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04 November 2012 @ 11:11 am
Merlin RPF Big Bang Art: The Fairy of Shalott  
Title: The Fairy of Shalott (merlinbb_rpf masterpost is here)
Author: marink1485
Artist: Me!
Pairing: Bradley/Colin
Rating: PG-13

Summary: Colin works in a bookstore and harbours a dream. An unusual customer comes in one day, and before Colin knows it, his neatly organized life goes downhill. Or maybe, uphill, even if there is no such phrase. He can’t really decide which one. An AU in which the TV show Merlin was never comissioned.

Artist Notes: I've thoroughly enjoyed making this fanart for the merlinbb_rpf and for marink1485 - even when RL ganged up on me and made the last couple of weeks a bit nail-bitingly close to not finishing on time! Thankfully it all slotted together like a dream in the end.

Google was very much my friend for a month of searching for good pics that I could smash together in a believeable fashion - I usually try to keep track of where things came from in a bit more detail, but I'm afraid this time I was just too dizzy (and had too many other things on my plate) to manage it. And Merlin's Keep as always, is absolutely invaluable as a source of anything even vaguely Merlin-related!

Last but most certainly not least: thank you so much to marink1485 for being so patient when my problems got in the way of the artwork! It's a sweet story, and I really hope that lots of people read it and love it.

Cover Art

The words "The Fairy of Shalott" are superimposed over an open book with two loose photographs covering its pages; one of Colin standing at the open door of a bookshop, the other showing Bradley in an Arsenal football kit

And here are the individual photos from the cover, carefully photo-collaged to make it look like both Bradley and Colin are in places they've never been! ;D

Photo-manipulated picture of Colin Morgan leaning against the open door of an old-fashioned, green-painted bookshop; the name Shalott Books is stencilled across the glass of the windows

I borrowed a picture of the London Review Bookshop for this - a beautifully old fashioned shop with lots of little panes of glass. And bunting. I couldn't resist the bunting! Unfortunately it was too tall for what I wanted to do with it (or rather, Colin would have been teeny-tiny, and not very recognisable in the end photo) and so I had to modify the architecture and edit out an entire set of glass panels in order to make it work!

Photo-manipulated picture of Bradley James at the Arsenal Training Ground, holding a football and wearing the Arsenal team kit

I went through a lot of photos of both Bradley and Arsenal footballers (gosh, what a chore *g*), searching for pictures that would match up together at the critical areas and not wind up looking like some mutated creature from a zombie movie. In the end, I think it worked out rather nicely and with a minimum of fuss (even tweaking the skin tone and removing a tattoo from the arms of Olivier Gerard was easier than I originally thought it would be!).


A dividing line of books, with "The Fairy of Shalott" written on top


Needless to say, I don't own Tinkerbell! I just couldn't help but borrow her from Disney for the purposes of icons ;)

Current Mood: relievedrelieved
justbecause421justbecause421 on November 4th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
Gosh the art for this us so so cute. Great job!
helva2260: merlin readinghelva2260 on November 5th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you! It was a lot of fun to do, and probably the most complicated graphic I've created.