mystic sea-bear…

swimming through the deep…

In which Rothgar, the sea bear, swims on through the depths and Songs of Albion comes to a conclusion.

I have been having some very similar thoughts to those of my writing partner Tom Radcliffe on finishing the last image for this project. We have been at this in one form or another since December 2008. I didn’t believe it until I checked my earliest drawing file. Wow. That’s quite a sustained effort. Of course it was mostly over the last year and a half that I was producing the actual images that we used during this past year – summer solstice 2011 to summer solstice 2012. The image above will be the last one. It’s due to be posted on Friday this week. I don’t exactly think it’s a spoiler – any guesses as to what’s going on?? Good luck! lol

As Tom mentioned when he was finishing up the written part, it’s a bitter-sweet moment… we enjoyed the work, learned a lot and yet it didn’t take off in even a minor way. 😦  Perhaps this was the wrong forum for our genre (something between a graphic novel and an illustrated story). Maybe it will grow wings as an e-book. Maybe it sucks. (We don’t think so – but hey, we’re biased!)

Anyway, for the next while I will be going back to random doodles until I figure out what is next…

à bientôt

UPDATE: Lovely poem from Tom for Rothgar the sea-bear

Rothgar swimming through the deep
where the darkness lurks and peeps
from out behind the quantum veil
hiding Fae who hang a tale
on English wanderers who lost
and won again, now tempest-tost
they set out on the Ocean Stream
to find a world not what it seems!

(c) 2012 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2012 Hilary Farmer

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5 Responses to “mystic sea-bear…”

  1. Rothgar swimming through the deep
    where the darkness lurks and peeps
    from out behind the quantum veil
    hiding Fae who hang a tale
    on English wanderers who lost
    and won again, now tempest-tost
    they set out on the Ocean Stream
    to find a world not what it seems!

    😀

    There’s a hint as to what happens next if we ever decide to pursue it!

    Simply love this image. The fish remind me of a dive I did of La Jolla many years ago, where a school of barracuda were swarming in the sunlight above me. All that was missing was the sea-bear!

    It’s a great one to wrap up on. It was really December 2008??? Yow!

    It’s been hugely fun, but let’s do something egregiously commercial next time!

    • Thanks! and lovely poem – I think we found the world not what it seems as well!
      2008 were the first studies for the earlier version of the project. The first illustrations we actually used were done almost exactly 2 years ago – still yow!

  2. Wonderful images! What software or app are you using for your artwork?

    • Thanks very much! I use Gimp for all my computer art work. I know lots of people prefer Photoshop but for now I am getting the results I want with Gimp – and it’s free… Also, I have a tablet PC so I sketch with the stylus right on the screen.
      By-the-way, you have some great photos on your blog!

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