I do believe this ends the chapter!
It was the right choice, son.
Okay, am I imagining the stag turning into the Horned King or the suggestion of the Horned King at the top of the page?? Because if I'm not, that's incredibly cool. I also REALLY love the panel that's JUST Taran's decision. Great way to highlight its importance. Also nice that this page seems to occur at the exact moment that day transitions into night, symbolizing Taran turning his back on the light and setting his face against the dark. Overall, the symbolism here is just great. So impressed.
I wondered if that would read as I intended. Yes, the stag silhouette breaks him out of his reverie with the reminder of what is at stake beyond his own happiness - creative license on my part, but I thought it was true to character and a powerful moment.
Good call on the nightfall symbolism. It really hadn’t occurred to me in those terms, but you’re right. Funny how sometimes significance creeps into areas I didn’t even plan.
You probably did make that connection subconsciously. Art is like that, it taps into a different part of the brain and can bring out spectacular results. Either way, well done. :)
Everything you just said, LMS. Except the nightfall; I didn't catch that. I think you're just going to be ninja'ing me as far as astute thematic perception goes from here on out. :)
Oh, I'm a terrible ninja. And fans are all students of symbolism. Part of the human condition is to try and find meaning in everything. I got the jump on you this time. Sure you'll get it some other day. :)
Love the colors. And the stag is a nice addition. I kinda wish there was a panel that actually showed Medwyn carrying him back to the stable. I know it's not mentioned in the book, just implied (and you did show his feet), but I've always thought it a rather tender scene. I guess I just wanna see poor Taran cradled in someone's arms T_T.
I fully sympathize with that wish, and we'll see that eventually but I gotta make him suffer a bit more first.
Great overall job on this chapter. So much foreshadowing that I never realized before and beautiful visuals. Really seemed like it was a break for the characters from the dangers of their quest.
Thank you, I'm sorry I missed replying to this comment previously - yes, a welcome rest for them all. though not for me, lol
Not only is it that the stag's horns remind of the Horned King, but the way you drew it, its head basically transmogrifies into the Horned King--turning from a fuzzy deer-head, to a blood-red, hard-outlined, death rictus. Even the ears disappear.
A few other thoughts occur to me.
1) This isn't just Taran's overactive imagination working on fraught nerves, or on his sense of duty, of obligation, of responsibility. It's working on fraught nerves in someone who has also been dead tired.
2) I have no idea if this was intended, but it is interesting to read this scene in light of what Medwyn has just shared about the gwythaints. If the Horned King isn't stopped--if Arawn isn't stopped--this sort of twistedness awaits every creature in Prydain. Letting a flash of this evil show even in Medwyn's hidden valley, which is and should be a sanctum, was brilliant on your part--whether it was conscious or subconscious.
That disappearing ear gave me a little trouble, to tell the truth. “Is this too much? Am I overstating? But if I don’t, will people get it?”...sweating mental bullets. Seems like it was the right call though.
Lovely observations and very true! You all are making me so happy with your attention to detail and thoughtful comments. It’s my happy place to be mulling over all these ideas.
You do not know how happy I am that you are back to creating these. I just started reading these aloud to my little sister and as an aspiring voice actress (alongside my more practical career) I have been having so much fun reading the books aloud with different voices. Your drawings match the Author's voice of Lloyd Alexander to a Tee! I really loved the color scaling of this panel, particularly how the sky around the stag/horned king reddened and got more chaotic; thereby foreshadowing the dangers of his coming quest. I can't wait to see more!
Oh, I'm so glad you're enjoying it. Also - a voice actress! - make sure you are following me on facebook if you have an account, because I'll be posting there when we start casting the next roles for the audio drama that's in production. (Don't get too excited - we are just on the first episode now and unfortunately it is way behind schedule as the producer got very busy with his professional life - but I remain hopeful that we'll finish it out. I adapted the script myself and the voices so far are amazing.)
Wow I did not expect a response so fast! Yes, I've been encouraged for years while doing theatre that I have a decent voice and ability to code to accents quickly, so this Spring I'm hoping to make my first demo tape!!! I don't have a Facebook account, not yet anyway... Is there any other way to be kept updated? Like an e-mail list? Even if you don't have a need for me, because goodness knows there's few female roles, I am excited to see the finished product!
I'm such a nerd but I'm grinning like a Cheshire cat right now, it's like a celebrity responded to me! I mean, you're practically a celebrity in the Prydain community tbh.
