Short page today, but thought I'd better get something up. ESCAPING FROM THE REALM. What Lloyd never tells us is that while they've spent a few hours with the Fae, five days have gone by in the world above. LOL no, actually, no idea, but that could explain how the HK gets so far ahead of them.
Beautiful art! I like Gurgi holding Eilonwy's hand here, that's a sweet touch.
One thing that came to mind here was a scene in The Last of the Mohicans, when they hid in a cave behind a waterfall. That is actually in the book also, that I finally got around to reading a few years ago.
I like the idea of time passing slowly for them in the Fair Folk realm. That was a powerful element in LoTR when something similar happened when the fellowship entered Lothlorien.
Oh yes I remember that from LotM! Beautiful scene. There’s something just so beautiful and mysterious and epic about waterfall caves. It’s on my bucket list to visit one.
Damn the Mohicans. I waded through every word of Atlas Shrugged, but I threw Cooper in the trash lest some unwary victim attempt to read it.
Lol iirc, Mark Twain had similar opinions of Cooper. I tried to read Deerslayer once and don’t remember being terribly enthused.
To each his own. I didn't find it hard to read at all; I really enjoyed it. I know it's far from perfect, it's a product of its time - but I think it's still a great book and inspired a lot of great literature that came after it. Also, the descriptions of what was the wilderness in upper state New York are beautiful.
Yeah Twain wasn't a fan, I remember reading that also. ;-) He made a comment to the effect that it was a restful chapter in any of Cooper's stories if someone didn't step on a dry twig and alarm everyone for 200 yards around...
I get the criticism, but Cooper wrote not long after the French & Indian Wars killed (not counting mere enslavement) a tenth of the entire Yankee population and a whole lot of folks in Mid-Atlantic states like New York and Pennsylvania, too. He was referring to a jumpy time.
Agreed. Again I enjoyed the book; although it's obviously got flaws and is not everyone's cup of tea. I read it partly for its significance in American literary history.
Oh, my, that waterfall! Such a gorgeous rendering -- I can practically feel the mist coming off of it!
Lol I suppose I should show them emerging rather damp.
Yay! Back above ground again. This was one of the hardest things for me to visualize when reading the books and I love the way you interpreted it. Nice to re-emerge into the earthy browns and greens again.
I have so enjoyed visualizing the Fair Folk realm! But it’ll be something of a relief returning to a less complex landscape.
Wow. Looks like you combined the Last of the Mohicans cave with the caverns of Moria....
Speaking of which, did you use a reference for the bottom panel or is it entirely impressionistic? Either way it looks fantastic!
Oh gosh yes it’s all referenced. I know my weaknesses...plus it’s just so much faster. This is based on a real place in Wales - a set of falls in the Brecon Beacon national park.
I see...keeping it in the family, so to speak! :)
Great cave scenes! Everyone's already mentioned Last of the Mohicans, but what about the waterfall entrance to the Batcave in Batman Begins? Or the waterfall entrance to the training cave in Mask of Zorro?
So many waterfall caves!
They have such a magical ambience. ☺️
As a Canadian born, I must recommend walking behind Niagara Falls.
I have to say I love how you don’t skip their progression either into or out of the realm of the fair folk. There are powerful and adjusting transitions in each case.
Also, nice water effects (again!). I particularly love the little trickle from the moss over the hidden exit. It reminds me of some of my favorite waterfalls in Oregon.
That came from my memories of a similar spot at the Pembrokeshire coast. There was this shallow depression in a cliff, overhung with moss, and water just spilling down like a beaded curtain. Magic!
Short pages count as well! In the first panel i see the contour of some ancient guardian; the exit as some face, the stairs as some breast armour, the light under the bridge the silhouette of a giantic machete hold by an arm of rocks. And they walk straight to it! Ha fresh air and sunlight in the second panel.
Oh wow...I kind of see it? lol but that was not intentional. I love that you pulled that out.
Your landscapes are beautiful! That waterfall is just spectacular!
Thank Wales for that. It's a real place in the Brecon Beacons and I just stole shamelessly from photos.
absolutely amazing! wonderful job on the waterfall by the way. i once tried to draw a waterfall...don't ask how it came out. Keep up the good work!
sorry about that! it wasn't loading so i clicked it again! woops!
The new system is bad about that - no worries, I can edit and delete rogue posts. ;)
Wow! I just found your work and it is beautiful! I recently bought and read the book series and they are AMAZING! Thanks so much for the visual, I love how you keep your art very accurate with the books. P.S. how do you make such great art?!?
Thank you for jumping in! I’m glad you found it!
As for how...um. I’m over 40, I’ve been doing this for a while. 😄
That's lovely. Its very Appalachian, actually, and old mountains fit well with old faerie.
When you consider the appalachians are thought to be an extension of the chain that runs through the Celtic islands, broken apart by continental drift, that makes perfect sense.
Love your work.
I couldn't think of a better book to illustrate.
This was actually one of the first real books I read after graduating from Goosebumps.
I imagine it was a step up from Goosebumps. 😆 Thanks for commenting!
Escape? I don't think so. "Geas" maybe.
Eiddilegg is the only character so far who could not fail to recognize the presence and importance of Dyrnwyn. But he's too canny to let on.
Eiddilegg also would appreciate and use the powers of Henwyn, the oracular pig who was (by her choice) in his keeping.
Eiddilegg lets a band of scruffy obnoxious mortals depart his realm with his blessing and every aid he can realistically give them, though he owes them nothing.
His buffoonery may serve various ends, perhaps trivial, but Eiddilegg just despatched a crucial mission for coldly rational reasons.
I like King Eiddilegg. As drawn.
I like him much more now than I ever did. Funny how that works.
Still love coming back to this comic after several years.
I’m glad you haven’t forgotten!
The art on the waterfall and the river is amazing. It almost looks real. And the glowing light of the torches in the cave!
Thank you! I can't take full credit...I heavily reference these sorts of landscape shots! My brain doesn't come up with this stuff on its own.
As someone who's read the whole Chronicles (apart from Foundling), I have to say that I love how you've envisioned the world of Prydain. Gurgi is much better designed than the Disney version I envisioned him as all this time despite my attempts to not see him like that. I can't wait to see more of this comic. Thank you so much, Saeriellyn!
My pleasure, your Majesty. :) Thanks for reading and for reaching out! (Also what are you waiting for, go read The Foundling.)
Smoit was one of my favorite characters, lol; always saw Brian Blessed in his place. Anytime! And as to The Foundling, it's mostly because I can't find it anywhere. Or at least I seem unable to.