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Young Arthur - Once and future by MorgainePendragon Young Arthur - Once and future by MorgainePendragon
“Then I saw it, and it just grabbed me. That moment, that breath just before destiny, between innocence and power. He'll pull the sword free. You know it. And in that moment, the world changes. Camelot's born, Arthur's fate is sealed. He'll unite a people, be betrayed by a woman and a friend, and sire the man who'll kill him. In this moment, he's a boy. In the next he'll be a king.”

Nora Roberts, Key of Light


~~~oOo~~~


I really celebrate this! :dance: :boogie:

I celebrate my nearly 16 years old love for the Arthurian Legend with this drawing – and the fact, that the flame never burned much brighter than now. :heart: :love:

This portrait of young Arthur Pendragon should’ve been my first drawing of him, I think. Those sad eyes… I think you could see the burden, the cross he’s got to bear due to his leader-/kingship. And I also hope you could see, how much I love this character. It’s not Bradley James’ acting alone. It’s the character of this “Once and future king” that fascinates me for decades now. So this one was really a piece of my heart to do :heart:.

I used 3 different photos of “Captain Wow” Mr. James for reference: One for the pose, one for the shadows and highlights and another one for his lips/mouth. :lol: The hair: All mine. :D I love to draw hair… :squee:
So this isn’t exactly a copy of one picture of him.
I used pencils up from 2HB to 6B and black colored pencils.

Hope you like it anyway. :blush: It’s far from perfect. But I think I’m on the right way. I’ll practice much more often now :w00t:.

Thanks to my Rogi37 for the support and inspiration. :tighthug:
And thanks a lot to lovely ShadowOfTheNightwolf for the hints concerning shadings. :glomp:

See ya!

Madoka


~~~oOO~~~


Don't shed a tear for me
I stand alone
This path of destiny
Is all my own
Once in the hands of fate
There is no choice
An echo on the wind
You'll hear my voice...

Some choose to fall behind
Some choose to lead
Some choose a golden path
Laden with greed
But it’s the noble heart
That makes you strong
And in that heart, I'm with you all along...

So when you think of me
Do so with pride
Honor and bravery
Ruled by my side
And in your memory
I will remain
I will forever be within the flame...

We've traveled far
And all we have to show
Are battle scars
But in the love we shared
We will transcend
And in that love, our journey never ends...

Blackmore’s Night


Aw... He, who was... and who shall be... :tears: So much love... :heart: :heart: :heart:
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A pretty impressive drawing, whether it's portraits I can help a bit and I just add that: * The symmetry of the nose is a bit lopsided * The separation between it and the mouth is slightly elongated. * Both eyes are of different sizes * Try a gradient in the eyes with the pencil, because at first glance does not seem real. * In no armor cleaning (especially in the shade), tries to draw a complete and long A little advice: I am interested to see your level of assertiveness on the link of the original image, for next time: D I hope my criticisms serve you! regards
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This really is an incredible piece, you only have to take one quick glance and it jumps out at you. The intensity of the eyes is incredible, It feels like its really staring right at you. The shading is so amazing I downloaded it and zoomed it really far and it is just perfect. I really do look at it and Feel so Impressed with your talent. 

The hair is amazing, it feels and looks 3D, I love the shading of it, it just seems to flow and I love how dark it is. Maybe the line on the nose is a bit hard but the whole face makes up for it. The line of the jaw, the shading everything creates a truly magical drawing. And as for the chain mail, wow, it's incredible, I can't imagine how long it must have taken it is phenomenal. 

I adore all the detail in it, the studs in the armour, the detail of the armour, the lips are perfect and very 3D. 

Absolutely fantastic well done. 
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Valadix Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Was this piece partly inspired by the Maddy Prior Song Once and Future King from her Arthur the King cycle, by any chance?
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry to disappoint you, but no, it wasn't. >.<
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Valadix Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's no disappointment at all! =D I was just curious. Are you familiar with the artist and songs I just mentioned?
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holster262 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student
Beautiful to see and read, God you are amazing at this. <3
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww... :blush: Thank you very much! I appreciate this! And I'm so glad you like it that much! :happybounce: :heart: :heart: :heart: THANK YOU! :blowkiss: :tighthug:
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holster262 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student
Np, I really did :)Hug 
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:tighthug: :iconarthurbbclaplz: :iconmerlinbbclaplz:
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chanso Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing :la: I love the thought you've put into matching it with the quotes and finding various references, and of course the whole piece itself... and the detail on that chain mail is stunning!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words! Very much appreciated! :happybounce: :heart: :heart: :heart:
I'm glad you like it that much. :D
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xArcox Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow amazing!!!