Hm, well, I update also on deviantart (same name) - and instagram under prydainartcreative, and tumblr under highqueenofprydain. (I like to cover all bases, ha) I'll try to put an alert up here as well if it happens. Search for Vocalab productions on youtube and you'll see a couple vids, including a preview of The Book of Three done by the young man playing Taran. Don't let Zach's American accent put you off; when he is in character he is perfect.
Eilonwy hasn't been cast yet, so keep honing your skill. :)
A celebrity, wow hahaha yes, with all 300 or so members of the fandom I am famous for being the Most Obsessed Person Alive, lol. Well, we all leave our legacy!
At least one of your legacies doesn't seem to be "home swallowed by aggressive rootball".
I've begun to read the audiobook past the pregression of the comic to date, but I'm still thinking of everything in your framing. I wonder how far I shall diverge? I'm curious if Tolkien's chapter entitled The Watcher In The Water will affect anything you may or may not do soon.
Yeah, I don’t think that it’ll manifest this year. Don’t you think it’s wise to lay off the hype for now?
It's obviously not manifesting at the moment, but I can assure you it hasn't been dropped and is still in sound editing. If my mentioning it is "hype" then we have different definitions of that word.
These last two pages together are excellent. This is the first time I think Taran is ever confronted with a choice of this magnitude, a complete alternate path, and it is one of the few times where he can actually consider it with out any craziness going around. Even more is that it is his choice and his alone, no one is around to persuade, cajole, or pressure him. A good look at one of the defining traits of the character that will carry on through the remainder of the series.
Medwyn recognizes the call of duty and sacrifce. After all he choose it as well at one point in life which is why I always thought he understood Taran quite well. They really are two sides of the same coin just at different points in life.
I like to imagine Taran returning to the Valley towards the end of his life...but to expound on that topic would be to spoil too many plot points.
Thank you! And welcome back - haven't seen you in a while!
Thanks :) I've had a lot going on the past few months XD But I always pop back in :3
Love Prydain and love your art. Your Eilonwy is so perfect. Glad I found this great adaptation!
Thanks so much for commenting! Glad you found me too!
Congratulations on another wonderful chapter... and ending on a note of peace, before the struggles ahead!
Echoing the platitudes here. Congratulations on the brilliant latest installments. You really should be hired as a consultant on the upcoming movie series! The material deserves to be portrayed on film in a way that is thoroughly informed by someone who knows, cares about, and has been permanently moved by it. Someone like you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful work.
Thank you so much my friend. It’s encouragement like yours that keep me excited about doing this project. If we never get our film, I’ll be at the very least satisfied by knowing I’ve brought this vision to life in a way that speaks to the loyal fans of the Prydain books. Best of luck to you. ;)
Your fans, like the Ring Wraiths a minute fort-five seconds in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKf-83NSigM tempt you to return. But getting the next pages exactly right is your higher goal, allowing you to overcome the fear we bring, as explained here https://sweatingtomordor.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/come-back-to-mordor-we-will-take-you-attack-at-the-ford/
Ah, Honz, you speak my language. :)
Sorry for the delay. I'm working through a bit of artist block by doing a layout of an apocryphal scene from Castle of Llyr. I'll post it in a separate place when I'm done! It's a short one but getting me back in the spirit.
Apocryphal is one of my favourite words.
Of course, that isn't as high-falutin' as it seems, because I also love puns so much that even after reconsidering, countra-reconsidering, and contra-contra reconsidering, there's the riposte of my first reaction to the words in your post (to the meaning, my reaction was joyful expectation and understanding, but who cares?) - "You can't hiiiiiide,
Your Llyrin' iiiiissslles.
And your ruuuiiins are a thin disguiiiiise.
I expect to suffer for that in Purgatory, but like Annie Lennox riffing on George Orwell, I Did It Just The Same.
Listening to Seven Nations while reading this. Hope to see more soon.
Oh what perfect background music.
There'll be more soon! I'm neck-deep in a short side project, but it'll be wrapped up in another couple days, I hope.
This chapter was a nice interlude for the characters after all of the hardships they've been through and all of the hardships that they have yet to face. Your artwork throughout the chapter was beautiful.
I thought this page had some great foreshadowing in the top 4 panels where the stag sort of morphs into the Horned King. Something wicked this way comes...
The characters may be in paradise right now, but there's something very evil out there that must be faced and dealt with.
What a hard truth about life! Evil prevails when good men (and women) do nothing. Taran is a lot of things, but apathetic is not one of them.
So glad you enjoyed the chapter!
My favorite chapter so far, specially with the Welsh mythology pages. I'm kind of sad we must leave Medwyn's valley, but it's an important moment for Taran's character. A bittersweet moment.