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Arthur - King of the summer realm (Bye, Merlin...) by MorgainePendragon Arthur - King of the summer realm (Bye, Merlin...) by MorgainePendragon
“That Arthur has not always existed seems odd to me. Like the wind on the moors and the wild winter stars, surely he has always lived . . . and always will.”

― Stephen R. Lawhead, Arthur


~~~oOo~~~


It ends tonight.

The fantastic and heartwarming series of BBCs “Merlin” comes to an end tonight. And I can’t possibly describe how sad I am about that fact. :cries:

This marvelous journey with our now so well known and beloved cast and crew took me back to my very roots, because I’ve known and loved the Arthurian Legend for half of my life now, and for that I will always be grateful. It means so much to me. :heart:

The whole year of 2012 was under the flag of “Merlin” for me and my best friend. How can I possibly describe what this year means to me? The two journeys we made to France and Pierrefonds changed my life, my inner point of view, completely. It shattered me in a way. Because now, after seeing the stars so near and that for THREE FOLLOWING DAYS… :faint: They are much more tangible for me now – but likewise I know, that I’ll ALWAYS be flattered if I would have ever got the chance to meet them again. :excited:

I still don’t get what has happened to me, the most ordinary girl in the world, it seems to me. I’m so moved by all this, because after the hard segregation of my longstanding boyfriend I thought that I would never be able to feel so much joy about something again. But this… funny and complete different interpretation of what I’ve loved so long now opened my eyes and let me feel something again: So much joy, so much excitement. And my creativity grows and grows. :happybounce:

Although the producers often gave a sh… about the original legend, though I didn’t always understand, why they changed the plot so suddenly and despite the fact, that they should've brought much more depth into the actions and feelings of the characters I enjoyed and loved every single second of the show – and ever will. :heart: I know, that they made the best out of it due to the fact that it was planned to run for only five seasons from the very beginning. And I take what I get and decide to be happy with it. Content… THAT is another sheet of paper. But which series has completely content fans at all?

So this piece of art is my tribute to the BBC series of “Merlin” and the Arthurian Legend itself, for it means everything to me, and it is a very huge THANK YOU to all of the people of the cast and the crew, first of all to my beloved Arthur Pendragon/Bradley James, for he will always be the perfect face and embodiment of this legendary leader for me from now on. THANK YOU SO MUCH! :blowkiss: :la: :love: :boogie:

I’m content with the drawing (although his hair got darker than I wanted it to be...). He seems much more mature than on my first finished portrait of Arthur. This was my intention. ;)
Here’s the link of the promo-photo I used for reference. I changed his hair, because I love it longer ;). And I didn’t copy the pattern on his armor that accurate, because I was running out of space that time… >.< But I hope you like it nevertheless. I'm curious. What do you mean? i814.photobucket.com/albums/zz…

I will keep the “Merlin”-candle burning. I don’t ever give up hope, that we could have the chance to see our beloved ones again someday. There will be new projects for them. There will be conventions. So many possibilities. I will follow their careers for sure. :nod:

And the Arthurian Legend will never die.
So does he. The once and future king.

It isn’t important how the story ends tonight. Because for me… he will live on.
Undying love. Yes. For it all. For the king of the summer realm. He who was and who shall ever be. :heart: :heart: :heart:

I wish you all a pleasant, beautiful and peaceful Christmas!!! And all the best for the upcoming year 2013! :tighthug:

Bye “Merlin”. I enjoyed it so much. And always will. :wave:

Morgaine


~~~oOo~~~


"And I remember when I met him it was so clear that he was the only one for me. We both knew it right away. And as the years went on, things got more difficult, we were faced with more challenges. I begged him to stay. Try to remember what we had in the beginning.

He was charismatic, magnetic, electric and everybody knew him. When he walked in every women’s head turned, everyone stood up to talk to him. He was like this hybrid, this mix of a man who couldn’t contain himself. I always got the sense that he became torn between being a good person and missing out on all of the opportunities that life could offer a man as magnificent as him.

In that way, I understood him.
And I loved him,
I loved him, I loved him.
And I still love him,
I love him."

L. d. Rey

Arthur, my Arthur...

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SPOILER! Please don't read any further if you don't want to get spoiled.

Edit 12/25/2012: Seen it. Seen the ever last ep this night. I have no words anymore. It is one thing to KNOW how the legend ends. And a completely other to really watch him die.

There is a hole inside my chest. And out from this hole my body's slowly falling into pieces right now.
Hurts like hell.
Hurts so much...
Shit.

SPOILER end.

