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Charlemagne VS King Arthur by cabepfir Charlemagne VS King Arthur by cabepfir
The two grandfathers of Medieval Europe
King Arthur and Charlemagne are the founding figures at the origin of the two main cycles of epic/romance poetry, the Arturian cycle (or matter of Britain) and the Carolingian cycle (or matter of France.) The Carolingian cycle continued to be developed until the beginning of XVII century, producing masterpieces from the Song of Roland to the Orlando Furioso. The Arthurian cycle was rekindled during the XIX century and continues to present days; I'd like to see a similar attention for the Carolingian cycle.

King Arthur and Charlemagne playing chess was a very old idea of mine... dating back some three years at least. I finally did it for the Historical Characters series.

For the first time, I show you something I inked with a tablet! :)
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Libra1010 Apr 3, 2014  New member
 Now this is a match for the ages, but all things being equal I'm backing The Wart because bigad I'm British and proud of it!;) (Wink) 
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Chaosfive-55 Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!!!  :iconknightplz:
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:iconcabepfir:
cabepfir Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! :)
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Chaosfive-55 Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm currently reading The Carolingians by Pierre Riché--I've always wanted to learn as much as I can about this period in history!
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:iconhusk55:
Arthur thinks he's going to win, but little does he know that Charlemagne is enacting the first step in his master plan...
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cabepfir Nov 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahah - they're full of resources!
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Veronica-Art Mar 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh Ceci!!! Digital!!! Nice to see something digital from you... I love drawing gold, you have the perfect base tone... play around with the burn and dodge tool to achieve the shine and darkness of gold! But only use that for jewels... Love their expressions!!!!! Kings and chess!!!! :thumbsup:
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cabepfir Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: This was an old idea for a watercolour - but as I doodled this it came to me that I could colour it digitally.
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Veronica-Art Mar 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love digital, it never "dries" and lets you work for years if you want!!!!
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:icontiberius111:
Charlemagne's got this
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