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Happy birthday, Severus Snape!

Because all my plans for birthday drawings have gone awry, on the occasion of Snape's birthday I'm going to dig up what used to be an old favourite and share my comic-making process. Does anyone remember "How Not To Draw Comics"? I did these entries where I documented the making of my first ever complete comic in 18 pages - which was, would you believe it, a Snape comic. I worked on it for years, mostly because I drew a page whenever I felt particularly inspired - which, seeing as we are talking about me, Little Miss No Idea, wasn't very often. My way of working was incredibly chaotic.

Ten years or so later, nothing much has changed.

The reveals for [community profile] hoggywartyxmas are up, so I can now officially admit to having created Great Balls of Snow. (Being me, I'd actually put my NAME on the title card. I was so very tired at that point I didn't even realise I'd sent a SIGNED entry to an anonymous fest! D'oh!) I have to say, I had a ball working on this thing. It wore me out completely, but boy, was it ever so much fun. However, I felt very bad about it, because I missed two deadlines and was afraid [personal profile] therealsnape would start to think I was a total flake or something. No. I'm just chaotic and slow. (Not when I'm doing my job! Seriously. But when I'm making comics and stuff... Ack.)

Anyway -

Below the cut: lots and lots of images! Lots and lots of sketchy Snape! Developing ideas! Rubbish! If you're interested, and you haven't read the comic yet, I'd say, read it first. It's complete in 41 panels (not pages - just panels), here at Hoggywarty or on Tumblr if you like. And then come back for the Making-Of :).

How Not To Draw Comics - Great Balls of Snow )

Well, that was the story of that comic. It eventually got done and TRS accepted it. And all was well ;).
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This is all a bit rushed, I'm sorry. I'm just glad I managed to post a new page at all this week...And if all goes well, next week we'll have a peek in the dungeons, to check out that half-naked chained-up bloke we met a few weeks ago.

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Arthur and his men are in Venta, where the Sword of Kings has remained stuck in a stone for ages. And you know what? Arthur actually manages to pull it out! Now let's have a look inside the old High King's palace...


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Concrit is still and always welcome :).

THE STORY SO FAR:
Part I: The Darkest Hour )
Part II: Sunrise )
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I don't know about other places in the world, but today is poetry day in Belgium, and so to honour that, I would like to share a piece of Arthurian poetry. It is a fragment from Alfred Tennyson's Passing of Arthur, and if I am entirely honest, it always makes me cry because it is so beautiful and sad. In fact, now that I think of it, tales of Arthur's end are responsible for about 90 % of the times fiction moves me to tears...

This episode takes place shortly after Gawain's death. King Arthur has received a message to warn him that while Gawain and he were in France to fight Lancelot, Mordred has seized the throne. Arthur hurries back to Britain, intending to battle Mordred at Camlann. On the eve of battle, the King is visited by Gawain's ghost, who tells him that the next day he will die.

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That story which the bold Sir Bedivere,
First made and latest left of all the knights,
Told, when the man was no more than a voice
In the white winter of his age, to those
With whom he dwelt, new faces, other minds.

For on their march to westward, Bedivere,
Who slowly paced among the slumbering host,
Heard in his tent the moanings of the King:

"I found Him in the shining of the stars,
I mark'd Him in the flowering of His fields,
But in His ways with men I find Him not.
I waged His wars, and now I pass and die.
O me! for why is all around us here
As if some lesser god had made the world,
But had not force to shape it as he would,
Till the High God behold it from beyond,
And enter it, and make it beautiful?
Or else as if the world were wholly fair,
But that these eyes of men are dense and dim,
And have not power to see it as it is:
Perchance, because we see not to the close;—
For I, being simple, thought to work His will,
And have but stricken with the sword in vain;
And all whereon I lean'd in wife and friend
Is traitor to my peace, and all my realm
Reels back into the beast, and is no more.
My God, thou hast forgotten me in my death:
Nay—God my Christ—I pass but shall not die."


- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
from Idylls of the King

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*sniff*

-Well, back to the comic...


THE STORY SO FAR:

Part I: The Darkest Hour

One woman and two men. This is where our story starts.

The Darkest Hour
1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-21, 22-24, 25-27, 28-31, 32-35, 36-40, 41-44, 45-47, 48-50, 51-53, 54-57, 58-60, 61-64, 65-66, 67-69, 70-73, 74-75, 76-81, 82-84, 85-87, 88-90, 91-92, 93-97, 98-101, 102-103, 104-108, 109-111, 112-114, 115-119

The Sword of Kings
1-4, 5-11


Part II: Sunrise

Family history catches up with a little red-haired boy.

Brothers and Sisters
1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-21, 22-24, 25-27, 28-30,31-33, 34-36, 37-39, 40-42, 43-45, 46-48, 49-51, 52-54, 55-57, 58-60, 61-63, 64-66, 67-69, 70-72, 73-75, 76-78, 79-81, 81, 82

What Went Before - contains lots of spoilers! )

We caught King Lot in a haystack. Now we find his family inside the house. Gawain is telling his brothers an old, old story...

Page 83 )

I realise it is a bit difficult with this one-page-at-a-time thing, but concrit is as welcome as it used to be :).

More next Thursday!

Tomorrow: Comic!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:50 pm
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Dear reader (-after all this time I don't dare use a plural anymore) of the Gawain Project,

Guess what: as of tomorrow, I am going to start posting new comic pages again. So if you are still interested, you are very welcome to tune in :).

Because my job has changed, my comics routine has changed too; in fact it has simply disappeared. Therefore I have had to establish a new one, because clearly, without some form of routine I don't get anything done. I am going to try the following:

Since I can no longer draw comics on the train, I have to do it during the weekend. Because I have to draw during the weekend, I can't get my posts ready on Saturdays the way I used to. Instead, I will be posting on Thursday evenings. The rate will be one page per week. If it turns out that I can post more at once, I will do so, but at the moment I feel it is better to post regularly than to post a lot in one go.

So:

Tomorrow, Thursday 17 January, I will kick off with page 81 of Brothers and Sisters.
(I posted a page 81 before, but it got scrapped. Sorry!)


Thunderclouds gather!

Mystical powers are revealed!

Too many people sleep in the same bed!

And Special Guest appearance: Lucifer!

...And yes, I will recapitulate, because I don't expect anyone to remember where I left off :p.

I hope to see you again tomorrow! ♥

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"'Yield?' asked Agravain. He was panting.
I felt sick. I had no choice. If I didn't yield, he would only hit me more, and call me names, and laugh at me.
'I yield.'"
- Gillian Bradshaw, Hawk of May (1981)

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I'm really sorry about this week's last page. It's atrocious. I don't know why I ever thought it might be a good idea to introduce two new characters with a herd of cows. -_-

Ah well.

What went before
Morgana has been hoping that Conchobarre, a former fianna and now a nun in Morgana's convent, would be willing to take charge of Gawain's combat training. But Conchobarre refuses to do anything that might benefit to King Lot. As a young woman, she was pushed aside to make room for her younger brother, and the fact that Lot has removed his eldest child, a daughter, hits close to home. What now?


Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36, Brothers and Sisters 37-39, Brothers and Sisters 40-42, Brothers and Sisters 43-45, Brothers and Sisters 46-48, Brothers and Sisters 49-51, Brothers and Sisters 52-54, Brothers and Sisters 55-57, Brothers and Sisters 58-60, Brothers and Sisters 61-63, Brothers and Sisters 64-66, Brothers and Sisters 67-69, Brothers and Sisters 70-72, Brothers and Sisters 73-75, Brothers and Sisters 76-78

