altocello: (complicated colin)
I was a lucky Beaver, and was given the opportunity to create art for "From Old World to New", an AfterCamlann Big Bang 2016 story by rotrude.

I started off thinking I would only have time for a chapter break or two, but ended up being able to create a title page for her as well. Since Art Nouveau was all the rage in 1905, I had free and entirely plausible license to play with that style, which was a lot of fun. I took inspiration from stained glass, architecture, and artwork (Mucha and others).

The squash vines are for Merlin, as a farmer, when he's in rural Ireland. The kelp is for when he's at sea, and the roses are for Arthur. The trees with the apples on one side and the blossoms on the other are also for Merlin (the promise of his training as a teacher and the hope of his dream of teaching coming to fruition).

All of these were created using GIMP on a Mac with a digital drawing tablet.

Disclaimer: These are all non-profit fanworks: no harm intended, no money made.


The Farmer

At Sea

The Aristocrat

The Teacher


The Portrait

Also on:

AO3 | DA | Tumblr

So many thanks go out to the usual crew; [ profile] amphigoury and [ profile] alby_mangroves for beta help, [ profile] jelazakazone, [ profile] rocknvaughn, [ profile] gwyntastic, and everyone else who cheered me on when I wasn't sure if what I was making was going to be any good; it really wouldn't happen without you. <3<3


Date: 2016-10-05 10:04 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
It's beautiful - as with A03 some of the images have not shown up - I'm sure it's easily rectified you've done a fantastic job with rotrude story. So nice to see you draw Merlin again. Excellent stuff


Date: 2016-10-05 10:36 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thank you very much! I'm sorry you're having trouble seeing some of the images, they all show up for me; I wonder what's up with that? I'll have to dig around and see what's going on, thank you for letting me know!


Date: 2016-10-05 10:42 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I notice there was a link to deviant art - I can see the banners there, very nice,just not here or A03. I love the flow of the plants and the meanings you've given them. Maybe it's just me and my steam powered laptop - if everyone else can view them.


Date: 2016-10-06 01:21 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
It appears to not be just you, I've had 3 people say they can't see the chapter breaks. So I changed the links to the images hosted on Tumblr :D Hopefully it works for you now! Glad you found them on DA. <3

Date: 2016-10-06 01:04 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] mk_malfoy
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I can see the cover art, which is beautiful, but not the other images. It's the same on AO3 :-(

Date: 2016-10-06 01:20 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I've updated the post with links to the images hosted at Tumblr instead of DeviantArt, which seems to be doing some weird permissions bullshit. I hope you can see the breaks now!

Thank you for the lovely comment about the cover art! <3

Date: 2016-10-06 01:27 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kitty_fic
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This is amazing! Wonderful work as always! <3<3<3

Date: 2016-10-06 08:04 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thank you, Kitty! Thanks for letting me play with rotrude for the fest! <333

Date: 2016-10-06 02:03 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
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God, those dividers are killing it. AWW BRADLEY'S OLD NOSE. As always. It's so freaking pretty.

Date: 2016-10-06 08:07 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
<333 Thank you so much! BRADLEY'S OLD NOSE, so many odes to that nose, it was magnificent, I reject this reality and substitute my own where he left it as it was.

Date: 2016-10-06 10:23 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
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These are absolutely beautiful! I love Arthur's jacket and how crisp it is??? Amazing! You do have an incredible knack for rendering things. Completely love these!

(Fair warning, tumblr is not a good hosting site for images as the url changes with time. I'd suggest hosting on LJ itself.)

Date: 2016-10-06 08:11 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thank you very much!

(I appreciate the heads up. DeviantArt does the same thing, so I figured I was screwed and would have to change it at some point anyway, people may as well be able to look at them in the meantime. I have NO idea WTF was up with DA. I don't use LJ for reasons having to do with storage space [free account])

Date: 2016-10-12 04:13 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Really pretty, and a newish style for you? The page dividers are incredibly graceful. I love them.

Date: 2016-10-12 09:21 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I've not gotten to really play with art nouveau much, despite admiring it a lot.


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