I...don't even have commentary here.
Hey! I'm the first commenter on this panel! Let me just say that I love how you use depth of field. Sometimes the background is in sharp focus, sometimes it's blurry, but you always use it to maximum effect to tell the story. ... and I love Doli's expression when he gasps for air. Just too funny. Good thing, too, 'cause I don't remember there being much fun from now until pretty much the end of the book...
That's true - not much comic relief from the time they leave the Fair Folk, but lots of action. Fun in a different way!
Honestly blurred or nonexistent backgrounds are usually just a result of "Can I get away with just NOT doing it here?" more than conscious decision making based on composition, but I'm glad I have the option.
Re: depth of field, I imagine that when you get away with a blurry background, it's because the background is just window dressing. When you can't get away with it, it's because the background has a crucial part to play: an expression on a character's face, or some other information for the reader. So you are making a compositional decision - just so happens the artistic element of the composition happens to line up with the effort you have to put in to it. :)
And totally with you on fun. Fun for us! Not so much fun for our heroes.
HARHARHAR!!!! I'm still laughing. This is even funnier than Eiddileg rolling on the floor, if that were possible.. I love it! The expressions are so hilarious.
...also, Eiddileg's eye roll is killing me...here we go again, he thinks. ;-)
He has patience for no one's petulance except his own! Kinda like my kid...
...Another great Gurgi expression too! Oh Lord, what a page.
This reminds me of the suddenly VERY child-like Gollum in Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings ... "Sneaking! Hmph!"
Life is so much richer because of kids - they're awesome and awesomely frustrating. My daughter pointed out to me (she's now 19) that they're kind of like psychopaths in a lot of ways, but she's really hoping to be watching over a lot of them a few weeks from now, so ...
Or maybe his thought was: "And you lunatics thought I was the worst lunatic around here?"
I legit LOLed at “You can still see me, can’t you?”
It’s a classic Doli line!
You're always at your best when you're doing facial expressions, and this is a prime example.
I play to my strengths!!
BWAHAHAHA! This whole page is comedy gold, especially Eiddileg's eyeroll and all of Doli's expression changes, but not even those can compare to the incredulous look on Gurgi's face in the last panel! It's like he's thinking, "Wow, I don't think I've ever met anyone quite so ridiculous before!" :D
Love your work, Saeriellyn. :)
Thank you Thrace. ☺️ It’s so lovely to be appreciated.
You mean, aside of two excitable bickering teens, a boastful harpist who always does damage to his instrument and this king talking in hieroglyphs?
Two pages at once!
Lol thank you! I did visit your Etsy shop, btw, quite beautiful work!
Oh great! thanks a lot. I'm just starting out(sort of) and its been pretty slow. Hopefully that will improve soon.
I'm not familiar with the story: could Doli actually disappear?
Not yet. ? You’ll find out more shortly.
On the previous page, I thought about putting in my comment that I bet Doli wished he could turn invisible so Eiddileg wouldn't have picked him to be Taran's group's escort. :)
Another great page! Your expressions are always so good. Doli is hilarious and Eddileg's eye roll is great, but I also love Taran's "wtf" look in Panel 3.
Lol I’m sure that is one of his reasons. When you’re always being put-upon to do All the Jobs, becoming invisible sure would be handy!
What a fantastic double-update, Saeriellyn--thank you! :)
After reading and re-reading (and re-reading) the Chronicles for over 30 years I'd begun to take them for granted, but you've been able to breathe new life into them for me (pun not originally intended but serendipitously apt)! ;D
Always my pleasure! ? I’ll make a fanfic reader out of you next. ?
*blush* Confession time! On my mornings before work when you didn't have graphic novel updates, I've been reading all of your Prydain work on fanfiction.net and only have "Princess Diaries" and "Daughter of the Sea" left to read!
Sorry for being a silent reader and please let that voracious reading of you work stand in for any written compliments from me for your work at this time, as despite my workplace finally calming down into a new "normal" (we were undergoing renovations AND had a biannual food safety audit AND had our biannual inventory during the last few weeks but now we "just" have the pandemic to worry about so I can go back to my part-time hours instead of working 40+) I still don't have much extra energy to spend yet--and most of what I do have has been going to my own creative projects.
Awwww, I’m thrilled you’re reading!! Gracious. Don’t apologize. If it’s brought you some stress relief in the middle of this mess, you are most welcome to it!
If you want my advice, don’t even bother with Diaries until you have nothing left to read. It’s the oldest of my stories, before I knew what I was doing, was left hanging, and will likely never be finished at this point because my ideas have changed in the time since then. DotS is my masterwork as far as novel-length things are concerned.
I know it's a long way off but after seeing Eddileg and Good 'ole Doli it makes me eager to see what you do with Gwystyl.
Lol idk if I will ever get that far but we’ll see.
This is one extremely Scottish-looking Doli.
I was always divided w/in myself on how to pronounce his name. Is it "Dolly?" (how I pronounced it when I was a kid) or Doh-li? Or something different?
I think your second one...per the pronunciation guide in the books, DOH-lee
Never had a pronunciation guide when I was young. Just had to do the best we could.
Same with me...this was a newer edition I was looking at. It was "Ellen-way" and "Dolly" in my head at the time.
And "Pree-dan." ;-)
I have always given Doli a Scottish brogue in my mind. I suppose his design was inevitable.
I like the bewilderment of their faces.
Bewilderment is a good way to describe that all right!
I love all the facial expressions in this one. :D
They were so much fun. ?
Is this the end of the book?
Whaaaat? No! I’ve got four more chapters!
When are you going to post the next page? I am dying with curiosity.
It usually takes me a week, but that can vary widely depending on what else is happening in my life. I'm sorry to be behind! I'm going to try to get the next one up this weekend.
Don't rush, we are going nowhere anyway ;-)
I hope you are doing better this week.
Thank you, Sky! Carefully I think it gets little better, but man, it takes time. I really look foreward to work in the workshop again!
I am glad to hear from you! Praying for your continued recovery. From everything we hear it is a long slow process.
Thank you! Yes, it is a long process, even while I have not been really sick. Mostly lots of heavy coffing. But that was apparently enough to damage lungs. Recovery from that takes time. For the recovery of 'light' cases of corona there is not much attention in media, but i found people with similar cases. So take care. It's a nasty one.
I just started cackling and now I can't stop
Those facial expressions have slayed me
Late to comment, but I can't let this page pass by without saying how much I love both your rendition of Doli and your hilarious depiction of his attempt to turn invisible. The increasing flush, the beads of sweat popping out on his cheeks and brow, the bug-eyed gasp at the end (all punctuated by an exaggerated eye-roll from King Eiddileg)... Simply marvelous!