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"Pockets full of magic, fists full of time."

He's been here for awhile. A year. Maybe two. Every now and then I'd glimpse him in the corner, playing with a pocket watch like kids used to play with yo-yos. It glitters in the light.

Now and then I'd sketch him. Fast, usually, because he always looked like he was about to go somewhere. I shouldn't have worried. He has all the time in the world.

His name, he says, when he finally saunters into the light, is Nick. Robin mentioned that I was looking for male fantasy figures to pose for a calendar. Did he qualify? In the corner, Robin laughs. He's very, very busy checking out the Macy's online catalog. He thinks the zoom resolution on the women's lingerie is fascinating.

I assure Nick, several times, yes. I don't *only* draw men with pointy ears; and sorcerers (or whatever it is he does with all that magic and all those watches) qualify as fantasy as well. What took him so long to come forward?

He only smiles, and pulls out a pocket watch. It's beautiful, but even as I'm running a finger around the rim the face is changing. Small whorls of gold and and silver are entwining, making ever more complicated patterns, ever more beautiful shapes. He says, in a voice that is the low sexy rumble of mountains eroding, that he was waiting for me to be ready.

He was waiting for it to be time.

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I really, really want to leave the full size version of this big enough for you tall see the details. If I start finding this stolen and reposted on other websites, I will downsize it and start slapping up watermarks. Savvy?

Hands and the background were referenced from photos. All else is me. Thanks to the folks over at Pixelbrush for their input.

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Edit: 1/1/09

Updated a few things about this that had been bothering me for the last year. Mostly changes to his face, and some evening out of visible brush strokes in the background that bugged me.
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:icontotallydeviantlisa:
TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This masterpiece! Look at them watches. :)
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:iconboobyruby:
boobyruby Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
he is beautiful
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:iconravengirl241:
Ravengirl241 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
he looks so cool!!
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:iconluckarrowsong:
Luckarrowsong Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture.
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:icondragonhatchling:
dragonhatchling Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...wow...
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:icontheladymelissa:
theladymelissa Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
i really love it!
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:iconsaintprince:
saintprince Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
This is really,really great,mercuralis...i really like watchin' this one...:)[clap to infinity]
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:iconmilka94:
milka94 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Can I use your arts on my blog? I put address to you.
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:iconzaharaa:
Zaharaa Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
:iconthemalesoul: Your amazing work has been FAVED by TheMaleSoul - showcasing and promoting Male Beauty in Art :love:
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:iconjdsprincess:
JdsPrincess Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg another drool- worthy picture! Where is your description, the "pockets full of time", from? Its awesome!
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
A story about this guy that I started a long time ago. Maybe someday it'll be time to finish it.
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:iconjdsprincess:
JdsPrincess Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
When you do, I would loooove to read it. Someone that dreamy would definately make a lovely story. ;)
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:iconjdsprincess:
JdsPrincess Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg another drool- worthy picture! Where is your description, the "pockets full of time", from? Its awesome!
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:iconboredomkillz:
boredomkillz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Fascinating. :love:
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:iconapachichief:
ApachiChief Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Amazing, stunning, epic.
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:iconkaoruobsessed:
kaoruobsessed Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This piece is absolutely gorgeous! The art itself is very delicate and wonderfully detailed. He could easily pull off just the regular joe, but at the same time he has the features and qualities of a GOD!

Not only that, but your discription of the man was even more impressive. I was hanging on every word like it was air! I saw him, pictured everything you were saying. It's a beautiful image and great discription. I especially love the last quote of what he said. Just wondering, is he real?
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:iconorigamistarr:
origamistarr Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
He's pretty! ;) I love everything about this
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:iconsimph:
Simph Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!!

Beautiful work!

^__^
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:iconarcharad:
ArchArad Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
I can't even begin to add to the great comments this deviation has generated. But I will try...

The image combined with your description of Nick makes an already outstanding piece come alive and reach out to the viewer. Outstanding!

By he way, I'm glad I'm not the only one who talks to my characters and muses ;P.
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:iconlk-nightshade:
lk-nightshade Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
this is beautiful. i love the accompanying description.
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:iconerethkhaniel:
Erethkhaniel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
It never ceases to fascinate me how things chain up in DA...one of the people I watch wrote a journal about how they got a random subscription, which led me to your journal, then your gallery. And I'll be checking out quickreaver after this. So amazing how you just end up finding new people so easily on here, just by wandering. It's almost like Bilbo's saying about roads.


