It is certainly a popular belief that Lucius Artorius Castus was inspiration for the mythical figure of King Arthur.
This Arthur, however, was inspired by TH White's Once and Future King - published in 1958. White was inspired by Malory who in turn was inspired by Geoffrey of Monmouth and other contemporaries... by the time you get to me drawing this piece - there is very little historical authenticity to be found haha.
His whole look is awesome, from the 12th century style mail and clothing, down to the leather shoulder guards. It looks appropriately historical and mythic, just how Arthur should look.
I love how simple Excalibur looks: not prettied up with weird shapes or anything. It's just a simple, extraodinarily powerful blade. His missing scabbard is a nice touch too, which means this would have been him after Morgana stole the sheath?
Well, thank you for the compliment! Though to be honest, there are enough stories in the Srthurian cycle that you could mix up any of the names and random and find out some other author (Chretien de Troyes) has already done that
It's a nice piece. I just have a bit of issues with the arms displayed on his surcoat. A more apporiate one to use would have been 3 gold lions on red background as the ones you've used have the fluer-de-lyis representing France.
In regard to the arms, historically the golden lions on a red field have been used with the English kings of the house of Plantagenet after Henry II.
Arthur has been seen and described with anywhere from three to thirteen crowns on either a red or blue backing, representing his numerous domains, which include areas in France. As for the fleur-de-lys, TH White's The Once and Future King describes Arthur's father Uther as a kind of William the Conqueror figure, and Merlin frequently describes the nobility as Norman. National borders weren't as clear cut as they are today, at least not until later in the Middle Ages : )
The dragon rampant would be his father's coat of arms, while I threw in the castle and the cross to represent Camelot and his piety, or to signify the grail quest.
Thanks for bringing up the coat-of-arms, I love discussing details like that!
Stunning job! I really like the beard and clothes (gloves are perfect). But I'm thinking about his legs. It looks like there are turned on the different side than his body. It's possible to stand that way but it's much more comfortable if he would have his right leg in front if you know what I mean. Anyway It's another great picture.
thanks, I'm glad you like it! And I know what you're talking about as far as the legs are concerned. The pose I used for as reference had me scratching my head a bit at the uncomfortable positioning of the legs...but I opted to leave it that way because, well hes Arthur, hes like a statue, he feels no pain haha.