In which Gawain does not get a teacher, and someone else arrives on the scene... )
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"Mungo's mother, Thenaw, also known as St. Thaney, was the daughter of the Brythonic king, Lleuddun (Latin, Leudonus), who ruled in the Haddington region of what is now Scotland, probably the Kingdom of Gododdin in the Old North. She became pregnant, after being seduced by Owain mab Urien according to the British Library manuscript. Her furious father had her thrown from the heights of Traprain Law."
- Saint Mungo, Wikipedia entry

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Well: posting seems to be easier this week than the last! I'm secretly hoping that the latest LJ crisis is to blame for the fact that my full readership seems to count 12 people. That sounds so apostolic. *cough* But I treasure you, my faithful twelve! *hugs you all*

I had to take today's quote from Wikipedia because I didn't buy the book in which I came across the story originally :). Traprain Law is a hillfort not too far from Edinburgh; a hoard of Roman silver was found there - probably some sort of bribe. Traprain Law is associated with King Lot (Lleu, Leudonus) and its old name is Dunpendyrlaw. I know I'd read this somewhere, but I couldn't remember that old name, which is why the characters have so far been referring to Lot's fortress as "your fortress". Um. But at least I have recovered the name now.

I hope you enjoy the story's continuation! As always, constructive criticism is very welcome :-).


What went before
Lot and Morgana have plans with Gawain, but none of them will bear fruit unless the boy becomes a decent warrior. Because his current training seems to lead nowhere, Morgana brings in an expert: Conchobarre, a former war leader who has taken the veil. But Conchobarre flatly refuses to become Gawain's tutor. Why? Well, this week she reveals her reasons...


Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36, Brothers and Sisters 37-39, Brothers and Sisters 40-42, Brothers and Sisters 43-45, Brothers and Sisters 46-48, Brothers and Sisters 49-51, Brothers and Sisters 52-54, Brothers and Sisters 55-57, Brothers and Sisters 58-60, Brothers and Sisters 61-63, Brothers and Sisters 64-66, Brothers and Sisters 67-69, Brothers and Sisters 70-72, Brothers and Sisters 73-75

In which we hear an unsavoury history... )
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"There was a time when the birds of the air had a contest to see who could fly the highest. All the birds competed except the Wren, and none could fly as high as the Eagle. So the birds made him King.
'He must be King,' they said. 'He's the biggest and strongest of us all. Not one of us can fly as high as the Eagle.'
'I can,' said the Wren.
'You!' laughed the Hawk. 'Why the Eagle wouldn't waste time competing with a bird as small as you!'"
- The Folk Tales of Scotland, retold by Norah and William Montgomerie (1975)

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Great! I've been away for five days and while I'm gone, persons unknown break LJ, or what? >:-( I seem to have to refresh every page at least once to see what I want. Muh. Well, you know if you can't get to the new pages here, you can always read them at my Blogspot, so you don't need to miss out on anything.

Edinburgh was wonderful, by the way. Of course it's a little bit magical for me in any case because it is the site of the capital of the Gododdin, and the capital of Lothian - it's Lot Country and Gawain was born there! I rolled my eyes a bit at the shameless commercial exploitation of what is after all Highland dress in the capital of the Lowlands; I was bemused by the existence of vegetarian haggis and Scottish/Mexican fusion cooking yielding quesadillas with haggis; I wandered through the expanse of Holyrood Park pretending not to know that Arthur's Seat doesn't really have anything to do with Arthur; and of course I also drooled over the Celtic exhibits in the National Museum. I also learnt that quite a few members of the Scottish ruling class in the Middle Ages were of Flemish descent, which certainly explains some of the more absurd aspects of life in Scotland ;-).

Naturally I brought back a lot of books, one of which yielded today's quote. I also (finally) got a copy of the Mabinogion, a small booklet about Pictish fortresses, a history of the Pictish people and a copy of The Last of the Celts, Marcus Tanner's exploration of what is left of the Celtic-speaking world. It makes for gloomy reading. Tanner estimates that one generation from now, all Celtic languages will be extinct. Some of them have been killed off by aggressive governments (Breton in France, Gaelic in the UK), others are just spoken by people who aren't proud of their language and its heritage (Gaelic in Ireland). All of them have been dealt with in a bad way - measures to preserve the languages have either come too late or have had adverse effects. These things make a Celtophile despair :(.

