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18 August 2013 @ 06:07 pm
you're the only one i'm dreaming of  

paperlegends art! For Ace of Hearts by beccadearie.
One night when out with friends, Merlin meets Arthur and quickly realizes that they have something in common: they are both asexual and trying to make their way through life and love in a sexual world without going crazy. What starts as hanging out between friends evolves into something more, and Merlin and Arthur decide to plunge headfirst into this tenuous relationship of give and take between the two of them.
For me, it's so refreshing to see a grey-a character in fic and the story is wonderful exploration of how two people who don't fit in to heteronormative ideals can find each other. It's utterly delightful, so go read it! :D

Thanks to a catastrophic computer failure I had to start my art in my sketchbook instead of digitally, and, partly as an learning experiment and partly sheer foolishness, I decided to be brave and continue in traditional media. I learnt that I have no idea what I'm doing with traditional media.
I'd already decided I wanted to draw Merlin & Arthur cuddling on the beach, something full of bleak winter tones and a dark rolling sea - which is hard to do when you gravitate towards bright colours! After a lot of colour experiments and scraps of paper covered in shades of sand, I just went for it and used whatever I could get my hands on to create the sorts of textures I wanted, including a candle, a sponge and a toothbrush.


(acrylic, colour-correction in photoshop)


Since that turned out to be more of an experiment than an illustration I was proud of, I wanted to do something focusing more on Merlin and Arthur's relationship, and the careful way they negotiate touches and personal space. The first night in the beach house was a perfect example of this, and although I could now draw digitally again I wanted to keep some of the unpredictability of traditional media, so I made my own watercolour textures and combined them with digital sketches.



 
 
 
Gigigiselleslash on August 18th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
OMG. These are absolutely gorgeous. The coloring is beautiful, they're so soft and lovely.
scribblemoose on August 18th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
Really beautiful. So much tenderness in there and the colouring is lovely.
reverie_indigoreverie_indigo on August 18th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Absolutely enchanting.
i'm glad you're here, merlinandiwould on August 19th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
These are so lovely :3
aithusasaithusas on August 19th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Really, really gorgeous. :)
k_nightfox: Colin So Prettyk_nightfox on August 19th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
Love your style! Soft colours and beautiful lines. Very dreamy!
beccadeariebeccadearie on August 19th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
Now that I'm not rushing around and completing stuff here is my long and gushing comment. ;)

I AM SO LUCKY TO HAVE GOTTEN YOU FOR AN ARTIST! I love everything about each piece, but I especially love how you managed to capture the softness of the fic (even if I couldn't give you the completed fic) even across different media. I am so impressed even though I have no art knowledge at all.

The first piece is so gorgeous. I love the textures and the variation in them, but also how they all work together to show off different parts of the piece. I'm also super happy that there is physical art out there for my story. :D

The sort of triptych (I guess) that you made of them in bed is so gorgeous too. It's a completely different color palette and medium from the first piece and yet they still work and hold that same soft and tender feel to them. I love how you captured the intimacy and tenderness that came from these scenes and even managed to point out the way they navigate their relationship. !! I am just so happy with them. I love the watercolor feel to them and also the blue motif that still shows off the details. Basically I love all the pieces you made for me, but I want to hold the last three in my arms and never let them go. :)

Thank you for working with me and for making this lovely art. You're awesome. <3
awyvernawyvern on August 19th, 2013 08:48 am (UTC)
These are absolutely fantastic. Beautiful colours and you've captured the feeling beautifully. Ah, gorgeous! :D
i need a raincoat.chaosmaka on August 19th, 2013 10:04 am (UTC)
Oh wow these are amazing! Love the softness in them. Thank you! ♥
adagioviolinadagioviolin on August 19th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
Really pretty! Love the pastel.
Thursday Nextxthursdaynextx on August 20th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures!
viennajonesviennajones on August 22nd, 2013 10:53 am (UTC)
These are stunningly beautiful ♥ I'm in love with the series of them in bed.
Muppetthe_muppet on August 25th, 2013 10:21 am (UTC)
These are incredibly beautiful; great work =)
Nicole A.katie_andrew on August 25th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
These are so beautiful! <3

Thank you so much for participating and experimenting! I loooooove your work.
Never give up; it's such a wonderful life.: M - Colin and Bradley sittingrane_ab on August 25th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
These are lovely! I love how soft and comfortable-looking the pics of them in bed are. And I love the colouring of the one on the beach!
sorrylatenew: tree lightssorrylatenew on August 27th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Ugh, these are so, so pretty.
Anjawolkenfuehlen on August 31st, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
These are just breathtakingly beautiful ♥ probably my favourite Paperlegends art!
roadtriptimeroadtriptime on September 1st, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing these paintings.

I really like the picture of Merlin and Arthur at the shore. I can really feel the level of comfort between them.

(Anonymous) on September 2nd, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Your charming illustrations complimented this romantic story beautifully.
alby_mangrovesalby_mangroves on September 5th, 2013 10:51 am (UTC)
These are so beautiful, and having read the story makes them even more so - to ahve the context. But they really are perfectly gorgeous. I love, love, love the beach scene! <333
Gwyllion: Merlin-A/M forevergwylliondream on September 5th, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
These are just gorgeous. Great job!
mssdaremssdare on September 20th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
These are beautiful! So delicate! Poetic! I absolutely love them!

And I need to read this story now! :)
archaeologist_d: Arthur and Merlinarchaeologist_d on November 27th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
Lovely. I really liked the color choices you made!
Vini Bhattvinib on September 27th, 2014 07:36 am (UTC)
They're so gorgeous... esp. the cuddling in bed fic.
(Anonymous) on March 30th, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your amazing talent!
Fantastic artwork! So much emotion and energy! You are amazing!
yourlibrarianyourlibrarian on March 12th, 2017 06:50 pm (UTC)
Love the color choices in the different scenes.