The Book of Three

fan adaptation of the first novel in The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

Chapter 16, page 14

posted 10th Aug 2021, 5:20 PM

Chapter 16, page 14
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10th Aug 2021, 5:20 PM

Saeriellyn

omigosh y'all this summer. THIS SUMMER. Ok, technically it was no worse than last summer and in fact better, in a lot of ways, except my own mental health and motivation, which have been in the toilet, honestly. I'm so sorry to have kept everyone waiting so long for new pages, and thank all of you who are still hanging on. I was going to make this one longer, but in the end I just wanted to get a page up and break the long silence.

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10th Aug 2021, 5:34 PM

Skyboy91

Yay!!! So glad you were able to get a page up. Remarkable beauty in the first scene...I can almost smell the crisp air, and the scent of pine. Eilonwy's eye roll is priceless (did she drop that wood on her foot, LOL) and I love Gurgi's face, a new look for him as he is so intent on his fire-starting. Made me think of the job of cook that he gets in "The Scion." 😉

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11th Aug 2021, 1:19 AM

Saeriellyn

Gurgi’s help with the fire is given such a moment in the text, it’s obviously an important thing to him - the fact that he is able to be genuinely helpful. Wanted to make sure it made it in here!

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10th Aug 2021, 7:13 PM

NotTheHarp (Guest)

Hurray! Thanks for the update!

Have to admit I'm far behind reading and writing myself... sometimes real life takes over. Hope you are doing fine!

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11th Aug 2021, 1:17 AM

Saeriellyn

It’s great to hear from you!

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10th Aug 2021, 10:49 PM

Vetch (Guest)

Another beautiful landscape

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11th Aug 2021, 1:17 AM

Saeriellyn

Thank Wales for that.

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11th Aug 2021, 12:30 AM

sailor mars

Poor Gurgi. One of the drawbacks of having fur.

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11th Aug 2021, 1:17 AM

Saeriellyn

It never seems to bother him though!

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11th Aug 2021, 12:38 AM

PumpkinheadPie.com (Guest)

What the Crayola is Gurgi doing? Stabbing captured will-o-wisps?

Love the first panel scenery! Great to see an update, I was starting to wonder if you were still alive. Dunno for anyone else, but I'd trade this summer for summer 2020 at 1:5.

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11th Aug 2021, 1:16 AM

Saeriellyn

He’s starting a fire with flint and the metal dagger. It’s a big deal for him. ;)

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11th Aug 2021, 1:37 AM

PumpkinheadPie.com (Guest)

He certainly seems "honed" in on it!

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11th Aug 2021, 1:48 AM

Saeriellyn

Wow

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11th Aug 2021, 2:37 AM

PumpkinheadPie.com (Guest)

???

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11th Aug 2021, 9:54 AM

Saeriellyn

Is there any other appropriate response to a pun? ;)

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11th Aug 2021, 9:48 PM

PumpkinheadPie.com (Guest)

Is there any appropriate response to a pun?

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12th Aug 2021, 3:42 PM

Honzinator (Guest)

I'd not thought of how big a deal mastery of fire would be for a semi-beastie. Good call.
And "stabbing captured will-o-wisps" is classic. Very droll.

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11th Aug 2021, 1:57 AM

Good Old Doli (Guest)

So glad to see you are back! Thank you so much for the update. I particularly love that first panel.

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11th Aug 2021, 9:54 AM

Saeriellyn

Thank you! So glad to be back.

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11th Aug 2021, 3:49 AM

Rebeccs (Guest)

Hurray!!! So happy to read another panel. It’s beautiful. ❤️❤️❤️

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11th Aug 2021, 9:55 AM

Saeriellyn

:) thank you!

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11th Aug 2021, 5:32 AM

cake_hays

after seeing this I feel as though I have had all of the best crunchings and munchings any silly assistant pig keeper could ever hope for! As a huge fan of the chronicles of Prydain, it makes me happy that other people love it as much as I do!

