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Disney Un-Disneyed: Taran

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The next in my Disney animated film source material read-through was The Black Cauldron, based mostly on the first two of The Prydain Chronicles, but I read that series fairly recently (reviews here, here, here, here and here) -- not recently enough!  But still -- so I didn't reread that at this time, though I still thought Taran deserved a spot in this sketch series, along with Hen Wen, because why not?  Also, there should be more Prydain art in the world, so here's one more little piece of it.  It was really hard not to borrow elements from Disney's version, because their design really seemed to nail the peasant/youth/assistant pigkeeper look of that time period and general setting, but I think in the end mine is pretty unique to me.

Snow White here.
Pinocchio here.
Denizens of Sleepy Hollow here.
Cinderella here.
Alice In Wonderland here.
Peter Pan here.
Sleeping Beauty here.
The Wart here.
Mowgli here.
Robin Hood here
Basil of Baker Street here.
Oliver here.
The Little Mermaid here.
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IMAGE DETAILS
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EPSON
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Epson Stylus NX420
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Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Macintosh)
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SirPixis's avatar
One of my favorite book series. You did a nice job with this and your other Prydain drawings. Still stylized and animation-like but closer to the books.
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kuabciProfessional General Artist
Wonderful feedback especially from a fan of the books, thank you for the comment.
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Lady-AbbingtonStudent Filmographer
AAAAH PRYDAIN CHRONICLES X3
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kuabciProfessional General Artist
Right you are!  APK FTW.
izclark's avatar
it's strange, he looks like ron to me!
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kuabciProfessional General Artist
I can see that a little!
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herofan135Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks really great, I haven't watched the movie but he looks great in your style!
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kuabciProfessional General Artist
Thanks!  You should check out the movie sometime.
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EweLamb-LoverStudent Traditional Artist
Yes! Yes yes
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kuabciProfessional General Artist
Thank you!  Thank you thank you.
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hannajosmithHobbyist General Artist
Funny, I just finished re-reading the series and falling in love with it all over again. You should do Eilonwy and Flewdder, too. I think the film sort of fell short with them. 
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kuabciProfessional General Artist
I really need to re-read it, I've been wanting to ever since the moment I last finished them, ha ha.

Oh, and you'll fine I have done a few sketches of the other characters from the books!  You can find them in my Literature gallery or by searching for Prydain, but they're also located here and here.  It's true, the movie took some liberties, but at least it managed to inspire me to learn more about the book(s) in the first place!
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hannajosmithHobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, so much awesome. Your Flewdder is great. He's probably my favorite and I was sad that they made him an old man in the movies. 
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kuabciProfessional General Artist
Yeah, they definitely did a number on him in the movie, didn't they?  I can sort of understand why, but still.  Thanks!
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EweLamb-LoverStudent Traditional Artist
I love the movie, but don't get me started on how it fell short with all of the story and most of the characters. *coughGwidwyncough*
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Nice! I agree, there should be more Prydain art! :)
And it is pretty hard to differ from Disney's generic peasant boy Taran, but I think your Taran looks even more like what I picture when I read the books -- a little cockier than Disney's, but still with a big, heroic heart.
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kuabciProfessional General Artist
There definitely seems to be a shortage of art based on these books!  It's interesting how some series last throughout the ages and others are recognized and cherished by relatively few.  I'm glad to hear my Taran matches yours!
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Eldr-FireHobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! I like how you included the pig. I just rewatched this movie for the first time in many years. :)
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kuabciProfessional General Artist
Yeah, what good is a pig-keeper without his pig??  The movie's always worth a rewatch.  And thanks!
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theterriblezodinHobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't remember this film in any detail--I must have watched it as a kid but I don't remember anything other than being scared, like the person above ^.  I like the pig!
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kuabciProfessional General Artist
Yeah, it was a pretty scary one in parts, sometimes almost un-Disneyish!  But it has its value, even if just to inspire people to read or know about the books in the first place.  Maybe it's time for a rewatch!  And thanks!
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Itsgoose2uHobbyist Digital Artist
I need to watch this film now too lol. He looks cool! I love the boots.
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kuabciProfessional General Artist
Thanks!  That was a fun detail to design.  Now go watch the movie!
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Cool! The Black Cauldron scared me as a little kid...the Horned King made afraid to sleep with out the night-light.
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