Two pages in a week! Woo! I can't remember the last time I pulled that off.
And once again, the page-by-page serialization gives me time to linger and consider each moment. In this one, I think it just dawned on me that the moral of the story isn't so much that even lame ants can put in an effort and help, but that the ant's help mattered more BECAUSE he was lame.
I mean, one flax seed. That's indiscernible. This wasn't the Giant King measuring the bushels and finding them light -- this was the king going out of his way to manufacture a reason for Qwythyr to fail. Had that ant arrived on time, the bushels STILL would have been judged one seed low.
But because the ant was slow -- because of his infirmity -- his help counted the most. in his delay, he delivered a different type of help than all the able-bodied ants, and that made all the difference.
Maybe Lloyd or Medwyn discuss that at more length in the next pages, and I've just forgotten it--but it feels like a new revelation to me. So thanks for giving me reason to dwell on this parable... and for making it so lovely to behold!
Very true! iirc, not much more is said about this story; Medwyn seems to be making an "everyone has their role to play" point which is underscored all throughout the Chronicles and is a big part of LA's writing philosophy too. So yes, I think you hit on something crucial and then took it a step further.
Maybe the theme is more: everyone has their role to play in the appointed time and way. I'm reading THK right now, and just thinking how Glew's greed led to the collapse of the mine... but that precipitated the reunion of Taran and Eilonwy, and the encounter with the Huntsmen which fulfilled Henwens prophecy.
Everyone has a role to play in the appointed time and way, whether their actions are good or no, to complete the ultimate story.
Exactly! There’s never a throwaway role with Alexander; even those characters one would rather prefer to disappear (I hate Glew) tend to do something crucial for the plot at some point. Even that horrible bit with Dorath and Eilonwy precedes her fulfillment of part of the prophecy.
DORATH. There is no page containing Dorath that doesn't make my blood boil. Most of Prydain's villains have at least some deeply curdled pride and grandeur at their bottom, but Dorath is pure vandal.
Very true. I feel like he is Lloyd's concession to the sad fact that some people are just assholes through and through.
His fate might just be the most satisfying bit of poetic justice in the novels, though.
Very astute observation, Rob. I’d never thought of that before.
I love it. Even prettier than the last page! I'm really happy to see them coming faster too.... Hope you can keep it up but your many fans will take what they can get. :-)
I hope so - holidays coming up always slows me down some, but I do have very clear ideas for the next couple pages so hopefully they will come together quickly.
Yay another page to read! Beautiful artwork again, as usual. So glad that I found your labor of love here!
Me too, thank you so much Brian!
Gwythyr looks a li’l Taranesque if you ask me...
In other news I am rereading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and loving every minute of it. I’ve never read tha Mabinogion but maybe that will be next. That and learning some Old Welsh. Is there Old Welsh? Or did the language stay relatively fixed?
Welsh has remained pretty pure, I believe, though all languages evolve, of course. I've heard it is one of the oldest western languages still being spoken.
I recommend the Mabinogion translation by Jones and Jones, illustrated by Alan Lee. It's a bit less ponderous than the one by Lady Charlotte Guest. After that, the tetralogy by Evangeline Walton is a cracking good read; takes the very formal sort of language in the original tales and puts them into something more like a modern novel.
I'l check 'em out!
I could not not praise this page as I did the previous one. I always love it when someone puts in effort like this; shows the love poured into the work.
Thank you! I have indeed poured a lot of myself into this and I love it. It’s heartwarming when folks acknowledge that. :)
When an artist, no matter their medium, pours themselves into their work, it makes the page flow with life. This page, and the last one practically move on their own, you've put so much attention to it!. Excellent work. Are there certain colors usually used in illuminated manuscripts that you attempted to copy? Any particular influences?
Yes, well, I cheated to a certain extent - there are certain parts of both this page and the previous one that I lifted straight from actual illuminated ms, and added my own art around the existing stuff, mimicking the designs, colors, textures, etc - with the goal of making it so seamless it would be impossible to tell what was original and what was new. It was the most efficient way I could ensure it had the level of authenticity I wanted, without it taking me even longer to finish.