Welcome back! Great opening scene. Love that landscape in particular.
Wales never fails to provide me with gorgeous backdrops.
The eye really couldn’t be better.
Even though I just read the text and it's supposed to be "half-lidded and dull" lol oh well.
Gorgeous opening panel! I love that stylized chapter opener gwythaint for some reason...reminds me of the British edition woodcuts, I think. And the sky and landscape scenery and colors pop so much! Straight out of a dream. ...and I agree, the eye is amazingly terrifying. I can understand Taran's reaction!
A terrific page -- so glad to see a new one! 🙂
I'm trying to hearken back to motifs in celtic jewelry and old tapestries in the chapter openers...works better with some images than others.
More welsh scenery doing the job for me!
I love it.
Ooooh boy, I could HEAR the wind in the first panel. You really know how to implant other sense impressions into your visuals!
I wish I could add a real soundtrack!
Oh good page. You're really learning to take advantage of the verticality of the online panels.
Thank you! It's a learning curve but I am enjoying it.
You know, when I saw that there was a notification for TBoT, I was like "Yay!!"
...then saw the header and thought, 'ah snap, just a new chapter frontspiece'...until I scrolled down. :)
Beautiful landscape, as always...I really like the glow effect on the mountains. Your sunset scenes somehow seem to be the most vibrant, you know? I mean somehow you manage to capture that thrilling feel when the sunlight turns to molten gold, and just for a moment it's as if heaven has come to earth. Even if it's just the background, as here.
And they eye looks deadly, for sure...but that wicked talon, wow. Not wanting to be anywhere nearby, thank you very much.
By the way, what exactly is Doli? I mean what kind of a fae is he...not a dwarf, I would think, since they are of a different mythological family. So what is his racial classification? :)
Doli is a dwarf, as is Eidilleg. Welsh folklore includes a race of mining dwarfs called Coblynau, so I like to think that's what they are. They are included under the general umbrella of the Tylwyth Teg, which seems to encompass basically any non-human, magical creature. Alexander hints that the Fair Folk kingdom includes more than dwarfs, but we don't ever get more than a glimpse of any others, and no description of their traits or personalities. His lack of development of the FF realm, or any real sense of its peril and mystery, is one of my only quibbles with the books. Celtic faery lore is complex and often dark and dangerous, and he could have added a lot of tension by exploring that aspect more, but I guess it would have been distracting from the main storyline. As it is he plays them mostly for laughs, which makes it tough to take it seriously when Doli goes on about how powerful they are.
The only other FF character that gets any dimension is Gwystyl, beginning in Book 2, and while it's mentioned that he isn't a dwarf, and he gets a physical description, it is a description that doesn't really clarify what he is. Nor can I find anything like him in the lore. He seems to be some kind of little nature gnome that Alexander just made up.
Ah! Okay. Dwarf it is then. :) I read your Eilonwy-centric fic of the second book, most of it so far that is,(great writing by the way!) and I do remember Gwystyl...he kinda reminded me of a wispier version of Puddleglum, the Marshwiggle of Narnia.
Yay, a new page! I couldn't believe my good luck when I saw that there was some of the story below the chapter title. I'm a big fan of the purple lowers on the hill, and also I love how you drew the gwythaint all tangled up in the bush.
So many great details!
* Gurgi channeling Dallben with the bushy grey eyebrows and grey goatee
* Taran (in the panel before the one where he gasps) with the neon pink and green background, with the wind lightly brushing his hair and his hand about to move the branch
* The gwythaint, introduced as a pair of wicked claws and a red eye
Your updates are always worth waiting for!
I love when folks pick out the details!! Thanks so much.
Thank you for all you’ve done to illustrate Prydain. It means a lot. Like the fledgling, you’re keeping the wonder alive from when I first read the series when I was young. It will always be my favorite.
My pleasure, and so glad you are enjoying it here.
This is one of my favorite parts of the story.
Mine too! It’s such a character-building moment.
One of my favourite scenes, and strongest memories from the books. I approve, because I am sure that's all you were waiting on, my approval.
I seek the approval of ALL HUMANITY
At least all those smart enough to love Prydain.
But one more voice is always motivating. ;)
Excellent work as always! I haven't read the books in a while, been reading Arséne Lupin lately. Should get back into re-reading the series again.