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Timeless. by Ryuutsu Timeless. by Ryuutsu
"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.

Tumblr post: [link]
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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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3 out of 3 deviants thought this was fair.

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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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* 
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:
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! : ')
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.
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. ^^
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……

Crazy-works Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I so wish it was true! I would love to meet Aurther and Merlin
Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
Ugh, same ;U; They'll forever be my heroes (:
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. :'(
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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