Uploading early, because it's ready and I can, and to shake up the schedule. I love this page so much. The landscapes I'm working with are just stunning and every time I do some sweeping background shot I miss Wales so heartrendingly.
*drools all over keyboard*
You said one time something about wanting to think of landscapes as a character and draw them with the same attention to detail. I think you're pretty much there.
In this case I treated it more like a character than my actual characters! The original rendering of them was pretty sloppy and I didn’t even realize it until I uploaded - had to go back and fix them!
If I had to chase after a horse all day, I'd be crawling by now. This landscape looks pretty unforgiving.
Perhaps we may assume that Melyngar’s confidence has given them hope!
Love your work.
Get out of my childhood imagination.
Neveeeeeeeer! That is why I am here!
The last panel in particular is all kinds of pretty. I do love monolithic stones.
Me too. Something just so permanent and mysterious about them.
Great illustrations of the landscape and mountains. Just curious, have you ever taken a stab at drawing a Prydain map? The text is fairly vague about where things are and the distance between places, so it would be interesting to get your take on it.
I haven't, because several of the books already come with one, and I don't love that sort of thing anyway so never have wanted to reinvent the wheel. But as something to go along with the comic, it's not a bad idea.
So lovely, and so happy you do what you do.
Thank you dear!
Spectacular! Love these landscapes. Also, the dialogue in the first frame, if you squint a bit, could be a couple of fans talking about you and this comic; the pace has been impressive the last few weeks.
Regarding CA's comment, I have no doubt that even if cartography is not your cup of tea, you could produce a far more attractive map of Prydain than the one in the books.
Maybe! You know what I’d really love, is if somebody with gaming design knowledge would create a 3d topographical map of it one could explore at leisure. I’m sure it could be done on a roblox platform, but I don’t have time to master that program.
I have seen an old map of Wales today that looks very inspiring for a Prydain map: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a8/2e/c4/a82ec4182b39b2b71a74ff757f5bd7d4.jpg
Oh that is a lovely map!
If you’ve never visited the Prydain wiki’s map page, it’s worth perusing. Beautiful maps there, both authorized and fan-created. I am partial to the one by Brendan Wanderer. See them here.
I have one of my own making, too. Unfortunately it is currently inaccessible at my home while I am with wife and son exiled abroad due to pandemic measures. I will scan it for you when we will be back, some day. Just forgive me that it is labelled in German.
I look forward to seeing it! And goodness I’m so sorry about your situation. It’s difficult enough to be stuck at home; I can’t imagine being stuck anywhere else, let alone a foreign country. I hope you’re able to return soon. ?
It's not so bad actually. We have bought an apartment here two years ago (in my wife's native country) and made it to here just before the borders were closed. We miss nothing here right now, except that due to applying restrictions we feel confined like in Spiral Castle, may not even visit our daughter who happens to live beyond the next country limits. But yesterday there was a report about French bicycle tourists who are stuck here for weeks now, not knowing when they will be allowed to return home, and they have emergency quarters in tents and are much worse off than us!
Discovered your webcomic a few days ago when I began to re-read Prydain (for the like 5th time?). Searching for fan art led me here and... wow. Amazing job. Super impressed that you can do this while homeschooling kids too... neither my wife or I can manage to get much art time in with two young ones. Awesome awesome job. I wish you'd get a contract for a full graphic novel series.
One comment on this page... does Gurgi fall off Melyngar's back after panel 1? Cause I dont see him... ;D
LOL ummmmm....wow, you're right, he disappears, doesn't he! Unless...that aerial shot is just too far away for you to see him. Yep. I'm going to go with that. LOL
Thank you for that vote of confidence! I wish I could do the full series too...and get paid for it...but at least doing it this way I am free to make whatever creative decisions I want, with no editor to please. A lot to be said for that.
Wow...the landscapes in this chapter are just so good! I feel like I'm taking my own trip across Prydain.
Waaaait - didn't Fflewddur suggest last night it was the smell of Gurgi's wound that was luring the wolves? And now Melyngar strolls alone out of sight with him still in the saddle? Maybe Taran's idea had not been so good after all. They wouldn't acknowledge him as a honorary guest, would they?
Note how Eilonwy has gained endurance meanwhile. No collapses from exhaustion any more even though she is walking all day with the others. Is it her will and determination? She has notably grown in power since she challenged the cauldron-born.
I think Alexander just sort of conveniently forgets. After all in The High King we open with a mortally wounded Prince Gwydion who 48 hours later is leading a small army on a heroic quest. Whatever herbal cures are pushed in Prydain must be potent indeed.
Like he has forgotten about Taran's wounds? Did anyone notice that for days he has now been walking with that strip from Eilonwy's dress on? That shouldn't have done his arm any good. Not to mention that he seeks herbs for Gurgi but none for himself, and Eilonwy misses on the chance to show off her superiority by insisting to nurse him.
/Stop it, Dessler! You're drifting off into the fanfic sphere/
But where would they get replacement unless Eilonwy ripped one of the coats to shreds? That's one problem which Prydain shares with Middle-earth: its vast emptiness without any farmsteads, monasteries, inns or markets to replenish ressources, save for weirdos like Eiddileg. Where is all the infrastructure that people rely upon? Of course you may argue that Fflewddur doesn't want to risk exposure to Arawn's scouts and deliberately chooses unpopulated areas - but does he never raise the subject?
I have a fanfic scene where she changes his bandages, using materials they find in Melyngar’s saddlebags. ☺️ I think it’s the kind of thing any seasoned warrior would think to pack. But in my version any sense of superiority on her part is ruined by his knowledge of herbal remedies, which makes her start to realize her own ignorance and regret her rudeness to him. It’s one of my favorite non-canon additions.
Makes sense. If she should have learned anything about herbs, it would be rather the destructive kind, wouldn't it?
Precisely! She probably knows how to blind people, poison them, turn them into toads...