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
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