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Vortigern's Castle by Toradh Vortigern's Castle by Toradh
Iím almost sorry for spamming your inboxes these days, folks. Please bear with me, university will soon deprive me of lots of free time again soon and Iíd like to use my creative energy until then.

So hereís the coloured version of Vortigernís Castle Ė an episode from Arthurian legend which of course exists in several different versions and I made my own one. Iíd really like to do MUCH more illustrations and comic pages on my very own version of Arthurian stuff (and yep, it would all be set in 6th century Wales and have unpronouncable Welsh names). Someday. Between too many other projects.

Anyway, have Vortigern admiring little Merlinís prophetic skills. Yes, I went with the version that the child who was supposed to be sacrificed but instead made this bloody prophecy of doom and interpreted the fight of the dragons and stuff, you know the rest in whichever version is Merlin. And yes, Merlin is a christian. If you say otherwise, youíre obviously also led astray by utterly stupid er I mean funny movies like Excalibur. Blah.

Oh and those ruins in the background are actually inspired by the Hammershus ruins on Bornholm. Because 5th or 6th century Britain is SO close to 12th century Scandinavia, you know. Erm. Means I just like the Hammershus. I should paint it more often.

Watercolour. The colours turned out less dramatic than I wanted because I lost patience after spending about three hours on the deep red background wash and the stones and my computerís screen turns it all rosy for me, but wayne. I hope the colours turned out half way alright on your screens.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-11-04
The suggester states, "The Arthurian legend, come alive by the grace of Vortigern's Castle by ~Toradh" The details of this watercolor piece are outstanding and the coloring style greatly shows the art styles of the Arthurian art in the Medieval Ages. ( Suggested by Void-Hamlet-Herself and Featured by jcroxas )
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Zousha Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Vortigern seems to be taking the omen of his impending downfall pretty well...
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What’s he gonna do about it, anyway? ;)
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Zousha Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I personally liked Rutger Hauer's performance as Vortigern in the Hallmark miniseries, Merlin. He was delightfully mean-spirited and sarcastic. Though Merlin was a full adult in that version played by Sam Neill...
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, that one. I think I saw it ages ago but hardly remember anything of it…
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Zousha Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And then there's Bernard Cornwell's "Warlord Chronicles." Merlin's a conniving, eccentric, snarky and somewhat perverted old druid in that one that may or may not have actual magic powers (Cornwell, aiming for a more historically-based Arthur, is naturally vague as to whether the rituals Merlin uses produce genuine magic or just play off the superstitions of the other characters).
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes, I quite liked the Warlord Chronicles (maybe particularly because I don't seem to be the only one who dislikes Lancelot :D). I also liked that Cornwell moved it all to the period of the Saxon invasions where it belongs.
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Zousha Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lancelot was an ARSE in that series. It was pretty refreshing. The characterization was all very well done in that series.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed.
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haius Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Those dragons are terrifying. Have I told you you draw amazing dragons? You do.

Also, a DD! Congratulations! I always love it when people I watch get DDs, because I feel like I "discovered" them before they were famous. :XD:
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
And that makes me feel honoured. Seriously =).
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haius Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist
:hug:
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balorkin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, sieht super groŖartig aus! o_o Bin vŲllig beeindruckt.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Du hast Angst vor Drachen unter deinem Bett, gib’s zu.
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balorkin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ne, die Drachen unter meinem Bett haben Angst vor mir! :D
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Naze777 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I stumbled on this while stumbling on a story and thought it looked very good. Great job! as for what its about i dont have a clue other than what you said. :)
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That should be enough to enjoy the page, I hope ;).
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dragon-man13 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really well made and quite cool to. nice art
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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dragon-man13 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are very welcome :)
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ozgurdirik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so beautiful dear friend
Congrats on the Daily Deviation :clap:
Have a nice day :wave:



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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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ozgurdirik Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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HikariShuyo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's really cool XD
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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PetStudent Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations on the DD! My favourite panel is the top one. You can do dragons, and I'm deeply envious!
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I pretty much only like the first panel and then little Merlin at the bottom, but hey, why am I complaining? It’s quite an honour, even though completely undeserved :D.