Merry christmas.
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You have a great idea of proportion and detail, to be sure. The chain link, the eyes, the small creases in the mouth and the small bolts on the armor, they're all very nicely done. You've done a great job with the stubble, as well. Not too heavy, not too sparse.

There are some areas that I think might be improved on. As someone who has problems with them, myself, I think that the eyes could be spaced a bit closer together. If you look at them, they're only slightly too far apart. Teachings say that there should be "one-eye" space between them.

The only other real "problem area" is the middle chunk of hair at the top of the piece. It's like a large, heavy "hook" in the middle of his head. It makes the rest of the beautiful hair look clumped and odd.

GREAT piece, overall, though.
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Vibrant-Snow Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Those details are so marvelous, awesome work :)
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Very appreciated! :happybounce: :heart:
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belcherbrat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014   Writer
this is beautiful!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I appreciate that! :heart: :heart: :heart:
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Kathaersys Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
I read the text, and was very touched. Merlin too changed my life in a way no one could ever understand.
When it ended, I felt so empty. A hole in my chest. And it felt like my life had no purpose anymore....
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your comment and your kind words. It means a lot to me. I'm simply not over it now. I try to work it out by writing more than by drawing. But I think there will be more portraits in the future, because my love for the series, the legend and him will never die. Thanks for taking the time and reading my silly words and for understanding them, for sharing the feelings. I think we Merlinians have to stick together, especially now after the end. :tighthug: Thank you so much. :heart:
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Kathaersys Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I still miss Merlin a lot and I remeber the day it ended, that was right after Christmas, I felt so empty and everyone around me was all joyful beacuse of Christmas. And all I could think was: "If only you could understand how I feel right now... It's finished, and nothing will ever change it. But even if I told you, you wouldn't understand." So I kept silent in my misery.
If you plan on sharing your pieces of writing/shared your pieces of writing, send them to me NOW. I defentitely want to read them!
And you honestly don't have to thank me :)
Oh and thanks for the watch! :D
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly my feelings too. Last christmas was a mess because of Merlin's end. :chainsaw: And from now on I'll remember EVERY christmas, that this was the day where HE died. Great. >.< It only comforts me a bit, that we could watch the series over and over again, whenever we want. And that there will be new projects for our beloved OT4.

My fanfics are in german language. I would be happy to send you the link, but I think this makes it a bit difficult..? >.< So sorry!

And you're very welcome for the watch! :boogie: :D
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Kathaersys Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Well, he was bound to die anyway and we all knew it.... Yeah, last christmas was a mess for me too.
For the fanfics, well it's going to be hard, I don't speak a word of german...
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorryyyy! But thanks for the interest anyway! ;)
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Kathaersys Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
It's okay and you're welcome :)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I love this style and this shading!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Means a lot! :heart: :happybounce:
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MidniteLiquid Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!! Amazing work! Simply amazing!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thank you very much! :blush: Glad you like it that much! :happybounce:
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NEKO-2006 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Morgaine!!! It's incredible there! all these details again! even the grain of the skin! the dragon, the chainmail. It's like I could touch it for real.
Arthur seems a litle bit sad, like he was also regretting this show.

This series is stoped because the story came to an end?
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Neko-chan! :tighthug: Your opinion is very much appreciated! :heart: I'm so glad you like this! :happybounce: It's a great pleasure to see someone recognizing the effort behind it. ;)

Yeah... He looks sad... This was my intention indeed. I AM very sad at the moment, that the series has come to an end... :crying: The story HAS come to an end, yes. Like in the legends. But but I'm really unhappy with some parts of it. Especially what they did with Morgana... >.< But well, I think I'm content nevertheless, because the acting of the cast was totally brilliant at the end! Bradley/Arthur and Colin/Merlin pierced my heart with their performance. It was so hard to see... But also a full pleasure. ;)
It was planned to run for about five seasons from the very beginning. And now it's the end. I can't believe it. I will miss my BBs so much. :cries: But I will never stop loving this show! :w00t: That is impossible. I'm so glad that we could've had the chance to be a small part of it and that we've seen them filming. :heart: Undying love! :la:
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NEKO-2006 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
the good point with ends is the begining of new things^^
I'm really looking forward to the Bleach end, just because I'm dying to see a new manga by Kubo someday. Well, except if decided to live his life with all his money =_=;

