Chapter Seven DONE.
Take note, gentlemen: a sincere apology will get you so much further than meaningless flattery. That surprise on E's face is panel one is no accident, nor that glimmer of warmth in her manner afterward.
Augh, someone who can apologize when they're sincerely sorry/wrong <3333 Rare quality indeed! I like him more already. And I ship these two so hard. I have no idea what is gonna happen next since I've not read the story, but these two are adorable. <3
I'll have you reading these books yet. ;) Given how slow I am, and the fact that there are five books total, it's the only way you'll find out what happens to them in time to care. And then you can see the /rest/ of my art on them and read the fanfic and squee over all of it with me and...ahem.
Or you can just wait for the movie. But naturally, it won't be as good!
And yes, Taran...sigh...not my first literary love, but the longest. He's in over his head, but he's gold at heart.
Sigh... so cute. I really love them so much, no matter how many scrapes they get themselves into. You're doing such a wonderful job! It must be a serious task to draw Eilonwy's hair over and over again...
It is a labor of love. :) hahaha no really, hair is one of my favorite things to paint/draw.
She's a lot more optimistic than I'd be in that situation... I'm betting either an awesome magic sword, or monsters. Lots and lots of monsters.
*narrows eyes suspiciously* Are you reading ahead?
It strikes me that this might be the first time in her life Eilonwy has ever heard a sincere apology. Achren is not one to apologize to anyone for anything, and whatever apologies she might have heard servants make (to Achren, and maybe on occasion to her as well) would have been insincere, driven by fear of punishment, not genuine remorse.
At the core of my characterization for Eilonwy is the idea that her upbringing under Achren is what has given her such a sharp, prickly, often-caustic exterior, and that meeting Taran, escaping Achren, and being absorbed into the wholesome world of Caer Dallben is what heals that wound and enables her to find her identity, with the crisis at the end of Castle of Llyr being the climax of that journey.
All that to say - yes! I agree - she's got zero experience with decent human beings in general, let alone somebody as sensitive and good-hearted as Taran, unless you count her own parents, but she's got no memory of them, of course.
You asked once, on one of your earliest comic-style pieces on DeviantArt, to let you know if you were breaking any cardinal rules of the medium. There was an essay I read once by a professional comics artist, a rant on things comic writers do that drive artists like him crazy, particularly in regard to excessively detailed art direction from writers who've never drawn so much as a stick figure themselves and have no clue what they're doing. One of the things he noted was that if at all possible, professionals in the field try to avoid having the POV cross the line of action in a scene -- e.g. having Eilonwy on the left and Taran on the right in the first frame, then rotating the "camera" around them in the second.
I don't know that it's really that important; it certainly doesn't detract from my enjoyment of your work, but I do notice it, here and on a few other pages. If you were ever to seek professional employment as a comic artist or publication of some of your original work, it could be a factor that a manager or publisher would count as a negative.
I've seen some rule of that kind myself in a tutorial or somewhere, and I can't remember if I broke it on purpose here or was just being careless. Good reminder, though.
For me, the highlight of this chapter is the lighting. As you were creating these pages, you basically had Eilonwy's bauble as the only light source, and you were really creative in how you did it all. I like how you lit Taran down in the lower tunnel when the bauble was still in the upper tunnel. I really like the different colors you used in the panel where Eilonwy throws the bauble down to Taran - the gold, orange, and purple look fantastic on the rock walls. The shadows on and around Taran and Eilonwy all throughout the chapter are really nicely done as well.
Bauble light does indeed make for a dramatic light source, and I got better at it all throughout. If I ever seriously redo this chapter I’ll probably go all out with references that capture what that light source would actually be doing, since I just winged it at the time.
She's already the light and purpose in his life. :)
I can't believe I only discovered your comic only TODAY.
I’m so glad you did!
And yes. You will quickly come to realize how I feel about Eilonwy. 😉