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AU: Merlin and the Lady of the Lake by Nivalis70 AU: Merlin and the Lady of the Lake by Nivalis70
My entry for :iconitachi-sakura: Alternate Universe Contest
I set the scene in medieval times, featuring them as Merlin and the Lady of the Lake.
The legend says that Merlin the wizard, half demon and half mortal, fell in love with Viviane and tought her his spells. But as soon as she learnt his secrets, she imprisoned him in an enchanted cage, maybe a tree. I like to think that Merlin was aware of her true intentions, nevertheless he let her do it anyway.
That coarse wool coat is just an idea of mine, I just wanted to set the image on dark brown-pink over a delicate background, also the "wild" look of that garment contrasts properly with the pink silky veil of the woman. Actually, at the beginning I thought of making them as a shaman and a witch, but later I liked the idea of Merlin and Viviane the most.


- unrequested comments about the pairing will be hidden -


Photoshop CS5 and a lot of hard work


Itachi Uchiha and Sakura Haruno (c) Masashi Kishimoto
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:iconnatsuko-kuonji24:
Natsuko-Kuonji24 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
so lovely!! :iconchuuplz:
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015   General Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: :D
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Natsuko-Kuonji24 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
you are welcome! In fact I would like to thank you most of all for your beautiful illustration (and the concept) has inspired me for a fanfiction !! :icononiskiplz:
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015   General Artist
Oh, that's great, I feel honored! ^__^ what's the title of the fanfiction? :)
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Natsuko-Kuonji24 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure !, although a fanfic in Spanish, called "Where the Eternal cherry grows." -->www.fanfiction.net/s/11532999/…
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Jira89 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
uh grande lavoro qui.complimenti per la cura.mi piace il volto di sakura:)
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015   General Artist
Grazie ^^
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little-roar-poagr Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
I think it's the best fanart ever made. I don't think I can describe pure awesomness of it, it is just too beautiful.
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014   General Artist
Oh, thank you so much for your words! :blushes: :hug:
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little-roar-poagr Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
I feel a bit ashamed because I couldn't express how much I adore this picture.
This is pure magnificence, so beautiful that it could only belong to the world of fantasies and dreams.
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harunothea55 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I just saw this on tumblr and the first thought that came to me was:
HOW DID I NOT SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART FEATURING MY OTP BEFORE?
Honestly, I am ashamed of myself. :iconpapcryplz: This is so wonderful, and so beautiful, and I love the colors, and the look on Sakura's face, and everything is so goddamn perfect, I love you, you wonderful person for making this :iconluvluvplz: :iconallmytearplz: :iconcatsnugplz:
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   General Artist
Oh, thank you so much for your kind words! :D :hug: :blowkiss:
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Tsuki511 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
IS WONDERFULL! I  lov this picture
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   General Artist
Thank you very much! :D :blowkiss:
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LadyHakuren Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You just gave me the push to start doing digital art again while at the same time making me fall in love ^_^ This is so beautiful!
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DonnaSakura Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Absolutely stunning.
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MonaRyder Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
This is a really good piece. I love the idea of them as Merlin and Viviane as well and Itachi looks really awesome as a wizard in this.
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   General Artist
Thank you very much, I'm very glad you like it :hug:
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MonaRyder Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
You're welcome!
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crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Another version I heard was that Merlin fathered a daughter with Vivian.
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Antifashion19 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful. I'll add it to my favorites.
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:iconitasakusasu-sasusaku:
omg this is beautiful <3
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adrianimation Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
this is absolutely brilliant!
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Faiyuuhi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Just wow.
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   General Artist
Glad you like it, thanks! :blowkiss:
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VikingMongolGirl Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
I adore the contrast in colors and the pose! While i'm not too crazy about Itachi and Sakura as a Crack pairing( I honestly prefer Itachi and Hana Inuzuka) I really love this picture. and it helps you chose aa King Arthur theme, a legend I adore.
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poisonivylullabies Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Itachi's head position looks a bit awkward, likehe's straining his neck forward instead of resting it his head on the side. Of Sakura's. And really liking the details like the frayed end of the pink veil, as well as Sakura's expression (also liking the more muted color scheme btw, the way many people draw Sakura's makes you expect them to glow in the dark or something).
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   General Artist
Yes, their position are awkward ...I usually draw with no references, so I make many mistakes! sorry for this :)
Thank you for the comment and the fave :)
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Kojim69 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Ommamma! E' semplicemente splendido! Affascinante l'idea dell'universo parallelo, Itachi nelle vesti di Merlino ci sta, ci sta eccome. Il viso di lei è un qualcosa di incredibilmente coinvolgente. Sono ufficialmente innamorata di questo capolavoro!
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
Me felicissima di sentire questo, specie quando proviene da chi non appartiene dal fandom di Naruto per cui è più facile che osservi l'immagine senza... concetti e preconcetti - grazie :hug:
L'accostamento con Merlino, come abbiamo detto, ci sta: entrambi hanno avuto le mani in pasta in ogni cosa... e qualcosa di soprannaturale ed enigmatico. Nonchè, la fine è simile: lasciarsi stregare/uccidere da qualcuno che si amava :)
(questo Merlino è un po' troppo giovane, vabbè, ma facciamo che fosse un mago-mezzo-demone del tutto e che non invecchiasse mai, eh? :eyes:)
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Kojim69 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
La colpa è della Disney che ci ha inculcato l'immagine di Merlino come un arzillo vecchietto col cappello a punta! XD!
Ma considerando come agisce questo personaggio nella saga di Artù...solo Itachi poteva avere la personalità con uno spessore adatto ad impersonare Merlino
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   General Artist
Già, le versioni Disney, seppur piacevoli e lecite, hanno purtroppo la tendenza a diventare "canon" nell'immaginario collettivo, un esempio su tutti sono le fiabe raccolte dai fratelli Grimm, che parecchia gente considera come vere creazioni di Disney! (ovviamente parliamo di menti un po' pigre XD )
Sì, è vero... stando al manga, poteva esserci il leggendario Uchiha Madara che poteva contendersi un ruolo come quello, ma visti gli sviluppi attuali, in realtà è solo Itachi quello che si accosta davvero ad un tipo come Merlino, un vero individuo "speciale" di natura e un manipolatore degli eventi, stile giocatore di scacchi.
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fifi-la-fumeuse Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like this pairing, but the way you depicted it is just great. That forest has an air of silence and you almost start to shiver from the feeling of chill just by watching it. It also fits so well with my perception of the season in reality, as for right now I'm sitting in my cosy room and can see the wind blowing through yellow trees and the rain falling on the leaf-covered grass.

