Chapter Thirteen Page 14

posted 19th Oct 2018, 6:01 PM

Chapter Thirteen Page 14
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19th Oct 2018, 6:01 PM

Saeriellyn

It's weird how much art imitates life. There are so many metaphors in here right now for too many things in the world. Far too many.

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19th Oct 2018, 9:19 PM

RhymesoftheRenegades

Interesting look you gave the gwyphants, rather vulture like. I always pictured them as eagles.

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19th Oct 2018, 9:20 PM

RhymesoftheRenegades

Darn, spelled that wrong.

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20th Oct 2018, 2:33 AM

Saeriellyn

Once auto-correct replaced “gwythaint” with “gay Thai trawlers” for me. True story. XD

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20th Oct 2018, 2:32 AM

Saeriellyn

Yes, it was my husband who found the bearded vulture a particularly good reference and I agreed. Though an eagle would probably be a closer relative - I think of gwythaints as raptors, not carrion-birds, and the anatomy of each is pretty distinct - in the end an eagle just can’t help looking lovely and regal, and it was easier to mangle a vulture into something horrifying, though the beardy is an impressive-looking bird, and beautiful in its own way..

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20th Oct 2018, 2:45 AM

CM

While I'd had a similar reaction to your Gwythaint depiction, I'm particularly struck by the evocativeness the hints of Annuvin you've given here. It was always especially mysterious to me, as was Arawn. Alexander surely meant for this, both because of the forbidden and foreboding character of this place and this person, and because you "never show the monster clearly 'til the end," but somehow I never had as clear a sense of either Annuvin or Arawn as I did of, say, Mordor or even Sauron. There were lacunae in my young imagination when reading of them.

I wonder if you've got some fan art or concept art stashed away somewhere...

However it may be, I love the red of the sunset becoming the red of blood in Arawn's cages. A very powerful touch, that.

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20th Oct 2018, 9:34 PM

Saeriellyn

Ha, no, I do not have fan art or concepts of Arawn. For one thing, depictions of ugliness/evil are not my strength; for another, it's rather an important plot point in the last book that nobody knows what he actually looks like; and lastly, there's nothing I could come up with so terrible that beats each individual's imagination, which is why that old adage about not showing the monster exists.

So far any art of mine depicting what goes on in Annuvin is deliberately vague - in my mind, the shadowy figure shown here isn't Arawn anyway but one of his henchmen. Overlords often leave the dirtiest work to their underlings, after all.

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20th Oct 2018, 5:59 PM

CA

Fantastic panel, and I agree these books are strikingly relevant for the world today.

The Arawn/Annuvin depiction is especially striking. I love how you are able to go into some detail here and expand on what was in the text, filling in some gaps. Adaptations certainly provide the opportunity to do that. I get the impression that Medwyn thinks back with regret about the Gwythaints, wishing that he could have done moreto save them.

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20th Oct 2018, 9:38 PM

Saeriellyn

I'm sure he does. I found myself wondering whether Arawn has managed to breed them in captivity, and if not, how he goes about replenishing his supply; whether all the gwythaints have been captured or if there are still some living in the wild, always in fear that their young will be stolen.

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26th Oct 2018, 4:05 AM

Guest

I think somewhere it was mentioned that Arawn had control of them "almost from the egg"? So maybe that question was answered. I always thought of the entire remaining species as being under his control.

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21st Oct 2018, 11:47 PM

Ragnar_Deerslayer

That eye on the gwythaint in the last panel, wide open and staring at something/someone behind the reader, even as its fledgling is trying to get its attention, creeps me out. Excellent!

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23rd Oct 2018, 1:45 AM

Saeriellyn

I actually cried while I worked on that panel. :/

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22nd Oct 2018, 1:59 AM

Honzinator

You seem to need a ray of sunshine, so here goes.
Stephen Pinker is worth disagreeing with about a lot, but as far as man's steadily decreasing inhumanity to man over the years (even, say, Saudi now opposed to one, tow, three decades ago all the way back to the Saudi revolt against the Ottomans), he's totally correct. not that Iran isn't worse than it was under the Shahs, but overall, we're a lot better to each other.
We're designed to overperceive negative stimuli, because it is more important to recall where the lions tore Timmy to shreds than it is to recall the lovely flowers blooming where he met his loud end. So put on a happy face!!! (I used to sing "pick up a heavy/rusty mace" to that tune - I was a pre-adolescent male - sorry.)

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22nd Oct 2018, 4:00 PM

Saeriellyn

I find Pinker's books fascinating and, mostly, encouraging, as far as they go. My personality trends toward pragmatic optimist with an ironic dash of melancholy, and he cheers me up, usually.

My saturation in social media politics is not good for my emotional health lately, but my current state has more to do with real lives of personal friends. The abstraction of "the world is better than you think it is", though true, is difficult to square mentally with the actual physical reality of betrayal, destroyed families, suffering children, and levels of injustice that are unbelievable even to the professionals involved.

I read somewhere once that your emotional state in a given moment is linked to how well your reality reflects your inward expectations and ideals (which, duh) and the more they do not coincide, the more depressed you'll be. Color me terribly at odds with myself just now, despite that none of the Bad has happened to me personally.

So...yeah.

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23rd Oct 2018, 4:42 PM

Honzinator

Ouch. May the storms pass thee and thine by.
We expect children to be selfish, but to see adults with children be selfish too … it is heartbreaking.

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22nd Oct 2018, 8:13 PM

LMS

The contrast between the birds at the top and bottom of the page is stark. How do you make a bird look like it's suffering from PTSD?

Regarding the other, the immensity of the suffering and injustices in the world can be overwhelming. Like Taran does later in this book, make *your* world small. You can't fix everything, but you can be kind and understanding and helpful to the people immediately around you, and encourage the people immediately around you to do the same. Against the expanse of the darkness, your light may seem very small, but light travels FOREVER at a speed of 299,792,458 meters per second. You never know who you're reaching, and keeping your own light burning will keep you warm.

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23rd Oct 2018, 1:46 AM

Saeriellyn

Very true. Timely advice, thank you.

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23rd Oct 2018, 1:42 AM

Skyboy91

I think you got the depiction just right. I seem to remember the description of the young gwythaint as being hunched, with eyes half closed, and with their general size and strength, gbrought to mind condor for me. However countint their other capabilities, with bit of raptor thrown in. Plus the look on Taran's face as he comes to yet another new realization and a new empathy. It's a powerful panel, disquieting in a way.

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23rd Oct 2018, 1:47 AM

Saeriellyn

It was meant to be. I'm not...glad, exactly, for it to disturb people, but it communicates what I needed it to, and that is satisfying in its way.

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23rd Oct 2018, 1:44 AM

Skyboy91

Sorry for the typos! Darn iPad.

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23rd Oct 2018, 1:48 AM

Saeriellyn

See, if you make yourself an account, you can actually go back and edit your comments. ;) lol

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23rd Oct 2018, 2:00 AM

Skyboy91

Touché! Yes I was just thinking the same thing...

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23rd Oct 2018, 2:29 AM

joeyballast

*shudder* them splatter-marks, though...

The silhouettes in the second panel really work well. All that blood red is beautiful :)

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23rd Oct 2018, 3:37 AM

Saeriellyn

All that 90s grunge style came rushing back in horrifying flashback form while I was working this one. I guess it had to be good for something.

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26th Oct 2018, 4:20 AM

Skyboy91

I was the "Guest" above who posted the recent reply. I guess I put my handle in under "Title." Sigh.....

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