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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


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!



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?
MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry to disappoint you, but no, it wasn't. >.<
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?
holster262 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student
Beautiful to see and read, God you are amazing at this. <3
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:
holster262 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student
Np, I really did :)Hug 
MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:tighthug: :iconarthurbbclaplz: :iconmerlinbbclaplz:
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!
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
:iconarthurbbclaplz: :iconmerlinbbclaplz: :iconarthurbbcplz:
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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