Tag: King Arthur

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The sword in the stone

    The sword in the stone

    I should stop referring to this sword as ‘Excalibur’ as the majority of the re-tellings feature Arthur breaking this sword in his fight with Pellinore and later recieves Excalibur from […]

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    Find that sword!

    This was one of a pair for another SCBWI competition. I didn’t win but I enjoyed revisiting Arthur’s Britain for a little while. This was designed as a double-page spread […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Bowed but not broken

    Bowed but not broken

    Worn out by too many battles and hopeless quests…

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    The Green Knight invites himself to Arthur’s new year’s feast.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Merlin imprisoned

    Merlin imprisoned

    This was a return to a more symbolic piece rather than a literal scene similar to the ones I’ve been working on recently. I decided to have Nimue rather than […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: King Pellinore and Arthur

    King Pellinore and Arthur

    Arthur is given a much-needed lesson in humility by King Pellinore. This was quite a tricky composition – I had considered drawing them mid fight with Arthur’s sword breaking, but […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Field of battle

    Field of battle

    I had intended to take a break from the Arthurian drawings, but here we are again. I think I’ll just keep going while I’m feeling inspired. I imagined this as […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Into battle (colour)

    Into battle (colour)

    A colour re-working of an earlier silhouette piece in the style of my digital watercolours using Rebelle3. This composition translated well – I’m not sure how some of the more […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Sword in the Stone

    The Sword in the Stone

    “No one shall wield Excalibur… But me.” The scene from Boorman’s Excalibur where Uther – wounded and dying – thrusts the sword into the stone is a memorable one. I […]

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    Arthur

    I’m in two minds whether this is the onset of winter, or a bleak spring at the beginning of Arthur’s tale. The great thing about silhouettes is that it’s so […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Merlin and Nimue

    Merlin and Nimue

      Fairly bleak autumnal overtones going on here, though it’s about this time that Nimue betrays the wizard. The mist reminds me of the design of ‘Drawing Excalibur’ with the […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Yellow king

    Yellow king

    Not intended to be the The King in Yellow – I’m working my way through the colour wheel in Rebelle3 and reached the yellow palette. My original intention with the […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Uther

    Uther

    High King Uther, in his prime, but close to his fall. This was another digital sketch that inspired me to create another series of portraits from the Arthurian saga.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Nimue

    Nimue

    A Rebelle 3 sketch that I later realised fitted in well witsome of the Arthurian myth pieces I’d been working on. I felt that this made a rather intriguing Nimue, […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Into battle

    Into battle

    I’d never intended to follow the medieval romantic aesthetic of the Arthurian tales – at least in terms of costume design. Certainly arthur wouldn’t have worn plate armour. I really […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Arthur and Mordred

    Arthur and Mordred

      I’d already drawn the aftermath of Camlann but really wanted to draw a scene from the battle itself. I’ve been developing my style a bit – incorporating more stippling […]

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    Tristan and Iseult

    The classic Arthurian tragedy, though not originally part of the saga. I wanted this to be anunpleasant, tragic romance, but not brutally explicit, even though our hero is about to […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Guinevere and Lancelot

    Guinevere and Lancelot

    Certainly a bit more YA than my usual illustrations, but myths and legends are all sex ‘n’ violence. The sword symbolism and guinevere’s headdress are a combination of influences from […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Drawing Excalibur

    Drawing Excalibur

    I’ll be writing a longer blog post in regards to Undiscovered Voices, but this is the work that got me to the final. I’d stumbled into this style by chance, […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Camlann

    Camlann

    I completed two pictures from the Arthurian legends for Undiscovered Voices 2018, and this was the companion piece to my competition entry. I’d visualised the book travelling through the seasons […]