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"Though no man, no matter how great, can know his destiny, some lives have been foretold, Merlin. Arthur is not just a king. He is the Once and Future King. Take heart, for when Albion's need is greatest, Arthur will rise again."
-Khilgarrah (Merlin 5x13)

“You’re not going to say goodbye,” Merlin told him. “No, no,” Arthur replied. And neither of them ever did.
-Merlin Finale Review: The Love Story of Merlin and Arthur (Selina Wilken, Hypable 2012)



Merlin finale was so incredibly different from what I expected, but... I wouldn't have it any other way.

Drawing Process: [link]

So I really struggled for a long time with this one. I really wanted to make some kind of a tribute to Merlin ending, but whatever I started just never seemed good enough (mainly because I was a mess after 5x13, still not quite over it tbh, so this was basically me pouring my feels into art), and I kept bouncing back and forth between a bazillion ideas before finally settling on this one (been a while since I posted something this complex, huh.)

Though for now, they have been forced to part ways, the story of King Arthur and his loyal warlock Merlin is a timeless legend. Destiny works in mysterious ways.


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:icongryffindorprincess74:
I really do love this piece of art work. I am a Merthur fan so I really do love this. Showing how Merlin waited for Arthur all these years, so when Arthur returned to Albion, Merlin would would be waiting for him. Which I though was very sweet.
Your choice of technique is very impressive. I really like how you made the cars in the background slightly smudged, so they look like they are speeding past and not seeing the two legends returned. As well as the many people walking by. It's like time has sped up around Merlin and Arthur. Like the whole world doesn't matter as long as they have each other. You have done very well and should be proud.
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Oy, guess who's here. The Captain Smartass! :D

So, let me explain the "star rating" first (ok not so first), on why I placed them like that, whether it's fair or unfair, it's up to you to decide. Now that I'm here, may I point out that I have never seen a single Merlin episode. That's why I might not 'get' what is the idea behind it, but keep in mind that from this I can probably criticise the piece of artwork less influenced, am I right?

At first let me tell you I'm very impressed with this deviation. I think it's at least a step if not two comparing to your latest pieces.

Vision here is two thumbs up. I like the way you placed them in modern environment. It does reflect the title or vice versa. You did quite fair job on the background, still like in 8/10 complaints I will bitch over the lights. But that'll be further explained under Technique part. So half of a star less from perfect is mostly because I believe you'll get that much better in future. ;)

Originality gets only 3 points because... uh, well, originality. Do I sound evil if I say it's not much of it inhere? Of course there isn't, since it's Fanart, duh? And well, we have seen a bunch of time-traveller artworks, but that's your idea here as well. Yep, the piece is just as original as it's intended to be. I know. That's why it gets full 3 points. Not your fault, but too bad there's a Originality in the critique part.

Technique. As usual, I'll bitch over that until you bleed. Because I'm a bad, bad person. *Takes a deep breath*
For difference, I'll start with background. Do you see that wall behind guys, where it says 'Avalon' and Camlann? That wall seems like it's made of balloon. It doesn't give a flat feeling. The gray on left with white-ish on right with smooth transition makes it look like it's a bit rounded. Maybe a few dents on it and other distrosions would fix that... maybe. Next, whatever is behind those walls, grafitti and other stuff, is too well lit. Isn't some darkness supposed to be there? I think so. OK, cars. They seem like they were made of cardboard, no offense, please! I think that a few more highlights on the roof and some more darkness inside might help a bit. You see, they are terribly flat if you look at them. Plain side-view on all the lanes... if there was supposed to be perspective on the painting, the cars killed it. But it's not all bad. You see, still the background was what I was impressed the most on your painting. You actually made quite detailed background and I can only give you high-five on it. Just don't give up, not because of my complaints. You'll do so much better next time (though, it's not that bad this time, really), I know it.
The foreground, characters and lil kid in front... They're good. The right guy seems quite a lot like a lesbian girl, his stance and haircut and complete lack of any other facial hair and his overall skinny figure, but maybe that's how he looks. The left guy has a little more male-ish appearance. Maybe his head is a little too small comparing to the left of his body, but it might as well be my distorted eye. However, proportions are unfairly easy to miss with just tiny bit and you may ignore that complaint. The little kid in front is very good. So simple and all - exactly as he has to be. You don't want him to take all the attention and that's the right way to go.

