And they all drowned. The end.
Just kidding. Chapter Fifteen on the way!
My kids thought the appropriate sound effect for this scene would be a flushing toilet. I gotta give them props for humor.
Well Kids will be Kids, hard to get them to appreciate the gravity of the situation.
Very nice and appropriately scary! Another scene where you added some color to what I originally imagined. I especially like the bubbles at the end, they really add some portent to it. This would make a great movie storyboard! ;-)
There's more color than I initially imagined...the whole bottom half was so boringly monochrome when I first did it I realized I'd have to get more creative, and the additional visual of the fairy magic wound up adding nicely to it all.
Love this panel. I imagine you must have found some kind of reference to create the hair etc. for the silhouettes, but I can't imagine what. It's all magic to me!
Nah, dude those were the easiest parts of this page! Just a lot of squiggly wrist.
Those bubbles though! I love everything about all of this, but the water and the silhouette’s are artfully done.
Bubbles and splashes were custom brushes. I love it when other people do half my work for me! Funny how it’s the panels that were the fastest and easiest to execute that are getting the wow factor from everyone! Simplicity working in my favor here.
Gorgeous! Love that whirlpool -- the decision to recolor it definitely seems like the right one. It really pops!
Yeah it added a lot. And hey we gotta occasionally remember that this is a fantasy and there’s magic involved!
I’m with everybody else - awesome effect. And then As you scroll down thinking it’s done, those last bubbles pop up right in your face. This really takes advantage of the medium in a way I wish I was creative enough to do!
Ha! Yes the bubbles! I love them. One of the things I like about the vertical format - taking the time for scrolling, and the literal sinking effect working for scenes like this. It’s almost animation, just not quite. Glad you like it!
Love the visuals here. his was a scene I always had trouble picturing when reading the book, so I really appreciate what you've done with it here. It fits very well with what's to come of you've read it, and likely creates a lot of suspense if you haven't.
I found this one easier to envision than I anticipated, once I started. I'm having more trouble with the next bit! Be interesting to see where it goes.
Poor Gurgi and his poor tender, wet head.
He goes through so much!
That's some great framing and transitions, especially between the bottom "panels" that aren't framed by lines.
I've learned a few things over the last five years! :)
LOVE this page. The silhouettes are amazing, as others have told you, but I really like Gurgi when he starts to be pulled under. Eilonwy clings to Fflewddur, who is trying to tell Taran about the problem, but Gurgi is almost overcome already. It adds a lovely feel of menace.
As far as "they all drowned. The end." It could be!! That would be exactly the kind of morality tale parents used to tell their children to teach them to obey their elders. "Dallben told Taran not to leave Caer Dallben, but he did, and see what happened, Johnny?" "Gwydion told Taran not to try to fight the Cauldron Born, but he did, and they got captured!" "Medwyn told the travelers to follow the mountains, but Taran ignored his wise advice and took a shortcut, and brought himself and all his companions to ruin!"
I just like stories, and your random remark got me thinking about Book of Three interpreted as a morality tale. XD
"Eilonwy told him not to draw Dyrnwyn!"
"Doli told him not to pet the gwythaint!"
Taran's whole story in this book is like a failed morality tale, which is pretty much what he says to Dallben at the end, isn't it? And yet...and yet...and yet... :)
His mistakes are what make him.
There always is a "yet" and a "but," because Alexander is wise enough to know that moral situations aren't cut-and-dried. In almost all the examples you and I both used, Taran got caught between two moral imperatives: listening to his elders (Eilonwy doesn't count there, sorry) or some other "thou shalt" almost everyone would agree was a good thing to do.
This detour through the valley is the single exception. Every other time, compassion, duty, friendship etc. led Taran to disobey the orders of others. Even drawing Dyrnwyn, in the situation you allude to--in the circumstances in which Taran draws it, I think his intentions were only to defend his friend at the last, desperate strait, when his other weapons had failed. Of course, with Dyrnwyn, drawing it is rather like a kid who knows nothing about guns trying to brandish a loaded weapon at an attacker and getting laid flat with the recoil.
There's simply always another way to interpret the story, and you COULD tell a story about a boy who disobeyed several individuals wiser than he was and came to a nasty end as a result.
Indeed! A lesser writer might have made a running gag out of Dyrnwyn, with T making repeated attempts throughout the book to draw it in spite of warnings. Instead we never see him try it after convinced of Eilonwy’s insistence on the matter - notable, considering his sexist opinions of her expertise at first - until he does it in an act of desperation that any of us might attempt in the circumstance he’s under at the time.
You’re right. I believe this is the only instance where he does something stupid out of sheer stubbornness - already alluded to in the last page. Though in the end, it winds up being beneficial, like everything else on his journey. I believe the only time he makes a choice that turns out to have irredeemably dire consequence is in TBC - ironically, a choice that was his to make freely, without overt instruction one way or the other.
I've almost drowned a few times in my life both as a kid and an adult. (Too much adventure I suppose) and I remember this part freaked me out when I read it in the book. I feel for Gurgi.
Like The Wolves Chapter, this is another great cliffhanger ending! The vertical aspect of this page works so well here because it just keeps going down, much like the characters being sucked down into the whirlpool.
This is the chapter we've just gotten to in reading the book so after today, we'll be ahead of where you are here, which won't make my son very happy. I've been showing him your adaptation as we've been reading, and he loves it (I think at this point, he looks forward to seeing your adaptation more than reading the actual book which he is also really enjoying). He asked me if you had done this for the whole series, and I told him not quite yet. ;)
Sorry kiddo, it’s all on you from chapter 15! Though I’m about to finish it, actually, and man am I catching heat for my editing in that one. It’s a good one though - look forward to your reaction.
Wait! Didn't Taran tell Gwydion that he cannot swim?
(And what has happened to the coat Gurgi was wearing on the previous pages?)
Good catch! Gurgi did lose his cloak on this page. I’m not used to drawing him in clothing and it completely slipped my mind!
That went down well.