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11th Aug 2021, 9:55 AM

Saeriellyn

There are quite a few of us. :)

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11th Aug 2021, 5:08 PM

Ragnar Deerslayer (Guest)

It's been nearly four months, but this is a hobby, not a job. It should be a creative release, not a burden. I'm happy every time I see a new page! I'm loving the change of scenery, and I'm glad you were able to quietly fit in Gurgi's fire-making practice at the bottom.

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12th Aug 2021, 2:13 PM

Saeriellyn

Thank you for your grace. I suppose it’s not bad to occasionally take a break from this, but I like them to be planned and deliberate! I’m glad people are still engaged. :)

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11th Aug 2021, 7:28 PM

Kogarashi (Guest)

Ah! New page! Love it!

I've always loved Eilonwy's reactions to Doli holding his breath.

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12th Aug 2021, 2:13 PM

Saeriellyn

Lol she has no patience for drama unless it’s her own.

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11th Aug 2021, 10:56 PM

CM (Guest)

Yay you’re back!! Yay change of scenery!! Yay Eilonwy sass! Yay I can hear that rushing stream!!

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12th Aug 2021, 12:45 PM

Saeriellyn

:)

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16th Aug 2021, 4:16 PM

CM (Guest)

There’s no problem with the long silence, really, either. I think we all realize you are doing this gratis, and simply out of your love for the material. Really, we all should just be thankful that you share your talent and enthusiasm and willingness to discuss the books with us!

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12th Aug 2021, 6:24 AM

Anonymous (Guest)

Did you have a wonderful time?

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12th Aug 2021, 12:45 PM

Saeriellyn

During what? Summer? As my commentary above indicates, I have struggled throughout with my mental health. Nothing to write a book about, but no, it hasn't been a wonderful time, though there were bright spots, and I'm slowly clawing my way out.

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12th Aug 2021, 1:40 PM

rjschwabe (Guest)

Yay.... just yay....

Hope all is well, and thank you for your gifts to us.

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12th Aug 2021, 2:13 PM

Saeriellyn

You’re most welcome!

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12th Aug 2021, 1:42 PM

Claire (Guest)

oooo beautiful page, you never cease to impress!

Love everything Doli, his expression in the fourth frame had me chuckling, it's priceless and exactly how I imagined him in my head reading the books! you accomplish something magical that most movies are sorely lacking! Bravo!

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12th Aug 2021, 2:14 PM

Saeriellyn

Awww thanks! If we never get a movie I hope this is considered almost as good.

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12th Aug 2021, 2:24 PM

Rob S. (Guest)

So glad to see another page from you! Welcome back, and I hope the coming months bring you some relief.

Right now, besides the individual movement (I'm loving Eilonwy throwing down the wood, and Gurgi intently working to start the fire), I'm admiring how consistent you are with character placement in space. Looking at those last 4 panels, we first seen Taran and Hen behind Doli. Then in panels 2 and 3, it's basically the same camera angle, but tighter in: Eilonwy enters the scene behind Taran, and then moves behind him. And then we get the change of camera angle on the final panel, and everyone's exactly where they oughta be: Taran and Doli, and Eilonwy's where she moved to, and we see Hen again, and now we get to see what Gurgi is doing. It's really quietly wonderful: You make the space come alive.

So I'm wondering -- do you plan this out on paper, do you use action figures, or is it instinctive for you at this point?

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12th Aug 2021, 2:33 PM

Saeriellyn

OOh, what a nice insightful observation.

I do plan on paper - although I have pretty clear ideas in my head of how I want a scene paced and what the emotional and action beats should be, I typically don't really know how it's going to look until I start sketching. Then it just sort of...evolves organically during that process, but I think in terms of storyboarding: if this were a film, how would I want the eye to travel around these figures, leading from one event to the next? Once I'm a couple frames in I have a good idea of where everyone is and what they are doing, even if they aren't in a frame yet. With as many characters as are now in a scene, I have to keep track of them pretty solidly.

I do have action figures! but I only use them as references for specific poses that are giving me trouble. They are more trouble than they are worth for general layout purposes but are very helpful when dealing with perspective and action shots, particularly when two or more people are interacting physically.