for sure it's the best souvenir ever to be filmed in his favorite serie. I'm glad for you that you had such a wonderful experience. And I guess it will be still a pleasure to follow all these actors in their new roles ;)
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, such nice words. Giving me some kind of hope. Well, you're a very positive thinking person. :) This is good! For I am not - unfortunately :no: - and so your words give me indeed a little comfort. :tighthug: It's so sad that it had to end... But you're right: It will be a pleasure to see all the actors in their new projects - well, I hope so. ;)
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NEKO-2006 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
to be positive is the only way I know (well, after one or two beers maybe ;p) to not get mad himself in this crazy world, seriously... :no:
But your show ended in good conditions, as planed. I think it's a great. There's so many good shows just stoped like that because of lack of money or audience.
And you always have fanfictions about Merlin, haven't you? or maybe write your own fanfics.
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw... Thanks for all the nice comfort, dear. :huggle: You're right: It has ended for good. And it was complete euphoria from start to finish, nothing less. ;) We'll have the chance to watch it once and once again if we like. And there's all the nice backstage-stuff they made too. It comforts, yes, but despite the fact, that all the actors will be seen in new roles one day: I will miss them in THAT roles forever. :( It was so awesome...

Yes, there are still a lot of fanfics to read, and I'm really looking forward to it. :happybounce: And you're right again: I write by myself. This is what stays. Along with the amazing memories of course. ;) :heart:
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CatalystOfTheSoul Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work on the mail and armor!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! ;)
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JennaAurora Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really nice Arthur :heart:
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Glad you like him in my style. :happybounce: :heart:
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JennaAurora Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome, I really do! :3
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MagicalMerlinGirl Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   General Artist
It's just beautiful! :wow:
And I love the way you did the here, it's a very special style of drawing hair (in my opinion),but I really like it! :D
This deserves a :+fav:!!
I'm so sad the series has ended. And there won't come a movie anymore, isn't it? :crying:
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aweee, thank you so much for your kind words and the fave, dear! :tighthug: Yeah, me too. Still can't believe that there won't be more episodes in future... :cries: And as far as I know you're right: There won't be any movie. The argument is, that they've told everything that they wanted in this 5 seasons. Well... that is a point where the opionions tend to differ sharply... I think another season would've been really good to deepen the acting of the characters, their reasons for it, and to expand this special thing with the revelation of Merlins magic... But here there is the chance for us fans, for fanfictions, thoughts and more drawings. I keep this going on for myself. ;) Thanks again for your nice comment! It means al lot! :heart: :hug:
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MagicalMerlinGirl Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   General Artist
You're very welcome,dear!!:icondragonspin1::icondragonspin2:
I won't give up making Merlin drawings too!The show has end, but my love for it hasn't! :happybounce:
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tgwttn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Very original, very realistic, VERY GOOD!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: ;)
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ynne-black Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
your post was... very happy, full of joy, and theeen, after seeing the real end, it's like... you know.
however... i'm still very sad about the end. i think it kind of killed the whole serie... i loved it since i saw the first episode, the characters, the places, everything perfect, but i just... i think we waited long enough to see merlin's magic reveal and they pressed it into one short episode, where arthur was dying, so he couldn't even really deal with it, and... i don't know. it just... i expected more. their amazing friendship, super-ultra important destiny and everything, and then he just... Merlin tells him and very soon after that, Arthur dies. i don't know. i guess they, knowing it will be only 5 seasons, should have planned it different way. Arthur would know it sooner, it would take him few weeks to really accept it... would make more sense to me. i understand he had to die... because of the legend (even if... well, they took only characters and place from the legend and changed almost everything, right? so it wouldn't hurt to change this thing too)... but... damn. not like this, few minutes from being saved...

