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The Dungeon Master by RalphHorsley The Dungeon Master by RalphHorsley
The Dungeon Master

Illustration for 'Into The Unknown'.
©Wizards of the Coast.

Acrylic, Approx 19.5" x 25"

Original artwork for sale: SOLD
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"You may think you control your own destiny adventurers, but really...'

I had great fun imagining the Illithid's (mind flayer) lair, aan his dungeon plan laid out before him. The perspective adds drama and interest, whilst the saturated light sources pull the eye around the image.

This painting was also jury selected for inclusion in Spectrum 19.
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:iconladyloth:
LadyLoth Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful
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FernandoLemon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Kinda remembers me of an illithid... Great picture!
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GraphicDroid Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can not find words. Incredibly inspiring! (I like mind flayers!) :)
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:icondumitrulangham25:
Dumitrulangham25 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow
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unicaja Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
awesome hall! ctulhu so big...great idea of picture!
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:iconthenewmichaelangelo:
TheNewMichaelangelo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Oh god this is so amazing! When I DM next I'll think of this image :iconlawooplz:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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:iconash1977law:
ASH1977LAW Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Is this available as a print?
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Whoa awesome!
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:iconlosthunder:
Losthunder Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Really nice!! when i'm playing D&D i remember this picture!
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:iconliaallen:
LiaAllen Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
So amazing, but I hope my dungeon master will never turns that way ! It would be too... Evil. Love that !
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:iconmcdardy:
McDardy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me and my friends... It be cool if it looks that way - no 4 nerds playing with plastic/wood thingies and arguing over some dices and forgetting all arguments after couple beers XD
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:iconbigslam27:
Bigslam27 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great. Amazing detail!
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:iconeldrakonir:
Eldrakonir Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
As you know octopuses live in deep ocean, not in dungeon caves.
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:iconkisikillillake333:
KisikilLillake333 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
ty
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:iconfolsomnatural:
FolsomNatural Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
NICE work!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Freelancer521 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Of course its a mindflayer! It all makes sense now!

Words cannot descibe howfantastic this picture is. I'e been playin 4e D&D for about 15 months now and I believe that you have captured the atmosphere of some of those trecherous dungeons perfectly. I can't believe the sheer amount of detail in the room and the Master's possesions. Truly worth the fave a dozen times over.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - thanks a lot :D
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:iconreddish-muse:
REDDISH-MUSE Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A mind flayer =3= why does it always have to be a mind flayer? Epic art though
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconreddish-muse:
REDDISH-MUSE Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome ^^
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:iconseanmeister:
seanmeister Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
This is so good that I will use it for the Mindflayer villain of my campaign (he does see everything after all). Very fitting and great artwork.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconjackalmoth:
jackalmoth Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
This is great, and what all DMs hope they look like o their players. :D

One thing I can't un-see however: It looks like he's wearing a skull-shaped slipper on his right foot. XD
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's the latest Mind Flayer fashion statement ;)
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:iconfester6:
fester6 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
woww! this is amazing! a real masterwork!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconjoshuacamacho:
JoshuaCamacho Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How darest you sell the original piece prematurely to my ability to afford such a piece!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconkiller-sweet:
Killer-Sweet Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student
Whoah! Stunning!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconsporefan11:
Sporefan11 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Well, that sure represent well the concept of the Dungeon master. Great job.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconsporefan11:
Sporefan11 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Your welcome
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:iconsporefan11:
Sporefan11 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Your welcome
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:iconpietroschek:
Pietroschek Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Title: Twenty years gone by and still, admitted or denied, each of the original group has this moment where agony and longing shatter the ego... the moment one wants to return to past joy... no matter the career, women or drugs which were achieved in the meanwhile... Oh, nice painting! :meditation:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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:iconpietroschek:
Pietroschek Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
;-)
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:iconayght:
Ayght Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Ho ly cow!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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ChaosMageTwin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Writer
If anyone is wondering why great evil demons tend to give heroes a fighting chance,well... the answer is simple!
Whats the point of unlimited cosmic power if you get bored? Need heroes to make things more lively, and if htey beat you,well, then, you were never meant to be the Worlds/galaxies/universes/multiverses most evil villain.
:D He looks awesome
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Too right!

Thanks :)
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DarkZeroXII Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
fuckin awsome
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great!
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is officially one of my favorite things ever. Is there somewhere to buy prints of this??
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)

I do prints fo it for shows...
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:iconthelugia702:
TheLugia702 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is a really creepy metaphor for my life
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
scary... ;)
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TheLugia702 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;(
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