with for the sake of box art? I'm fairly sure it's never mentioned in the rules, but I may have missed it.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

It was part of the commission brief.

 

Thanks :)

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darkzizanie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
This is incredible. I'm  a great fan of your work.

I was wondering, how much time does it takes you to paint a piece like that one ?
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

Thanks very much :)

 

About 10 days

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darkzizanie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Damn, this is a long time, but really worth it.

Thanks for your answer !
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ShadowSpyProductions Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
YES! I finally found it!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Nagymarci Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
This is so classy, it made me poop gold bricks!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
bellissimo
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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BirdofaBirch Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Good work.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks
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ancient-warrior Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Wonderful and unique artwork. I love Talisman, the many various characters and the variety of all Fantasy scenes, monsters, creatures, weapons and all the other stuff.

This is the quintessence of the Talisman adventures, thank you.
A great Daily Deviation, really worthy ! :D
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks :)
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MatrixPunk Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic!!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great!
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jet7ST Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Who doesn't love the cover of Talisman.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
sweet - thanks :)
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childersart Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student General Artist
EPIC!!!!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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draks Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
OH MY GOD!!!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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seanwthornton Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
That's awesome! I remember that game, it was a bunch of fun!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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Shadyra Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Niceeee!!! I ve played talisman and now i realize who is the ilutrator XDDD
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool - thanks :)
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RaeCatsgrace Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
SO COOL. Your art is simply wondrous! :heart:
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :D
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gr33nEyedGrl Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
love it
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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DavetheBlade Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
inspiring work!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
pleased to hear it :)
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dragonz3000 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Yay goooooooooooooooooooooooo games workshop! btw nice art, by the way im still wondering through your gallery!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - and glad to hear it, enjoy your wander ;)
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dragonz3000 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
hehe already did!!! teeheee :)
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IsaacConrad Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I played Talisman many years ago, I loved this game !

Great work :)
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it - thanks :)
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KAVALIER Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Amazing job, all your gallery is amazing!
I want to join all your works :lol:
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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axerg Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Okay, this picture is awesome. I like the fact that there is so much going on in the pic. And, damn, it's so detailed too. Faved.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - thanks :)
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XaaRox Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
There are as many views of dragon as many people in the world, but else there are only few that address to me, it is definitely one of those.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very pleased to hear that - thanks :)
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bringcastle Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Georgous! Great on captivited at this moment!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you:)
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture pretty much epitomizes everything that is Talisman and just how much out of hand a session can get. At least in my house.

I :heart: this. Very much
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it - thanks very much :)
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