Well, I'm trying to keep Celtic culture alive in my own modest way. New pages are below; I hope you enjoy them. Concrit is welcome, as always!


What went before
Lot and Morgana have a problem. They each have their own high hopes for Gawain, but none of their plans are going to come to anything if the boy cannot hold his own in a fight. Gawain is small and not particularly strong. To overcome these weaknesses, he will need the help of an expert - preferably of the female variety. Fortunately, Morgana knows just such a person...


Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36, Brothers and Sisters 37-39, Brothers and Sisters 40-42, Brothers and Sisters 43-45, Brothers and Sisters 46-48, Brothers and Sisters 49-51, Brothers and Sisters 52-54, Brothers and Sisters 55-57, Brothers and Sisters 58-60, Brothers and Sisters 61-63, Brothers and Sisters 64-66, Brothers and Sisters 67-69, Brothers and Sisters 70-72


In which Morgana's expert is not what Lot had expected )
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"The Ulster Cycle recounts the exploits of the heroes around Conchobar mac Nessae, king of the Ulaid. The foremost tale is Táin Bó Cuailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), in which the young hero Cú Chulainn defends Ulster alone against the invading army of Queen Medb. The Ulster Cycle is heroic in the strict sense. War is the chief activity of its heroes and loyalty and prowess are their main virtues."
- Oxford Companion to Irish History, ed. by S. J. Connoly (2007)

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[Poll #1764176]

These pages, as well as next week's, were drawn while I was cat-sitting my sister's cat Ondinneke. Picture me in my sister's flat, with a nice cup of strong coffee, some chocolate biscuits, a purring kitty sleeping next to me and Der Ring des Nibelungen sounding in the background. Very stimulating XD! I'll be on holiday myself next week (Edinburgh, here I come!), so I took a headstart and drew next week's instalment as well. It's amazing what I can get done as long as I don't switch on a computer ;-)...

Poll filled out? OK. Let's move on to the new pages then...

Concrit is, as always, very welcome.


What went before
Lot is concerned about the fact that he cannot draw the sword from the stone. Does it really mean he is unworthy of the High King's throne? But Morgana points out that the sword in the stone has Merlin written all over it, and that as such it is as subjective a means to appoint a king as any other. Meanwhile, it turns out that Gawain's martial skills are rather sub-par and that something should be done about that...


Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36, Brothers and Sisters 37-39, Brothers and Sisters 40-42, Brothers and Sisters 43-45, Brothers and Sisters 46-48, Brothers and Sisters 49-51, Brothers and Sisters 52-54, Brothers and Sisters 55-57, Brothers and Sisters 58-60, Brothers and Sisters 61-63, Brothers and Sisters 64-66, Brothers and Sisters 67-69

In which Lot reveals a dream vision )
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"'You certainly are no warrior,' my father said finally. 'Oh well. Take that harp from Orlamh and play something, something pleasant. I'm tired of his weary plunking.'"
- Gillian Bradshaw, Hawk of May (1981)

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This week I've painted something! Yay! It was a long overdue birthday present for [livejournal.com profile] bettyboop_comic. Here's to hoping he likes it.

As for the comic, I get the feeling that there really is a lot of talk in it. But - well, people talking is rather my thing. There'll be some action soonish, though :P. (I think I've been making the same promise a few weeks ago. Er.)

Well, if you think it's too talk-y, leave a comment below with your complaints ;-).

On with the story!


What went before
The meeting of the kings has not really been a success. Lot tells Morgana of his worries. There is one in particular...


Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36, Brothers and Sisters 37-39, Brothers and Sisters 40-42, Brothers and Sisters 43-45, Brothers and Sisters 46-48, Brothers and Sisters 49-51, Brothers and Sisters 52-54, Brothers and Sisters 55-57, Brothers and Sisters 58-60, Brothers and Sisters 61-63, Brothers and Sisters 64-66


In which a boy seems to be playing truant... )
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"The magician Merlin, and the poet Taliesin, guaranteed Arthur's sanctity and his victories. Thus, his reign seemed an unbroken succession of royalty stretching from ages past into eons to come, permanent and stable."
- Norma Lorre Goodrich, The Holy Grail (1992)

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Hello, my handful of faithful readers. I hope you're still here... *blushes*

Well, I'm back with the first pages of my new journal. It's the end of the Meeting of the Kings episode - though not of Brothers and Sisters. The meeting part went on much longer than I though it would, but then I hadn't really planned to introduce Taliesin and Kentigern here... That just happened. It's fine though. I'm not sure where else I could have fitted in their introduction.

In the meantime I have also sorted out another small plot issue that is going to crop up sometime in the next few weeks, so I feel rather relieved about that.

I hope you enjoy the new pages!


What went before
It's clobbering time! The kings of Britain roll across the floor of the royal hall of Lothian. Then Taliesin the bard takes his lyre and starts to play...


Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36, Brothers and Sisters 37-39, Brothers and Sisters 40-42, Brothers and Sisters 43-45, Brothers and Sisters 46-48, Brothers and Sisters 49-51, Brothers and Sisters 52-54, Brothers and Sisters 55-57, Brothers and Sisters 58-60

In which there is snoring and despair... )
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"While Taliesin sang a great storm of wind arose, and the castle shook with the force of it. Then the King bade Elphin be brought in before him, and when he came, at the music of Taliesin's voice and harp the chains fell open from themselves and he was free."
- T. W. Rolleston, Celtic Myths and Legends (1911)

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I have filled another Moleskine journal (number four). Time to start a fresh one!


What went before
If you bring the Kings of Britain together for a debate about who is supposed to be the new High King, you can bet that some nasty fighting will ensue. And so it does. Two little boys are watching as their fathers roll across the floor of the great hall...


Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36, Brothers and Sisters 37-39, Brothers and Sisters 40-42, Brothers and Sisters 43-45, Brothers and Sisters 46-48, Brothers and Sisters 49-51, Brothers and Sisters 52-54, Brothers and Sisters 55-57

In which we catch a glimpse of a bard's special talent )
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"BROMM! CRRAC! BING! TCHAC!"
- René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo, Astérix: Le cadeau de César (1974)

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I apologise for the delay in posting. I babysitted my baby niece in the morning, then baked a cake, and before I knew it, there was no more time to scan my pages, edit the images, upload them to Photobucket and assemble a post...

Another thing I have been doing this week is to prepare a Gawain-related Super Seekrit project :-). You won't see the results for another few months, though. Like everything I do, it requires a lot of time and patience, but I'm very excited about it.

-Okay, have some more pages. Concrit is welcome, as always.


What went before
The Kings of Britain are debating Uther's succession. Lot and Uriens both lay claim to the throne, as they are both married to one of Uther's adopted daughters. The Irish and the British are not mincing words. This cannot end well!


Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36, Brothers and Sisters 37-39, Brothers and Sisters 40-42, Brothers and Sisters 43-45, Brothers and Sisters 46-48, Brothers and Sisters 49-51, Brothers and Sisters 52-54

In which the Kings of Britain beat the living daylight out of each other )
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"Ulaid, from whom comes the name Ulster, a dynastic group who ruled, from their capital at Emain Macha, a confederation of kingdoms once stretching as far south as the Boyne, and whose conflicts with the Connachta form the background to Táin Bó Cuailnge. About the mid-fifth century they were ousted from Emain by the Uí Néill or the Airgialla, being confined thereafter to the area east of the Bann."
- Oxford Companion to Irish History, ed. by S. J. Connoly (2007)

