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Hold Me Until the End by riordan-j-flynn Hold Me Until the End by riordan-j-flynn
“Just hold me.”

“I’ll hold you until the end.”

Merlin pressed his hand to Arthur’s damp blonde hair. Death wouldn’t separate them. It’d have to take him first, and it would have to fight through all of the magic Merlin carried to take Arthur away from him.

[Photoshop CS-4 + wacom intuos 3 with this playing on repeat. Experimental process involving textures and patterns while incorporating my fine art style into my illustrative style.]

11 hours straight. I have not slept yet. Sorry for the shitty fanfic description.

I’m still taking commissions if you want one. Pay what you can.
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LarienWang Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Beautiful, and make me wanna cry again.
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FateOfChaos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Words cannot describe how amazing this is.
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:iconnarlth:
Narlth Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic!
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:iconriordan-j-flynn:
riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :D 
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shadow-hostage Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gods. O.O The detail in this is awesome.
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:iconriordan-j-flynn:
riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! 
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shadow-hostage Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome. :D
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LeenaKill Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice butt :D
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:iconriordan-j-flynn:
riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dat Merlin butt. :D 
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LadyLucrecia Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
This is utterly stunning, seriously well done ^^
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:iconriordan-j-flynn:
riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :) 
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LPlover13 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Absolutely amazing piece of artwork. I'd kill to have some extra cash to get a commission from you. I just love the ethereal feeling you've evoked. Phenomenal job!!!
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. <3
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Judin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Writer
I can't tell if you love us or hate us since you made this. :tears:

It's so beautiful and it hurts so mu-hu-hu-huuuuch!
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I only make Merthur art because I love the fandom.

It's the ending they deserve, Merlin protecting Arthur.
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dyufozeon Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
You don't understand how much I love this, you can't understand!
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'M JUST GLAD YOU LIKE IT. @.@
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FrejaFenris Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so much in love with this fanart, that it just got straight into the land of ridiculous. It's completely perfect when it comes down to colouring and idea behind the art. And I just cannot, I have lost ability to can, when I read the description. Well done. Really well done!
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
0.0 w-whoa. thank you.
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:iconmerrinou:
merrinou Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous, i'm in love with these curling lines :heart:
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*bows* Thanks. :D It was an integration process and an experiment but I'm fond of the result.
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Alphajoy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
This is beautiful! Truly stunning!
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
<3 Thank you.
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flomacaroon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
this is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!! *o*
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*blushes* I try, thanks for the comment.
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kittyficpix Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
This is amazing! I love it! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED! *nods resolutely*
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AFTER ALL OF THAT THEY DESERVED A HAPPY ENDING. >I
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ketaitai Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Photographer
This is absolutely gorgeous!
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:iconriordan-j-flynn:
riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much. <3
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ReniMilchstrasse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Love this! The gold magic sections look great!
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks! I like makin' the swirls.
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Justyne Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
That's beautiful! Love what you did with the graphic design elements in this piece.
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :) Wanted to test out some stuff before I threw it at your boys. <3
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Justyne Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Test run sounds like you'd want some serious feedback - so here some thoughts.

The design on the face doesn't work perfectly. It's too detailed. If you look from even a bit of a distance or don't zoom in on it is hard to read and gives a weird focal point where you sorta look right past the face.

The image also has a general focal point issue where the eye isn't quite sure where to look. It's a bit too much going on. The light beam coming from his hand works well as it guides the eye around the piece but then you have this back and forth between the design on the face and that. It brings an element of tension and erratic feeling to the piece which seems to contradict what the characters are doing.

And I am quite looking forward to whatever you draw for me. Keep experimenting.
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hiya there. Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. I've actually got the design on his face on a separate layer. I may upload that and take that out and see how it looks. :) Thanks for the input I really honestly appreciate it. <3

Your commissions are in sketch phase - I'm getting the hang of your boys faces.

Did you want them together or as separate pieces?
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:iconjustyne:
Justyne Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I'd prefer them separately.

And I am always willing to give you my thoughts on something. I quite enjoy writing critiques for people, big or small.
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riordan-j-flynn Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet, can do! Back with you shortly. :)
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