Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday Guest Post - Ralph Horsley!

Prepare to pick up your popped out eyeballs here's Ralph Horsley!

I would like to thank everyone here at Scotch Corner for the very kind offer of this guest spot. Though currently based south of the border I am very fortunate to be able to lay claim to Scottish roots; being born in Aberdeen, where I spent the first five years of my life, before being dragged southwards to have my accent mocked then corrupted into English intonations.

Whether it was a means of surviving such childhood trauma I know not, but my main passion in life soon revealed itself to be drawing, and so it is that I now find myself to be a freelance illustrator working within the games industry.

I have worked for a large number of clients throughout my career, but am now very much focussed on producing cover artwork, a couple examples of which I’d like to share with you here.

Martial Power 2

This was commissioned for a forthcoming Dungeons & Dragons gaming supplement details of which can be found here.

I enjoyed contrasting the fairly static figure with the swirling cloak and hair, so that there is movement and dynamism, even whilst the figure can maintain that direct-to-viewer stare.

Temple of the Serpent

Games Workshop’s very successful run of novels about Gotrek and Felix has produced a spin-off series about their arch-nemesis Thanquol, the Skaven Grey Seer. I have been commissioned to work on the covers for this series, and Temple of the Serpent is the second novel. The first announcement was made here.

Interestingly the Editor picked up on my tendency to put in little details for his blog entry. I like to think that my pictures can deliver an initial punch, but then also reward further viewing.

Further examples of my work can be found at:
or my own blog:

Many thanks to Ralph for a great guest post, some brilliant examples of his work and remember to click on them to see at a lovely large size. And remember that anybody can take part in Scotch Corner and become a guest contributor (yes, we mean you reading this!) so click here and take part!

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