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As promised: three pages this week! Didn't manage a fourth, sorry - it was far too hot! In this weather, drawing is no fun :(. Too sweaty.

I think I can say that I can make one or two pages for next Sunday, but none of what comes next has been written yet, so a short hiatus (for writing) is a possibility. I will do my best to avoid it, but I make no promises...

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Arthur has pulled the sword from the stone. Having, in one swoop, freed several British slaves as well as the Irish warrior Morholt, Arthur and his men now try to make it home before they get caught by a Saxon patrol. But they haven't got far when they run into King Pellinore of the Jutes. Pellinore, fascinated by the fact that Arthur has succeeded in pulling the sword from the stone where everyone else has failed, proposes a deal. He will support Arthur's claim to the High King's crown and put an army at his disposal. In return, he asks that Arthur give him and his people land. But for Arthur, matters are not that simple...


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Hello hello! There is good news and bad: you may have noticed the lack of update last Sunday, and as you can see, today I come not carrying any pages. That is the bad news. The good news is: next Sunday I hope to give you three (maybe four, if I can make it) in one go.

The thing is, I discovered last week that the dialogue which I thought was okay (having been rewritten three times) was actually not as okay as I imagined it to be, so I had to rework it once more. This proved ... not easy, and then when I tried to visualise it, I realised that I couldn't do it on a page-by-page basis. Mostly I lay out the story one page at a time, but this time around, that didn't work. Which means I am currently working on three pages at once, and I couldn't finish three pages at once. As I have mentioned before, this passage is a difficult one to write. Both Arthur and Pellinore have to be credible, and though the pace of the story may seem glacial to you who read it one page a week, a lot of things are actually happening quite fast if you were to read this as a book or a 'proper' webcomic where you can just click through the pages. So every word has to be meaningful.

So: next week. I promise to work hard and get this done. Even if the weather is going to be very hot -_- (eurgh).

It is *possible* - I don't know yet - that I may have to take a short break to write out what comes next. Because this conversation between Arthur and Pellinore is finally coming to a close, and next there is a Thing. It's a Big Thing and I have only figured out half of it so far (with nothing actually written, just imagined - but I kind of like what I know and I'm rather excited about it!). And after the Big Thing it's back to Gawain. And I know how 'back to Gawain' starts off, but then a lot of Big Things are going to happen that I need to puzzle together.

...Man. I often joke that I will be writing this until I'm 90, but sometimes when I think of all the bits of story I need to pass on, it seems to me the joke isn't actually a joke. It's dangerously close to the truth.

HOWEVER. Here is a tiny little sweet to tide you over until next week. The top two are preppy sketches for Pellinore on page 175; then there is Morholt because I haven't drawn him for a while and I missed him ( ♥ Morholt); and there is Cai because - well I don't need a reason to draw Cai.

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Gawain Project: Brothers & Sisters, p. 173

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I'm late! So, no babbling and new page. Which is not terribly exciting, but some stuff needs to be said.

Hm. I was going to insert a 'silent, angrily staring Arthur' in the middle, then decided against it in order to move the dialogue on a bit, but I think I made a mistake. His language question does perhaps come too quickly...

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Arthur has pulled the sword from the stone. Having, in one swoop, freed several British slaves as well as the Irish warrior Morholt, Arthur and his men now try to make it home before they get caught by a Saxon patrol. But they haven't got far when they run into King Pellinore of the Jutes, who challenges Arthur to a fight, gives him a good beating, and then wants to be friends. Yep.


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Gawain Project: Brothers & Sisters, p. 172

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So! Last Tuesday I had my illustration class "exam". I had to bring all my assignments, display them on a table, and then my teacher (Stijn) and his colleague (Other Stijn) had a look at them and gave comments. My teacher didn't say much as he'd already given me his comments on each assignment previously, but he listened to what Other Stijn had to say. And that had a bit of impact on the fate of this comic :p.