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12th Aug 2021, 3:41 PM

Honzinator (Guest)

Welcome back.
We get it, or at least I do. As you're in a densely populated state with by far the nation's most vulnerable population and, in the Summers, the worst weather (heat to crowd people indoors, and humidity, to make the virus survive for a long time and make the heat seem even worse) for the Wuflu, I'm just glad Florida remains in the top half of good performers in deaths per capita (barely, twenty fifth best performing state ignoring all the variables and just counting). It easily could have been far worse ... but it's surely stressful, especially with the hyperfocus from the national press cranking up tension specifically in your neck of the woods ... swamp ... burbs ... all of the above.

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12th Aug 2021, 3:47 PM

Saeriellyn

I am not too terribly worried for myself or my family. I have only one kiddo under the age to be vaccinated; the rest of us are protected and we are in a community that is taking appropriate precautions without making a big controversial deal about it.

The political and ideological tension between myself and various friends and family with whom I have never before been at such odds has definitely taken its toll, however. 2020 was a hard year but it felt like the first big push in a war we were all fighting together. This year the war drags on when it was supposed to be over, and the army has split into factions, pointing fingers about whose fault that is, while the enemy doubles back and reconvenes itself for another attack.

It is exhausting. I’ve had to pull way back on media consumption, because after a while I am too bitter and demoralized to bear myself.

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12th Aug 2021, 11:29 PM

PumpkinheadPie.com (Guest)

I think I understand. 2020 was like the first visit to the bomb shelter - scary, but exciting and mostly unifying. For us, it was the best year ever; telework! Pumpkin loves having her mammals around all day.

Now the bombs are falling again and half the population won't use blackout curtains, let alone stay in the bomb shelter. Enemy agents actively promote this behavior. Everyone thought the war was won; now some are standing around in the flying shrapnel screaming at everyone else to /get back to work/.

We're in the second year of a war on our own soil, something Americans have not experienced since 1865. Our unity is ephemeral, our discipline, risible. I sympathize with the parents of war children.

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13th Aug 2021, 5:57 AM

NotTheHarp (Guest)

Spot on Saeriellyn, so many people digging themselves in the trenches and get stuck in it, it is very tiresome. Even if people don't agree, we should be able to get along instead of fighting each other it is ridiculous. Have strength.

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13th Aug 2021, 1:52 PM

Saeriellyn

Well said, my friend. I hope you are feeling well.

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12th Aug 2021, 4:59 PM

Peter Wulfdane

Hooorayy! You're back! Yeeeeeeehhaaaaawwwwww!

Um, sorry. Just really glad to see you are still alive and kickin'...and making such beautiful work! I gotta run now, work and all that, but I would love to stay and go over all the things I love about this page...dratted lack of time, confound it.

But great page as always, and great to see you back!

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13th Aug 2021, 1:57 PM

Saeriellyn

Thanks for sticking around! I’ll try not to fall away for so long again.

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13th Aug 2021, 3:04 AM

Candralar

Hey, it's great to see you back with a page!

The landscape in Panel 1 looks awesome, and the characters look great as always in their panels.

It's been tough over the past couple of years. My son starts school next week. He will be in 7th grade, and my wife and I were just talking about how hard it is to believe that this will be his third year of school now that will be affected by this pandemic. In that time, he's had missed programs, missed sporting events, and missed field trips, but we've managed to remain healthy through everything and I'm very thankful for that. Hopefully all of this covid stuff will be overcome before too much longer, but people are going to have to stop fighting over masks and vaccines.

I'm happy to see a new page from you as it's always great to continue the journey through Prydain, and I hope you and your family stay safe.

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13th Aug 2021, 1:55 PM

Saeriellyn

It's so hard seeing the kids struggling. Mine have been in and out of different schools and homeschooling for much of their lives, so the disruption didn't hit them as hard as it might have - but I am certainly feeling the lack of all the activities we used to enjoy like community theater and school drama, sports and band programs. They've lost an entire year of instrument instruction and social growth and that makes a lot of difference at their ages.

Thanks for the well-wishes. I hope you all are staying safe too.

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13th Aug 2021, 6:48 AM

Leader Dessler

I say, those trees in the first frame are very well rendered!

What is Gurgi doing there? Digging for gold nuggets?

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13th Aug 2021, 1:52 PM

Saeriellyn

He's starting the fire!

