I kind of need to sleep for a hundred years after finishing this page, which I'm sure Eiddileg could happily arrange.
Don’t make wishes like that around the fair folk. :p
Yeah you're right, it's very ris-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........
Oh wow. This page is simply gorgeous. I just... I have agree with Fflewddur here.
I especially like the reflection of the crystals in King Eiddileg's eyes.
Thank you! I really slaved on this one. I am super pleased with it.
By the way, now that I've had more time to think about it without being blinded by all the crystally goodness, I do have one quibble. I'm not in love with Eiddileg's mustache(stylistically, not artistically. It's very well done.)
In my mind, it makes him lean too heavily into the realm of Tolkein Dwarf, whereas when reading through the book I always get a strong Angry Leprechaun vibe from him.
Hummmmm. Well, you’ll likely approve of my Doli design, then; too late to change Eiddileg, who is not about to let his fabulous facial hair be claimed by a bunch of middle-earthers as their exclusive fashion. ;)
I 'm pretty sure I will. I've for the most part loved your designs, in fact, I don't think there's any one that I can say I don't on the whole like. Also, I like the design of Doli on the cover, and all the designs in the comic proper have put their cover versions to shame.
Like Clive Lewis' "DLF", I think "FFH" [Fabulous Facial Hair] should be a thing.
I also like his goat eyes layered upon octopus eyes. Very otherworldly without having to go all the way to nictating membranes or horizontal eye slits.
Wow! In my imagination Eiddileg his room was always more small and closed somehow, and very private, but this is more king-like I suppose. And a king he is!
That was how it started out, too, in my mind, but the more inspiration resources I collected, the more I began to love the possibilities afforded by a bigger space. His throne room/chamber is described as having a high vaulted roof, which it makes sense to pair with a cavernous interior, and being able to show various other fae creatures milling around lends some credence to Eiddileg’s ranting about all his responsibilities. It can’t be easy having to rule over creatures like the one in his table, lol.
Haha the one pn the table will surely give him headaches... I just imagine now how Eiddileg waits untill they are finaly all asleep and he takes out his secret diary and starts to write here on this table, like that piece at fanfic...
The king may be grumpy, but his palace is radiant.
Maybe it’s the chaotic and cluttered coloring of his throne room giving him headaches though. Somebody should tell him about the benefits of the Marie Kondo method and paint everything a cool, serene blue-grey.
Marie Kondo? More like ... Lisa Frank!
Love Eiddileg's bling.
My God.... it's full of glitter....!
Love the translucent effect on those columns, and the sheer breadth of the kingdom from this perspective. I wanna run & climb all through it.
YES. I’d explore this kingdom!
Glitter is like the 80s-fantasy-aesthetic. My concept of any faerie realm is a muddled, sparkly mix of Fantasia, Labyrinth, and Legend.
You said it Fflewddur!
He’s eloquent even when not trying!
Wow is right! I wondered how this would look, and you exceeded all expectations (as usual). The work was worth it, awe inspiring scene...It's just beautiful. I really like the effect of the 3 panels focusing in on Eiddileg...and the braided mustache. His attitude is just right...
I just wanted to thank you again for all the work you put into this project. It's a privilege to be able to follow it, and so much fun to anticipate what's coming next. I always look forward to it...Thank You so much.
Aw, how appropriately timed. It is, as always, my pleasure and joy to do this, but I am unendingly thankful for all the fans of the series who support me with their encouragement and enthusiasm, so thank you for being one of my most faithful voices here. It means the world. I am grateful for everyone who has made this a welcome place for fans, and for these books that have become such an important part of my life.
The details get me here. I love the random little person standing on his hands, just because. I like the way there are things about Eiddileg that aren't even quite humanoid--how he has fangs and his nails are more like claws. I like his crystal crown and the repeated rune pattern all over the floor. The clay figures holding up his table. You took a lot of time with it. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you for noticing all that! It is my headcanon that Lloyd’s focus on dwarves to the exclusion of nearly all other types of FF are because they are the most human-like of the lot, and Eiddileg’s trying to not complicate things needlessly.
It is definitely not my nature to not complicate things needlessly though, so here we have it.
