Wrong, Taran. Your instincts are better than vegetables and horseshoes.
OMA, I liked the chronicles of Prydain when I first read them, but it's so cool seeing comic adaptations! All your character designs fit so well (I especially like Gurgi). Consider me subscribed ;3
Oh how lovely to be discovered by someone who has read the books! You’ll be in good company here; many welcomes. :)
And how to annoy little girls.
She can do plenty of that on her own.
Crunchings and munchings!
Great page! When I see the first panel, all I can think now is "three hours of work shot to hell..." heh heh.
You've really put a face on Doli for me, that's one that was always a bit nebulous in my mind but I can totally see him like this. The last two panels struck me, especially the last one. Not only is Taran very handsome, but the comaraderie and Doli's more pensive looks are funny but also so touching. A genuine bonding moment here for the two of them, with Doli considering that MAYBE he doesn't really have it so bad. It also really highlights their relative sizes. Amazing work that adds so much to what I think about this part of the story.
One little artistic thing that I will mention - although I usually stay away from criticizing something I could never come close to creating myself - is that I think Fflewddur's jaw line in the third panel is just a bit too sharp and pointed; it sort of jumped out at me.
Ha, well, the lost panel actually never made it back in…initially there was a second frame after D’s held breath where the rest of them all just kind of stare blankly at each other. It was a good comedy beat, but ultimately not necessary, and i had already done it in the previous page anyway. Shame to lose the time, but the work didn’t suffer much.
Point taken on Fflewddur! His face is also a little short in comparison to how he looks in panel 2 - darn angle changes! Or maybe I was concentrating so hard on Taran’s good looks *cough* that others suffered.
Awwwwwww, this sequence just gives me the warm fuzzies. Doli and Taran's expressions are so very well done and really tug at the heartstrings. Score, Taran, for extending some empathetic companionship just obliquely enough that Doli is more inclined to accept the open hand. Have to give a nod to Fflewddur as well, for his well-intentioned fibbing. I really like how you used him and the text of his aside to frame the view of Taran simultaneously walking toward Doli -- great dual-purpose shot, layering the action. That last panel is so well-composed, too! *sigh* Goodness in all ways, all around.
As always, love your insights on these. I can’t draw Fflewddur at all now without thinking of all you have in store for him. ;)
Ha, I was right! Doli can't turn invisible because he craves attention. Taran might not realize this, but he's catching on how to deal with Fair Folk (i.e., superannuated children).
Also, beautiful update. Long overdue, *cough cough*
Ugh, I know. Sorry, my attention has been monopolized by various writing projects and some professional work, after finishing up While We’re Waiting. I always seem to have way too many irons in the fire!
Gorgeous perspective in those panels though. Dreamy boy ahoy.
"He really seemed to be fading a but around the edges" is one of my favorite lines from the book. So glad you kept it in!
And great work, as always. Doli's expressions are cracking me up.
Doli’s expressions! I have so much fun with him. You should see me laughing while I’m drawing. It’s nice to have a character I can allow to be more cartoonish and exaggerated.
Taran steps in to mend Fflewddur's failed attempt at comforting Doli, double-crossed by his harp. I wonder whether Doli even knew at this stage what it meant when one or more of the strings snapped; couldn't Fflewddur just have passed over it and silently repaired his instrument as if it was nothing?
I don’t think Doli would have known at this point - he’s spent the day ignoring them all as much as he could, and I don’t think he even heard Fflewddur’s comment in the text, which was why I made it a sort of mumbled aside here.
Sorry I’ve not been as verbose and as present as usual. Life is busy these days! But, man, I love the expressions and all the details! E’s smirk in the group panel, Gurgi’s slavering, kindhearted innocence in Fflewddur, and is that a kind of exasperation in Taran? And the beads of sweat on Doli!! I also don’t know if this was intentional, but the expressions and angles from which you characterize T in the last few panels bespeak maturity, as if you can see the man in the boy, there. Self-knowledge and humility.
Taran’s face was very intentional in these panels…my motivations are less noble than that, though; it’s just my inner fourteen-year-old fawning all over him and wanting him to be as handsome and heartthrob-worthy as possible, hahaha. But his good heart, intuitive way with people, and slowly-accumulating wisdom are all factors in that attractiveness, of course, so it all works its way in there.
Sad Doli is adorable.
Upbeat Gurgi (panel 2) is also adorable.
Gurgi cannot help but be happy in the presence of food, no matter how many grumpy dwarves are around.
Oh good gracious...this one actually had me laugh out loud. :)
A Flam never learns, does he?
...and I know he would never admit it, but could it be that Doli actually appreciates the sympathy? Hehe!
A Fflam is always optimistic!
Doli's a tough nut to crack, but we're working on it.
Also, gotta say I love the look on E's face. Priceless.
She's highly amused by Fflewddur's harp but also profoundly irritated by Doli. Makes for a wry combo. :)
Thanks as always for this. Have you given thought to how you might draw an invisible Doli? Or even as he is transitioning to invisibility. I'm curious to know what you might do? A faded character you can barely see, or just not even drawn at all?
I haven’t had to think about that yet, and thus have not done so. XD But I lean toward showing him effecting things around him - footsteps in the grass, etc - more than showing faint outlines. If I ever get to the point I need to, I’ll hash it out then.
Yes... meant totally as a thought exercise. I mean it would be lovely for you to continue this all the way through to moments like that, but that would be asking waaaay too much of both you and the world in general. Much love!
These are amazing! If you make a graphic novel I will buy it!
Oh, that’s sweet, thank you. Because the Prydain books are still under copyright I can’t sell anything related to them, so this is all there is for now. I have a couple spin-off fan comics I’ve done that I am toying with having printed and distributed without profit, but so far those aren’t ready to go. I’ll announce it if I ever get it done, though.
One of my favouite scenes. They're such kind humans.
Indeed they are!
Sorry I've been gone lately. I've been having a pretty hard time, and I've withdrawn into myself a little. But in the course of my isolation, I listened to the Chronicles on audiobook for the first time (usually read them), and it got me crazy to talk to people about these characters again. So here I am, back again.
I love the sympathy you portray on this page, how you make a simple line from Taran into a peace offering. Making Fflewddur's ongoing conversation background was also well done.
Aw, honey. My heart hurts to read this, and I hear you, I see you - is there a soul on this planet that doesn't feel a little wrung-out, after the last two years? I haven't met one yet, though of course we all have our own burdens to bear, some harsher than others. You know where to find me (here and elsewhere - check your Facebook messages, btw) and please reach out anywhere, anytime. This fan community has been a lifeline for me, and in a world where I often wonder if anything I do actually matters in a larger sense, if all I do is help create and run a safe place for like minds to rest and talk about something lovelier than this world we are living in, I consider it a privilege.
Peace and light to you. <3
I really like your use of perspective here! Drawing characters with two vastly different heights is always tough for me to keep them both "in frame" and there's so many ways that different shots can impact mood/storytelling. It seems intuitive here how the angle shifts to show things from Doli's perspective in the last panel. And the colors and expressions are lovely as always! Well done with this page :)