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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


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?…

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:



"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...

:iconarthurbbclaplz: :iconmerlinbbclaplz:


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...


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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belcherbrat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  New member  Writer
this is beautiful!
MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I appreciate that! :heart: :heart: :heart:
Windowtothesoulepic 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....
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:
Windowtothesoulepic 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
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
Windowtothesoulepic 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...
MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorryyyy! But thanks for the interest anyway! ;)
Windowtothesoulepic Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
It's okay and you're welcome :)
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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