Happy Thanksgiving to you!
I must say your depiction of Eiddileg here is way different from your initial drawing of him.
It is, but that happens. I never liked my first crack at this and it’s about 15 years old. Stuff evolves.
Great Belin 'bout sums it up.
Glad you think so.
The page is gorgeous and...Great Belin indeed.
Thank you! I’d be speechless to stand in it myself.
Oh my goodness! The colors! I love how the columns are translucent in the first panel.
Also, I appreciate the legs of Eiddileg's table!
Those legs are a favorite thing of mine too. You haven’t seen the last of them, hehe.
(Yes, it’s me from over at FF.)
This is an absolutely gorgeous panel! Exploring all of the details is like going on a mini treasure hunt! Is that a dragon in the far upper left background, or some other flying fey?
That creature is whatever your imagination desires it to be. But I do like the idea that the FF keep dragons as pets, so in my head that is a proper welsh dragon.
I could read for some time about Welsh dragons versus wyverns, and vice-versa.
I barely restrained myself from commenting upon the vodnik/wodnik/vodyanoi (water troll or water spirit) looking fellow in the back left of our captured heroes. Like the red-cap, I have a hard time associating these guys with the cuter versions often found in late 19th and 20th Century children's illustrations. You do them really well, though, and in a non-scary but still respectful way. That isn't easy.
Is the throne made of bismuth?
Yes. Besides being one of the coolest looking minerals on the planet, the fact that it’s toxic to humans just added an extra layer of Fair Folk weird awesomeness.
Very nice, I thought it was an interesting design but that does add another level of coolness.
I'm totally digging the bismuth, and props to you for painting it. It intimidates me, artistically. :D
Keep coming back to this page. Just noticed Eiddileg's eyes appear crystalline, as well. That's so cool. Also, the cup-bearer girl reminds me of Pan's Labyrinth (another great labyrinth-themed goblin/fae film).
There's the woman in the gossamer dress at the top of the stairs, posing, too. Perhaps she's fixed her eyes on Fflewddur?
I still haven’t seen Pan’s Labyrinth and I need to rectify that.
That gal in the gallery up there is checking out the scene...whether she’s got her eye on anybody in particular is a matter of speculation.
Lovely detail (as always)! That first panel must have burned out your poor eyeballs though with all those colors! It takes a skilled artist to pull off a spectacular shot like that and then switch immediately to detailed facial features. Granted, most of your scenes are in natrual settings, but I think you do a marvellous job on every page. Thank you for sharing your work with us! :)
Aw. Thanks for noticing the details. I loved doing this one...it’s been nice to challenge myself with these sumptuous fantasy backgrounds.
Two quick comments: 1) I can't WAIT for a close-up of whatever the heck that is on the right side of his desk. I might need one of those for MY desk. (PS - This is a compliment: I LOVE your sense of whimsy!) 2) Have you read any of the thirteen Frank Baum "Wizard of Oz" sequels? Some of your dwarves/fair folk are reminiscent of illustrator John R. Neill's gnomes.
That little imp thing? I reckon we’ll see a little more of it. And no, sadly, I have not read any of the Oz sequels that I recall...odd, as it seems like the sort of thing I would enjoy. I think the sheer number of them was intimidating, but sticking with the ones Baum authored himself could be a good goal to start.
I wouldn't exactly call them good by today's standards? But my seven-year-old self ADORED them, they're chock full of whimsical characters and the abundant illustrations are AMAZING. I find John R. Neill peeking out of my own work all the time.
As usual, AMAZING work here! I can FEEL the cold air whipping around those crystal stalactites. Just gorgeous.
Woahhh the details in this are amazing! Especially the Bismuth pattern and runes!
Great colors and details here! The crystals look beautiful, and the runes and designs on the floor are just nice little details that enhance the page.
Yoy - you have really fallen in love with scrollpanels, haven't you? That's what I call creative use of the digital medium: You can't do that on a printed page. And it nicely adds a dramatic touch to the unfolding scenes as you scroll down (and sometimes up again, just to make sure).
Indeed - as the chances of this ever being printed are virtually zero, it seemed better to embrace the medium!