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Nostalgia

PCoquelin

Try and show ( or tell ) here what pictures or scenes or events stir the deepest nostalgia in your heart.



And why.





With these pictures, Wendy proved "herself to herself" :











Then Elfquest appeared :







And around year 1980 we had wonders...







Then came Winnowill...







I think Wendy reached a peak in her style around 1980, but when I say "peak", it's not so much about technique, but far more about heart.

Book 2 ( Donning ), for that matter, really was a wonder to me, with a very good choice of colours that enhanced the "naive" effect and let Wendy's 80's style bring the maximum affect, er.. effect.



Your turn.

Nowth

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Beyond

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Feline

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Luminous

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Breathing

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Hold

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Spread

(My scanner is broken)

scarlettdoll

Nowth, those pictures with your one descriptive word made me feel more than I have in a long time.

Fourleafclover

Yes - there was definately blood, sweat and tears in the old stuff. I could smell it rising up from the pages. It was more... much more than noodling with the inking. For me (not for everyone, I understand) detailed work is more than just "spinach".... it is the lifeblood of good work.

Nowth

These are quite fragile, almost heartbreakingly delicate creatures... yet they're intensely physical, and perfectly at home in a naturally "dirty" environment... fine lines and some amount of fiddly detail work well for that, methinks! Though, frankly, I'm a bit confused. Wendy's Elfquest has always looked very clean to me; with the exception of Wolfrider perhaps. Any "spinach" seemed to be precisely where it belonged, or employed for some specific reason at any rate. Ohwell. My untrained eyes, perhaps. Or the things I think of when I compare. Like... lavish, scribbly French fantasy stuff full of pudgy befreckled tavern wenches and gnarly tatterwinged fairies.


Scarlett, you ok? That sounded sad...
*huggles*

Starmist

I really need to get myself one of those scanners....... :?

Fourleafclover

They are fun, fun toys! :D

scarlettdoll

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Nowth

These are quite fragile, almost heartbreakingly delicate creatures... yet they're intensely physical, and perfectly at home in a naturally "dirty" environment... fine lines and some amount of fiddly detail work well for that, methinks! Though, frankly, I'm a bit confused. Wendy's Elfquest has always looked very clean to me; with the exception of Wolfrider perhaps. Any "spinach" seemed to be precisely where it belonged, or employed for some specific reason at any rate. Ohwell. My untrained eyes, perhaps. Or the things I think of when I compare. Like... lavish, scribbly French fantasy stuff full of pudgy befreckled tavern wenches and gnarly tatterwinged fairies.


Scarlett, you ok? That sounded sad...
*huggles*


I'm ok, thank you. To me, it's your poetic soul that seems "fragile, almost heartbreakingly delicate" and when you share glimpses, it makes me feel almost...heavy. Not sad though. You are an elf, Nowth! :) *hugs*

Nowth

I feel that way about so many of you.

Leanan

*hugs Nowth*

Stay here with us, little Go-Back! This is the heart of the Palace, here you are safe.

Especially from Winnowill. Wink :twisted:

Nowth

That was cute...

I'm my own Winnowill...

Leanan

*giggle*

Everybody is, and that's the trouble, ain't it? :P

Speaking of which, this is where I go to find power:

[img:ef0b88cc83]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y196/imladviel/rcurse-page1w.jpg[/img:ef0b88cc83]

I'm sure Kahvi would agree. Trophies, story of my life. Proving myself to myself, constantly, to silence the evil voices underground.

Nowth

And that's not cute. Unhappy

What is there to prove?

Leanan

*giggle*

Stop taking me seriously, darling! *kisses nowth, just to annoy him*

All the world's a stage, and somewhere in the country, Anne Hathaway-Shakespeare is weeping...

I'm my own winnowill too, but only because I want to! I know how to not drown - trust me, please.

Nowth

How could I not take you seriously... how could I know when not to take you seriously... how could I know when not to worry... you seem heavy with dark fairy story stuff either way...

Leanan

Yeah, I was programmed with all kind of dangerous stuff when I was little... lies, secrets, silence and A Role To Play.... the game of Don't Tell Mommy... my dad was the first programmer, my mom was the person who went away to work and came home too tired to listen to anyone, especially not dad, who stole the stage... then all three of us and the toys helped program my brother into a mixture of Teir and Scorch Chirrell... and I learned to write to get mom's attention... and I read books and the books programmed me...

Now, someone has found a bug. I think it is called Bumbleberry.

I'm going to get myself debugged starting last week...

