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I have started posting the sketch pages of my comic to my Wordpress webcomic site, gawaincomic.com. Because I am no longer satisfied with the beginning of the tale of Gorlois and Ygraine, I decided to rewrite and redraw it, and I thought I might as well use the new pages as a test case for my definitive comics pages. So here is the new page 6, still to be coloured.

After a detour via A3, I have finally decided to draw on A4 size paper - or adopt the manga format, if you like, rather than the American or European comics formats. Let's just see how this works out. Personally I feel more comfortable drawing A4-sized pages, plus I can also scan them on a normal-size scanner. So yes.

I intend to draw and ink some more pages (I think they will be 5 or 6 in total) and then paint them all together.

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More bad photos! :P

I painted this yesterday; the idea came to me at the same time as Little-Gawain-In-A-Tree. Dunno what it is. I seem to have ideas.

This is A3(ish) again, this time on Bockingford paper. I think I actually prefer working with the Daler-Rowney in the end.

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TDH page 7 pencils

Friday, 20 August 2010 01:39 pm
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No sketchdump today. Instead, you get a preview of page 7. You know it in this shape (top one). Just pencils for now; constructive criticism is most welcome.

My adventure (!) for today was going to the copy shop to have my first two pages scanned. My home scanner can't handle more than A4, so I need to get my A3 comic pages scanned elsewhere. For some reason, the system is to scan an image to PDF, so I have to switch formats in Photoshop. Oddly enough, this always results in my image having no background layer. This is actually kind of convenient.

Anyway! I know now that I can get my pages scanned quickly and neatly :). And I also know that scanning the entire TDH is going to cost me about €30, meaning that getting my own A3 scanner is most definitely not a cheaper solution. -Watch me being practical ;). It happens.

Anyway: Page 7 )
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So I pencilled, "lightboxed" and inked my first page of TDH. Yes, inked. After all the hubbub and choices and doubts I ended up doing what I have always done before. I don't know if it's the best choice, and I may still change my mind for later pages (and end up redrawing the first one, I don't know!). I have ordered postcards of my Ygraine drawing to see what the colours look like in print. Based on that, goodness knows I might still get round to using colour pencils on my pages.

*sigh*

Below are
1) a photo of the first inked page (it's A3, which doesn't fit my scanner, so I'm going to have it scanned in a copy shop);
2) two costume designs used on this page and with which I tinkered in Photoshop to try out colour stuff. One is relatively successful, the other isn't at all :/.

By all means let me know what you think about it all. Comments = VERY WELCOME.

Page and stuff )

I *think* I can promise a continuation of the storyboard in the near future - it will be a short episode bridging The Darkest Hour and the next main story arc. Stay tuned :).
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Hit befel in the dayes of Vther Pendragon, when he was Kynge of all Englond and so regned, that there was a myghty duke in Cornewaill that helde warre ageynest hym long tyme, and the duke was called the Duke of Tyntagil. And so by meanes Kynge Vther send for this duk, chargyng hym to brynge his wyf with hym, for she was called a fair lady and a passyng wyse, and her name was called Igrayne.

- Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur (1485)

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1. The Darkest Hour

On a dark winter's night, the Queen of Britain tells a sorcerer of the wrongs she has suffered at the hands of a man. The woes of Ygraine will determine the lives of her descendants.

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



Coming Soon:

Part 2: Sunrise
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"Herr, es heißt hier
auf der plaine und im forêt
und überall, wo Klingsor herrscht:
>Heute traurig, morgen froh<.
Weder Feigheit noch Courage
können daran etwas ändern...
Vielleicht ist Euch das unbekannt:
ein reines Wunder ist dies Land!"

- Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival (ca. 1200-1216)

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It's the ennnnnnnnnnnnddd!

Well, the end of the first story arc. In the next, my hero actually has a part. He'll be born and everything - heck, he even walks and talks and meets Morgana! Long-time readers have already seen that part. I'll pick up again from there. But I'll post a master list first :).

I'm a bit worn out so I'll keep these notes short.

Please, please let me know what you think now that you have made it to the end of The Darkest Hour. Constructive criticism is welcome, as always, especially because the next step for this story is to write and draw the definitive version.


What went before
Lots of awful things have happened to Ygraine, all at the hands of Uther Pendragon, High King of Britain. So far, he hasn't had his comeuppance yet. BUT, as we have seen in the Prologue, Ygraine has now summoned a sorcerer, the mysterious Klingsor. Would you like to know why? All you have to do is read the Epilogue ... and keep following the Gawain Project, of course :P.