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Look, I'm quoting an encyclopedia! I'll confess that I'm doing that because I don't want those of you who have read Gillian Bradshaw's Hawk of May to think that I stole the idea of Gawain's Irish ancestry from her. If I recall correctly, I came by it through the story of Cú Chulainn and his beheading of the wizard Cu Roí, which is really the same tale as that of Gawain and the Green Knight. I was fourteen or fifteen when I read that (and thirty when I read Hawk of May) and I thought it would be neat if Gawain were related to Cú Chulainn. Then I stumbled on a passage in Celtic Britain where it said that in the fifth century, the O'Neill sacked Emain Macha - and I had my story of Lot leaving Ireland to start a new kingdom in Alba (Scotland).

Historically speaking, that's not quite correct, because the Irish who settled in Scotland established the kingdom of Dál Riata, which is in the west of Scotland, and Lothian is of course in the east. But it's not impossible, and Lot is the legendary founder of Lothian, not the historical one, so I have no qualms about this at all.

On to the new pages. Concrit is welcome, as always!

What went before
The Kings of Britain are meeting in Lothian and the feast is about to start. Queen Morgause has just broken up a fight between her two eldest sons, and Agravain expresses his irritation at the fact that Gawain seems to be treated differently from his brothers. As they go to their quarters to get changed for the feast, the boys walk in on a discussion their father and uncle are having...

Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36, Brothers and Sisters 37-39, Brothers and Sisters 40-42



In which Lot negotiates between his roles as an ambitious king and a father of four )
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"That was Agravain. He wanted to be first, and nearly always was. First-born, first choice to succeed my father as king, first among the boys of the island who trained to be warriors. My father was immensely proud of him, and never stayed angry at him for long."
- Gillian Bradshaw, Hawk of May (1981)

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I'm really sorry about the lack of update last week. If all had gone as planned, I would have posted early, but as it turned out, I had more work to do than I anticipated, so I didn't get round to assembling a post. To make up for that, I can show you this picture of Morgana and Owain that [livejournal.com profile] cabepfir drew for me ♥. You haven't seen Owain and Morgana together yet, but that will change at some point in the future. There is some backstory coming up in Brothers and Sisters.

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What went before
We have caught a glimpse of the relationship between Gawain and his brother Agravain. The two boys don't exactly get along and pick fights with each other. Their mother interferes, not without a snide remark about the boys' Irish ancestry.

Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36, Brothers and Sisters 37-39

In which Agravain asks a pertinent question )
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"Her voice was low, soft and beautiful. She was herself beautiful: very tall, dark where Lot was fair; her eyes were darker than the sea at midnight. She left breathless anyone who only looked at her, and drew eyes as a whirlpool draws water."
- Gillian Bradshaw, Hawk of May (1981)

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Can I say again how much I enjoy sketching these pages? I know they have mistakes, and though I try to avoid making any, I'm not too bothered when they do appear, because I know these are just sketches. So I just move on and draw new pages and simply enjoy telling my story.

Whenever I sit down to draw one of the definitive pages, things get kind of stressful. Well, no, not really - drawing those pages is fun, too. But I don't often feel like sitting down to start drawing them in the first place because the pressure is so high. Those pages have to be correct. So when I've drawn one, and it's not entirely correct, I put it aside to iron out the mistakes. But seeing how slow I am to begin with, I never get round to finishing the thing. Because I'm scared of it. At the moment, I tell myself I'm laying out the rest of the story, so I'm doing something productive. But I really do need to find a way to bring the process of the final pages closer to that of the sketch pages. I need to find a way to make myself comfortable. I think I also need to eliminate one of the stages (maybe do the pencils directly on watercolour paper?). I'll produce pages that are far from being perfect, but I'll be producing pages.

Thoughts?

Now story:

What went before
Owain, son of Uriens and Morgana, is visiting Lot's stronghold together with his father because the kings of Britain are having a meeting. Having met Owain in the woods, Gawain has guided him back to the house, where the two boys are met by Gawain's tyrannical brother Agravain. And Gawain doesn't need much in order to start fighting...

Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36


In which Morgause finally makes a reappearance )
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"Agravaine, the next after Gawain, was the bully of the family - he was shifty, inclined to cry, and frightened of pain. It was because he had a good imagination and used his head more than the others."
- T.H. White, The Once and Future King. Book II: The Witch in the Wood (1940)

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I missed the captions, so I have brought them back. It's just too much fun quoting my inspiration and hinting at the things I have kept or changed. Mind you, the number of 'sources' for this chapter is rather limited, so you'll probably see T.H. White and Gillian Bradshaw take turns at the top of these updates. Most of my other Arthurian novels don't devote much (if any) time to Gawain's childhood. T.H. White's account of the little Orkney boys is the one that stays with me the most. My Gawain is very different from White's, but his Agravain, Gaheris and Gareth are more difficult to leave behind. Gawain has most of his adventures on his own (with the notable exception of the first), so his brothers aren't going to have all that much page time. Consequently, they are nor as well-developed as characters like Morgana and Lot. But it is possible that they rise to prominence as the story unfolds - I don't always know exactly how the tale will take me to its destination :-).

Agravain-the-bully is almost inescapable because - well, he's Agravain à la Dure Main; his behaviour is quite consistent and as canonical as it gets in Arthurian stories. (Gawain, on the other hand, can have a completely different personality from one story to the next, so you can write him any which way and still find an Arthurian source to back you up.) And, admittedly, Agravain-the-bully suits me just fine. That said, I hope you'll see him grow into his own, neither Malory's creature nor White's.

Concrit is welcome!

What went before
Returning home from Morgana's convent, Gawain has met his cousin Owain, Uriens of Gorre's youngest son. The boys' first meeting does not run that smoothly, as Owain does not seem to think very highly of Gawain's family...

Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33

In which we meet Agravain and Gaheris... )
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Today is a lovely day, so I have been lazy. I have worked pretty hard last week, so I intend to be lazy all weekend. Mwuahahaha! If I say "lazy", I mean that I hope to get some Gawain-related stuff done. I was so tired last week due to lack of sleep that I didn't have the energy to draw new layouts on the train; that means I'm behind. Need to remedy. I have also bought an A4-sized watercolour Moleskine that I intend specifically for character designs. If all goes well, I'll fix Uther's design for SoK on Sunday. Then maybe I can finally get a move on with my SoK pages. *rolls eyes at self*

Well, on to the new pages. You will be meeting Gawain's entire family in the next few instalments, simply because it's important that you know them :-). But don't worry, I'll be getting to the point. Eeventually ;P.

Concrit = welcome, as always.

What went before
The kings of Britain are meeting in King Lot's stronghold. Uriens of Gorre is one of them, and he has brought a little boy with him in whom Morgana shows an interest...

Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30

Pages 31-33 )
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It's been a while, so I hope you haven't forgotten all about Gawain :-). Me, I have been thinking about him for much of the time, struggling to straighten out my plot, which is always a tricky thing for me. I have no trouble inventing characters or dialogue, but plot? Oh boy. I think I have it ironed out now. I have no doubt that there may be occasional snags as I work my way from one point to another, but I'll tackle those when I meet them. I know from working on The Darkest Hour that the actual writing and drawing of a story brings much more to it than I initially imagined.

In any case, we're off again, no doubt for a few hundred pages...

I know this story takes off rather slowly, but if you could see my outline, you'd see it contains more dramatic events than TDH twice over :p. So - soonish, okay? Please bear with me for the time being :-).

Concrit = welcome, as always.

What went before
King Lot has brought his eldest son, Gawain, to the convent of the Valley of No Return, where the child is to be taught by Morgana and her nuns. Morgana clearly has plans for the boy - but whether or not they coincide with Lot's remains to be seen.