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15th Aug 2021, 1:34 AM

LC (Guest)

New page!
*Kermit flail*

Love Gurgi helping with the fire.

Doli's surly breath holding is going to be a bit difficult in comic form, I fear.

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16th Aug 2021, 1:31 PM

Saeriellyn

lol well, doing my best. He's challenging me.

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15th Aug 2021, 3:10 AM

Su-tehp

Sweet! An update! I just love that look of resigned concentration on Gurgi's face. But yeah, those flint sparks did look like gold coins at first glance. For a moment I was like "Why is Gurgi throwing money at the firewood?" ;-)

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16th Aug 2021, 1:31 PM

Saeriellyn

lol poor Gurgi, he's just being a good boy.

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15th Aug 2021, 9:03 AM

Darren (Guest)

Yay, updates! Totally understand how life can get in the way of creative output. Glad you’re back.

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16th Aug 2021, 1:31 PM

Saeriellyn

Thanks!

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16th Aug 2021, 6:13 PM

Syd (Guest)

Ooh! I like the texture on the trees in the first panel! (Also, the lighting on the sunset mountain slopes in the last couple pages is really beautiful.)

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18th Aug 2021, 12:01 AM

Saeriellyn

Thank you! These landscapes are so dear to my heart!

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17th Aug 2021, 11:20 PM

Thracecius

Well, I'm obviously not paying very close attention, I commented on the last page after this one was posted...

I'll chime in on the beauty of this page, especially the first panel from an environmental standpoint - trees, waterfall, high rolling hills (or mountains to those who don't live near big mountain ranges like I do); beautiful trees especially! All of your characters are consistently, depicted which is tough for a lot of artists, even ones who are quite skilled with anatomy. Gurgi and Doli in particular stand out, partly because of their placement and their activities. Seeing Gurgi act more like a human using a dagger and flint to start a fire makes me happy for some reason, like he's getting a chance he's never been given before to prove his worth, not just to his traveling companions, but to himself, and that's something I can relate to on a personal level.

Every page is like a Christmas present when I was a little kid, Saeriellyn, exciting and wonderous, and it's hard to express my gratitude for such a gift. Thank you for continuing to share your vision with us, it helps relieve a little of the tension from this siege mentality I've been suffering from the past couple of years, knowing that someone out there still works to bring beauty and wonder into the world.

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18th Aug 2021, 12:03 AM

Saeriellyn

Hey at least you saw both pages!!

I can’t thank you enough for this. Your comment came at just the moment I needed cheering from this, as you so aptly put it, siege. If my work has helped keep people going, I’m thrilled - know that the support of community has also been a lifeline for me.

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18th Aug 2021, 9:26 PM

Thracecius

You're the sort of person who keeps people going with your positive attitude and beautiful art, especially when you let us know that you're still going even though you are struggling, because we can share and sympathize with that emotion even when our challenges are different.

I've seen numerous authors/artists express what they are going through and most of them are like you, honest and asking for nothing, but showing gratitude when we offer encouragement. That's part of the human experience, one of the better parts, and it helps to be reminded that not everything is hate & discontent when the media seems intent on destroying all hope. I stopped watching "the news" earlier this year, because if I really want to be angry or upset about something, I can find my own reasons, I don't need their help. So instead, I try to focus on the little positives in life, like a smile from a random passerby, a sunny day, or a good cup of coffee. When the big picture looks grim, it's helpful to remember that bigger things are made from smaller things, and if enough of the smaller things are good and true, eventually the big things will follo.. I don't say this because it's easy, but when I was given that advice, I took it to heart...eventually...and life has improved, if not in all the ways I would like, at least in the ways that I need to keep getting out of bed in the morning and doing what must be done. Sometimes that's all we can ask for and the best we can do, but that's not nothing.

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18th Aug 2021, 9:35 PM

Thracecius

Here's a little poem/story I came across years ago that might help people who are really feeling down - it helped me:

I don't like the phrase "a cry for help." I just don't like how it sounds. When somebody says to me, "I'm thinking about suicide, I have a plan; I just need a reason not to do it." The last thing I see is helplessness.