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

In which a Queen and a Sorcerer throw in their lot together )
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"Wherefore the queen, fair Igraine, made great sorrow, and all the barons."

- The Romance of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table,
abridged from Malory's Morte d'Arthur by Alfred W. Pollard (1917)

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Today's update is a very quiet one. Basically it is the story fizzling out, because next week, I will be presenting the epilogue - the end of the Darkest Hour story arc.

Yes, I know, you thought it would never end ;-). But I need to start telling you about Gawain at some point, right?

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the final stretch (for a while) of Ygraine's story. Concrit is, as always, welcome.


What went before
King Uther has had the brilliant idea of marrying off Morgause and Morgana to his most powerful rival kings. Ygraine has spoken her mind - but what good does it do?

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

In which Ygraine suffers her last loss )
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"Alas for the Red Dragon, for its end is near. Its cavernous dens shall be occupied by the White Dragon, which stands for the Saxons whom you have invited over. The Red Dragon represents the people of Britain, who will be overrun by the White One: for Britain's mountains and valleys shall be levelled, and the streams in its valleys shall run with blood."
THE PROPHECIES OF MERLIN
- Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain (ca. 1136)

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Nearly there. Really. Nearly there :-). I didn't manage to finish the storyboard before New Year as I had hoped, but - well, I don't really have a deadline, do I?

In other news: my new computer has been ordered. That means I should soon be able to start learning about digital stuff, and that is vital to the future of the comic (read: the definitive version of the comic). Wheeee!

Meanwhile I welcome concrit.

Concrete question: on my other blog, Cecilia commented that she finds it difficult to distinguish Morgana from Morgause in the previous instalment. Is this a problem other readers have too? If so, it's kind of important that I fix it. I imagine they look different, and I can certainly distinguish them myself, but that's not necessarily saying much. So please let me know what it's like for you!


What went before
King Uther has bought the loyalties of King Uriens and Lot of the Red Branch by giving them Ygraine's daughters as wives. These new alliances will serve to keep the Saxons at bay. But how does Queen Ygraine feel about the High King's master plan?

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

In which Ygraine has her say )
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"And Kynge Lott of Lowthean and of Orkenay thenne wedded Margawse, that was Gaweyns moder, and Kynge Nentres of the Land of Garlot wedded Elayne. Al this was done at the request of Kynge Vther. And the Thyrd sister, Morgan le Fey, was put to scole in a nonnery, and ther she lerned so moche that she was a grete clerke of nygromancye, and after she was wedded to Kynge Vryens of the Lond of Gore, that was Syre Ewayns le Blaunche Maynys fader."
- Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur (1485)

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Heh - finally :). It took me a while to script this part, I'm afraid, but now it's ready. On the upside, I have a pretty good idea of the next few pages - the last of TDH's main story arc. After that, it's back to Klingsor in a short Epilogue. Whew.

Well, I'll not beat about the bush any longer and just give you the next five pages. I need to pick your brains about the future of the comic, but will do so in another entry sometime soon.

Concrit = welcome!


What went before
King Uther is up to something. Having found that he cannot keep the Saxons off on his own, he prepares a pact with two of Britain's most powerful warlords. And that has an impact on Gorlois' daughters...

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

In which Uther draws two warlords to his side )
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"Between the two sides the outcome of each battle was always in doubt, it being hard to tell which of them was victorious. Their own arrogance was a handicap to the Britons, for they were unwilling to obey the orders of their leaders. This undermined their strength and they were unable to beat the enemy in the field."
- Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain (ca. 1136)

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Myes. I intended to post an extra long update, but here I am posting an extra short one. Blame the snow. It has been snowing here for the past week, and it has been so cold that the stuff has actually stayed. It has been a long time since we last had so much snow; it's quite amazing. The snow inspired me to do a large picture - an illustration for Gawain and the Green Knight - and that has absorbed quite a bit of time. The worst of it is: I ended up with pretty inks, but I rather despair of the colouring. I'm simply not a good enough painter to get it right -_-. I'll just end up ruining it.

ACK.

Once I've got over that, I'll do more comic. For now: two pages. On the upside, they feature Morgana :).

Concrit = welcome!


What went before
King Uther is waging war on two fronts and finds that things do not go according to plan. His general Folant is killed by the Irish, and Uther himself is sorely wounded during a fight against the Saxon forces. As rumours about his death start to spread, King Uriens of Gorre hurries to Caer Lleon to propose marriage to Queen Ygraine. Instead of punishing Uriens for his presumption, Uther decides to propose a deal.

