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Merlin is a fandom with a large, active community of fan artists and a high degree of collaboration between visual artists, fic writers, and other fan creators. This page will give information on graphic fanart and crafts.
Pairing centric artwork is popular, but works featuring a single characters are very common as well. Recently, the dA communities have had a notable increase of fanworks concentrating on the actors behind the characters.
Merlin fandom has an active community of crafters doing things from knitting and cloth printing to explicit cake making. Various types of dolls (knitted, clay or ball-joint) are common and craft works are often made in pairs, generally to represent the maker's love for Merlin/Arthur. LJ community Craftalot was made exclusively for Merlin-related crafts a short time after the end of the first season, in December 2008, as a community "for sharing creative, crafty things inspired by the BBC's Merlin. All kinds of handicrafts are welcome, including (but not limited to) cooking, sewing, costuming, knitting, decorating, jewelry-making, and papercrafts."
Drawing & Painting
Drawing and painting gained even popularity in the hiatus after the first season. Digital and traditional methods are both common. Primary ships in terms of fanworks created are Merlin/Arthur and Arthur/Gwen with example numbers of 224 for the former and 59 for the latter taken from BBC Merlin News. However, those numbers are contested on the ground that the newsletter's fanart tag isn't applied only to drawn fanart, and that the very definition of what counts as a pairing in a drawing can be more subjective than in other types of fanart.
For more information about the art examples click the images or follow the links:
Tending To My Lady's Bath
Slaughtering Foul Creatures
by Yue KX
The Neverending Legend
by Yue KX
- Merlin/Calvin & Hobbes fusion comic strips by shiyasim
- Shifts in Crystal and Gold - Merlin/Arthur fancomic by nachte (WIP)
There are many LiveJournal communities for icons, some of them open only to elite icon makers, some running challenges or contests like LIMS. Icon posts are accepted at most pairing- and character-centric communities, even if the icons are seemingly 'gen'.
Icons are the art form most likely to feature minor characters and characters not so often present in other fanart.
Photomanipulations and Banners
vid banner for Only In My Mind
vid banner for Something in the Wind
award banner for the vid The Hitchhiker's Guide to Camelot
- Main article see List of Merlin Communities
- Drawmelot (LJ/DW)
- Gift Exchanges:
- HeartMerlinArt, Merlin-Fan-Club and Merlin Fans are dA groups for fans of Merlin accepting fanarts submissions of all types, sometimes including fanfiction.