The trouble is, how can you heal a sick mind if the patient knows how to mindwipe? I think I might even want to try hypnosis...

*hugs Nowth* don't worry, the angels wear the bodies of my family now. They're real, and they will look after me.

Now, we seem to be spamming again... would someone like to post another picture, to get us back on track?

Leanan

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This is ALSO where I go for power. Sometimes, a girl needs a big blunt object to feel safe... even if it is just imaginary. I know how to walk though walls: use the door. Wink

Nowth

I'm glad that you have your mom.

I'm certainly not the cuddliest Care Bear in the house... too busy with myself... but "stop taking me seriously" and "don't worry" are strange things to read after and in-between stuff about mindwiping, programming, and evil voices... even when allowing for what might be a hint of additional drama... (but then again, it might not...)

Not that I'd prefer "Worry a lot!" and "Panic, now!"...

*huggle*

As for walking through walls, I've always just waited until somebody else got infuriated enough to knock them down for me. :roll:

Leanan

I know I can be a confusing person... that could be the elves talking... the ElfQuest ones and the Middle Earth ones... and all the angels and devils that followed me home from church and looked so cute I wanted to keep them...

I'm not planning to die if you're wondering that... I'm not planning to hurt myself, either... life is sweet, a bit too sweet at times for my teeth seem to be rotting... *huggle*

Don't worry, I know how to hitchhike the spaceships!
*waves towel* hi there, Skywise! We wantsss the palace and we wantsss it now...

spiritofthewater



from 1976, sold at ebay

spiritofthewater



from 1976

spiritofthewater



I am not sure where and when this is taken from, but it is a Wendy drawing from the 70s.

spiritofthewater





...from the program for the 1979 Comic Art Convention

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...from the program for the 1979 Comic Art Convention

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cover for Fandom Calendar 1980

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from Lollapaloosa #5 1980

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from San Diego Comic Con 1980

Embala

Ahhh .... I've almost forgotten about this ones - glad you did not! :D

And some look totally new for me. Love the character mix on the Fandom calender!

spiritofthewater



from Loscon 31. This drawing is printed together several pics from 1982. It's probably from the same year.

spiritofthewater





from Loscon 31, drawing from 1982

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Wendy changing her style.

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If anyone know where these science fiction drawings is taken from, what they where made for, please tell us. Smile

spiritofthewater

[quote:64ad2080ab="Embala"]Ahhh .... I've almost forgotten about this ones - glad you did not! :D

And some look totally new for me. Love the character mix on the Fandom calender![/quote:64ad2080ab]

I will post a few more tomorrow. Wink

Tavie

[quote:c40316f106="spiritofthewater"]

from Loscon 31. This drawing is printed together several pics from 1982. It's probably from the same year.[/quote:c40316f106]

Hot damn this is awesome.

This woman is a frickin' costume genius. She is a *genius*.

If I had a million dollars I'd ask her to design me a costume. I don't even know of what. Just something frickin' cool.

Frick.

PCoquelin

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Tavie

...
This woman is a frickin' costume genius. She is a *genius*.
...


You BET she is !



Wendy would put MANY current fashion designers to SHAME !

spiritofthewater

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I think this drawing already has been posted, but I guess it doesn't hurt if we see it for a second time.

It is probably one of the very first renditions of the battle in OQ#15, since its dated 1978.







And this must be one of the very first drawings of Suntop and Ember, and probably the very first and only drawing of a murderous Leetah.

In OQ#15 she is behaving totally different.

There she seem to be much more innocent, acting only in shock and despair, especially after she has killed, but here she is only expressing hate.

It makes me wonder if Leetah is actually acting a little bit different than we are allowed to see in the comics.







This must be one of the very first drawings of Kahvi as well.

Embala

It's absolutely fantastic to see this very first beginnings!

spiritofthewater



This is from the same magazine as above, RBCC 1978. The picture was too big for my scanner,

but I think you will find the full image somewhere else in this forum, but I'm not sure.







How wolves react toward flames







How Dart and Strongbow react toward flames. Stongbow doesn't seem to react any different than what he use to do.<img src="/social/file/pic/emoticon/default/grin.png" alt="Grin" title="Grin" title="v_middle" />







I think this shows very clearly that Wendy has studied Renaissance art, especially if one look at the line-movements.