nevermind. it's amazing serie and i'm really sad it had to go. i wish i'd ever had your chance to meet the cast, well, let's hope that one day, i don't care if separately. :)
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really WAS in a very happy kind of mood when I posted this - just a few hours before seeing the end with my own eyes. So that explains my... optimism. But down at the end of the post you see: It changed a bit. I agree with you... I was so... shattered because of the end. And I'm still very sad obout the fact, THAT it had to end either. I know the legend so well and so I should've been prepared for that in a way. It was clear as day, that the end would be sad in any way. But to see so many dear characters die was really hard. And Morgana... she deserved a lot more better ending like this, at least that she feels sorry in a way and gets forgiveness. I understand her reasons for fighting in many ways... But no, they failed her. And why the hell GWAINE? This was unecessary... :chainsaw: Concerning Arthur :love: and Merlin :heart: I'm in fact disappointed, that they pressed all the feelings about Merlins revelation in one episode (I totally agree with you at that point either), but on the other hand I think they made the best out of it due to the fact, that there were planned only 5 seasons from the very beginning. They should've brought the reveal earlier, yes, but now that it was part of this last episode I think the actors were brilliant in dealing with it. They played all so well. Heartbreaking... I'm not content with all the details of the series. Especially that they failed the whole thing with Lancelot too and some other aspects of the legend. But I think we should be happy, that they did this series at all. In time we will appreciate it I think. :) But now... I'm truly sad. There's a big whole in my chest. Feels very strange. Seeing Arthur fall... :no: And that poor Merlin has to walk the world alone for hundreds of years was the hardest part to watch at. This is so unfair... >.< I'm sure the castmembers will be busy with their careers, so that we sooner or later should have the chance to see at least some of them once in a while on conventions or something like that. Well... this is what I hope desperately. ;) Wish them all the best. And now I'm going to watch the series over and over again. And all the making-ofs and the background stuff and things like that. I will hold on to "the love of Camelot". :nod: Thanks for your interest in my work though and for your comment! (Oh and sorry for my bad old school-english anyway...) ;)
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ynne-black Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah... I agree with you. I was able to deal with Morgana's and Mordred's death, but Gwaine? It was... I don't know. He didn't deserve to die, there was no reason for it. :(
However... you're right. I'm also glad they made this serie and... yup, the actors were great when there were emotions. I really enjoyed it. :)
Anyway, I guess you sure will get a chance to see them somewhere :) aaand I also love their making-of videos and all the funny around it. :D :)
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Erm, no, I was far beyond to deal especially with Morgana's death... :cries: But that is another sheet of paper... ;) Yeah, we really have to be happy, that they've made all this backstage stuff, that we could watch over and over again! :happybounce: That is a little comfort. Thanks for your nice words! :cuddle:
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tgwttn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I know what you mean, for me it was like - all this time and you couldnt use your magic to save him, most of the last time they spent together arthur was unconscious, basically almost everyone died! 5 years for that - they needed more that 45 minutes out of 5 series for arthur to forgive merlin and for it all to sink in!- sorry needed the rant!
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ynne-black Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
i know... in the same episode, his father told him that he is more powerful than he thinks... so... why he couldn't save him? it doesn't make sense... i know, it needed way more space :(
i'm so glad i'm not the only one with such opinions, here, on dA, i can see that many fans are very unhappy about the end
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tgwttn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
but its a wierd feeling im not as upset as i should be - i thought it would take me ages to mourn the loss of my favorite show but the last 10 seconds made me laugh so much because it was so bizare and im kind of glad the writers are going to ruin it anymore ...i think i will forget the last episode and amke my own up - ill watch all of them again and then forget that he wasnt saved :D
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ynne-black Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
yeah, i guess it's the only way... the last episode didn't fit in the serie at all, so... what to do? forget it ever existed o.O yeah, probably the only solution
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tgwttn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
or all the merlin fans could clone the cast and then the cast clones can act out a new episode .. but this may be a bit far fetched!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, yes, or we could write our own ending as a fanfiction. I will do that in any case. :D But at least they did justice to the legend and made Arthur this Once and future king he was told to be. I'm sure he's only sleeping... ;)On the other hand... poor Merlin... :no: Never mind. ;) Although there may be some points I'm disappointed about, I will always spread the love of Merlin and my fave series nevertheless. :nod: :heart: Thanks for commenting! :w00t:
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tgwttn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
YES I SHALL ALWAYS LOVE MERLIN NO MATTER WHAT! And yes then send it to the writers and say look what a better job we did of it :D
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x-VivaerethAlonia-x Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
So realistic! I love it!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Very much appreciated! :heart: :happybounce:
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x-VivaerethAlonia-x Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
:) You're welcome!
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Furyian Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012   Photographer
Beautiful work! You have a very special talent!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for your comment! I'm so glad you like it! :heart:
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Furyian Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   Photographer
You're very welcome! Thank YOU for the good work!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Fayeren Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Arthur!!

Uaaaah!! Kettenhemd und Rüstung.....ich kann mich erinnern, dass mich die den letzten Nerv bei meiner Arthur-Zeichnung geraubt habe. ^^
Wirklich gut gelungen!! Ich finde es gut, dass du soviel Kontrast in deine Zeichnungen hineinarbeitest! Weiter so! Gefällt mir super! :love:

Ach ja...Merlin ist zu Ende. :tears: Aber genau wie meine Schwester, zwei Kommis unter mir (:iconjeanne-lui:), will ich mir auch die beiden letzten Episoden gar nicht ansehen. Ich will kein Drama :tears: vor allem da ich gespoilert wurde und Gwaine auch sterben wird.....:tears:
Erst Lancelot und jetzt Gwaine...:no:
Naja! In dem Fall, dass du es noch nicht kennst, lege ich dir dieses Fan-Video wärmstens ans Herz [link] ! Bringt es genau auf den Punkt, wie ich finde. Ich höre es in Dauerschleife. ^^ :D Danach ist man nicht mehr ganz so traurig. :aww:
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