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The Dive

By RalphHorsley
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2019 t0 2020 saw me embark upon the biggest single image I have ever created, a private commission depicting a fantasy bar room brawl.

The original has long since shipped, but the plan had been to make a life size poster as the central part of my show stand for 2020, accompanied by a mix of different prints. That never happened, and I never got to properly share the finished painting.

I guess better late than never...

I did, briefly, exhibit the original during my open studio day. I provided a list of things you might look out for in the painting, here are a few examples:
A slotted spoon being used as a weapon.
A Snake Eyes die roll
Two Ace of Hearts playing cards.
A portal to another realm.
A fire breathing dragon.
A messenger bat.
Bird poo.
How many goblins are there?
A minotaur family.
Raining coins.
A cat, dog and snake. I

f anyone is interested in prints let me know, and how big you'd like to go!

I have put together a video of the creation process, and you can watch that on my YouTube channel. 

The Kickstarter for my career retrospective artbook launches on 2/2/21. The preview is here:…
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SlayerLazenca's avatar

there's life wherever i see, i love every single bit of this

ArtbyBones's avatar

Lovely work on this one!

Paulfoxmichael's avatar

This so phenomenal rite on awesome

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Estuve navegando por la web y me encontré esta tienda online de España que ofrecen productos de seguridad para vuestras mascotas, pero no estoy segura si lo que ofrecen es confiable. Le darían el visto?

ThePsych0naut's avatar

Holy shit! This is just a gestalt of knuckle-busting mayhem.

SomeoneInAsia's avatar

Incredible amount of detail. This must have been a very painstaking piece of work. Certainly looks like the poor owner of this place is going to have a hell of a lot of work cleaning and tidying it up later. The only work I can think of with even more detail is Bruegel's Triumph of Death, though your pic is much more cheerful.

I stand in awe of your skills as an artist.

TimMcJimFromPL's avatar

This reminds me A LOT pictures of Josh Kirby, aspecially Discworld covers. :D

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do you think you can draw an elven city next?

If you want some inspiration I would suggest you to search on elven cities from the first age of Lord of The Rings. Gondolin, Alqualonde, Nargothrond, Doriath, Tirion,...

Also the warcraft elven cities like Silvermoon, Suramar and Zin Azshari

or Lux Aurea from The Dragon Prince

and there is also this elven city atop a volcano

Jeremy-The-Guy's avatar

However much time it took, the end result is nothing short of spectacular 😊

YouBetterChillax's avatar

Better late than never as well. It is time for me to input my love for this piece. Hope you enjoyed the journey because every time I come to this website, I'll keep on hailing this piece.

hbaf187's avatar

Bottom center left, a woman kneeing some guy in his tenders. PRICELESS!

JAFNOVA's avatar

Now...this is what I call a party!:)

Thumper20's avatar

Wow! There is so much going on here. Really nicely done!

LindArtz's avatar

WoW!!! :faint: I'm impressed!

Congrats on yourDD!!! :clap:

SP4RTI4TE's avatar

Wow! :O Masterpiece!!

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Wow! I was going to say this is rather good for a digital art piece but then I saw the video of you painting it and that just made it awesome. I bow to your skill sir.

Is it a D&D piece? I thought it was a fantasy piece until I saw what appears to be a Tiefling in the bottom right corner. Tiefling to me = D&D.

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An ank morpok common tavern I suppose...
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I admire your dedication to your craft!

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A trip down the local was getting thoroughly difficult.

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The undeniable proof that beeing a tavern owner has to be one of the most tiresome and hazardous job's in the d&d verse.
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