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

In which a girl is called back from a convent )
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"'The Ambrones used to call me the half-dead King', he said, and burst out laughing as he spoke. 'That was because I lay flat in my litter, greatly reduced as I was by my illness. Half-dead, indeed, I really was; but I would rather be half-dead and beat them than safe and sound, with a full expectation of life, and be beaten by them.'"
- Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain (ca. 1136)

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I'm actually early today! It's a small miracle, because I have been drawing and painting cards so intensively that I didn't actually get round to drawing the next pages of the comic until yesterday. That could potentially have spelled disaster. But see, after a false start things suddenly worked out and I drew four pages in a row! I have the feeling that this week's episode has finally cleared the road towards the story's ending - there are some minor things to figure out, but King Uriens rather unexpectedly showed up exactly where I needed him, so now the waiting is for the last two guests of the Grand Finale. It would be great if I could finish The Darkest Hour this month... That would require Extra Large updates, though, because I have only two Saturdays left before the new year :-). We'll see.

In other news, I'll be going to Strip Turnhout tomorrow after I almost accidentally signed up for a session :P. The Turnhout comics festival organises a thingy where aspiring comics artists can show their work to professionals in the field. So that's where I'll be heading. I've never been to the festival before so I'm curious :-).

Oh, and the Ambiorix exhibition in Tongeren has opened! Look, Ambiorix has his own website now: www.ambiorix.com... It has his photo on it. Of course my Ambiorix is way cuter because archeologists rarely think about the hottie factor of their reconstructions :P. Anyway, a visit to His Moustacheness is planned in for next Thursday. Squee!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this week's update. Constructive criticism is, as always, very welcome!


What went before
King Uther and his right-hand-man Lord Folant are fighting the enemies of the realm in the east and the north. If they hoped the wars would end soon, they are sorely disappointed. Clearly Uther needs to take measures of a different kind...

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

In which there will be BLOOD and LIVING DEAD - or, well, almost... )
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"And from his retreat in the mountains of Gwynedd, Merlin watched with a sorry heart the sorrows of Britain, but he knew that the time was not yet come for the strong hand that should save the realm."
- Rosemary Sutcliff, The Sword and the Circle (1981)

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I'm back! We're getting closer to page 100, so, er, that means this story, um, won't be done by page 100. So I guess our next estimation is, ah, 110? *grins sheepishly*

No, seriously, we're close to the end, but it's just not going to end on page 100. I still have to send Morgause and Morgana forth to multiply, otherwise my hero won't be born. So I think I need at least another ten pages for an ending that doesn't feel rushed. We should also be returning to Klingsor at one point - I hope you haven't forgotten all about him?

On second thoughts, it may take twenty pages. Ahem. But since this is a manga format, that's not so very much, right?

Okay - back to this week's instalment :-). Concrit is always welcome!


What went before
Poor (- well...) King Uther finds that he doesn't get a lot of support when he summons his vassals to fight a herd of Saxons and a wild bunch of Irishmen. He is under attack from two sides, and it looks as though he is going to have to dispose of his enemies all by his lonesome. Will that work, or won't it?

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

In which there is fighting and stuff! )
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"Within two years of the birth of Arthur, a wasting sickness fell on Uther Pendragon. Then, seeing the king helpless, his enemies raided the realm and overthrew his knights and killed many of his people."
- John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur & his Noble Knights (1976)

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Until recently, this story basically wrote itself. Now, as we get closer to the end, this is no longer the case. I struggled and struggled, and I have only two pages this week to show for my efforts :/. The next few are going to be difficult too, because they have to span a few years without dwelling too long upon events that don't really matter to my story, while at the same time making it clear that quite a bit of time passes. As I haven't got a tangible narrator, I have to think of some other solution than a voice-over... Not easy.

You'll see that the art on today's pages is rather rougher than what you have seen in the last few weeks. That is because my artist friend told me not to do my storyboard in pencils first. He's right, of course. I allowed my desire to show you something a bit prettier than just messy storyboard sketches to take over, but now I have forced myself to go back to the basics :-). So there.

In other news, I'm completely hooked on Merlin. I lurves it. Will review when I've seen some more.

Concrit on the comic is still VERY welcome!

What went before
King Uther's realm is threatened! An assortment of pagans and Irishmen is attacking Britain from two sides. As High King, Uther summons his vassals to fight by his side. He finds out the hard way that his treatment of the late Lord Gorlois has not exactly inspired loyalty in his client Kings. So what happens now?

