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"While he knew firsthand how dangerous and unforgiving the sea could be, Merlin still found peace in watching the flow and ebb of the swirling waves."

An acrylic painting to accompany the lovely fic by La Temperanza (Modern AU M/A NC17) link to fic is here
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BoxOfBlueRoses Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The dragon in the background!!!
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Yeah, the dragon carved into the cliff face was a big element in the story, so I wanted to get it into the illustration. I'm glad you could tell what it's meant to be. :)
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Fira21 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Merlin in his jacket. I love him. Words cannot describe. Also, his faaaaccce! So sombre and awesome. I'm not gonna lie, I think just that look on his face made me fall in love with him all over again, only in a more serious way. I just can't describe the 'deep-breath' feeling his look gives me. It's a strange disconnect between the very detailed Merlin and the not-so-detailed town, but I think I like it. Very gloomy, ominous stormclouds behind Merlin though. Or are they leaving? I can't really tell. Though that might be the point. :)
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Thank you, I'm really glad you liked it. I made the town a bit less detailed partly because it's further away, partly because Merlin is the main point of interest in the piccie and I didn't want to distract too much from him, and partly...in fact mainly...because I'm rubbish at painting landscapes. :lol:

The stormclouds are rolling in. I THINK I painted this before that actual part of the story had been written, and put the storm clouds in to make the sky look a bit dramatic. But then when this part of the story WAS written it turns out that a big storm actually does break just after this point in the story. So that worked out quite luckily.
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Fira21 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hee hee, softening edge cures most faults. I do that with hands. Hide them... *Always* Lol. Backgrounds/landscapes are haaaarrrrddd.

Hey, you're psychic! Whatever works right?

Mmm, Merlin in a spiffy jacket. I keep coming back to that. Makes him look all badass. You know Arthur would be all up in that jacket. :P
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
I like hands, but I do agree that they're very hard to draw. They often seem to have a lot of someone's personality in them though, so I like to try to put them in.

I can't draw people from behind, people's shoulders and backs I find tremendously hard to get right.

Arthur would pull him close, and then slide his hands up under Merlin's jacket to keep them warm. Merlin would yelp, but then relax as Arthur's icy fingers quickly warmed up...
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Fira21 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's the thing, good hands can make or break a pose.

And really? I'm really good with the whole torso/spine from the back thing. I don't have issues with drawing from behind it just seems to be anything from the wrist and ankle down (I'm not so great with feet but I'm getting progressively better).

Once they started dating of course there would be snuggles. But you know that until that point he would see Merlin in that jacket and want to jump his bones. "Sexy, leather, Merlin, oh god."
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
We'll have to collaborate, and you can do the back, and I'll do the hands. :lol:

I find feet quite hard, but I think I'm getting better. I think men's bare feet are easier than men's feet in shoes actually. I hate trying to draw men's shoes.

Love that last paragraph you wrote, Arthur lusting after sexy leather-clad Merlin, ooh yeah.
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Fira21 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Works for me! Lol. Oh I meant to mention earlier. I did actually start writing zombie-verse Merlin. Haven't finished it but should you like to read what I've got I could send it to you.

SHOES SUCK! Death to shoes always! Lol. I hate shoes. Every shoe I get right is another fifty I get wrong. Screw them anyway. All my characters shall be barefoot or in socks (and probably in bed because of it XD).

Mmhmm, you know he would. Smexy leather-Merlin. ;)
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I'd absolutely LOVE to read it, but unfortunately our computer has now gone wrong. I'm going to be able to briefly get on to someone else's laptop just to check my emails now and again, but fandom is going to have to fly out the window until we get the computer fixed, (and god knows when that will be) :(
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havetaoque Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh this is gorgeous. Love Merlin's thoughtful pose and his clothing. And that sky :)
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Thank you very much. :)
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TinBramble Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love that leather jacket you painted him in. And now I have another fic to check out. Your work is amazing. Is that a dragon back there on the right?
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Thank you very much. Yeah, the jacket is a bit like a modern update of what he wears in the series. :)

Yes, in the fic there's a dragon carved out of the cliffs, so I wanted to get that into the background somehow.
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TinBramble Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks really good on him. You did a wonderful job updating his wardrobe to suit the modern time.


