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Portraits of a Cycle by scarlet-dragonchild Portraits of a Cycle by scarlet-dragonchild
The guardian has paths of ink across his skin.
-As a way to tell, or to remember, he alone was not quite sure
The telltale mark of a tree upon his skin. His tree, his burden, his life.
And he would say, that it was a choice he made long ago. Their lives upon his back.
But her gaze held as she asks ‘but what of you?’
And even then, the paths of ink would not answer

For as long as he remembered, he was always the one who would be King
And they taught him everything, yet they taught him nothing.
They taught him to put blindfolds on his people, and to walk blindfolded himself
They taught him, and they taught him well.
And the day he became King would be his, and their undoings

She had never wanted to be a princess
For she remembers the wooden swords and scraped knees of her younger days
And how she climbs and runs through earth and air
Until they took her sword, her earth and air, with pleasant hands and soft chiding smiles
And twirls her around, through strange faces and glittering halls and glass ceilings
Until she forgets what it felt like to hold a sword and to go on leaps and bounds
And one by one they kneel at her feet and took her hand to their lips and whispers delicately
‘My Princess’

‘Being good hurts’
And that was his first lesson of being a knight
He had nodded, and then over the years fought, bled, and bends
Being good hurts, and that is what he lives by everyday
Sword drawn and head high, shield protecting everyone but himself
He counts the days, and wonders when he will finally break.

Through the early trials and harshness, she of all people knows that things have their price
And sacrifice was a word dear to her
Later, she fought through their battles and their wars
And there she was everything – mother, disciple, shield and beacon
She was the maiden, and she rallied them on, rallied them all.
Knowing that one day she herself would be a sacrifice

He flinches when anyone calls him ‘mage’
For the whispers, the fingers he is certain follows behind his every step
For ones who did not have to don the mantle and the staff, and were spared
And come night he whispers and tosses and turns and scatters pages of runes
This is what he was, what he does, this is what he becomes. Over and over he whispers.
This is what they had made him to be.
He still flinches when anyone calls him ‘mage’
And he thought that no one could blame him for that, if not anything else

The monk places little faith in destinies, yet he believes in his name
He was not meant to be the one who will fight
He watched as empires rise and fall, comrades fight and bleed and die
And he watched and he cried, and yet still he watches
When all else are doomed to perish, he had said
What have we got to hold on to but our names?

The Seer burnt down her tower, one bright solstice night
And with the glass tower, the kingdom she was to watch
Pleaded, burned, and perished
Barefoot and smiling, she watches the roar of embers and sparks
And whispers to the air, 'she did this out of love'

Watercolors on A3 paper, textures from #resurgere and *alizarin

The pictures were partly practice in drawing faces in general, as I suck at close-up shots and facial expressions ^^; The long and winding prose above is purely there because I was bedridden and bored for a few days courtesy of the flu, sorry about that ^^;
Comments and suggestions would be very very welcome. Thanks :hug:
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addaline Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student General Artist

InAbsentia Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how each of them has a different tale! Now I want to know the story... and your style of coloring, both rich and slightly muted, has a sort of dreamlike quality that is also somehow focused and intense, like a lucid dream you don't want to wake up from because then the story will go on without you...

Yes, I would love to know the story for this one.
anaNeamu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
featured here [link]
susieecool Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
I actually was drawn first to their faces, and the emotion you captured. It's very beautiful, and a bit stylized in the best way. I also love the way you painted it.
sarutobi-naomi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Student
its so beautiful!
rase4 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
teksturnya bagus sekali...
witnessthepower Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
beautifully painted.
Soul-of-the-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist
Gila! Artist's comment na keren banget~~~!!! :excited:
undead-faery Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
...aren't the descriptions for maiden and mage out of order? I was confused there for a minute ^^;
cigamerisedi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
This is indeed gorgeous and I really enjoy the prose myself. :)

I just wanted to touch base with you - not sure if my emails or notes in DA may have been getting lost among many and I noticed you mention above that you have been suffering from the flu so I sincerely hope you feel better! But I needed to know if maybe due to your illness or schedule you wouldn't be able to complete the commission we discussed. If so, no problem! But I do need to get started on the invitations either way and just wanted to get an idea.

Thanks so much!
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