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

In which the High King prepares for battle )
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"This, indeed, happened. They came back with an immense fleet and more men than could ever be counted. They invaded certain parts of Albany and busied themselves in burning the cities there and the citizens inside them."
- Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain (ca. 1136)

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Late again. AUGH! This time it is because I was without Internet for all of yesterday afternoon -_-. So instead of posting, I was forced to console myself by watching my first ever episode of the BBC's Merlin. It was fun! It's possible that I simply stumbled into a good episode, "The Sins of the Fathers"... It had Morgause and Ygraine in it and happened to deal with murky bits of Arthur's family history. True, that family history is not the story I am familiar with, but though the writers carefully avoided themes like rape and incest, they used other means to make clear that Uther is ruthless in the pursuit of his desires. Not bad at all. I rather enjoyed Rupert Giles's Anthony Head's Uther and liked Arthur and Merlin as well. And Morgause (Emilia Fox, yay!) - hah! She was great, in a sword-wielding (!) sorceress-like way *g*. In short: I'll be wanting more of this :-).

Oh, and I can totally see why this show is popular with slashy shippers :P.

Alas (?), less slashy goodness in the continuation of The Darkest Hour. Concrit is welcome!

What went before
Uther Pendragon, High King of Britain, has slain his rival, married the woman he desired, had a child by her, and has got rid of his creepy, magical stepdaughter. Just when he thinks he can sit back and enjoy the fruit of all his efforts, stuff happens.

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

In which Uther's troubles are not over yet )
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"And the third sister Morgan le Fay was put to school in a nunnery, and there she learned so much that she was a great clerk of necromancy."
- The Romance of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table,
abridged from Malory's Morte d'Arthur by Alfred W. Pollard (1917)

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It's really hard to explain why, but the dialogue on the following three pages gave me a lot of trouble. I really couldn't figure out how best to write it - which explains why I missed my self-imposed deadline and am posting late :/. And why the artwork looks (even) more sketchy than usual.

I predict that next week's pages will be a little tough too... And then the pressure to produce a decent ending is rising :). So I guess I will be craving your indulgence more than once in the coming weeks... But I promise to do my best!

For now, I hope you enjoy the continuation of the story. Concrit is very welcome!

What went before
Gorlois' youngest, Morgana, is beginning to show rather unnerving signs of magic. She makes King Uther feel uneasy, so he thinks of a way to get rid of her.

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

In which Ygraine has to let her youngest daughter go )
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"And Utha, with his own heart sore within him, was left to comfort the Queen in her grieving."
- Rosemary Sutcliff, The Sword and the Circle (1981)

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A regular three-page update today. Most of it was drawn with my small pen, and I have to say I rather enjoyed it. I guess that means I still haven't decided on the means to ink the definitive pages -_-.

In other news, I'm looking for an art teacher. I was hoping to enroll in art school - evening class version - because I finally have the time and the occasion to take those lessons I have wanted for so long. I knew I was late, but not that it would be entirely impossible to enroll at this point. Well, it is. Also, the course that I wanted to take ("illustration & graphic novel") was immediately booked full. I can enroll for next year at the earliest, and then only if I do so on the school's Open Day in June, else all places will be filled up again O_O. Yay. So, because I have time NOW, I'm hoping to find a teacher who wants to give me private lessons. I'll have to see how things stand next year and hopefully start school then.

So yes, I'm serious this time. I have just turned thirty and decided that if I don't go for the comic now, I never will. I do want to give this project my best shot and try to get it published. Maybe it's crazy, but if I don't try it, I fear I will regret it all my life. So there.

Concrit is important :-). Please let me know what you think!


What went before
In order to get his way with Ygraine, Uther has had to appeal to Merlin's magical powers. In return, the wizard has made him swear to give up the child that issues from the King's union with Ygraine. Now the child is born - and Ygraine finally learns of Uther's arrangement...

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

In which we learn more about Gorlois' daughters )
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"At Christmas time the Queen bore her child; a fine manchild. But within an hour of his birth a message was brought to the King that a poor man stood at the postern gate and sent word to him to remember the vow taken on the cross of his sword.
And the King gave orders to two knights and two ladies to take the babe and wrap him in cloth-of-gold and then in warm skins for a winter journey, and to give him to the poor man they would find at the postern gate."
- Rosemary Sutcliff, The Sword and the Circle (1981)

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To make up for last week's lack of update, I have an extra-large batch of six pages for you today :-). I hope you like it!

Today's pages contain a few things that I have always found difficult to draw, to wit: a building, a cat and a baby.

