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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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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  Hobbyist 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  Hobbyist 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  Hobbyist 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  Hobbyist 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  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And that makes me feel honoured. Seriously =).
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