I also like that coat, which makes me want to bury my hands in it, for it seems so protecting against the misty forest. And yes, the contrast with Sakura's light, silky cloth is like a symbol for how different those two characters are. Itachi's expression and body posture seems full of longing, it's like he's a part of that cold, mysterious forest that is searching for something warm and gentle to hold.

The story you based that work on is incredibly sad for me personally. But then, such stories always fit with Itachi somewhat.
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
This picture isn't about a Naruto pairing, to me this isn't an ItaSaku, rather a true Alternate Universe where I tried to imagine how these two may stay together. Since in Naruto both of them have committed the same mistake (Sakura treated Naruto like a child as much as Itachi did to Sasuke) I can't help but to imagine them as a sad couple. So, the story of Merlin the Wizard and Viviane (a love not returned, the sad end of a powerful wizard) seemed really fitting in my opinion :)
Thank you for your comment :hug:
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GreggleSPH Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Li per li non avevo neanche capito che era una fan-art per quanto era bello!Che dire,mi piace un sacco,ormai sei esperta della pittura digitale,lavoro eccellente!
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
Grazie! :hug: Mi fà molto piacere sentire questo :D il mio modo di intendere la fan art è come illustrazione, infatti spesso faccio cose un po' "diverse" :) in quanto alla tecnica, sei troppo gentile ^^; io non faccio che vedere TUTTE le pecche che ci sono... però sono molto soddisfatta dei rami dell'albero ^__^
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ItaSakuSasu-SasuSaku Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
omg this is so beautiful
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sandra30 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
wow
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NathBellic Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Stunning drawing!!
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hummingbird7 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woah, I think you´ll win. I like that picture even if I don´t like that pairing. Good luck ^^
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hani-boo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
very beautiful :)
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I knew they looked familiar!
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Itaweasel-hime Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
:iconyeahplz: So. Much. WIN.
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
Thanks ^^
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Itaweasel-hime Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
no prob~! :)
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Abigel Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I love Arturian legends, I love Autumn, and I love Itachi - this is a perfect concoction. Your trees as always rock <3 Coarse wool coat makes this complete, adds awesome trueness of Middle Ages. Thank you so much for bringing this evocative piece to life. *bows*
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012   General Artist
I'm really glad you like it! thanks :hug:
That coat is also to symbolize "the wild, the Nature" and the demonic origin of Merlin, contrasting with the delicacy of the pink silk covering Viviane, here subtle and seductive. Certain Sardinian traditional masks actually symbolizing the "Wild" and the "Mankind" have inspired me, basically ^^
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Abigel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Thank you for the explanation, it's always great to know more of the "behind the scenes" of an artwork ^^ Yes, the contrast is beautiful, and may I say their pose and her delicate skin and face, as well. I wish you good luck in the contest! :hug:
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azhwi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! Beautiful work!
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