Here ends Chapter Five…
A few rough pencils for the preceding pages:
Ooh, awesome pencils. I love seeing the pages in the early stages like this.
Love the drawings, love the margin notes. “Water like wedding veil” indeed!
Such goodness!! The drawings are especially marvelous to behold.
These pencils are fabulous. They remind me of (good ol’ days) Disney for some reason.
Also, the expression in panel six is perfect.
Oooooh, lovely “camera angles” today. I especially like the one of the Lorelei’s name up close. I wonder what Twain will do next…. We have yet to see South’s world.
Thanks for sharing the pencil sketches, too cool!
Captain Twain: Your ship is, indeed, sinking.
Mark, it’s always a treat to see how you accomplish this magic. Thanks for allowing us in to your studio like this.
As for the story, I suspect we must now hold our collective breath for the (un)foreseeable future!
The image on the medallion appears to resemble the box that contains South’s heart. I’m curious to know if Twain’s simply wearing this charm, will accomplish South’s main objective, or will it further mesmorize Twain into following her. Either way, I hope he puts it on and maintains some link with South, possibly through dreams or by channeling her thoughts.
South’s just traded one lure/charm for another. How long do we have until Twain takes the bait and joins her? [so many fishing puns, so little time.]
Also, I love seeing the pages in progress. And Twain’s eyes in panel 3 are eerily similar to South’s on Monday.
Everything that Anne said.
Ahh, Capt’n Twain, I feel for ya, buddy. Such great desire to chase the dream, yet so very aware of the potential consequences. I find myself in the same boat, so to speak.
Love the pencils. Do you project these onto paper when you go for the final art?
Sorry to speak off-topic, but how do you ladies and gentlemen get an avatar? I’ve clicked on the link several times and signed in, but for whatever reason nothing is showing up…?
@Jane: did you upload an image?
@Billy Bones: thanks! I do, I shrink them so they’ll fit under my dinky little projector, and work them in charcoal.
Yes, I did. For whatever reason, it’s not showing up..?
I appreciate your expedient reply…I’m looking forward to conversing with the other ship passengers!
Aha! Problem solved! (Jane and the email associated with it being a tester)
Now that that’sout of the way –
I’ve been reading for a couple of months now, and I must say, it’s an honor to be a part of such a beautiful and captivating tale (tail?)
I love the pencil sketches, and your charcoal work is quite inspiring. This past weekend, in my hometown, we had an event where artists covered the sidewalks of a park with chalk drawings. It was beautiful. Chalk – or charcoal for that matter – is not my forte, but it’s always fun to try.
Looking forward to the next installments…way to keep us on our toes, Mark!
I keep going back (only mentally, alas) to the tavern (in “Overture”). The first question puzzling me all along was, why did Camomille have the pendant? She said “He gave it to me” and “He said it came out of the river.” I’ve been assuming all along that the “he” referred to throughout the Overture is Lafayette. So he had a pendant too? Is it the same one as Twain’s pendant, or did South give one to Lafayette as well? Secondly, why did Twain want it so much (in the Overture)? (It was her bait for getting him to tell his story, remember.) Had he lost his? Or (if there is only one pendant, which is how I’m leaning because it’s always treated as one-of-a-kind) — how did Twain’s end up with Lafayette (or in the river again?) and thence to Camomille?
These are some, but only a few, of the questions which plague me.
And of course I don’t really want them answered. It’s just that it’s so much fun to squirm in not-knowingness.
Oh, and now that we’re so much further in, I’m not going to go back and look at the chapter headings anymore. I just did so, sort of accidentally, when looking back at the Overture. I only saw a few as I glanced at the screen, but that was more than enough, and now I’m going to work very hard to forget them.
Oh, but Mark — I did notice that the chapter headings left off being clickable several chapters ago — might need updating.
oops, thanks, Arabia
The discipline that you have to make these evocative, eloquent and endlessly fascinating pages is amazing, I love the sketches, I’m just looking at a space on my wall in my cottage in Wales…. even one that has been scrumpled up??? Nah. Don’t deserve it. Your pictures each week are highlights for me (and obviously so many others) Found a discarded map book of Places in USof A on Monday night, (in the street)! am using magnifying glass up and down the Hudson River pages to identify the places you mention. Thanks Mark, must send some pics for a cameo…
I love seeing the pencil sketches! Thank you for letting us peek in a bit at your creative process! And as for the “River Opener,” is it too presumptuous to guess that he doesn’t go, and that is why Camomile has it at the beginning of the story? He never used it!?? Ooooh! The mystery deepens!
Back to work, everyone. You, too, Elijah!
Wow, love the pencil sketches Mark, it’s really a pleasure to be so included in your work process!
Back to work, everyone?
No, I’m on vacation, so I can swagger on deck all day long!
Great to see the pencil sketches!
Mark – ha ha, this is better than the extra materials they put on a DVD. Behind the scenes, storyboards, animatics, director’s commentary … I’ve mentioned before how groovy it would be to have some of this included in the print version. Or maybe the whole site sucked, in toto, onto a bundled CD or thumb drive…
SleeplessFish – who isn’t captivated by a good tail?
Phili – if you tell me that you’re living in (or near) Portmeirion, I’m going to be a bit jealous.
Whoa…what a decision Twain has before him! The pencils are so cool…thanks for sharing them, Mark.
Now, of course, Twain gets to walk around with soaking pants legs and flooded shoes for a while.
I really like the contrast between Twain’s glum expression and the glowing pendant. Surely a glowing pendant exudes possibilities, not disappointment or frustration that his expression would suggest. This contrast further accentuates the dilemma before him.
So glad you’re all chiming in here. And some of you voices we haven’t heard aboard before.
The latest chunk of pages have been gorgeous (although I guess I say that all the time? Haha They all are!) and its fun to see the process, too! These roughs seem fairly tight to me! Just waiting for charcoal. But maybe that’s because I scribble so much. haha Do you do smaller thumbnails before pencil roughs?
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