Oh, and we're nearing the end. Really. I mean, I may end up going all the way to page 100 (including the Epilogue), but we're really drawing close to, well, Gawain ;^_^. That's heartening, isn't it? So, soon I can start to draw around a hundred pages in pencils and then to ink them. Aheh.

In any case, for now I'm still storyboarding. Enjoy!

Concrit is, as always, very welcome.

What went before
Ygraine has finally agreed to marry King Uther, if only for political reasons. Now she has also carried his child to term. She has no idea of the promise Uther has made to Merlin...

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

In which a child is born to Ygraine )
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"And anon, like a lusty knight, he assented thereto with good will, and so in all haste they were married in a morning with great mirth and joy."
- The Romance of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table,
abridged from Malory's Morte d'Arthur by Alfred W. Pollard (1917)

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I apologise on beforehand for this week's update. It's late, it's short, and it's also clunky. This part is difficult because I have to skip ahead to the next great event and I don't seem to manage to do that elegantly. I could have let it lie longer and looked for a less clumsy way to handle it, but I don't want to delay the end of the story. My priority is to get the tale finished. I'll go back and edit later.

The only way I could have avoided the clunkiness at the moment was to have drawn three more pages this week, but that wasn't possible time-wise. So instead I have to leave you with two pages and the promise that you will have a better update next weekend. It may be late again, though - next week is really busy and my sister is getting married on Saturday. But I'll see what I can do :-).

Concrit is, as always, very welcome!

What went before
Basically, King Uther has Ygraine cornered. Now what? Well...

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

In which Ygraine takes the only path open to her )
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"Now will we do well, said Ulfius, our king is a lusty knight and wifeless, and my lady Igraine is a passing fair lady; it were great joy unto us all, an it might please the king to make her his queen. Unto that they were all well accorded and moved it to the king."
- The Romance of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table,
abridged from Malory's Morte d'Arthur by Alfred W. Pollard (1917)

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This week has been such a turbulent one that I feared I might not be able to update at all. But here I am, despite misfortunes of all kinds and a whimsical Internet connection, with four pages for your delectation (...I hope) and an exciting piece of news.

The news is that I have found, via my friend [livejournal.com profile] bettyboop_comic, a professional comics artist who has taken it upon himself to draw the Prologue of The Darkest Hour :D! WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Isn't that amazing? The young man's name is Bartel Bruneel. Have a look at his work here. Of course when he has done the Prologue I'm going to abuse his generosity and beg him to do the as yet unwritten Epilogue as well, for reasons of symmetry, your know? ;P But shhhh, he doesn't know that yet... *wide, evil grin*

Now - the drawback of having a real, fab artist do a part of my story is of course that my poor readers might be a touch disenchanted when they turn page four and find my scribbles from page five onwards :/. But you'll just have to count yourselves happy that you've been given a special treat in the opening (and, fingers crossed, closing?) pages. Right?

A few updates ago, I estimated that TDH might end around page 75. Um. Since we have reached page 73 today and three important events haven't happened yet, that is less than likely. I'm guessing 90 might be more realistic... That seems like an awful lot, especially when the hero is still not born yet. But on the other hand, the story looks longer than it actually is. I have been using a manga-like format that just takes all the space it needs in order to tell its tale, but if you read through the whole, it doesn't actually take long. And on that glorious day in the far, uncertain future when I reach the apotheosis of Gawain's tale, you will all understand why I took my time to tell Ygraine's story at length and did my best to develop its characters ;P.

Back to the present, then :-). I hope you enjoy the new pages. By all means leave me concrit if you have some!

What went before
Ygraine is forced to go to King Uther and ask him some serious favours in the interest of Cornwall. In view of the circumstances of her husband's death and Uther's presence at Tintagil, she is little inclined to deference or humility. Instead, she makes several bold accusations. How will the King react to that?

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

In which Uther has his say )
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"When he learned all that had happened, he mourned for the death of Gorlois; but he was happy, all the same, that Ygerna was freed from her marital obligations."
- Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain (ca. 1136)

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I would have preferred to post more in one go, but unfortunately I had no time to draw more this week. Also, we are nearing the end of the story and I need to think very carefully about how it is to be wrapped up nicely. There are still a few important events to be told, but the difficulty is that they require leaps in time. Making those smoothly is always a bit of a challenge. So: three pages this week.

Concrit is, as always, very welcome!

What went before
With her husband dead, the welfare of her people depends entirely on Ygraine. There is no time to mourn, she finds. She must go to King Uther and ask him a few big favours. And she is not quite ready for that.

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

In which Ygraine tries to appeal to the king's conscience )

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