The Emberglow Saga: chapter one - Page 12 by dphoadley ()
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Possible nudity in the crotch of the girl in the lower left hand corner. I've been banned for less, and don't want to take any chances!
This is the 12th page of my graphic novel. I render in Poser Pro 2010, then do extensive postwork in Photoshop. I use Comic Life Deluxe for the actual composition of my novel. I multiple layer the animate figures in Photoshop, and then use the motion blur filter on a sublayer to create the feeling of speed and motion.
The Cathouse Arcade structure is my own creation.
In the year 1838, the lovely Swiss governess, Esther Abrabanel, agrees to conceive and bear the child of an anonymous English landowner, in return for which he'll pay her £500.
He's the scion of an ancient Anglo-Saxon royal house, and feels the need to produce an heir to his line. However, since his wife is consumptive, and after ten years of marriage has proved barren, he feels an ever-present desperation and frustration in the fulfillment of his destiny.
Miss Abarbanel, is a secret crypto-jewess born to an illustrious line of scholars and sages, but who finds herself living in an alien society. She is also a fiercely loyal daughter, who is in desperate need to obtain a large sum of money in order to effect her father's release from debtor's prison, where he's incarcerated for another man's misdeeds. However, since she's of an independent and wayward nature, the very idea of contracting and surrendering to the yoke of a loveless marriage, just for its financial convenience and security is totally abhorrent.
Thus their mutual needs brings them together. They meet for a week in a hotel on the coast of Normandy, during that time their relationship gradually meta-morphs from the cold the mechanics of commercial contract sex, to a mutual desire, and then to a deep and abiding love. However, in spite of this awakened feeling between them, they must part ways on their return to England, ostensibly never to see each other again.
At the birth of their child (a daughter),she surrenders her as agreed to the midwife to hand over to the father. However, unlike as agreed, she can neither forget her child, nor the man that she bore it to. Seven years pass, when one day she arrives at a remote Sussex estate, to be the governess of a young girl. The father of the girl, Edwin Ironside (a lineal descendant of the great Edmund Ironside, king of Mercia), turns out to be the same anonymous landowner who met with her years before in the Normandy hotel, and the child Deborah is their daughter. So Esther has to be her own daughter's governess.
Image Comments (13)
i can tell you've put a lot of time, effort and work into all of these scenes. they have a lot of detail, and most of the action is communicated very well. up until these past two pages, i've been able understand everything without trying. right now, i'm a bit confused about the action. i got confused at the last page, and the guy in front of the horses. why is he there after the horses have already run into the heroine? if he's the teamster, how did he get in front of the horses so quickly, and why? actually just pulling on the reins would give him more control and do more to calm them than standing in front of them and waving his arms. and are those cattle in front of the lead riding down from the lighthouse? why are there animals loose on the streets? in terms of the overall story, i'm completely unclear about how this accident fits into the larger story arc. i'm not getting a feel for any of the characters from these events, and since i'm sure there's no lasting damage to the heroine, it seems like a distraction so far. the horse poses have gotten more and more natural. i like how you're handling the weather. your placement for the words is very natural and flows very well. overall, it's working very well as a comic.