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Here are two pieces of art that I created for [livejournal.com profile] rocknvaughn's fic "Darkest Before the Dawn"

Big thanks to my trusy betas [livejournal.com profile] altocello and [livejournal.com profile] alby_mangroves for their fantastic advice. Hats off to the mods of ACBB for keeping the Merlin Big Bang tradition rolling. You rock! Finally, thanks and hugs to Rockn! We did it!


WARNINGS:

None, aside from whump and angst.

MEGA STORY SPOILERS



****Please do NOT repost these anywhere without my permission. They can be found on tumblr (1 and 2) and deviantART (1 and 2) ****



First up!



Title: Give Me One Good Reason


Click for LARGE version

And then Merlin bowed his head in submission, awaiting Arthur’s judgment.
Arthur stared down at his manservant with incredulity. “Are you really just going to kneel there and let me lop off your head? You’re a sorcerer!” Arthur grabbed a handful of neckerchief and tugged at it so forcefully that it made Merlin’s head snap back and his teeth rattle. “Fight back, dammit!” he growled menacingly, sliding the blade up to kiss the pulsepoint in Merlin’s neck.






Secondly!


Title: The Cuffs of Isernhæft


But unlike Uther and the guards, Merlin’s body was not still. Instead, he was thrashing about on the stone floor in what looked to be some kind of seizure. And it was no wonder, for Merlin’s entire body was limned with arcs of crackling static so bright blue-white that it hurt Arthur’s eyes, even through the smoke-filled haze. Merlin’s mouth was open in a silent scream, and one of his long-fingered hands clutched at his heart. Branches of the unnatural lightning filled his open mouth and made his eyes--which were rolled back so far into his skull that all Arthur could see was the whites of them--glow that same eerie colour.





Bonus!
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I went through many different expressions for Merlin's face in the first piece, and one of my favourite ones was more "shit himself in fear" than "submissive" - it still looked pretty neat though, lol!




****Please do NOT repost these anywhere without my permission. They can be found on tumblr (1 and 2) and deviantART (1 and 2) ****

Date: 2014-10-05 09:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] side-steppings.livejournal.com
These are fantastic! I love the intensity in the first, Arthur's expression and the shadows make him seem so fierce.

And the second one is just pain.

I love them! I shall have to read the fic :)

Date: 2014-10-05 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! I hope you enjoy the fic! :D

Date: 2014-10-05 09:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] texasfandoodler.livejournal.com
O...M...G!!!

*dies*

I KNEW it would be awesome!!! I KNEW IT!!!!!

I love how you did a double piece to show both angles of the first scene. Their expressions are perfect, I love how you capture expressions, it never ceases to amaze me. the lighting is just supreme.

and the second!!! oooooooooooh let me find the words. The effects and action Ghah!!!! I can't wait to read that scene. This was so worth the wait. As always I bow to your creative genius. I will NEVER tire of looking at your art. I give you all the kudos <3 <3 <3 these are epic!
Edited Date: 2014-10-05 09:23 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-05 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
LOL, Thanks Tex! I'm blushing now!!!!

Date: 2014-10-05 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] texasfandoodler.livejournal.com
:D I even love the little extra where we get to see the other face of Merlin. ^^ Your expressions are a thing to envy for sure. No one in fandom gets the full force of emotion you manage to depict. Just look at your icon, I don't know how you do it. All the feels every time!!! <3

Date: 2014-10-05 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jelazakazone.livejournal.com
Fabulous!!!

Date: 2014-10-05 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
Thanks Jela!!!!!

Date: 2014-10-05 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
You okay, LM? **HUGS**

^___^

Date: 2014-10-05 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loaded-march.livejournal.com
No! I'm wrecked. And it's all your fault. I have a weakness for your artwork. Damn you. I'm trying to pack up my shit and get ready to move and be all Responsible AdultTM but all I want to do now is write out a script and get on my knees and beg you to do the artwork.

*goes to hide under the bed*

Date: 2014-10-05 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
Awww you!!! **HUGS** I would love to do some arts for ya!

Tell you what: come out form under the bed and do your Responsible Adult'ing™ first, and when you get settled give me a holler! ^__^

Date: 2014-10-05 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clea2011.livejournal.com
Fantastic artwork!

Date: 2014-10-05 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
Thank you!!

Date: 2014-10-06 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k-nightfox.livejournal.com
OMG AMPH!! I FUCKING LOVE THESE!! That first set, holy shit! So fucking intense and the golden light is OTHERWORLDLY FUCKING BEAUTIFUL!! Then poor Merlin writhing on the ground with all that power crackling around him! HOLY SHIT!! I love how you singed the straw on the floor and the fabric of his sleeves complete with glowing red embers and the way he's almost clawing at himself while his mouth is wide open in agony! Just...fucking wow.

*ahem* So..I liked these very much :D

Also, I loved the dividers you did for the story-the throwing dagger in the apple, the infinity wreath of holly, oak and ivy and esp those deadly beautiful cuffs-each one was AMAZING!!
Edited Date: 2014-10-06 01:00 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-06 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
THANKS FOXY!!! I'm glad you enjoyed the arts!!! **HUGS**

Date: 2014-10-06 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rocknvaughn.livejournal.com
I don't even know where to begin. I absolutely adore your panel set for the reveal scene. I love how you can tell what is being lit by firelight and what is being lit by sunlight. The looks on both their faces are so intense!

And of course, the dungeon scene...poor Merlin! We do love to whump him, don't we? But his suffering is so clear in every tense line, the open mouthed scream, the clawed hands, one of them clutching his heart... Whew!

Also, I adore the depth of field of it, how your eye is riveted on Merlin; so much so that everything else fades into the background. Also the, smoke and steam rising from the scorched straw...the ring of glowing embers! *Kermit flails*

I also loved, loved, loved the headers and I think you should include them here! The details on the cuffs, with the runes and the glow from the inside, the leaves of varying colours, the delicate chain....EEEEE

The Gleeman's knife in the apple is PERFECT and just what I imagined, and the infinity symbol in the holly, oak, and ivy (all mentioned in the story) is gorgeous with it's watercolour feel!

It was a complete privilege working with you! I loved it...and you! <3 *glomps you hard*

Date: 2014-10-11 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
Thanks Rockn!!! It was a pleasure collab'ing with you! I look forward to arting for the rest!

**HUGS**

Date: 2014-10-08 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
YAY!!! Congratulations on posting these, they're AMAZING! **HUGS** <333

Date: 2014-10-11 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
Thanks Cello!!!! You were a fantastic help!!! **GLOMP**

Date: 2014-10-08 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] candymacaron.livejournal.com
These are freak'n awesome, and I'm not even sure what else to say except that I LOVE them. Arthur's face is so expressive in the first and Merlin in the last one just wrecks me. The details in the scenery too, the smoke (the scorch marks, the straw) are just amazing. XD

Date: 2014-10-11 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! Glad you like them!!!

Date: 2014-10-17 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] archaeologist-d.livejournal.com
You have such an eye for color and movement. Lovely!

Date: 2014-10-18 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
Thank you so much Arch_D!! **HUGS**

Repost!

Date: 2016-11-11 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eviko.livejournal.com
Hi i found a repost of your art. (I couldnt message you on tumblr so im leaving it here) https://www.instagram.com/p/BMjg7d9A4nT/

Here are some instructions if you would like to get it taken down (I highly suggest doing it this way as i find most reposters just block and this reposter seems to do it constantly)http://eviko.tumblr.com/post/152997062105/ftpolice-project-link-to-the-report
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