Act Three, Chapter One: 001

19th Aug 12:00 AM, 2016 in Act Three: Chapter One
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Act Three, Chapter One: 001
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MsMegan 19th Aug 12:00 AM, 2016 edit delete
MsMegan
Artemesia, Yew, Marigold
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Fluffy 19th Aug 12:02 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
Aw snap. Here we go!
Mar-ee27 19th Aug 12:03 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
Ohhh lovely, wonder what these represent
metaceryn 19th Aug 3:33 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
metaceryn
Feels, feels, and feels
a Drop of Beauty 21st Aug 4:49 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
a Drop of Beauty
Pretty muchly.
lunnascribbles 19th Aug 12:09 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
in order:
absence
sorrow
despair/grief

aren't we in for a happy chapter
Michael 25th Apr 8:09 PM, 2017 edit delete reply
o joy.
Exasperated Dwarf 19th Aug 12:11 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
*bangs head against the wall*
lalechuga 19th Aug 12:11 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
dear lord. This does not bode well.
metaceryn 19th Aug 3:16 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
metaceryn
I wanted to say that some really important real-world drugs were originally found in these plants (genus probably, not species), which indirectly fits Argus's medical-botanical interests. Well, two out of three isn't bad (freaking marigolds just have to ruin my theme).
Kirala 19th Aug 10:03 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
Sorry, were you saying that marigolds DON'T have medical use? http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/calendula

I grant you that that's not groundbreaking powerful drugs, but everyday healing is important, too...
prime_pm 19th Aug 8:41 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
So will this be a Three-Act structure or a Five-Act structure?
Kirala 19th Aug 10:05 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
I feel like the traditional B&tB tale will fit three acts. However, there's a LOT of room to play with backstory & consequences - Villeneuve alone could pad out two more acts - so I feel like telling exactly how many acts there are would be a spoiler...
Guest 19th Aug 12:05 PM, 2016 edit delete reply
i think the author did state a while ago that there will be three acts
NanamiG 19th Aug 10:30 PM, 2016 edit delete reply
I was struck by something just now: Ms. Megan, your flower drawings for these cover pages are really beautiful. They look exactly like the plants they are meant to be (duh!) and clearly convey the flower without needing color to provide that extra clue as to which plant it is. How do you do the research for these/draw them?
MsMegan 20th Aug 7:54 PM, 2016 edit delete reply
MsMegan
I usually google close-up shots of the actual plants, or check out old botanical plates that show how botanists have simplified them. I leave those open on a side screen for reference. Then I knock in the the general stem form and add the "big" shapes, like leaves and petals, before doing a final pass at higher magnification with a small brush for the detailing (seeds and petals and folds and shading). I usually do each plant on its own layer so I can flip them around and change their arrangement without too much trouble. Then, when they're arranged and detailed enough to feel different from the main story artwork, I spatter 'em with an ink stain stamp and call it a day!

Uh... I mean.... do you see my signature anywhere on these? Must be this Argus guy. Better ask him.
NanamiG 21st Aug 4:05 PM, 2016 edit delete reply
Lol! Well they are beautiful and they look like actual botanist drawings. Lovely work!
AbigailBrooks 22nd Jan 1:47 PM, 2017 edit delete reply
AbigailBrooks
So absence, sorrow, and despair/grief are the flower meanings for this chapter. Clearly we are in for an angsty one! That's only fitting, though, considering how the last one ended.