(how the parallel between the eyes is parallel to the arm,

how the line from the lower part of biceps makes a continuous movement to the right part of Cutters face, etc)

spiritofthewater

[quote:cd801b7a35="Embala"]It's absolutely fantastic to see this very first beginnings![/quote:cd801b7a35]

You can see more tomorrow :)

mournsong

Isn't that from the Wolfrider's Reflection music book as well? I could get you a color scan of that picture, if you want.

spiritofthewater

[quote:80c105b8a2="mournsong"]Isn't that from the Wolfrider's Reflection music book as well? I could get you a color scan of that picture, if you want.[/quote:80c105b8a2]

Very much. I didn't even know there was a music book. Do you have the cd too?

spiritofthewater



also from RBCC magazine. These are not printed in the Gatherums.

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from Comics Journal 50.

Embala

:D Sitting here ... enjoying :D

Surprised ... Red Sonja? ... and a Bakshi elf!?

spiritofthewater




1981

spiritofthewater


from 1983, Amazing Heroes 38

mournsong

[quote:96367d11eb="spiritofthewater"][quote:96367d11eb="mournsong"]Isn't that from the Wolfrider's Reflection music book as well? I could get you a color scan of that picture, if you want.[/quote:96367d11eb]

Very much. I didn't even know there was a music book. Do you have the cd too?[/quote:96367d11eb]

Yeah - I got the CD when it came first out and then I got the music book. I believe the latter is quite rare - my comic book dealer got it for me when it got published, but after that I never saw one again.

Darn, I forgot to scan it when I went down this afternoon to scan the Young Cutter pic... I might have some time to do it tomorrow or otherwise Thursday.

mournsong

Here ya go!

[img:9ac81fb96c]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y167/Chibikokitsune/AWR1.jpg[/img:9ac81fb96c]

[img:9ac81fb96c]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y167/Chibikokitsune/AWR2.jpg[/img:9ac81fb96c]

Embala

Love the colored ones!

spiritofthewater

Wolves with orange eyes and yellow tooth!!! Surprised

Embala

Forgive me ... Im a color freak - it fits better for my collages Wink
... and I'm good in pushing aside one or another "wonderous" detail ... Grin

spiritofthewater



I don't think this is from the OQ, but I may be wrong. Anyway, it's not from "The Forbidden Grove". This is from an add for Geppis Comic World, 1983.

spiritofthewater





...from Yearnings, drawing from 79. I didn't know that Cutter had an animal tongue until I saw this pic.

spiritofthewater





A Wendy story from Bizarre Adventures 28, 8 pages, 1981.

Treefox

I really want to thank you for collecting and posting all the wonderful Wendy art in all the different threads. I really, really appreciate it!

Embala

Treefox found better words than I could. I'll second this!

Arthis

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It reminds me of someone... Wink

mournsong

Wonder where this is from?

[img:8c1e7f13da]http://www.nesfa.org/boskone/images/b20-600.jpg[/img:8c1e7f13da]

RichardPini

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mournsong

Wonder where this is from?



It's the cover of the Boskone 20 program book. Boskone is an annual science fiction convention held in Boston, and that year (1982) Wendy was the Artist Guest of Honor. She also did the cover art (reproduced fairly badly, IMO) for the souvenir Author's book.

http://www.nesfa.org/Boskone/b20/

Tavie

I'm so taken with this. What an interesting site.

RichardPini

[quote:0ceb076bb8="Tavie"]I'm so taken with this. What an interesting site.[/quote:0ceb076bb8]

That would likely be from the late 1970s or early 1980s (can't quite tell if the date is '80 on the signature), when Wendy was bellydancing semi-pro. This looks like the study for a painting of her teacher, who danced with George Abdo at the Averof, a now-defunct dinner club in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A bit of trivia: The teacher's name was Marlene and she was, years later, the model for the Sun Village elf-maiden Maleen in "The Heart's Way."

LivietheLurker

Bits of trivia. I love it!

spiritofthewater

[disappeared picture from an earlier post]







from Boscone XX, feb 1983, drawing from 1982





This guy reminds me of a Gerald Scarfe drawing. Perhaps Wendy would have become a caricaturist if it hadn't been for the elves.











both by Gerald Scarfe.

spiritofthewater

[quote:f2a1122cea="Treefox"]I really want to thank you for collecting and posting all the wonderful Wendy art in all the different threads. I really, really appreciate it![/quote:f2a1122cea]

I will receive some more in a few days. I have a list of mags where you can find EQ related stuff, but they are difficult to find. I'm searching for them regularly at ebay, so you will probably be able to see more. :)

spiritofthewater



From the cover to Worlds of IF, Oct 1974. According to IF it's taken from "A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows", whatever that is.

spiritofthewater

..

cover to RBCC 149, 1979




I guess all those characters are from the Wizards movie, but I have not seen it.

spiritofthewater





also from RBCC 149

Embala

This guy looks intriguing ... tho I'd had difficulties to get used to his spider-fingers *shudder*

spiritofthewater

Looking through "Worlds of IF" a bit closer I found another WP drawing:

Foxeye

...guh...WANT:

http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=120000&GSub=4649

Wish I had a spare 2k lying around.

