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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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:icondepthinception87:
DepthInception87 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is sick as sh*t mayine!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Badass awesome!
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:icondavidefcbell:
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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:iconralphhorsley:
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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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - Thanks :)
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:iconsurthur:
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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:iconralphhorsley:
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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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - too right!

Thanks :)
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:iconcomacold:
Comacold Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, scary O.O Wouldn't want to mess with those claws...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Too right ;)

thanks.
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:iconshendificator:
Shendificator Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
Incredible work! I wish I would have at least half of your talent, passion and patience! :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconippo-lita:
IPPO-Lita Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Amazing work!I'm really impressed!And it's great that it's traditional media!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconippo-lita:
IPPO-Lita Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
You're welcome :)
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:iconjessicadunn:
JessicaDunn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009   General Artist
O_O
wow.... jeeeealous.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconoldbeho:
Oldbeho Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
:typerhappy: EXCELLENT work!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnak you very much :)
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:iconderfblue:
Derfblue Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love how you put more details into the foreground, really pulls it off:D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - I have been working on getting tight focus into my pictures :)
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Love the design of the Dogs, well nice!!!

Great colour and composition.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much Ben - and we must get around to a chat one day ;)
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:icontempestfury:
Tempestfury Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Student General Artist
Nice job, your careful consideration for color and lighting in the picture really does show, your composition is great and i really like how the orange in the sky really sets the background back and gives the picture more depth.
On a side note, Wolves are awesome, the Terminator is awesome, so technically this is the coolest thing I have ever seen
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very mcuh for your comments - appreciated :D
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:iconrarayn:
Rarayn Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Excellent work, the secondary light source really did it for this picture. Love your rendering of the metal on the Iron Defenders. :3
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:icontriluna:
Triluna Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
Very nice work again!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:icontriluna:
Triluna Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
yw :)
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:icondaviddavies:
DavidDavies Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wicked! Like to see a dog catcher on the run.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol :D
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:icondogfacedboyuk1:
dogfacedboyuk1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ralph, lovely painting! I really like your style. I fully intend to one day have a Ralph Horsely original staring down at me from my living room wall. One day. I may have to sell a kidney though as the mrs will probably kill me for spending that much on artwork. Unless I develop a cunning plan to buy everything we need for the house first......hmmmmmm

dfb
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much.

Of course some of my originals are very inexpensive....;)
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:iconsmiling-werewolf:
Smiling-werewolf Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
OMG! This great job! awesome!... How i can more say... I love u works!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You've said plenty - thanks :D
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:iconsmiling-werewolf:
Smiling-werewolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
;)
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I often fail to comment on your work Ralph because I figure the 9789890898th comment is somewhat redundant, but that's pretty poor of me really isn't it? I really like what you did with this one. It's a really solid composition and... wait, I was distracted by the obligatory enormous pair of latex-cinched boobs in the Daily Deviations window. Just close that... I think you really elevated the subject matter. Bravo.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Jon thanks for overcoming your resistance to comment ;)

...every comment is appreciated :D
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work man! Great design!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your very welcome!
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:iconskywyvern:
SkyWyvern Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
I love how you do always those clouds, lol ain't the comment you were expecting xD
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Especially as clouds is something I always seem to struggle with!

Thanks a lot :D
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:iconartfreakguy:
artfreakguy Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Awesome!!! Absolutely love the armor design on these guys:)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much :)
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:iconankhu:
Ankhu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Very nice job on the acrylics. Love the lighting you did on this piece =).
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