Sunday, December 9, 2012
The Looking Spring - Whisperer
“The Whisperer has come,” Sylvia said. “He has come to take what is his own. He will not leave this time without it.” She turned away from the stunned warriors. “We must seal the Looking Spring. We must do it now.” A single tear ran down her cheek. It was a tear of blood.
I drew the original version of this in 1997 to support my story, The Looking Spring. My knowledge of Adobe Illustrator was primitive at the time and I was never wholly happy with the illustration even though it expressed the idea of the story's villain well enough. Well, today I decided to update it and I can say that I'm pretty happy with the result.
While I was writing the story, I came to a point where I realized that the Whisperer was playing two characters against each other at cross-purposes. In the way that some stories take on a life of their own and begin to write themselves, I had the epiphany that there were two Whisperers in action...and that they were unaware of each other. The story finished itself in a startling and rapid way after that realization.
The Looking Spring remains one of my favorite projects and I revisit it frequently.