Is the texturing on her face damage/paint texture, or was Wendy actually hinting at very short fur there...? It looks like short fur. Neat.

lunakat

i love the idea of her having short fur all over her body! it makes sense.

that was the cover of a blood-of-ten-chiefs short story collection. Not the comic- the book. It was awesome! I sure wish that the last collection in that series could be published. oh well.

Foxeye

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lunakat

i love the idea of her having short fur all over her body! it makes sense.

that was the cover of a blood-of-ten-chiefs short story collection. Not the comic- the book. It was awesome! I sure wish that the last collection in that series could be published. oh well.



....crazy idea, but...is *that* something Richard would be allowed to put up online? Or only comics?

Holy moly that'd be awesome. Not that I wouldn't pay good money for the book. For anything EQ. But if they aren't going to be published anyways...ooooh, how great woudl that be.

Tricky, tho'. The licensing might have worked differently with all those writers than it does with the comic creators.

MrsGrizzley

Knight of Ghosts and Shadows is an Urban Fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey. It features a human bard in a three bond with another human and an elf, as well as alot of elves and they're all in California.

I actually collected the Urban Fantasy books by Mercedes Lackey at one point. I didn't get very many of them, though. I thought there were only two books with the bard and three or so of the SERRAted Edge.

Mrs. Grizzley

lunakat

we get all types in California!

krwordgazer

Somehow I missed this thread up to this point. Thanks so much everyone-- especially Spiritofthewater-- for all the wonderful pics! They made my day!

spiritofthewater

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Foxeye

...guh...WANT:

http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=120000&GSub=4649

Wish I had a spare 2k lying around.

Is the texturing on her face damage/paint texture, or was Wendy actually hinting at very short fur there...? It looks like short fur. Neat.



Have you seen all the other Wendy drawings? If you search for Wendy pini you will find 26 works of art, most of them obscure and most of them incredible.

Should I post them here? Would that be like stealing other peoples art? Has anyone good reasons for not posting it?

If no one tells me to stay away from them I will soon post everything, 8) or to say it differently: If anyone want to post them I will not try to stop you.

LivietheLurker

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Foxeye

...guh...WANT:

http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=120000&GSub=4649

Wish I had a spare 2k lying around.

Is the texturing on her face damage/paint texture, or was Wendy actually hinting at very short fur there...? It looks like short fur. Neat.



What I really don't get is why anyone would want to sell it? If I'd made something that gorgeous, you couldn't pry it from my cold dead fingers, you'd have to hack off my cold dead hand!

mournsong

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spiritofthewater



Should I post them here? Would that be like stealing other peoples art? Has anyone good reasons for not posting it?

If no one tells me to stay away from them I will soon post everything, 8) or to say it differently: If anyone want to post them I will not try to stop you.



Well umm... if I recall correctly, if someone buys a piece of art, they don't buy the copyright of the art - that still resides with the original artist, unless it is sold with the piece of art. So I guess Wendy still owns the copyright and if it's okay with her if you post them here, there's no reason not to. Not a legal one anyway.

Edit: well whatever you do... be sure to take a look at these. They just made me roll over the floor with laughter!

http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Order=Date&Piece=388956&GSub=52565&GCat=20960&UCat=0
http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=388957&GSub=52565

RichardPini

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spiritofthewater

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Foxeye

...guh...WANT:

http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=120000&GSub=4649

Wish I had a spare 2k lying around.

Is the texturing on her face damage/paint texture, or was Wendy actually hinting at very short fur there...? It looks like short fur. Neat.



Have you seen all the other Wendy drawings? If you search for Wendy pini you will find 26 works of art, most of them obscure and most of them incredible.

Should I post them here? Would that be like stealing other peoples art? Has anyone good reasons for not posting it?

If no one tells me to stay away from them I will soon post everything, 8) or to say it differently: If anyone want to post them I will not try to stop you.



