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Talisman by RalphHorsley Talisman by RalphHorsley
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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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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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 Feb 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

It was part of the commission brief.

 

Thanks :)

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darkzizanie 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 Sep 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

Thanks very much :)

 

About 10 days

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darkzizanie 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 Jun 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
YES! I finally found it!
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RalphHorsley Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Nagymarci Aug 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
This is so classy, it made me poop gold bricks!
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RalphHorsley Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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