Immmmpaaaact now. I'm sure slash fiction fans are melting now and doing all the stuff you don't want even think about. So you get at least 4 points here. Again, what's missing is, that you'll once come up with something even better, and I want to leave room for that. :D A simple kiss between these two guys is probably really tempting for some of the folks, hey, 2 guys doing yadayada... ugh, cool, I guess. But it is nothing... so... special. It's maybe too direct. Sometimes you don't need to draw a kiss to show romance between two beings. A subtle look can do it and sometimes, you can't go without *mature content label*. And what you'll go with is what you want to show.

My Overall Feel Rating: 4/5. If that's more than you expected after what you've read upthere, that's because you deserve 4 out of 5. Well, you do know I hardly ever give more to about anyone, right? I'm really looking forward to see your artwork at the end of this school-year, I know I'm gonna be impressed. I expect you to strive for your further improvement and if you do that, you'll rocket-launch to your success. And I believe in you. :) And you, believe in yourself.
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YiskaXIII Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So like, no on was thinking:

"Oh look, a guy in armor in the middle of the street! ARE THOSE MAGICAL BLUE LIGHTS!? Oh well, carry on."

Very cool btw :D
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Garlandgal1 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok. You are not making it easy for me to ship Arwen. At all.


*bangs head against wall* WHO GOT ME INTO THIS FANDOM I WILL KILL THEM. *unsheathes sword* 
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
Hahah XD I feel ya there, sister :D

This fandom takes you and doesn't let you go XD
Thanks for commenting! :meow::heart:
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:iconyufangirlbutnotabad1:
I started drying, man, I was just listening to this really intense music and then I saw this and then I was like "F*ck, Arthur is dead" and then I cried... : '(  Beautiful art though, beautiful! : ')
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Filmographer
Gaaaah, really?
Thank you so much! :heart: They still give me a pile of feels, these two, ugh.
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:iconyufangirlbutnotabad1:
Yes, omg, you're so welcome! <3
They give me all those feels too!  I haven't even watched much Merlin in a long time, but they're so sweet. ^^
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MitsukiAmda Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014

I know this is off topic but

PLEASE help me gain votes

by liking these photo one like would really be a great help

thank you :)  <3


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Crazy-works Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I so wish it was true! I would love to meet Aurther and Merlin
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
Ugh, same ;U; They'll forever be my heroes (:
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Crazy-works Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Same. I'm watching it now. The episode where Arthur meets his mother. It's so sad. :'(
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VivianeBarreda Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
oh dear... the scene and the colors, the motion, and th emotion... the places names... the magic...
Cutest thing ever!!
*gross sobbing rn*
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
Aww, thank you SO much! :glomp::heart:
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:icononceandfuturewarlock:
Beautiful. I really love it.
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:iconryuutsu:
Ryuutsu Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much! :heart::glomp:
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Sniffyz Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not a whole lot of a Merthur fan to be honest, but I've come to terms with it, and I think this piece is just beautiful. I wouldn't have changed the ending for anything either, I think it was just...perfect. I can't even begin to describe how much pain I was in after seeing it, but there are things like this that makes it feel a bit better. As ~NatanarihelLiat stated below, it's like a bit of a happy ending. :thanks:
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you SO much! :heart: I'm honored you think so! :tighthug:
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malphasloveshisfries Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Writer
DISTANT SOBS
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:iconryuutsu:
Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
-runs around and pats shoulder awkwardly-
T-tissues? ;U;