Other Stijn looked at my things and basically said, "yes, okay, nice, if a bit classic." When he arrived at my pencilled first comics page (this one), he couldn't place it, as clearly it wasn't an assignment, so I told him about my comic. He didn't like the page much and made fun of it, saying it looked like a Christmas card. So I told him about my difficulties in finding a style I like for the final look, and I showed him my current comics notebook with the brown and sanguine inked sketches. And at that he was all, "I LIKE IT!!11! Why don't you do the whole thing like this? Keep the size! Keep the colours! Do the sketchy thing! You could have it published on yellowish paper just like this notebook! You should totally keep the notebook look!"

And my teacher looked at me a bit cross because I hadn't shown him this particular notebook (I'd shown him the first TDA booklet because that is where the story starts - but you may remember that the quality of those pages was quite a bit lower than what I have been producing recently), and now he thinks I should completely go for the comic next year and produce him a definitive page a week, just like I produce a page a week on this blog.

So um, I guess that is the pencilled style out of the window (I am ... not too sad about that), and the prospect of one old and one new page each week, next year. I am not sure yet how Stijn is going to supervise and correct the new pages if I am going to do them the sketchy way, because I don't really see how this way of working leaves room for correction (the reason why it moves so quickly is because all the mistakes stay where they are and I barely use any reference). Maybe he'll have me redraw stuff and do cut and paste? I don't know.

Thoughts? Opinions? Please share!

Meanwhile: new page.

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Arthur has pulled the sword from the stone. Having, in one swoop, freed several British slaves as well as the Irish warrior Morholt, Arthur and his men now try to make it home before they get caught by a Saxon patrol. But they haven't got far when they run into King Pellinore of the Jutes, who challenges Arthur to a fight, gives him a good beating, and then wants to be friends. Yep.


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Gawain Project: Brothers & Sisters, p. 171

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Here, without much ado, is page 171. With my apologies for the bad quality of much of the drawing - I don't know, it just didn't work very well today.

Oh, er, yes, they are still talking. And no, the chat isn't over yet. Sorry! There is some important stuff that needs to be said...

Comics. It never seems that long when you write it out. :p

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Arthur has pulled the sword from the stone. Having, in one swoop, freed several British slaves as well as the Irish warrior Morholt, Arthur and his men now try to make it home before they get caught by a Saxon patrol. But they haven't got far when they run into King Pellinore of the Jutes, who challenges Arthur to a fight, gives him a good beating, and then wants to be friends. Yep.


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Gawain Project: Brothers & Sisters, p. 170

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Page 170 is a day late, sorry about that... What can I say: I worked on my school assignment four days out of five last week, then fell ill on Friday, probably out of pure relief because my assignment had been handed in on time :p. And though I had started on page 170 during my lunch break on Tuesday, I had to start all over again because I couldn't get the page layout (which was supposed to be more spectacular than the present version :p) to work. My weekend, then, was SO BUSY with social stuff (yes, I'm a hermit, but I'm obliged to attend Hermits United from time to time :p) that I made no progress at all. In fact, I'm already relieved to have found the comic at all, because I'd mislaid it after my 'work during your lunch break at a restaurant'-thing. Go me!

ANYWAY: look at the page number! It's page 170! If you take into account that The Darkest Hour was 119 pages and The Sword of Kings 11, that means that page 170 of Brothers & Sisters is ... page 300 of this comic. That's not too bad, is it? Of course our hero is still only 11 years old, but, well, I have a lot of setting-up to do. It will get better. Really :).

I would have done something special like a giveaway or something, but the page count has taken me a little bit by surprise. I'll do my best to think of something, though :).

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Arthur has pulled the sword from the stone. Having, in one swoop, freed several British slaves as well as the Irish warrior Morholt, Arthur and his men now try to make it home before they get caught by a Saxon patrol. But they haven't got far when they run into King Pellinore of the Jutes, who challenges Arthur to a fight, gives him a good beating, and then wants to be friends. Yep.


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Gawain Project: Brothers & Sisters, p. 169

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Hello! Sorry if I am a bit late. I don't have to go in to work tomorrow, so my sense of time is a bit off. The evening is only just beginning, haha!