To clarify, for you to stop or not to stop someone from posting here is not really relevant. The only one who has that power is Warp Graphics, which for all practical purposes here on the Scroll is me. All of the artwork you (and others) have posted was once published somewhere - in old magazines, program books, etc. - so it is fair to post it here (but not anywhere else) because we (Warp) still own the copyright to the images. And it is fun to see these old memories again.

Regarding the works of art you have found by searching "Wendy Pini" - all those people who have bought them own only the physical piece of artwork. They do not own any rights to reproduce them (except, with proper credit, to show them online). It would be better if you post the link to those various web sites, rather than taking the image files and putting them here. Many web sites (elfquest.com included) have rules against taking images from the site for use elsewhere, although a link to the image is all right.

mournsong

This picture puzzles me:

http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=12859&GSub=1582

Is this really Wendy's? Because it's clearly a scene from the "Warriors of the Shadow Realm" comics. Did Wendy do a watercolor version or did someone just have their elves mixed up?

Edit: Well it says "ElfQuest" so I guess the latter's the case.

RichardPini

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mournsong

This picture puzzles me:

http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=12859&GSub=1582

Is this really Wendy's? Because it's clearly a scene from the "Warriors of the Shadow Realm" comics. Did Wendy do a watercolor version or did someone just have their elves mixed up?

Edit: Well it says "ElfQuest" so I guess the latter's the case.



Wendy never made that illustration. It might be by John Buscema, who (I think) did some work on that series.

mournsong

Yeah - wasn't he the artist?

PCoquelin

@spiritofthewater : I want to thank you for all this gathering of wonderful "oldies", here !



When I think I had the first edition of the Gatherum, with all its incredible art samples by Wendy, from before and at the beginning of the Original Quest... Damn!...

Now, I mustn't complain : I have the "complete" edition, and it was worth buying it too !



Now...

What pleases you all, about Wendy's beginnings ?



I mean... ~ the 1978-1983 period, specifically ?



As for me, it's mainly the overall "naïveté".

Even if, as for MOST such artists, Wendy's art was still not "at its best", then, of course...

  ...it already had HEART.



What I regret, somehow, is how grimmer and grimmer ( though not THAT bad, as a final result ) it has become.



But never mind me : I'm such an old ( and nostalgic ) gloomer !...

spiritofthewater

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PCoquelin

@spiritofthewater : I want to thank you for all this gathering of wondeful "oldies", here !

When I think I had the first edition of the Gatherum, with all its incredible art samples by Wendy, from before and at the beginning of the Original Quest... Damn!...
Now, I mustn't complain : I have the "complete" edition, and it was worth buying it too !



Have you tried ebay? I see both the Gatherums for sale all the time, even the first edition of Gatherum vol 1. If you buy from an ebay seller you should take care that the seller put some cardboard around it, and not just put in a paper envelope. Receiving crushed EQ is not very fun, especially if it was in like new condition.

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PCoquelin

Now...
What pleases you all, about Wendy's beginnings ?

I mean... ~ the 1978-1983 period, specifically ?

As for me, it's mainly the overall "naïveté".
Even if, as for MOST such artists, Wendy's art was still not "at its best", then, of course...
...it already had HEART.

What I regret, somehow, is how grimmer and grimmer ( though not THAT bad, as a final result ) it has become.

But never mind me : I'm such an old ( and nostalgic ) gloomer !...



I think you have got a point. This is what I like to think:

EQ is very much a product of the 70s, and EQ would be absolutely impossible to make in another time. Wendy's insistence of having a "line of beauty" and trying to draw as stylishly as possible is definitely a product of the 70s. You were normally not emphasizing style in the 80s, 90s and you don't do it today either. There are many reasons behind it. I remember I heard an interview of Elton John where he talked about how innocent they all were, when he made his breakthrough. I guess that made you more creative, certainly more than today's complacency. Artists were not afraid to be different or unique. They were more open. (practically all musical genre in pop music is a product of the 70s: trance, rap, punk, synth pop, disco, metal, jazz rock, fusion, ambient, symphonic rock, power ballads etc). The 70s artist were extravagant and flamboyant. They were idealistic, Utopian. The art was romantic and spiritual. It was summer and sunshine, positivity and creativity, and out of it all grew Elfquest, not afraid to be wild and different. It was born to be strong.

I think Wendy was following the 70s way of thinking up till "Quests End", fortunately able to protect her values from a changing time and a changing mentality. Wendy was living in the 70s up to 1984, then she became more realistic and less idealistic, like everybody else, and I guess she had good reasons. The same kind of sensual stimulation over and over again will only lead to nothingness, (If you rub a finger back and forth on your arm repeatedly you will after 5 min feel very little), so if you are emotional, or bound to sensuality, you will in any case feel change as something good, even if the change may seem inferior from another perspective.

