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★ Hello! I'm Lyns, 25, animation graduate and freelance comicker. I work at a concept art studio, and I love BBC's Merlin. My fanarts are public, but work-related and personal entries are friends-only. If we have something in common and you want to be friends, please feel free to leave a comment on this entry, or PM me! :) :) :)

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Commission Information
Tradigital Manga-style Commissions | Illustration Commissions

[Merlin Things.]
No More Bad Dreams (M x A) for merlin_horror
Shadowlord and Pirate King (M x A) for paperlegends (Fic: Shadowlord and Pirate King)
A World made of Faith, and Trust, and Pixie Dust (M x A) for merlinreversebb (Fic: A World Made of...)

Of Honey and Lizards:  In the Beginning (very pre-slash M x A) for merlin_holidays (Fic: Of Honey and Lizards)
The Waiting That Happens In The Space Between (B x C) for merlinbb_rpf (Fic: The Waiting...; W: spoilers)
The Wild Hunt (M xA) for merlin_horror (Fic: The Wild Hunt; W: illustration is a major spoiler in itself)
Shattered (M x A) for merlin_horror (W: main character death, slight gore, blood)
The Girl in the Tower (Mithian x Morgana) for pod_together (Fic / Podfic: The Girl in the Tower)
This Time Around (M x A) for merlinolympics

In A Land of Myth and A Time of Magic (Merlin, Arthur, ensemble) sendoff art for final season
Diamonds (Merlin, Aithusa) reaction to S5.02
Sepia (various) based on screencaps from Merlin S1~S4 (set of 5)
No More Bad Dreams (II) (Merlin, Arthur) a Hannibal AU

Two Sides of the Same Coin (Merlin, Arthur, etc.) adapted from princessmelia's Centistories (5 pp)
[In progress...]Smoke and Mirrors project w/ [info]loaded_march (approx. 12 pp)

CAMELOT DRAWBLES for the weekly Merlin challenge comm camelot_drabble
2012 Camelot Holidays: Fairy Lights
Week 10: Threads (Fic: King Without a Crown)
Week 07: Kin
Week 06: Stigma (Fic: Smoke and Mirrors)
Week 05: Prophecy

Fanart: Guitarist!Merlin.

For this month's Tavern Tales Theme: Coffeeshops, Restaurants and Kitchens. Merlin with his guitar Aithusa at a jazz cafe, maybe? Probably the quickest sketch I've ever done ever.

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PS. I actually used this color meme -- sorry, couldn't find the original to reblog! -- pallet #8 for this. Erm, though strictly speaking I used it for local colors instead of the actual pallet of the whole drawing, if you know what I mean? If you want, please feel free to send me a color + character and I will try to find time to do it. Doesn't have to be from Merlin. : )

Crossposted on Tumblr and AO3.

Fanart: White.

Spontaneous practice in rendering. Think I'm finally starting to really get a clue about shading.

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I wish I had more free time so I can finish all my half-finished fanart. Alas, it's always a busy time trying to make ends meet IRL...

Anyway, if you guys are curious, my studio's updated online portfolio is up. Mostly illustrations for battle cards and concept art also. I'm nowhere near as good as everyone else but eh, working on it! \o/

Crossposted on Tumblr and AO3.

Fanart: No More Bad Dreams (II).

It's been so long since I made fanart that I've totally forgotten how I used to format my posts! Anyway this is the finished version of my bonus piece from last year's Merlin Horror that that people seemed to like. I said I'd post when it's finished and so here it is. It's a Hannibal AU, and it isn't gory (no guts at all and the blood isn't even rendered) but it might be a bit disturbing (since half of Merlin's body seems to be missing), so please be warned.

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Crossposted on Tumblr and AO3.

Thank you!

Hi guys! First off I'd like to say thank you for all your birthday wishes! And I'm sorry I couldn't reply sooner. Real life issues again, I always get caught up in my own nerves. I've been back in China for over a week now, just waiting for my 'Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage' to be released so I can finally get married and then apply for a longer stay as a spouse. I've taken two months off from work so far just running errands between two countries and I'm pretty sure I'll need another month just to get all of this over with. Who knew it could be such a nightmare just to be with someone of a different nationality?

But anyway, throughout all the waiting periods, I've been working on something for Merlin. I'm keeping it under wraps since I'm not sure I can pull this off on time and I don't want it to be rushed since it's a very special collab. I've stopped working on it for the past two weeks but it's about time I get back to work! This is also why I probably won't be joining in the fun at aftercamlann or tavern_tales for now, though I really want to... So, yeah. Wish me luck? :)

Happy Holidays!

Hullo hullo~ *waves*

Well, I'm back -- sort of... I'm here to dump some angst before the year ends. *sigh* For the past few months I've just been drowning in RL issues and my own insecurities. I realize that I used to escape RL by working on my serial comic, but I can't do that anymore. So now there's nothing to distract me from RL issues, and I unconsciously spend all my time worrying about rent and completing pesky documents required by the embassy, and angsting over the caliber of my own art -- that I feel like I have no time for anything else except exactly the things that I worry about. u___u I stayed away from fandom until I'd forgotten all about fandom. And I kind of lost the feeling for fandom anyway.