Seriously though: this week, I hope to get some drawing done. There is my art school exam coming dangerously close and I want to do finish at least one other page of The Darkest Hour. I'm on holiday this week, but I'm not going anywhere. I want to get some artwork done. I know I always say that, only to end up doing nothing much. So this time round, I'm setting myself a schedule: rise between 8 and 9, work from 10 to 12, lunch break from 12 to 2 pm, work again from 2 until 6. Any work that gets done after dinner is a bonus (I also hope to go to the cinema once or twice...).

As a treat to myself, I'll be lunching out (in the evenings I cook). Since moving into my flat, I haven't once had takeaway and I have rarely eaten out. Now I want to try out the restaurants in my neighbourhood, because I really have no idea if they are any good. It seems like a fun project, a good way to holiday at home and a great means of not having to do the dishes during my lunch break :p. I have been thinking I might take my Gawain comic notebook along and ponder my pages while someone else is cooking my food...

I like this plan. Let's hope it works out. :D

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Arthur has pulled the sword from the stone. Having, in one swoop, freed several British slaves as well as the Irish warrior Morholt, Arthur and his men now try to make it home before they get caught by a Saxon patrol. But they haven't got far when they run into King Pellinore of the Jutes, who challenges Arthur to a fight, gives him a good beating, and then wants to be friends. Yep.


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Amhar

This, by the way, is Amhar.
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Time well spent, no?

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Gawain Project: Brothers & Sisters, p. 168

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Whew! That was close. There was almost no update today. The reason is... Well, if there had been no page today, I would have told you that I have spent the time I could spare last week and this weekend on one of my dolls - a very cute dollie called Amhar, who is Arthur's natural son. I have had Amhar since...last autumn, I think? and I'd never done anything with him, due to the move, plus art school, plus comic. And making doll clothes is fairly labour-intensive for rank amateurs like me.

That is all very well, you will say, but since you are on a schedule for the comic, you could have prioritised it, no? It is supposed to go up every Sunday, and you keep people waiting, and nobody is waiting to see the outfit of your stupid little doll.

To which I reply, I know that, but you see, I had to prioritise the doll clothes because until I'd finished them, my sewing machine is on the kitchen table, and all my scissors and needles and patterns are on it too, and so for the last week I have been eating off a tiny corner of my kitchen table, surrounded by heaps of sewing stuff. And I'm a little bit sick of that.

To which you, quite rightly, say, But you have a study. Isn't your study one of the largest rooms in your flat? Weren't you supposed to sew there? I mean why on earth are you sewing in your flipping kitchen?!

To which I say, um... Well, the thing is, I still haven't sorted my study (because I hate sorting, and I HAVE sorted the rest of the flat, oh do give me a break), and my desk is a mess and all, and until I have cleared the floor there is no room for a sewing table, so there is no other surface I can used except my kitchen table. And I really want to clear my kitchen table now.

And you say, "...Right. So we nearly had to wait another week for your stupid page because you are too lazy to sort your study. You've moved in there in, what was it, December last? It's MAY. Shift your lazy arse, woman. Jeez!"

...Yep.

So I drew this page after having sewn Amhar's coif and shoes. I drew the page in a record time of two hours. So apparently I can be quick. Aheh. To be sure, that was only possible because it had already been scripted (or re-scripted, three times, but whatever).

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Arthur has pulled the sword from the stone. Having, in one swoop, freed several British slaves as well as the Irish warrior Morholt, Arthur and his men now try to make it home before they get caught by a Saxon patrol. But they haven't got far when they run into King Pellinore of the Jutes, who challenges Arthur to a fight. In which the Sword of Kings...breaks.


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Gawain Project: Brothers & Sisters, p. 167

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I'm afraid there is going to be a lot of talk in the coming pages :p. They have been rewritten several times and I have pruned a lot, but - Arthur versus his natural enemy: I can't get past that without a lot of talk. Sorry.

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Arthur has pulled the sword from the stone. Having, in one swoop, freed several British slaves as well as the Irish warrior Morholt, Arthur and his men now try to make it home before they get caught by a Saxon patrol. But they haven't got far when they run into King Pellinore of the Jutes, who challenges Arthur to a fight. In which the Sword of Kings...breaks.


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