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Merlin Bound by ObsidianSerpent Merlin Bound by ObsidianSerpent
Pen and ink illustration for a super story by the wonderful Lolafeist.

A link to the story follows but please DO note the warnings. Story is rated R/Mature, slash, M/A and contains non-con.
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:iconpallidor2007:
Pallidor2007 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

excellent drawing

 

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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Thank you very much.
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gothykitten Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
ooooof
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Thank you. :)
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:iconmerlinfan1996:
MerlinFan1996 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
how long did it actually take you to start drawing Merlin/Arthur without a reference?
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
When it comes to their faces I still don't. If I try just drawing them out of my head then it does kinda looks like them, but it doesn't look "real". (If that makes any sense?)

I don't see any problem with using reference photos though. Professional portrait painters don't meet the person and then try to do the portrait from memory out of their head once the sitter has left the room.

So I still need to find a decent reference photo to use for their faces.

Though their hair I can adjust, and their pose/bodies/clothes I can change and add myself. (Sometimes more successfully than others. :g:)
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:iconmerlinfan1996:
MerlinFan1996 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh cool :D thanks for telling me :) it helps.


I haven't been drawing seriously for a while...maybe a year. Even half of the year were drawing horses and wolves. I only started drawing people this year so... :D
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
I just had a look at your gallery and I really like what you're doing.

It would be worth you getting a really soft pencil, like a 6B, just for doing the really dark shadows and the dark shading on Merlin's hair etc. It's amazing the difference it makes, (no matter how much you go over and over with an HB you'll never get a really nice deep black, like you will with a 6B)
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:iconmerlinfan1996:
MerlinFan1996 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
okay, I'm going to try and take some money and get some nice pencils soon!
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
It doesn't have to be a "good" one, just a 70p 6b will do the trick.
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:iconmerlinfan1996:
MerlinFan1996 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool. - Hey is it alright if I use your Arthur picture (the one that's not coloured and just uses pencils and maybe a pen?) as a reference?
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Yeah sure, by all means, (that's the one based on the same reference photo that you used I think). It'll be very interesting to see whether you find using a drawing for reference is easier than using a photo. Very interested to see how it comes out.
xx
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Tonightlove Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
WOW!!!! This is so sexy!!!!
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Thank you, I'm really glad you like it. :)
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miztrezboo80 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
brilliant! fits the fic moment perfectly
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thank you very much. :)
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RoninSenshi Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
*dies* That's way too much pretty for one picture m'dear!
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconkatnightfox:
KatNightfox Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Wow! This is amazing! Particularly good job on his gorgeous face ;)
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Thank you.
:)
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:iconmerlinfan1996:
MerlinFan1996 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
shirtless Merlin :D lovely picture :D
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Picasso had his "blue period", I seem to be going through my "shirtless Merlin period" :lol:
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:iconmerlinfan1996:
MerlinFan1996 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
haha :D it's awesome :D
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Abramo7 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well done.
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Thank you.
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ykx Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
This is beautiful! Your pointillism and clean lines make gorgeous illustrations as always. I also love the way you framed this, with just enough of the plants to give geographical context but nothing to distract from the image's storytelling.
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Thank you very much.

I'm really glad you liked the plants and the framing.

I'd like to get the hang of drawing slightly more of a scene though. (But without it turning into a confusing muddle). One of my big problems is the fact that I'm rubbish at drawing furniture and room interiors, it's something I really need to practise.
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disco-mouse Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
FOUND IT. Not sure how I missed this before.
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Well, I've only just seen your Merlin watercolour...the one that matches the Arthur one I commented on. Somehow I missed it when ti was posted. So we're even there. :)
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DragonprotectorRyuu Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
This is amazing *secretly releases him*
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Thank you.

(I'm sure he will thank you for releasing him in all sorts of pleasing and inventive ways. :) )
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DragonprotectorRyuu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
XD

*Hugs Merlin*
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giecast Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
This is really gorgeous! Ok I need to be the one to rescue him. Move over, Arthur. Haha.
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
I'm sure he would love to be rescued by you, and would repay you in all sorts of interesting ways. *G*
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giecast Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Ahaha! Stop giving me ideas!
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
:lol: You had the ideas already. I'm just voicing them. *G*
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RorriMcFly Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
i love it! your art always makes me happy! i cant wait to read the story!
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Thank you so much! The woman writing the story is SOOOO good, I shall post a link when it's done.
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RorriMcFly Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
oh please do im looking so forward to it...
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myrmidryadthesecond Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
*g* Looking lovely! ^^ The arms look a little too short, but everything else is exquisite. I love his expression, and his bloody lip. Can't wait to read the story now! :D
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thank you.

Yes, the arms are too short. Arms are my nemesis. (I really should have cheated and just grew all that undergrowth another two foot to cover them up. :lol:)
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:iconta-moe:
Ta-moe Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
looks amazing as always *-*
love your inking >.<
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thank you so much.

My rotring pen is broken, and I can't afford to buy a new one, so I used an old fashioned dip pen to do this one.

I used to have terrible problems with dip pens...they'd catch on the weave of the paper and splatter, or I'd touch them down for a moment too long and I'd get a big blob of ink instead of a tiny dot...

I must have suddenly acquired the knack though, as it was fine this time. (Though it is still a pain having to dip the pen in the ink every five seconds. :g: )
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Ta-moe Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem ^^

oh, that sucks
well, I have to admit I prefer dip pens XD
they last longer - well, the ink does - and give more interesting lines than pens ^^
(but I know what you mean, I got those splattered ink dots all over my papers often enough lol)
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:iconobsidianserpent:
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
I did another dip pen drawing today...and no problems with splatter or anything. Maybe I was using a paper that didn't agree with it before.

They do give more interesting lines than pens, I do agree.
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Ta-moe Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, yeah, maybe :3
though I find it depending on the direction you draw o.O
with the structure of the paper or against it :3

they totally do ^^
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shinigami22 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're skills never cease to amaze!

Such a beautiful picture!

I'd love to read the story behind that one!

Such a great job!
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thank you so much.

The story so far is wonderful, I can't wait for it to be finished. I shall post a link to it when it's done.
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shinigami22 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :D

I hope it gets finished soon then :D
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zybylla Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
He's GORGEOUS!!
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