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Zenith Shadowforce by RalphHorsley Zenith Shadowforce by RalphHorsley
Zenith Shadowforce

Acrylic, approx 7" x 10"

World of Warcraft trading card game illustration
©Blizzard Entertainment & Upper Deck.

Original artwork sold.

The powerful Warlock and his beast companion overlook the blasted lands around them, steely indifference in his heart.

This is an unusual layout for card art. The piece needed to function as the Portariat shown here, but also when cropped down to more conventional card proportions ( at a point just below is lower hand).

I tried to play with this by using a spotlit effect upon the Mage, whilst letting his lower robes, and the ground around him fall into shadow.
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:iconjonkania:
jonkania Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional
I love all of your work!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconjonkania:
jonkania Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional
You are most welcome. I can only stand back from a distance . I honour peeople like you. Have a great Christmas and nice to meet you Ralph. :) Jon.
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RedSlicer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool. When I started playing this game nearly three years ago, this was the very first hero card I played with.
Wonderful artwork, greatly captures the warlock feel.
:+fav:!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great - thanks :)
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:iconjohn44ny:
John44NY Featured By Owner May 17, 2010   Digital Artist
Just spot on, wonderful work.

Regards
John W. Peters III
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for saying so :)
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:iconolivermccann:
OliverMcCann Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
ah ha! got a big card of this when i bought a trading card box :D great work
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear that - thanks :)
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:iconravenhue:
ravenhue Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Apparently I've been admiring your work for quite some time now and have never known your name as the artist, fantastic, simply fantastic. You are very creative and the way you draw you really bring your creations to life, please ;-) I don't leave comments like these usually but just wanted to say keep up the OUTSTANDING work. *deep sinister voice* I see you becoming greatest of all jedi.... er artists...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, and glad you now my name now ;)
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Sataniko4 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
great draw

such a great detailed pic

keep up with the good work
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconamedan:
AmedaN Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Oh coolness. I play a lock in WOW. Gotta fave this!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks :)
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:iconannfrost:
AnnFrost Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Co-o-ol! :+fav: WoW rulezz forever! :headbang: Great work!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:icondesireemorte:
DesireeMorte Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
Nemesis?! He needs an upgrade lol

Fantastic job :-)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:D. Thanks
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:icondarkwave-surfer:
Darkwave-Surfer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007
The detail in this is awesome! Great job :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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Dannys-angel Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
:wow: this is the hero my boyfriend plays in the game, beautifully done by the way .....
Im thinking of trying to see abut doing art for the wow card game ...do you think you could give me some pointers?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.

If you are trying to do some art for WoW then make sure you keep all the costume/figures/etc the same as the game, and try to make it dramatic.
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Dannys-angel Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
ok thanks ^_^ o also do you just submit your art to the main wow website or something Iv asked others but Im not sure ^^;
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Upper Deck publish the TCG, so for that you would need to submit to them.
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:icondannys-angel:
Dannys-angel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
ok thanks ^^ are you doing any more are for them?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes. I have currently got 6 awaiting approval, and another 4 that need sketching.
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:icondannys-angel:
Dannys-angel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
o wow thats so cool can't wait to see them ^^...do you think I would have a chance at doing art for wow ?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.

Most of your work seems to be photography based, or lne drawing. You need to work on your painting more.
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DuszanB Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
wow... deatails are so like wow .. it's amazing !
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleased you think so -thanks :)
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Elsie01 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
Holy crayons and skittles!! That's so frickin' amazing!! And it's cool that you used the spotlight lighting.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleased you liek the lighting - thanks :)
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:iconelsie01:
Elsie01 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
You're welcome!
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ellimist84 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007   Photographer
Kool-Awesome! :D (<Innovative)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleased you think so - thanks :)
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DavidRapozaArt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
looks great, you could add some more contrast though to make it pop better. Kinda looks like theres a cloud, but thats probably just the scan.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
There could be greater tonal contrats, but I wanted some mood, and the colour contrast is sufficient for me. You've lost me with the cloud ref...

Thanks :)
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nn3nn3 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
cool
i like the green armor
nice work!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Great. Thanks :)
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:iconninjapirate01:
NinjaPirate01 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
Amazing! *me wanna see a rogue with t2*:P
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)

... well if they commission me... :)
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flamencofrog Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
Wicked! I love your clothing and armour designs... and also his grim expression is great.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I can only take credit for the expression - the rest is all down to Blizzards existing designs!
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jezviking Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
this is awesome mate, how the hell do you do those details lol mine just end up like blobs when I paint traditionally (although I don't clean my brush as often as I should lol) Nice one mate and great contract to do!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I am fastidious about keeping a nice tip on my brush - the minute I loose that it goes in the bin! Thanks :)
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HonouTenshi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
How did you get that "glowing" effect? I've always wondered how you do that with paint. :/
But this really looks amazing! I'm amazed at how much detail you can get into paintings like this. :wow:
I like all of the skeletons in the background...and that beastie looks pretty neat. xD Wouldn't want to get anywhere near him though lol
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
A lot of the effect of a 'glow' is about contrast. Keeping that pure white area in contrast to the surroundings. However I have also learnt to cheat - once I scan a piece in I might do a little 'dodging' in PS :)
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DarWolfSp Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
awesome dude!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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