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Tomb of Horrors by RalphHorsley Tomb of Horrors by RalphHorsley
Tomb of Horrors

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

Acrylic, Approx 13" x 17".

Original artwork for sale; UK£1700.

He fought relentlessly even as he was being dragged to the planes of hell.

This was a challenging image to work on, as a montage was requested showing some iconic features from the original games supplement: The Gargoyle, Paladin, Gaping Maw and red-eyed lich skull in the background.

The lich skull proved a useful device to set symmetrically on the background of the page, with the eyes helping provide a focal point, whilst the other elements could float freely.

The main drama and interest is provided by the falling battle between the Gargoyle and Paladin, with the red rim light helping to pick them out and unify the whole picture.

The pciture can be seen on the supplement cover here:
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Jaw dropping awesome!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Your welcome
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:iconthegurch:
TheGurch Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Awesome again!!! Utterly and properly stunning!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconadhadh:
ADHadh Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Student Filmographer
Great to see this one in larger size than on WotC page :D
As always I admire your skill and technique.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks very much :)
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:iconjh-kael:
JH-Kael Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I love the subtle detail of the face of Acererack on the background!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it - thanks :)
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:icondesertstars:
DesertStars Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
I love it! My party and I killed that cuss just last week. This was the second party mind you, the first one walked one after another through the demon head "portal" the week before. No one but the DM has any experience with the adventure, so it's been great fun. I've been waiting all week to continue it.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear you are enjoying the game :)
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DrunkenDragonDirge Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Oh S***! this place, no other place has claimed more lives in the multiverse. but this captures the spirit of this deathtrap perfectly.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it - thanks :D
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:iconoldbeho:
Oldbeho Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
Well done, great details and atmosphere
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:icontriluna:
Triluna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Very well done!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job! Very dynamic!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks you :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Any time! :D
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:iconjugheadjonessincity:
jugheadjonessincity Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
DUDE !!!!!!!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconsirdaveg:
SirDaveG Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Ah yes. I do love the classics
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great :)
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:iconankhu:
Ankhu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Beautiful painting. Nice balance of colors and very dramatic.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :D
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:iconankhu:
Ankhu Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
You're welcome =)
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:iconravenseyetravislacey:
RavenseyeTravisLacey Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great job Ralph another great addition to the other works. The only slight thing i would crit is that the pink lighting on the two guys is a little strong or the jewls of the eyes (assuming thats the light source) could have a bit more saturation. Still the poses are great I personally love the cape starting to wrap around the guys head just and akward thing that would happen in a fall like that!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Originally the background skull was stronger, but it was overpowering the foreground. I felt I could get away with the slight discrepancy due to the 'montage' nature of the pic ;)Thanks.
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RavenseyeTravisLacey Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
No problem to another CA Brother. Hey do you have a sketchbook over there i would much rather put a crit up in your sketchbook then in your finshed work on DA!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
'fraid I don't, but I'll probably post it in the 'finally finsihed' section at some point.
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Vamaena Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Student Photographer
I thought I recognized the image! I was browsing through wizards yseterday looking at the 2010 releases.

I love the composition and the red rim light on them.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconskywyvern:
SkyWyvern Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Your characters always seem to live and look never petrified
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - I do try and get movement in there :)
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:iconsharpie99:
sharpie99 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Nice comp and good color choices
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconalisonailfinnallan:
AlisonAilfinnAllan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
You're drawings are alive
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleased you think so :)
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:iconalisonailfinnallan:
AlisonAilfinnAllan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
I mean painting in this case
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:icontonehal:
tonehal Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great art!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconkirovbs:
KiroVBS Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That tomb have an amazing design! =D Kinda gives you a deep feeling of discovering what´s inside of it 8D
Very nice! I loved it <3
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it - thanks :)
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:iconkirovbs:
KiroVBS Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome Mr. Ralph! =D
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blossomdec4y Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
wow the light and color extremely awesome Man..
cool!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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dangercook Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great image, as always, man.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it - thanks :)
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dangercook Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great image, as always, man.
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