I used to not like pages that didn't focus on intimate character relationships and the expressiveness inherent in depicting those.
Then I realized the Welsh Prydain landscape is a character in its own right. ;)
I like how dirty and travel-worn they all are. You ought to have fun when they actually make it to Caer Dathyl.
I feel like epic movie music should be playing in this scene.
Epic movie music like this? The wide shot of the Ystrad Valley in the first scene made me think of some of the similar landscape shots in that movie. The music may sound familiar even if you've never seen it, because it's been used in quite a few trailers for other, more recent movies. Also, it's somewhat similar to the main theme from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which was also composed by James Horner.
Amen. People with perfectly unsweaty styled hair traipsing through nature, or even having run across a city, always bothered me even more that people who engaged in a minutes long bout of fisticuffs and seemed to walk about almost none the worse for wear. Here, one can tell our heroes have EARNED their entry into the first mountains in Wales / Pyrdain.
Except possibly Eilonwy's hair, which is magical. XD
You like doing faces.(and you're really good at it) That's been pretty obvious since the start. But you can't do an entire story with close ups of talking heads. There are times when you have to pull back and show the environment, where the characters are, where they're going, their positions in relation to each other. We need to see the bigger picture every now and then. Glad to see it here. That first panel is fantastic, and the backgrounds in the other panels are really good too.
Oh yes. It helps that the landscapes are so magical though. I have an instagram feed full of Welsh photographers and a folder full of inspiration. :)
Thank you for this update! I totally needed something to cheer me up because I'm studying for junior midterms :( I think the first panel is my favorite panel in your whole comic. Ungh it's so pretty.
Study away! It won't last forever. I miss a lot of things about school but not that. :)
I'm so glad to have new pages to enjoy! It's lovely, the colors and soft pastel feel of it. So nice to see an expansive scene, I was thinking Return of the King beacons of Rohan etc. but of course a much more Welsh tone. Haven't been there but I toured Scotland and loved it.
Oh I'd love to go to Scotland. The photos of Skye are breathtaking. Wales was magical though; so much variety in such a small country. I can't wait to go back.
amazing detail, expression, color and the capture of the scene. Love your work.
Thank you! I'm so glad you are enjoying it.
Gorgeous landscape at the top... and I really love the silent panel where they're fording the river. It's no time for talking -- gotta look down and be careful where you put your feet!
Taran, at least, has already learned to be cautious crossing rivers! haha
Wolves, or at least things that SOUND like wolves, are never a good thing while deep in the forest.
We shall see...
Never say never; there are always exceptions. Wolves in fantasy are often bad news, but not so for Perrin in The Wheel of Time, or the Starks in A Song of Ice and Fire. We've yet to see whether these wolves mean good or ill.
I never heard of this book growing up for some reason, but after seeing your comic I looked it up and it sounds really interesting.
Great illustrative style.
Thank you! I love making new fans of the books out of my comic readers. :) Check them out, because while I plan, unless catastrophe prevents me, from finishing this one, I'll never get all of the series adapted.
Sadly, I've reached the end... This is where my timeline intersects that of others.
I must say that your work has a divergent effect on me. On the one hand, it makes me want to go ahead and start the fantasy comic I've always wanted (for which my humor comic has been just a learning process) but on the other hand, your work is so good that it makes me realize that mine will never look as good as it does in my head, so in that sense it's scary.
I have a technical question. You have made reference to using special brushes for foliage and other effects. Do you make this brushes or can you get them from somewhere else? I'm currently using MS-4EX but just ordered the upgrade to 5.
I download brushes; there are a lot of freebies for Manga/Clip Studio, but I've also bought a few brush packs that have been invaluable. Usually I do a search for something specific that I need (grass, smoke, etc) and wind up finding brush packs that include lots of other "must-haves" too. Of course I also wind up with dozens of random other brushes that I'm sure are great but never use.
I should learn to make my own, but MS doesn't make that process very intuitive, and I don't want to take the time to learn it.
I think the Frenden site is where I found a lot of good ones. That and deviantart.
Would it make you feel better if I admit I have the same reaction to seeing other artists' work? We all compare ourselves to others we think are "better". And it's not a bad thing to do per se if it makes us strive to improve. I cringe when I look at some of my first pages...sometimes even when I look at something more recent that I know I didn't take the time on I should have. Then I see some other artist's work that just makes me want to cry over its perfection. Comparison is toxic if it paralyses you.
Ultimately it's my passion for the material that keeps me going though, pushes me through pages that I'm bored or unhappy with, making me let go of perfectionism for the sake of telling the story. I'd rather do it imperfectly than not at all. I can always go back and fix what I don't like, later - if it stays that important to do so.
You have to keep moving forward in art, though. If you keep doing things the same way, you won't be satisfied with the results. I have to remind myself of this all the time when I get lazy about not wanting to learn a new technique, master a tool, seek out a photo reference. The extra few minutes it takes to do a little research pays off big in the end. So you have to balance. I'm thankful for the learning curve this comic has been, even though it's been a painfully slow process. I expect that to continue. :)
Words of wisdom.
I still haven't learned them very well, even after 30+ years of hearing them or similar. The bravest I ever managed to share publicly were a couple of one-shots on FanFiction.net (under another handle) years ago. Would love to write more (ideas float around in my head for years) and learn to draw better, but making time for it is tough, especially when the day job saps my creativity and drive to do anything at all. Until then, at least I read inspiring works like this one. :)
"Excellent!" he says? Now that dust cloud would look much too close for my comfort! And about these wolves - what if the Horned King applies trained wolfhounds as scouts? Brrr! /gr/
Let me just say how much I enjoy reading a few more pages including comments every day. I have first visited your site when you had just finished the Gwythaints, wondering whether you would be able to maintain the creative impulse until you actually came to Eilonwy, and then forgot about it until recently when I spontaneously made a check-up on your comic - and was delighted about what I found! Strangely, your panels would keep me thinking about them even off the screen, particularly your rendering of Eilonwy; I have rarely read a webcomic that touched such a (bardic? (gr/) string in me.
Aww. That's so kind of you to say. I'm glad you have enjoyed it so much and I do appreciate so much thoughtful feedback. It's been a few years since the gwythaints and now you have the benefit of better skill on my part and a pretty decent and talkative audience to enjoy. :)
I will eventually catch up with them. But for now I enjoy the thorough read each day too much to hurry. Your work has to be savoured, not devoured.