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.
Interesting look you gave the gwyphants, rather vulture like. I always pictured them as eagles.
Darn, spelled that wrong.
Once auto-correct replaced “gwythaint” with “gay Thai trawlers” for me. True story. XD
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I actually cried while I worked on that panel. :/
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Very true. Timely advice, thank you.
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.
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.
Sorry for the typos! Darn iPad.
See, if you make yourself an account, you can actually go back and edit your comments. ;) lol
Touché! Yes I was just thinking the same thing...
*shudder* them splatter-marks, though...
The silhouettes in the second panel really work well. All that blood red is beautiful :)
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.
I was the "Guest" above who posted the recent reply. I guess I put my handle in under "Title." Sigh.....
Panels 3 and 4 are different from your usual style, and I think you pulled it off very well. The reds and dark colors depicting the torturing of the gwythaints are horrifying and disturbing. The last panel is so sad seeing the shell-shocked look in the bird's eye.
When I began this project, I used to ask my husband to do the panels/pages full of ugly/scary scenes. I consider it growth that I don’t have to that anymore, lol.
Poor husband. Is he still supporting your project now that you have closed him out?
LOL yes. He loves my work. He does sometimes express a little disappointment that I don't ask his help anymore.
I fancy that Achren was a good student in this respect regarding any kind of "pets", hunting dogs or otherwise.
Student, or teacher? Arawn learned all his best stuff from her, you know.
True. Maybe even that.
I like how panel 4 has a dream/nightmare like quality about it. It feels like we’re seeing Taran’s vision of what Medwyn is describing.
Personally, I always pictured the gwythaints looking more like pterodactyls with feathers—having more angular or pointy heads and beaks than normal birds. I think in my childhood head I read “enormous bird” and thought of the largest bird-like creature I knew of.
That said, I do like your depiction and it totally works.
I'm not averse to the quasi-dragon idea for the gwythaints. But for my purposes I decided to go with something that could be thought of as "beautiful bird" before it was twisted by Arawn. Kinda just to separate it from the Disney depiction.