Sunrise Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27

Pages 28-30 )
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And ther by ordenaunce of the quene ther was set a quest of ladyes on Syr Gauayn. And they iuged hym foreuer whyle he lyved to be with all ladyes, and to fyghte for her quarels, and that euer he shold be curteys, and neuer to refuse mercy to hym that asketh mercy.
- Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur (1485)


Part I: The Darkest Hour

One woman and two men. This is where our story starts.

The Darkest Hour
The Darkest Hour 1-3, The Darkest Hour 4-6, The Darkest Hour 7-9, The Darkest Hour 10-12, The Darkest Hour 13-15, The Darkest Hour 16-18, The Darkest Hour 19-21, The Darkest Hour 22-24, The Darkest Hour 25-27, The Darkest Hour 28-31, The Darkest Hour 32-35, The Darkest Hour 36-40, The Darkest Hour 41-44, The Darkest Hour 45-47, The Darkest Hour 48-50, The Darkest Hour 51-53, The Darkest Hour 54-57, The Darkest Hour 58-60, The Darkest Hour 61-64, The Darkest Hour 65-66, The Darkest Hour 67-69, The Darkest Hour 70-73, The Darkest Hour 74-75, The Darkest Hour 76-81, The Darkest Hour 82-84, The Darkest Hour 85-87, The Darkest Hour 88-90, The Darkest Hour 91-92, The Darkest Hour 93-97, The Darkest Hour 98-101, The Darkest Hour 102-103, The Darkest Hour 104-108, The Darkest Hour 109-111, The Darkest Hour 112-114, The Darkest Hour 115-119

The Sword of Kings
The Sword of Kings 1-4, The Sword of Kings 5-11


Part II: Sunrise

Family history catches up with a little red-haired boy.

Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters 1-3, Brothers and Sisters 4-6, Brothers and Sisters 7-9, Brothers and Sisters 10-12, Brothers and Sisters 13-15, Brothers and Sisters 16-18, Brothers and Sisters 19-21, Brothers and Sisters 22-24, Brothers and Sisters 25-27, Brothers and Sisters 28-30,Brothers and Sisters 31-33, Brothers and Sisters 34-36, Brothers and Sisters 37-39, Brothers and Sisters 40-42, Brothers and Sisters 43-45, Brothers and Sisters 46-48, Brothers and Sisters 49-51, Brothers and Sisters 52-54, Brothers and Sisters 55-57, Brothers and Sisters 58-60, Brothers and Sisters 61-63, Brothers and Sisters 64-66, Brothers and Sisters 67-69, Brothers and Sisters 70-72, Brothers and Sisters 73-75, 76-78, 79-81, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86
(currently continuing in weekly updates)
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"Here, encompassed by Roman ramparts of earth and wood, the fate of Uther's kingdom was to be decided."

- Bernard Cornwell, The Winter King (1995)

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Those of you who voted in the poll on Tuesday were generally in favour of a big post with just one instead of a further two instalments of The Sword of Kings. And although I like spreading my posts a little, in this case I think it is probably for the best. The comic is short and has no cliffhangers, and I do have it all ready. So today you get no less than seven pages - some sketchier than others, I should add :).

Constructive criticism is, as always, very welcome. I am thinking of drawing, inking and rendering this episode first by way of test, because I am not quite happy with the way my first inked TDH page looks, and since SoK is a short story, I can afford to experiment a little with it. But it would be great if I could get the layout right first.

In other news: I hope not to keep you waiting too long for the continuation of the story. I have been going over my general plot pages and noticed a) how much has changed since I typed them out a few months ago and b) the story is shaping up and making sense. The beginning needs some sorting out and I need to find my Schwung to get it going - but I think I am getting there (finally).

On to the comic, then!


What went before
Queen Ygraine has disappeared and Uther is desperate to get her back. He searches the land frantically but can find no trace of his wife. Having heard that Merlin currently resides in the forest of Cit Coit Caledon, he travels there to beg the wizard for help. He is met by the Giant Herdsman instead...

The Sword of Kings 1-4

In which another one of Uther's dodgy deals is struck... )

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