I haven't had the chance to read the fic yet, but I'm glad I could pick up on that detail without being crazy.
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is that a dragonhead in the background at the coast? I love your paintings to this alternate story. And your work is as beautiful as ever. :clap:
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Thank you.

Yes, it is a dragonhead carved out of the cliff face. It features in the story. And I thought it was such a great idea I wanted to get it into my picture.
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! I knew it! And you're very welcome! :D
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bluebelle-88 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Lovely piece. i like the shades used. Great work on the waves they can't have been easy
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Thank you.

I'm not entirely sure the waves work. I've only painted waves a couple of times before, and I think they could be better. One of those things where I think I need to look at how "proper" artists do it and work out what they're doing to get the effect right.
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bluebelle-88 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
All I can say is practice makes perfect.
You need to find a way of doing it that works for you, that creates a result you are happy with.
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Ta-moe Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so beautiful!
especially the sky *__* and the waves
hihi, all those little houses in all different kinds of colours - so cute!
love how leatherlike merlin's jacket looks even!
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Thank you.

I've been to seaside towns that look like that. (Though they never seem to have Merlin in them unfortunately.)

I enjoyed painting the leather jacket, I'm glad you thought it worked.
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Ta-moe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :3

oh? awe, must have been so beautiful, >.<
the last seasside I saw was Cardiff bay LOL

yes, it's beautiful!
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flomacaroon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
This is so beautiful!!!
I love the background so much, it makes me want to go to this place and spend all my summer times there!!! The waves and foam, the little colourful houses, the clouds with pink and black linings...
But most of all, I love how you painted Merlin, the creases of his jacket and t-shirt, his hair, his whole face hiyzhfdyehfh beautiful! I just want to kidnap him and imprison him in my room :3 lol
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Thank you very much. I've been to little seaside towns like that, with hills and different coloured houses, so I was drawing on that really.

They never had Merlin in them though, which is a bit of a shame. :)

Kidnap and imprisonment sounds like a very reasonable plan, I'm sure he won't object once you explain it to him. (And anyway, it's very difficult to object when you're gagged. *G*)
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flomacaroon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
^^ Actually this seaside town you've made reminds me of Tenby, Wales. [link] I just adore this cuttie cute place :3
Shame indeed!!! what are they waiting for!!
almighty sweet mary jesus of the unicorns!!! how do you say such things and expect me to not drown in the hot feelings *O* This is very tempting! Oh my!!! make it stooop!!! (or not XD) well, if he's gagged, I have some things in my mind I'd like to do to him (oh no oh no! this is going into forbidden territories!!!!)
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Ah, so that's Tenby. Someone else mentioned Tenby too, but I've never seen it. I was thinking of Brixham, [link] But Tenby seems to be much prettier.

:lol: "sweet mary Jesus of the unicorns"??!! That's a saying I've never heard before. Quite understandable though. :)

I could say more about what one could do with Merlin, but I fear it would show I have a far dirtier mind that I should have. Best I keep it to myself. :)
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flomacaroon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
loool all the things we keep to ouselves then, it's like the Pandora Box!

I've never been to Brixham, but I certainly can tell you Tenby is this kind of places you never want to leave :3
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shinigami22 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colours in this!

Not sure where it's set as i haven't read the fic yet but it Makes me think of Tenby
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Thank you.

Ah, I haven't been to Tenby, so I was thinking of places like Brixham, I do think little seaside towns like that are really pretty.
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shinigami22 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D

It's famous for it's ice cream coloured houses it's really pretty!
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Yeah, someone else posted a link to a photo of it, and it looks lovely.
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shinigami22 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is :D Has amazing ice cream too lol!
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dchan07 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I absolutely loooove the modern version of Merlin, keeping the colors code, beautiful as usual (already saved on my HDD)
Hugs
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Thank you. Yes, I kept kinda his canon clothes but just modernised them. :)
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dchan07 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
And you did it perfectly, I have all your illusts saved on my ipod touch and my friend Angel loves your art as well :)
Hugs :tighthug:
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elyxyz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I love this modern Merlin and his village! * _ *
nice work!
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Thank you so much for your nice comments.
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elyxyz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
for me it is a pleasure to do it!
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