1980
1986

I think this show how different the 70s and 80s thinking really is. In the beginning WP is drawing long continuous curves and lines to make everything as aesthetically pleasing as possible. The reality must be transformed to meet her aesthetic demand. In 1986 her aesthetically demands has been transformed to be able to fit more into reality. If anyone take a closer look at the wolf's right foot they should know what I mean:
idealism
realism

The same goes with the images below. The background on the 80/81 drawing look like a cathedral. The background on the 86 drawing is more realistic.

1980/81
1986


I find Kings of the Broken Wheel more idealistic than Siege at Blue Mountain but more simplified compared to Original Quest. I think that can give a feeling of a more cold expression, but if you compare WP with other artists from her generation I think she has been able to protect her values much more successfully than what's usual. I do not know much about comics, but I know about many musicians or artists, outside comics, who are only a shadow of who they where in the 70s. Wendy is different:

1996

It is certainly drawn very different than OQ, but she is still able to make visual music by playing with the same lines, curves and spaces, the same way she did as when she started, at least sometimes. (That is more you can say about Phil Collins, Ace Frehley and Bonnie Tyler, who actually are born the same year as Wendy). Wink

Wendy is still going strong, and I really think she still has unknown possibilities. When more and more artists start to react against the coldness hoovering everywhere, popular art may go into a new dimension, and Wendy may be a part of it.

spiritofthewater



From Yearnings, back cover, drawing from 1978

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from the Hardcover edition of "Journey to Sorrow's End", or "Elfquest - The Novel", drawing from 1979

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from the same book as above

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same as above

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same as above

spiritofthewater



same as above, drawing from 1982

spiritofthewater



also from the hardcover edition of "Journey to Sorrow's End"

Embala

Aww .... Strongbow ...!

All these drawings are wonderful - but I just love young Strongbow!

spiritofthewater

It looks like photobucket is down for maintenance. :? I will post more tomorrow.

Arthis

Sexy Strongbow :P

PCoquelin

Thank you so much for your analysis, spiritofthewater !
I agre 100%, but I would appreciate seeing more fans expressing their ways of considering Wendy's early art...

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This shot perfectly illustrates what I meant with "naïveté".

Wendy has already explained, re-explained, and gone in great lengths to justify her style evolution, and I do NOT argue about it.

Just this : having seen it all, I, for one, STRONGLY prefer her style in the ~1978-1983 period.
( Even if I DO appreciate what Wendy's art has become, of late, especially with Discovery, even if I'm afraid, for having witnessed the very same phenomenon with other comics artists, she has too much emphasized the "line purity", of late - a caricature on that aspect is what Jean Giraud's - aka "Moebius" - style had suffered, at a time )

And "naïveté" was but one of the traits that caught our eye and heart in Wendy's early style : it was also EXTREMELY dynamic, with a high sense for angles, shades and the like.

Lately, with Discovery, Wendy proved she could do wonders with colours, too.

But, personally, I find she should NOT try and "prove" anything anymore...
  ...but make CHOICES ( and be PICKY about them, in every aspect ), from now on, instead, about next Elfquest stories AND plots.

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I agre 100%, but I would appreciate seeing more fans expressing their ways of considering Wendy's early art...



If I could express my feelings and opinion as well as Spirtit of you, I'd try ... :oops:

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In theory it is possible for Wendy to draw like she did in the OQ, but she will need a regression therapist or psycho therapist, to bring her back to her earlier years. I think you become hypnotised and you mentally transform yourself back in time. I have seen script samples from those involved with it, showing how you wrote when you were 20, 12, 7, 5, and so forth. It certainly work. I think Wendy already have been involved in regression therapy since she already has talked about her earlier lives.

Wendy's art between 1978-83 is for me someone who express a kind of relationship with nature, a relationship which goes deeper than what's ordinary, or someone who express her feelings for nature which are stronger and more sensitive than normal, and I'm not sure if she really know the full value of those descriptions, or those emotions. I guess it was something she received more or less accidentally. I don't think that she has consciously chosen her style either, just followed the flow of time.

Another thing I have noticed is that Wendy change her style as the elves are gradually pushed away from their relationship with nature, or what I like to think as their rhythm of nature. The more the elves are attached to the palace, the drawing style become different.

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from hardcover edition of "Journey to Sorrow's End"

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