And thanks!
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MusicalNature Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Artist
I'm welsh and I love this! We were tought this story in school briefly and that this is why we have a red dragon on the flag because the red dragon turned out to be the champion!!
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That dragon which is still on the back of Welsh 1-pound-coins?
But the reading of the prophecy differs anyway, I think the only thing that these versions agree on is that a white and a red dragon are engaged in a fight :D.
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MusicalNature Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Artist
yeah! It's also on our national flag! Just a biiig red dragon haha, and the story goes that the white dragon belonged to the English and the red to the welsh, and the welsh won so we had the dragon on our flag :)
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
And I also read of the white one symbolising the invading Saxons or even the dragons representing Uther and his brother, but I must say, your version is more appealing :D.
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MusicalNature Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Artist
haha! The symbolism is very very probably since all that time ago the English ( then known as the saxons) Did Invade Wales! Perhaps Its a bit of both :) :)
Ah it's so cool to be able to talk about things like this! Thank you! It always makes me happy to see things about my culture, especially on somehwere like DA :) Ddiolch yn fawr iawn <--- welsh ^^
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm studying medieval English literature, so I occasionally deal with stuff like that.

Do you actually speak Welsh? Even though it's an official language, there are so many Welsh people who don't speak a word of it. Not that I'd do, but at least I acknowledge that it is a really charming language ;). I'm learning Irish, so there's a similar problem ("Ba mhaith liom scónaí, le do thoil!" –"Was that Irish? I'm sorry, I don’t speak it." Actual conversation between me a and a woman in a bakery in Ireland).
What does Ddiolch yn fawr iawn mean? Just curious =).
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MusicalNature Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
Ah that's pertty cool! Are you from Ireland then? I know some people who could speak Gaelic :)
and yeah! I'm fluent in Welsh! All my education was through welsh, not English!

Diolch yn fawr iawn means thank you very much! Which I shall say again for the sweet compliments! Diolch!
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
…I’m from Germany, which doesn’t keep me from being interested in nice languages =). I'm far from being fluent in Irish, but at least I understand simple texts (with help of a dictionary…) and I know some phrases and stuff by heart. My teacher usually makes us write some simple texts in Irish, which is quite fun… oh and we’re reading Harry Potter. Isn’t there a Welsh translation of that as well?

It’s really great that there are actually are some native speakers of Celtic languages. I know exactly one person who learned Irish as a first language, all the other other people I know have just been learning it for long time.

To meet someone who was educated in Welsh now is really nice! I’ll try to remember the "Thank you" phrase, even though I have only a faint idea how to pronounce it thanks to a little book with basic Welsh phrases for tourists :D.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm studying medieval English literature, so I occasionally deal with stuff like that.

Do you actually speak Welsh? Even though it's an official language, there are so many Welsh people who don't speak a word of it. Not that I'd do, but at least I acknowledge that it is a really charming language ;). I'm learning Irish, so there's a similar problem ("Ba mhaith liom scónaí, le do thoil!" –"Was that Irish? I'm sorry, I don’t speak it." Actual conversation between me a and a woman in a bakery in Ireland).
What does Ddiolch yn fawr iawn mean? Just curious =).
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MorzansElvenDaughter Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
This looks really cool.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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MorzansElvenDaughter Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Welcome!
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Arsehole Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks like this should be in heavy metal illustrated, ever consider submitting it?
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Since it’s inspired by the legend and not musical interpretations (for once ;) ), I don’t think so.

Even though I can’t deny that some nice, cheesy power metal is always a good choice for background music :D.
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Arsehole Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no no no, its a magazine with assorted sci-fi and fantasy and a bit of erotica comics and airbrushings and other artworks, it been going since the early 70's and has a global fan base. It doesn't have much to do with music at all
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, ok. Still, I don’t think it would fit…
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Northery Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
oh god i love this!!!
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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leucasaurio Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
coooooollll
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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xXArtimisXx Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I just LOVE King Arthur!!!!!!! You did awesomely with this!!!
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Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great, these legends are in dire need of more illustrations anyway =)
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xXArtimisXx Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Definitely!
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NotDamien Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Amazing ! This is beautiful ! Q AQ
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