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The Last Song of Tristan by deskridge The Last Song of Tristan by deskridge
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Though he was one of the Knights of the Round Table, Tristan's most notable tale involves neither Arthur nor Camelot. Rather, it is the story of his affair with Iseult (a.k.a. Isolde), the wife of his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall. Some historians actually believe that the legend of Tristan and Iseult might actually have preceded and been the basis for the Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot love triangle story.

Basically, the story goes that Tristan is the nephew and champion of King Mark. As part of a truce with King Anguish of Ireland, Mark is betrothed with Iseult, Anguish’s daughter. He sends Tristan across the sea to fetch her. On the way, the couple consumes a love potion and fall for one another. Iseult still marries mark, but she and Tristan carry on a secret affair for several years.

The story has two endings: one where Tristan dies of grief, the other where King Mark sneaks up behind Tristan and runs him through with a spear as he plays a harp for Iseult. I have depicted the latter.

Note: this image uses purchased content. The characters were posed in Poser 6, then imported into Vue 9 where the rest of the scene was created. Final rendering was done in Vue and took about 6 hours on an Intel I5 with 8 GB of RAM. Post production was done using GIMP.
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Miuku-chan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
aww
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013   Digital Artist
:)
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Sazariel Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
6Hours to render, But the end result was very much worth the wait! Wonderful story telling with his image! :clap:
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wolandepiphanius Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read the version by Gottfried von Strassborg (I think it was him). And this is the image I have of this tale. Very nice.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DBRv6 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Great composition and setup to tell the story here.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Selkieblues Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely story and very interesting information regarding Isolde and Tristan, it is a subject l enjoy. The lighting is beautiful and the expressions of the couple are so wistful. Mark creeping up in shadow and without colour gives him a nice intention of purpose as does his wronged expression.. beautiful scene
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Arah019 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
that is very pretty!!
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