:heart:
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malphasloveshisfries Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Writer
YUS PLS
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dyufozeon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
This is definitely one of my favourite Merthur art pieces ever! I can never get enough of this.
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
-faints-
Woaah, are you serious? ;U; You've no idea how honored I am to hear someone say that! Merthur just means so much to me, I'm so glad I can share that love! ^^ Thank you SO much! :heart::glomp:
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NatanarihelLiat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh great, you made me cry.
Well, maybe not, but I'm certainly about crying.
Pointless comment is really pointles, but huh, I just want to tell you what great impact this piese has on me.
After all that heartbreaking moments in the series' finale this really is like a bit of happy ending.
Thank you for it.
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
-offers a large tissues pack-
:hug:
You are most welcome (: In fact, thank /you/ a thousand times for such a lovely comment, knowing your art had any sort of impact on someone is the greatest praise an artist could get really. :heart: ^^
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Beginte Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaargh, the feels...! Such a beautiful drawing, first and foremost let me compliment you on the background! It's gorgeous, I love the motion and how Arthur and Merlin are the only thing that stands still - like their love and devotion, unmoved across time :) And I absolutely love the little addition of the Avalon neon somewhere - brilliant, I am in love with cleverly designed backgrounds :) I adore the kiss, of course, and the swirl of magic around them. Somehow it's all so beautiful and yet there's something wistful and heartbreaking about it - but it might just be the residual tormented feelings left over in me from the finale :giggle: I loved the finale, it was everything I expected it to be, and everything I hoped it would be, I was predicting/hoping they'd end like this, and am happy. Heartbroken, but happy :XD:
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:iconryuutsu:
Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you SO much for your wonderful comment! :heart::hug:
And I am very much the same about the finale, although I hadn't predicted it, actually. I mean, I'm familiar with the events of the Arthurian legend, but somehow, I thought since Merlin was still a sort of a 'happy show', so to speak, and since they twisted many original events in their favor, I somehow thought Arthur would, after all, live. So that part left me even more heartbroken, I guess. But as you said, heartbroken, but happy. I wouldn't have it any other way (:
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Beginte Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
N'aww, you're welcome :) Oh, I loved the finale, with all the heartbreak. I was actually hoping they'd end in Arthur's death - taking the genre of family show to a new level :) Though I was sad it was Mordred who killed Arthur, cause I adored him, heh. Yeah, heartbroken, but happy :) Anyway, again - gorgeous piece of work!
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Ta-moe Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awe, this is beautiful!
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
Asdfsdlkf thank you so much! :heart::hug:
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Ta-moe Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're most welcome ^-^
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Sisya Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I'm crying ._. this is so perfect <3
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
Tissue? ;U;
Thank you so much! :glomp::heart:
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nomicall Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
HOLY HELL WHERE WAS I WHEN THIS WAS POSTED?! This is gorgeous and there's so much detail in it! The background, the motion blur, the magic, the shading on Merlin's jacket. Ugh so good. This is a beautiful send off even if it never really ends :')
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
Baaah, thank you SO much! :hug::heart:
I really tried needed a closure, I guess, yeah. But in the end, I think what calmed my feels down the most was that very knowledge that they never said goodby, and that it never ends (:
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eagleskyflyer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE END I MUST KNOW SPOIL IT FOR ME PLX
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
sHINgIE ARE YOU SURE - IT'S SO AMAZING, YOU MUST SEE IT fOR yOuRSELF ;U;
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eagleskyflyer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
YUS SPOIL ME. I HAVEN'T WATCHED MERLIN AT ALL THIS SEASON LOL.
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
fjhfDhJKHF but ;U;
OKAY
sent you a note xD

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KiraTheKiller Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is beautiful. I adore all the small details like the crown and the poster on the door!! Love all of it! Amazing! :squee:
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much! :huggle: Also, beyond extatic that you noticed the crown, adding those little quirks was really fun :giggle::heart:
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Shed-Tears Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
OMG, MY MERTHUR FEELS. ;-;
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
-offers tissues-
I KNOWWWW ;U;
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Shed-Tears Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Thank you. <:
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ruzovymonster Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
kiuuuuuuuuu i just love this coupleeeee!!!!!!! >w<
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
Ugh, I know, me too! ;u; There's just something about them. :heart:
Thanks for commenting! ^^
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ruzovymonster Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
hehehe >///< you're welcomeeee
and ahppy holidays!!!!
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
Ohh, happy holidays to you too! ;) :heart:
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ruzovymonster Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
have the series already end??!!! i mean No other season?!!!! D:
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Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh! Yeah, it ended with season 5, both fortunately and unfortunately, I think. The ending is perfect though, do see it if you get the chance!
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ruzovymonster Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
defenetly i have to see all 5 season!!!!!!! >o<
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merrinou Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful and I am forever admirative of your background skills because this must have taken so long! I really love the blur effect of the street + shades of grey, it really conveys how Merlin and Arthur's destinies are entwined forever, out of space and time itself. Their love is the most gorgeous thing ever. :heart: The little details like the Camlann and Avalon signs are a nice touch, especially Camlann sounds totally like a clothes shop brand to me hahah : p And your coloring is really amazing, all the details, I mean wow the chainmail looks awesome, I can't color chainmails for the life of me, I just woop texture done. Thank you for that great Merthur tribute, looking at it makes me happy <33
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