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The Court of Green Scales by RalphHorsley The Court of Green Scales by RalphHorsley
The Court of Green Scales

Dungeons & Dragons supplement interior artwork.
WOTC; D&D.

Acrylics, Approx 14.5" x 20.5"
Original artwork for sale.

'The Kobold chieftain happily offered up tribute to the tribe's mighty King'

I liked the idea of compartmentalising this image more than many I create. The upper half is delineated by the shelf of soil and rock, isolating the Chieftain and Dragon from the treasure horde, and basic grunts below. This is then bisected by the strong verticals formed by the waterfall and tree, which lends more elegance and sinuousness to the s-shape of the Dragon.

It made a nice change to work with a green/brown palette with which I wanted to evoke the sense of late afternoon light. Additionally this was one the first paintings where I used a lot of gel medium. I found it really enabled me to soften the edges, especially in the shadows.

I also enjoyed putting in all the little details, and thinking of where all that treasure came from; is the gold statue a religious icon, a legendary hero, or an award?
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Given 2011-10-25
The Court of Green Scales by *RalphHorsley is a full bodied immersion into the world of Dungeons & Dragons! ( Featured by deshrubber )
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Whoa awesome!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Your welcome
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anschluss Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013   Digital Artist
I love how those armours and weapons of dead humans are displayed all around. Ah, god, everything about this painting is amazing.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks :)
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:iconkisikillillake333:
KisikilLillake333 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Dragon Emerald Order of Zemargad
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:icondraconicparagon:
DraconicParagon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful! Simply amazing work!
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:iconborderlanderguy:
BorderlanderGuy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Green Dragon <3
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:icongremliniloveu:
Gremliniloveu Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...this is amazing. How do you do this????
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:iconwnter06:
wnter06 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
good job art Dungeons & Dragons
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I SO love kobolds! :love::D
Fantastic, mesmerizing artwork, the level of details is breathtaking!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:icondragonneo10:
dragonneo10 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
MY GOSH its Vestapalk!
was this in any of the DnD books?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It was going to be - but got pulled at the last minute due to page layout requirements...
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:icondragonneo10:
dragonneo10 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Was it supposed to be in threats to the netir vale monster vault?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep
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:iconazel4:
Azel4 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is about as immersed as it gets!

It must have taken a year to do this!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - a couple of weeks :)
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:iconmarcwars:
marcwars Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
THIS IS SO COOL DUDE!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great :D
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figarou Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the emoticon :D
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:iconfigarou:
figarou Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Thanks. I made it myself. :D Plus a whole bunch more.

Your art really is jawdropping. No better way to express it than with a dragon doing the jawdrop.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
cool :)
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:iconarminiuswillabert:
ArminiusWillabert Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is extremely beautiful! The colors and composition are just great and there are lots of interesting details.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Tragacanth Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice work like it a lot :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks a lot :D
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
My pleasure! :hug:
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:iconbast202:
Bast202 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
crist .___. you are a master >.<
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconweremole:
weremole Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The alternate title for this is "Lizardmen discuss mortgage payments" right? Lurve the lighting.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconbudhatma:
budhatma Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
this is amazing
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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cleciomwx Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Hello friend, I'm from Brazil and me and my friends are writing a history that i would be very happy in having you doing the illustrations, if you are interested, please, contact me by e-mail> cleciomwx@hotmail.com
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Just saw this now...

please contact me on
ralph@ralphhorlsey.co.uk
with details of t he work required and proposed rates. Thnaks :D
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MicheleHansen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooo, Lizard Men! Kewl!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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jadesfires Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011   Writer
This...this is simply incredible. Wow. Well done.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconjadesfires:
jadesfires Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011   Writer
You're welcome very much :D It is amazing!
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love all the details and the colors. I won't start listing which exactly, because it'd be too long. Judging from your description, it was well-planned...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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CandyMurder Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
wow.....
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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wahay Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
One of the highlights of IlluXCon was having you walk me through this piece. I'm happy to see it featured!
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