The other day though, I had a dream. In the dream I was myself and I was also Merlin -- I had the red neckerchief and everything. I was either lying flat on the ground or holding myself against a wall (I'm not sure which way was up), and all I wanted was a place to hide my neck because someone was coming to chop it off. I woke up with a rekindled interest for the Merlin fandom. Despite the truly wonky internet connection here in Manila. Today I've officially started working on this little Merlin comic oneshot that has been sitting in the backburner for way too long. Here's to recovery! <3

Meanwhile, I'm going to introduce some new tags to this blog. Here are some of my favorite pictures of our pet cats Cesare (male Tabby) and Ashura (male British Blue), who are back in Shanghai.

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Next time, then~ <3


Creating the Cover Art for Shadowlord and Pirate King

Hello! This is mushroomtale, and I'm here to walk you though a step-by-step on one of the usual ways I go about making fanart -- or more specifically, the cover art for Shadowlord and Pirate King.

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On AO3.

Fanmix: Fortune Favours the Bold.


Fanmix Cover

Fortune Favours the Bold: A Shadowlord and Pirate King Fanmix


Mirror Link

02. [ARTHUR] PACIFIC RIM - Ramin Djawadi ft. Tom Morello
03. [MERLIN] CORRIDOR - Tomandandy
05. [MERLIN] LOS ANGELES - Tomandandy
06. [ARTHUR] HEXES - Bassnectar ft. Chino Moreno
07. [MERLIN] HERE IN MY ROOM - Incubus
08. [ARTHUR] KINGS AND QUEENS - 30 Seconds to Mars
09. [MERLIN] BLACK AND GOLD - Ellie Goulding

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Fanmix Cover with Song List

On AO3.

Title: Shadowlord and Pirate King
Artist: mushroomtale / Mushroomtale (AO3)
Pairings/characters: Merlin/Arthur, full cast
Rating: G
Medium: Pencils, Photoshop CS

[A fast ship, a well-trained crew...]A fast ship, a well-trained crew, a treasure to pillage, a Clan to lead -- that's all Arthur Pendragon has ever wanted. He speaks for his people at the Pirate Council, he supports his father's kingship over all the Clans, and he keeps a wary eye on the Imperial Conglomerate when they encroach a little too close to Pirate space.

For Arthur, it's life as usual until the unthinkable happens. The Conglomerate infiltrates the Pirate Clans and poisons the King. Arthur must search for a cure to keep his father alive and the Clans from civil war.

An escape route, a sharp knife, a target to kill, the shadows at his command -- that's all Merlin, better known as the dreaded assassin, Emrys, has ever needed. He fulfills his assignments, he uses the Sterling earned to sustain his once-royal House in their exile, and wages a private war against the Imperial Conglomerate.

Merlin survives day-by-day, adapting to changes as they come. When one of his assignments turns out to be an elaborate plot to assassinate him, Merlin does the opposite of what's expected. He escapes and takes his target with him onto a Pirate ship.

There's a saying among the Pirates: that one's fate is written in the stars. If something gets in the way, destiny will set to rights everything that had been made wrong.

Arthur and Merlin have always been meant for each other. They know it from the very moment that they meet; they can feel it from across the galaxies separating them. And nothing can stop them from being together or from fulfilling an ancient prophecy.

Artist's Notes:
I've actually been sketching designs for this project since last year, but I only started coming up with usable material a few months ago. Even then I had wanted to spend more time on each piece -- and possibly even make a couple more -- but somewhere in the middle, RL latched on and just never let go. I ended compromising much of the coloring process, but anyway, here we are.

First, I'd like to thank loaded_march for saying yes when I begged to be paired up with her this year, for being so lovely to work with and understanding even as I panicked my way through the last few months. To obliqueo for always believing in me, for cheering me up and keeping me company during the many times I struggled through creator angst. To my boyfriend Alden, for unoffically beta-ing for me when I was too scared to show anyone else.

On behalf of loaded_march, I would also like thank castmeaway for all her hard work in beta-ing the fic! (I'd still love to draw something for you, bb -- I insist! ;)) And finally, to the_muppet for giving us Paper Legends, a highlight in every year of fandom. Applause!!! <333

PS. So everyone knows, I wasn't alone in making all the graphics embedded in the story! In fact, loaded_march made all the chapter headers, the constellation labels, the horizontal break, and two seriously cool logos for the Epilogue and the Dramatis Personae. Respect, bb! <3

Disclaimer: We did this for fun and fandom and make no profit from this work.

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On AO3 | Tumblr 1, 2, 3.

Follow-up to my last post...

OH MY GOD!!! *lady boner*

Oh, and, this too. <333