Chapter Seventeen, page one
posted 25th Apr 2022, 4:23 PM
25th Apr 2022, 10:52 PM
25th Apr 2022, 4:48 PM
25th Apr 2022, 10:52 PM
Even though I just read the text and it's supposed to be "half-lidded and dull" lol oh well.
25th Apr 2022, 4:55 PM
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! 🙂
25th Apr 2022, 10:51 PM
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!
25th Apr 2022, 10:50 PM
25th Apr 2022, 7:01 PM
Ooooh boy, I could HEAR the wind in the first panel. You really know how to implant other sense impressions into your visuals!
25th Apr 2022, 10:50 PM
25th May 2022, 7:26 PM
25th Apr 2022, 8:15 PM
Oh good page. You're really learning to take advantage of the verticality of the online panels.
25th Apr 2022, 10:49 PM
25th Apr 2022, 10:25 PM
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? :)
25th Apr 2022, 10:48 PM
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.
25th Apr 2022, 11:24 PM
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.
26th Apr 2022, 5:47 PM
Prydainian Aphmau Reader (Guest)
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.
24th May 2022, 12:29 PM
Those purple flowers are blooming heather, as near as I could come to it. It was one of the beautiful things I remember about my trip to Britain.
27th Apr 2022, 2:22 PM
Ragnar Deerslayer (Guest)
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!
30th Apr 2022, 1:46 PM
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.
30th Apr 2022, 5:16 PM
2nd May 2022, 6:49 PM
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.
2nd May 2022, 6:50 PM
I seek the approval of ALL HUMANITY
At least all those smart enough to love Prydain.
But one more voice is always motivating. ;)
17th Jun 2022, 12:14 AM
That was both funny & gracious.
You've raised children past middle school age, haven't you? That's the sort of grace that comes from intense emotional trials.
17th Jun 2022, 2:28 AM
Lol I have one about to enter high school. The others are still solidly middle. It’s a rough time, for sure - but overall harder on them than on me, so far. I actually really like this age…I’m not good with small kids because I’m not terribly playful; my connection with them was affectionate and nurturing but their dad was the “fun” parent at that stage. Early teens, when they start to be capable of thoughtfulness and nuance and can hold real conversations —I love it. They’re great kids, despite my falterings. I’m so looking forward to high school with my oldest. I’ve already got the first football game on the calendar (he’s in band…none of mine are sporty) and I’m so stoked for it.
12th May 2022, 4:42 PM
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.
21st May 2022, 7:03 AM
Good Old Doli (Guest)
This is wonderful! I will echo that the first panel/landscape is particularly beautiful.
24th May 2022, 3:28 AM
I might be 21 days late to check the comic but it's still a good day when you upload.
I saw it was a title page and was disappointed then kept scrolling and saw that there was more! Very appreciative.
24th May 2022, 3:30 AM
I also love the title transition into sky, your landscape pictures are what got me into this comic in the first place. Beautiful :)
24th May 2022, 12:27 PM
Awww, yes, I try not to do updates that are just title pages! That’s a bait and switch for sure, lol. Thanks for checking in!
24th May 2022, 6:27 PM
This is may favourite part of the books ... and so of course I must pun. Ahem.
"I don't know what that is, boy, but a Gwyth it ain't!"
Lord, I 'pologize fer that.
19th Jul 2022, 1:39 PM
Very nice work with the custom brushes here; I like the way the flowers in the foreground explain the color in the more distant view of the entire adventuring party knee-deep in the heather. The smooth transition from the title page to the sky of the first frame is nifty. It's a change in format from previous chapter openings, but I like it. The bit-by-bit introduction of the Gwythaint provides some nice suspense for anyone who hasn't read the novel and is discovering the story for the first time via your comic.
25th Apr 2022, 4:42 PM
Welcome back! Great opening scene. Love that landscape in particular.