My first thought upon seeing the title to this was "Man, I wish I had that"...second thought was of the Prince of Persia....and then I saw the piece itself. I think it's amazing, but you've already gotten so many compliments, just on the first page, that I'm sure I couldn't possibly say anything new. Other than perhaps the fact that I want those bracers, and the shirt looks cool too. I like the subtlety on the latter.
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:icontwilightalchemistx16:
TwilightAlchemistX16 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Fantastic use of light and tone. I'm assuming there is a secondary source of light, though, yes? Otherwise, his face wouldn't be illuminated.
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:iconamberwood:
Amberwood Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
I have always loved this. Just amazing. :nod: Ah so pretty.
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:icondrageneyez:
DragenEyez Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
He's pretty fascinating with all of those watches...
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:iconannadinmoriel:
AnnadinMoriel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
He qualifies. Oh BOY does he qualify!
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:iconmertonparrish:
mertonparrish Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Very interesting, beautiful, and metaphoric. Nice work!
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:iconpawpetmum:
Pawpetmum Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
He looks like a part time sorcerer part time rock star. Very nice job it's a beautiful piece and you can feel some kind of power radiating off of him.
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:iconastarsia:
Astarsia Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i love his fist. im not being gross or anything when i say that, but for real.. color wise.. it is really sensational. and his pose is fantatsic. and i love his arm shapes. he looks very stern, strong.. transfixed. great work. and great theme for the background. it fits nicely.

:)
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:iconailinon:
Ailinon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love the way you drew his face. It's very realistic and you did these subtle tonal variations very well. The only thing which bothers me is the general warm hue of the guy in contrast with those grey skies. It seems too different to me. Maybe his legs and lower parts of his body would be lightened by the sunset, but definitely not his head and face.
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Two different light sources. There's some stronger directional light illuminating him from the front.
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:iconcindysart:
CindysArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is so good!!! :clap:
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:iconjademacalla:
jademacalla Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Beautiful work; solid composition and really, really lovely work on his face. :salute:
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:iconvolchittsa:
volchittsa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Love it........

Does he have a brother?

LOLZ :D Great Job!
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:iconlinuin:
linuin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
You know, this painting is amazing and Nick is beautiful, but the thing that really clinches it, that makes the image absolutely unforgettable, is the description that accompanies it. It makes Nick real, magical, and oh-so-mysterious. I can't read it, or look at the painting, without smiling. Pockets full of magic, indeed.
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:iconrivornwen:
Rivornwen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
I love this picture, there's something that facinates me about the way he looks playing with time like that...
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:icononyxheartache:
onyxheartache Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello! I make jewelry and would like to attempt creating the cuffs he's wearing. Would you mind if I did that?
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:iconschattenblum:
Schattenblum Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Wow. Just wow.
He's actually kind of how I'd picture Edward Cullen from 'Twilight'... The two watches falling out behind from his shoulder actially look like magical trails of flames sparked from his body as a fire - a marvelous effect. The title and 'inspirational/summary tribute comment' makes mw thinl of the beginning lines to Wiliam Blake's poem 'Augeries of Innocence':
"To see a world in a grain of sand
and a heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour."
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:iconmiss-godzilla:
Miss-Godzilla Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Utterly gorgeous. I love the bracers with the watch faces on them.
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:iconsapphireempress:
SapphireEmpress Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
::drools:: ;)
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:iconvalerhon:
Valerhon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
I like the extra space you left in this piece - adds a lot of grace to the superb figure. Bravo.
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:iconaviarianna:
Aviarianna Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's gorgeous...and his concept is fascinating.
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:iconscurvynicole:
ScurvyNicole Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
so good, so good. :)
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:iconphoenixchi:
Phoenixchi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous~ It's really cool to see your art because it is kind of where I want to get ^^
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:iconvardis:
Vardis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
OMGGG!!! Beautiful!!
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:iconaxforamnesty:
aXforamnesty Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
awesome!
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:iconstr4yk1tt3n:
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
beautiful.
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:iconkenna262:
kenna262 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
omg i love him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconforsakenfashiondoll:
forsakenfashiondoll Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Absolutely wonderful!
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:iconjamie78:
jamie78 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Beauitful work
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:iconmuse-ings:
muse-ings Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
oh my.
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