I love the detail of the chain mail and it really does look like Bradley James! :D
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like him in my style! :heart: Thanks for the nice comment. :hug:
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xArcox Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!!
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Fikushi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
It's the most beautiful art I've ever seen. I'm drawing a little in my free time, and I can imagine, how much heart You must put in that. Big applause for this man!!!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:blush: Aw, that's too kind. Thank you SO MUCH for the compliment! :happybounce: I'm pleased you like him that much in my style. ;)
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Pevansy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really great drawing. Your work on the chain mail armour is quite awesome. I would not have the patience to do it as well!

Working on a picture of Arthur at the moment, hopefully I'll get time to finish it soon.
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it that much! :happybounce:

Oh and I'm really interested in your new drawing when it's finished! I'm working on another portrait of him either ;). Really love to draw him :heart: So I think I'll watch you now, because I won't want to miss your new pic! :eager: ;)
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Pevansy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, much appreciated, and you are most welcome.
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Ihavemyreasons99 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
:jawdrop: wow.... amazing! Level of amazingness: holy jesus! (highest level f.y.i.)
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thank you so much! :happybounce: I'm glad that you like it this much. Means a lot! :glomp:
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Ihavemyreasons99 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
You're welcome! And it's difficult not to like it! :happybounce:
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're too kind. :blush: Thanks again! :blowkiss:
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Ihavemyreasons99 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Awwww! Would you mind telling me how to do those emoticons? I simply can't figure it out! @.@
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When you answer to someones words and the window for this opens, you can see the word "Emoticons" on the left side under it. Click it, and you'll find all of them.(You may use them by putting :(the word/emotion): around it.) ;) I hope you understand what I mean. My english isn't the very best when it comes to explanations. :blush:
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Ihavemyreasons99 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Aww thank you! I understand perfectly what you mean :)
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! :woohoo:
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Bad--Wolf--Bay Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
This...this is amazing! This deserves a DD!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle: Thank you so much! Very much appreciated! :D
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ChloeClik Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow this is incredible. You are so gifted With a pencil :) me too I love him :heart:
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you so much! :tighthug: I appreciate that! And how can someone possibly NOT love this guy? ;) He's so handsome and funny... :nuu: :spin: :squee: :heart: ;)
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ChloeClik Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome, it's the utter truth. I kept thinking about it today and urging my pencils to replicate something even half as good as this. I know I love him so much he's so gorgeous and I love watching him behind the scenes. I also love Colin, he's so sweet and gorgeous. Ah I could talk about them all day. :heart:
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle: Me either. I completely agree. :love: :love: :love:
Oh and don't give up the practise! Just keep on trying! I'm not perfect either (here are so many more people, who could draw a lot better than me), but what you see is the result of years of practising. ;)
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ChloeClik Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
:heart: Did you see the latest episode. It's great to meet someone who loves them as much as I do haha because my sister thinks Colin isn't gorgeous but I think she likes Bradley a bit.
Thank you I will, I'm having art lessons in the new year and last time I went I learnt so much. He taught me paint but I love pencil more so shall learn that :) so excited. Well it's really paid off your work is awesome!!! :love:
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of COURSE I've seen it in the internet! All the latest episodes. I'm so... sad and flattered. All in one. I find myself liking Mordred much more that I've expected. I love how the relationship between him and Arthur grows. It will hurt like hell if he turns his back on our beloved king... >.<

I still can't believe that the series will end this christmas. :cries: I will miss them all so much! Hopefully the guys would show up at some conventions next year despite the fact that the show ends. THAT would be so gorgeous!