I think: your depression has been beating you up for years. It's called you ugly, and stupid, and pathetic, and a failure, for so long that you've forgotten that it's wrong. You don't see any good in yourself, and you don't have any hope.

But still, here you are; you've come over to me, banged on my door, and said, "Hey! Staying alive is really hard right now! Just give me something to fight with! I don't care if it's a stick! Give me a stick and I can stay alive!"

How is that helpless? I think that's incredible. You're like a marine: trapped for years behind enemy lines, your gun has been taken away, you're out of ammo, you're malnourished, and you've probably caught some kind of jungle virus that's making you hallucinate giant spiders.

And you're still just going, "Give me a stick. I'm not dying out here."

"A cry for help" makes it sound like I'm supposed to take pity on you. But you don't need my pity. This isn't pathetic. This is the will to survive. This is how humans lived long enough to become the dominant species.

With no hope, running on nothing, you're ready to cut through a hundred miles of hostile jungle with nothing but a stick, if that's what it takes to get to safety.

All I'm doing is handing out sticks.

You're the one staying alive.

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18th Aug 2021, 9:42 PM

Thracecius

Something shorter, and easier to remember:

"On particularly rough days when I'm sure I can't possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far, is 100% and that's pretty good."

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23rd Aug 2021, 8:16 PM

Saeriellyn

Thank you! This is a beautiful sentiment and very true.

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22nd Aug 2021, 5:47 AM

Melynlas (Guest)

Fantastic to have you back. I've been thoroughly enjoying your version of TBOT since it started all those years ago now. Hope you are going well.

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23rd Aug 2021, 8:16 PM

Saeriellyn

It really has been years, hasn't it? Crazy to think about! Thanks for sticking by me all this time!

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22nd Aug 2021, 8:08 PM

d_chall

Great work as always, we love reading these! I finally got my kids reading these books in earnest and I'm excited to share this world with them.

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23rd Aug 2021, 8:18 PM

Saeriellyn

Yay! A new generation. :)

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23rd Aug 2021, 8:19 PM

Prydainian Aphmau Reader (Guest)

Wow I’m so glad you got this chapter out! It’s beautiful! I was showing a friend this, when I noticed the new page! You can see how focused Gurgi is on his fire. And to be honest, it almost seems like Doli holds his breath more to get out of responding to praise or to get out of talking than to actually try to be invisible.

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28th Aug 2021, 4:25 PM

Saeriellyn

That's a funny observation! I think maybe it's that those are the times he most wants to be invisible, like "Oh, great, the HUMANS WANT TO TALK TO ME AGAIN" so he immediately goes into defensive mode. I like him so much more now than I used to lol.

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30th Aug 2021, 4:53 AM

Blaine (Guest)

This has been so wonderful to read! I adore the stories and you are doing a lovely job with the telling. I get so protective when I see an illustration of any kind, even cover art - worried that it won't convey the playfulness, the joy, the magic, the treasure of those relationships - and here you have it all! Cannot wait to enjoy more.

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31st Aug 2021, 2:31 PM

Saeriellyn

Aw I’m so glad you are enjoying it! I know what you mean - I am protective over them myself, but I hope even where my interpretation differs from others’, my love for the characters is evident. :) Thanks for the comment!

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30th Aug 2021, 3:47 PM

Honzinator (Guest)

We've made good time, hence the rest.
Someone has actually hiked!

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31st Aug 2021, 2:32 PM

Saeriellyn

The humble adaptor/artist has led a blessedly full and varied life. ;)

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31st Aug 2021, 2:28 PM

NotTheHarp (Guest)

From all the small changes between panel 2and 3 i like the disappearance of Hen-Wen the most!

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31st Aug 2021, 2:33 PM

Saeriellyn

Lol she is busy rooting around. A pig has no time for Doli’s whining!

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26th Sep 2021, 2:36 AM

Peggy Myers (Guest)

Nice scene with the twilight coming down. You did well with the lighting there. I also like the detail of Gurgi building the fire, as I know from the books Taran had taught him how to do. Fflewddur's beard is getting longer as well. And I notice Gurgi has picked up some leaves in their travels. again, nice attention to detail!

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