Huh, not how I've always imagined Gurgi :)
Can't please everyone. ;)
Gurgi's appearance is def. the most controversial subject I have encountered in 20+ years of doing Prydain fanart. I have many reasons for believing he is basically a talking dog with opposable thumbs, which I will happily geek about for paragraphs, but I'll spare you the details. lol
He is most definitely not the monkey-looking thing most artists have drawn him as, though.
Yeah, I always pictured him sort of like a Demiguise that can't turn invisible... but, yeah, in personality he cannot possibly be anything other than a stray dog. So I'll give you this.
I think pretty much everyone pictures him differently, but my brain always went in a sort of juvenile-sasquatch-werewolf direction, so I can definitely see the canine angle. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE MORE!!!
Hey is this "the black couldron"? Please say yes...!
The Black Cauldron - if you mean the old Disney film - was based (loosely) upon the first two books of the Chronicles of Prydain. This is an adaptation of the first book in the series, so it will have a few similarities with the film, but certainly will not follow it directly.
If you are a fan of the movie I hope you'll stick around and see what the story was REALLY supposed to be like. :)
never noosing around a roaring thorn ;-)
Reading the books, I imagined a sloth-like thing, but this is a million times more professional!
I appreciate that, thank you. :)
I think I had Gurgi as a stronger, more wiry Gollum-like character. Since I first came to the books before the age of 10, I may have been unduly influenced by the cover art.
Possible; he is often depicted as ape-ish, and we do know he is large, since he's able to wield weaponry and apparently his weight is a significant additional burden for a horse to carry.
I definitely wanted to avoid the cuteness of the Disney version, but I also wanted to do something very different than any depiction thus far.
I REALLY like your visual concept for characters' book.
You know, you may have hit the nail on its head with your depiction of Gurgi. Alexander said in 1985 that he was inspired by a reference to a mythological character named Gwrgi Garwlwyd, translated by 18th century books as "Man-dog Rough-Brown" with later sources amending it into "Human Dog, Hideous-and-Grey". Gwrgi Garwlwyd is indeed interpreted as a werewolf and associated with the Arthurian cinbin (cynbyn) or "dog-heads", i. e. cynocephalides.
Oh yes, this was one of the factors that made it into my interpretation, though I cannot remember where I first ran across it.