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The Slaying Stone by RalphHorsley The Slaying Stone by RalphHorsley
The Slaying Stone

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

Acrylic, Approx 13" x 17".

Original artwork for sale; US $1200

The metallic bark would be the least of the intruder's worries...

As I was tackling a nightime setting having the moon behind the tower was an obviously strong motif to adopt, but potentially this left the lead 'dog' (actually Iron Defenders) in deep shadow. To address this I introduced a sceondary light source coming from 'out of shot'.

This light source allowed me to introduce warmer colours in the foreground, which in turn pulls those elements forward visually and allows the lead figure to pop off the page.

It is a common, but very effective, technique to place cool colours in the bcakground, and warm in the foreground, to help create strong contrast.

To find out details of the book, and to see the cover with it's full trade dress, on please visit:
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DepthInception87 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is sick as sh*t mayine!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Badass awesome!
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DavidEFCBell Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Cool. Have you seen the Ballad of Halo Jones? They have an EVIL robot dog
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I have! :D
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AcidicArt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Artist
I love these blues and oranges so much, but my favorite part of all is that barest touch of the the talons to the ground for the foremost critter. That slight touch makes the whole thing pop! Just frozen in that one instant of air born running, love it!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - Thanks :)
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surthur Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow , impressive ! I hope to become so good with acrylics too :)
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I's lots of practise :D
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NikitaDarkstar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Just need a few rust monsters to deal with the iron defenders and you're good... aslong as you don't get caught in the middle ofcourse...

Awesome work by the way, I love all the details on the lead 'dog'. :)
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