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26th Oct 2021, 3:36 PM

keiiii

Update 1 of 2 this week.

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26th Oct 2021, 7:15 PM

...(RockB)

Ohh yes, I have ideas about this page! but I don't want to write them when I'm very tired.

So - proper comment = probably edit of this one: Later.

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26th Oct 2021, 8:06 PM

VelvetRainbow

Absolutely gorgeous! You always manage to outdo yourself

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26th Oct 2021, 9:55 PM

melaredblu

Let's see if I can unravel some of the symbolism on this page.

Butterflies: Transformation, probably. In this case, Ethan's being transformed by gaining this new power--one that he sort of had all along, much like a caterpillar was always meant to become a butterfly.

Cranes: Assuming these actually are cranes, which apparently symbolize purity, longevity, and peace in Korean culture. I suppose there is a sort of purity with how much raw honesty Ethan had to have with himself to get through this trial, which has led him to a certain inner peace. Longevity, though, I'm not so much seeing (yet?).

Wings: Probably freedom? After all, if he masters this ability, he can go anywhere he wants. It could also just be a clever visual metaphor for his teleportation being a mode of transformation, but given the fact that we haven't seen wings used as a motif for other teleporters, I'm thinking it's possibly more about his current state of mind than the kind of powers he gained.

Shadow's adult appearance: Personal growth achieved on Ethan's part. Makes sense--Shadow is part of Ethan's mind. He's confronted some pretty deep issues that go really far back for him and made a huge decision he can't go back on.

Sprouts: I nearly missed that detail until I looked at the next page. I have no idea what they represent that the other visuals don't already cover, though considering he attempted to climb the Arborist path, I wonder if there could be some significance to the sprouts even though he chose teleportation. Why must you tease us so, Keiiii?

I'd also like to draw specific attention to how the wings and butterflies seem to sprout from his hair in that last shot. I feel this is supposed to perhaps emphasize that what's changed in him isn't so much physical as it is psychological. And the fact that the wings seem to blend into his body--proooobably just a visually poetic way to show that this new power is just another part of him now?

I'm not sure about the four wings cradling him, though. There's probably a hidden meaning, but it also might just look that way because purty.

Do I even have to say how gorgeous this page is? Everyone knows that. You'd have to be blind not to see it. But yes, gorgeous it do be.

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27th Oct 2021, 11:03 AM

sigpig

Slow. Clap.

Re: the four wings. Seems they are attached to him (literally or metaphorically). Also, that's a rather bright circle of magic (halo?) surrounding him. Rather "Vorlon" of him, don't you think? (For the non-Babylon 5 people out there, the Vorlon race injected their "angelic being" into many other races' religions).

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28th Oct 2021, 5:53 PM

keiiii

So there's a lot of things that are considered to be conventionally symbolic (e.g. green for envy). I don't really use those much in my work!

What I do use heavily is... I guess personal symbolism? What it means to THIS character on a personal level. Referencing pieces of their past, psyche, etc. that may or may not align with more conventional symbolism.

Trying to use conventional symbolism in my own native culture has always felt awkward for me, like trying to walk in shoes that very clearly don't fit. Trying to use symbolism from cultures that I wasn't raised in is even more awkward! So I rarely do it by design (unless it directly overlaps with personal symbolism; e.g. maybe angels have always held a special meaning to them).

But even if I didn't intend them to be there, if readers can recognize some and it enriches their reading experience, that's pretty magical in its own right. A new layer of story being created, kind of like through a collaboration.

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