Worth a thousand words, so I'll just let it say them.
It's good to be back!!!
It's been a while though it was worth it. Your scenery work is simply remarkable.
Thank you! It has been a while - too long, but I hope to make up for lost time! I've missed it so much!
Breathtaking. Taran's face could write a book of poetry on the peace and gladness he feels in Medwyn's valley, and I LOVE the symbolism of the abandoned sword.
"He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore,"
That day for Taran is still a long, long way off. He has a lot of fighting left to do. But it's not wrong for him to have a respite, and his wish here is palpable.
I feel a little bit of you in Taran on this page--you've done amazing work these past weeks, the book you've helped create will be SO beautiful, but this is where your spirit feels at home, and it's good to see you rejoicing in it.
Thanks for everything.
Trust you to find all my symbolism on the first look. :)
Thank you for everything! The book was a pleasure and I say that with all sincerity. It was a great project and something that resonated with me personally, and that's not always the case with paid work. It came at a good time, as to be honest I needed a breather from this project, which I was starting to fizzle out on; and it took me long enough to deeply miss Prydain and look forward to getting back to it. I suppose in a way I do feel like Taran here - catching my breath - though the association was subconscious until you pointed it out. Well done!
So good to see another page... and such a beautiful one at that! And otters are pretty much my spirit animal, so it's great to see them frolicking!
They are indeed delightful creatures!
Awesome! I really do love your lighting (that third panel particularly.)
Are you back on a regular basis now?
A qualified “yes” - I have no major projects on the table at present, at least nothing with deadlines, so I’m planning to be very productive on this one until the next paid work comes around. No knowing when that’ll be.
That page is so beautiful, and the look on Taran's face is so peaceful - you're really setting up the price of his upcoming choice.
Glad you're back!
Text doesn’t give me much time to make it a tough choice....must make do with what I’ve got!
The art in this strip is just lovely. Exquisite.
Thank you! I don’t think I’ve seen you comment before? Welcome!
Took me forever to get caught up!
Lol not as long as it takes me. Thanks for your perseverance! ;)
Yay! You're back! This page is so peaceful. I love how the background framing the panels is a sunrise. Gorgeous.
You caught that! Good observation!
No words, but yet this page says so much. Very nicely done.
Welcome back! I've really enjoyed reading this comic so far, and can't wait for future updates!
Thanks! I hope to have a handful of updates coming up quickly!
Also: Foreshadowing. Really, really "fore" foreshadowing.
Foregrounds are good for foreshadowing!
Thank you thank you. Been admiring your work here for a while and keep checking back for updates. I commented a while back but don't remember the handle I used!
When you're finished, I will spring this on my daughter who loves the books and will love your graphic interpretation, which is so true to the spirit of Alexander's words and themes and reverent of the characters. Do you intend to carry on through the High King? That'd be ambitious.
And are you going to offer yourself as an expert advisor to Disney as they start to develop the films?
How lovely to hear from you again, then!
As far as how far I get with this, I can make no predictions or promises. My passion for the series probably will never let me stop, and certainly I would be nothing but thrilled to bring every book to life. But the time involved is significant, and life is unpredictable. At this point I'll feel a sense of great accomplishment just finishing book one, which has already taken me over three years so far.
As for Disney - ha! I wish. I don't hold out much hope that they'll be interested in the opinion of someone who is actually interested in a faithful adaptation. I'd be fired the first week for my excessively critical opinions! I'll be happy as long as they just don't come after me for doing this!
You've captured wonderfully that young face when boys can still look remarkably like girls, and when they're happy, can look like the angels themselves.
Of course, in real life, a booger joke, awkward comment, unpleasant comment, or even voice-crack can spoil such moments in mere heartbeats, so … thanks for preserving the moment for posterity. As long as we have a way-back machine, there'll be Taran, greeting the dawn.
That just described both my boys to a T. It’s hard for me to imagine Taran laughing at a booger joke but you know he did - when he was relaxed at home. He’s always so serious when he’s questing.
I love the giant water ferrets; they're among my favorite critters to watch at the zoo, aquarium, or on nature shows, and I've always thought it was kind of a pity that humans never domesticated river otters. The last time I was at the local aquarium, the otters had just come out of their pool for feeding time, and they were drying off by rolling around and writhing vigorously on top of a big heap of towels at the corner of their enclosure.
Like LMS, I was struck by the image of Taryn's sword left behind in third panel -- not so much by the religious symbolism, as the more literal psychological implication that, probably for the first time since leaving Caer Dallben, he feels safe enough to voluntarily go for a morning walk without bringing a weapon along. I also note that Eilonwy doesn't appear to be sleeping curled around Dyrnwyn; she seems to have taken it off between the first and second panel of the previous page, and presumably set it down or hung it up somewhere in the byre.
The pre-dawn lighting palette is glorious; I've commented before on how much I love your sunrise and sunset scenes. The purples in the last frame, particularly, suggest there are tendrils of mist floating over the lake and fields. That's one thing I miss about the temperate climate now that I live in the desert -- you don't see that kind of mist much in Arizona, but it was common in the more rural parts of Maryland, where I grew up. I particularly remember a farm pond on the bus route I took to my middle school that usually had a curtain of mist over it on fall and spring mornings.
Otters really are delightful creatures. I see one every once in a blue moon in one of our bodies of water here...and by that expression I mean I’ve seen three in the eighteen years I’ve been in Florida. Once one was just looping along in a street gutter in a suburban area near a marsh. I’m afraid the uncontrolled development here has had a terrible impact on them but they were so rare to begin with it’s not on anyone’s radar. I am always shocked at how big they are.
The abandoned sword works on both levels, and both were in my mind as I made that compositional choice. Additionally to your observation, I intended it as a character development clue: Taran at the beginning of the book would have carried a sword just to be carrying a sword, whether he actually needed it or not. At this point in the story we get a hint that he's growing past that immature glorification of violence, or at least, put it on hold while under the wholesome influence of the valley. I love that I have thoughtful readers who notice stuff. :)
This is actually meant to take place at sunset, but nothing here makes that clear. I should have created a transitional panel that showed the others falling asleep while Taran stayed awake. It’ll be more obvious in subsequent pages.
Beautiful, thank you!
The lighting on this page is so good! The sky in Panel 3 looks spectacular. Actually, that whole panel is wonderfully done as Taran leaves the sword behind to take his walk.
I love the chance to play with symbolism. :)