Oh, your silly sister! ;) Colin is absolutely amazing! But I can totally understand her... Bradley is sex on legs, if you don't mind me saying that out loud... :blush: He's such a beauty. Those EYES! And this JAWLINE! That HAIR! :love: Oh... :blush: Now... What was the question? :giggle:

And that sounds awesome! Art lessons. Really cool. If I had the time for something like this alongside with my job, I would totally do it either. Just great! :woohoo:
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ChloeClik Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha, how could I have thought you wouldn't :P Yeah Mordred is really nice but this week seems Merlin does something to upset him. I think the girl might be trying to fight Arthur and maybe Merlin saves him but causes the girl to die and then Mordred doesn't forgive him. The child actor that played him was so cute, his eyes were so intense. I think it's good the way they've made him grow up.

I know, i couldn't believe it when I heard, but Colin and Bradley are all saying the series has run its course. I will be sad when it ends, I hope they star in another good series. Although they said there might be a movie trilogy which would be amazing. Yeah I hope they do for you,that would be so amazing. I wonder if they do any in the UK?

Haha, I laugh when I read that. Although I guess to be fair I don't like all the people she likes on TV. No I don't mind you saying that all, he's so gorgeous :D And my Mum likes him as well, she thinks he's really good looking, so I have a supporter in the family :P :rofl:

Yeah, I started a while ago but I wasn't well enough to continue :( but I have built up my health a bit better and think I should be able to do it now. You don't need art lessons you're awesome as it is. But it is always good to learn more stuff :D Like different mediums, but I love pencil and pen so much I don't really use paint much. How about you?
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I think something or someone will upset Mordred a lot in the next episode. My theory is, that Mordred gets a love interest, a girl who is a sorceress. And for some reason Arthur is forced to sentence her to death. And so... Mordreds hatred against Arthur grows, so that he will at last kill him at Camlann. I REALLY don't want to see that... I don't wanna see Arthur fall... This, despite the fact that I KNOW that he has to die according to the lengend, will totally break my heart. :cries:
Dunno how Merlin fits in my theory, so I think it will turn out different. But yeah... That's what I think so far what's coming up. ;)

I've actually heard from what Brad, Colin and Katie said in some interviews, that there wouldn't be movies, because all of the story has been told when the series ends and no one could imagine, what the storyline of a movie should be about. (Aw... My english isn't the best... I'm sorry, hope you know what I mean...>.<)
But still... I don't give up the hope. And yes, it would be so great if they star in another series - so that we fans here in germany could get the chance to see them again too. Oh PLEASE! :iconarthurbbclaplz:

Oh there are more options for the fans in the UK as here in Germany to see them on conventions, I think. They nearly always were at the London Expo the last years, I've seen a lot of films an pics about it. So this is what I hope they do next year one last time for Merlin. (I would fly to London, if they do so!) Or the Soccer Six Events. The knights used to be there the last years. It would be great if they ever come to us here in Germany, so that we could meet them here, at the Fantasy days or the Ring Con or something like that. All is possible! But not yet sure. So my hope stretches in every possible direction now. :pray:

Haha, so me and your Mum are in Team Arthur, eh? Awesome! :iconarthurbbclaplz:

Thanks for the compliment again! So kind of you to say that :heart:. I like to draw with pencils the most. But to paint in watercolours is interesting either. I've done some artwors with watercolours in the past. But I think I've got more abilities with pencils. I never was content with the result of my paintings. >.<
Omg, were you ill or something, so that you couldn't draw, if you don't mind me asking? It sounds like it.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful style! Very nice drawing!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you so much! :happybounce: Means a lot! :hug:
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome :hug:
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AsiMakri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you so much! Means a lot! :happybounce: :hug:
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AsiMakri Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're most welcome!!:):):):)
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MagicalMerlinGirl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012   General Artist
You drew this very well!!
Okay, the symmetry of the nose is not perfect, and the eyes are not exactly the same, but you did a great job! Really!
The texture is done very well!
I also love Arthur btw !
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words. Means a lot! :hug:
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sarahhart4 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
the chainmail...the hair...:wow:...no words :wow:
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you sooo much! :happybounce:
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AdmirerOfLife Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
wow...that's really good...congratulations :)
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :bow: Glad you like it! :w00t:
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amie689 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the details and the fine pencil work.. especially the chain mail. Good job!
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: Nice to hear! :happybounce: Means a lot to me, coming from such a talented artist like you! :woohoo: :D
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amie689 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: Nothing to it, you are talented too,.. I'm just saying it :D
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