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The 3 Daughters of King Coluath O'Hara - Page 28

Hi, fellahs!

in this week's page it's only the narrator talking, discussing what happened after the husband got the letter from the princess. No dialog, just narrative captions. Pretty exciting, too!

This was the first time, in panel 2, that I had attempted to do "realistic" cast shadows. It took a while, I'll tell you. There's a technique to drawing shadows from a light source. It has to do with where the horizon is, where the vanishing point is, and where the light source is in relationship to the horizon and the figures who are getting the cast shadows.

It turned out pretty well, all things considered but I had to draw it and re-draw it over and over. This was an example of where I had some concept in my mind of how a drawing should look but I lacked the technical knowledge to execute it. I remember the first time I asked someone about how to ink shadows, I said "how do you add blacks to a drawing?" It's like I didn't even have the conception that the thicker blacks that were distinct from an object's outline were shadows, I just thought of them as some abstract "black parts".

Also, now, even 16 years after I had inked this page we are looking at, I realize that there must be a way to add shadows to the egg in the last panel so that it has some three-dimensionality. There are some feathery inks on the right side of the egg, but not enough.

The technique to add the convincing illusion of three dimensions, I do not have. It's like I think to myself, there must be some easy way to do this that takes five seconds. So I cast about in my head, trying to find that easy five-second way to do it. If I can't find that easy way, then I won't take that step.

The truth is, of course, that some things take time.

Okay well I've got to cook dinner and stuff so I'll see you guys later! Come back next week, huh? Also I need to think about what comes next after this story is over!

Bye for now!

Comic transcript

You're reading a page from a comic book based on the ancient Irish Myth the Three daughters of King Coluath O'hara. The translation and story was from Jeremiah Curtin's book Irish Myths and Fairy Tales but don't go and spoil the comic by reading it. I'll be posting a page a week, and the first page is here. Please let me know in the comments if you want to buy a copy and end the suspense, and if enough people want it then hey I'll publish it. Thanks!

Also I read the following in the voice of the narrator from Fractured Fairy Tales, Edward Everett Horton.

As soon as he got the letter the husband took an axe, and went to the holly tree. When he came to the tree, he found the princess there before him having the two boxes with the fox and the hawk with him.

I'll point out here that the whistle the princess received gave her the power to call all the birds of the air, and didn't say anything about mammals. We gotta just imagine that there was one part that didn't get into the version that Jeremiah Curtin heard.

He struck the tree a few blows. It split open, and out sprang the wether.

He ran scarce twenty perches before the fox caught him. The fox tore him open, then the duck flew out.

The duck had not flown fifteen perches when the hawk caught and killed her, smashing the egg.

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