I've had this idea of a game/challenge for graphists for a looooong time, and I finally decided to try it.
The principle is this:
with the existing (but incomplete) graphic references for some wonderful item from the series..
..TRY and reconstitute the COMPLETE item.
At least ANALYSE them, sharing your analysis and the results of your study here.
First proposal: the huge, muti-coloured 'Great Sun' suspension of tinted glass behind Savah's throne, in Sorrow's End.
Here are the references I gathered :
You mean to recreate the complete circle, PC? One of them ...
Each of the reference pics shows a different pattern in form and colors, so there would be not a single "right" one, but many possibilities. Not to mention the differrent coloring styles.
Good remarks! You're attentive, Embala!
Now, you see why I'd rather call this a challenge..
..and such objections should NOT be a REAL obstacle for IMAGINATIVE graphists..
..because they offer more LATITUDE, for the reconstitution of this item we all 'know'.
Looking whether it could fit when it is turned around was the second thing I did. It's left to imagination.
In fact the lines on the "teeth" would hint a movement.
What if it also served as some sort of clock..?
Would make much sense..
But no.. the patterns are indeed CHANGING, from one scene to the other, as well as the colors..
..and not the way a turning wheel would.
Or.. it might be some sort of mind-manipulating magic, based on light control
and the detection of emotions, this wonderful item facilitating it, for Savah.
For instance, I noticed she never faces it..
And maybe Sun-Toucher deserves his name in more ways than expected and participates in this,
unaffected by the visual effects, blind as he is..
Oh, intriguing idea. And I do have the graphic tools to give it a try.
There's no indication in-story (which I'm aware of) that the design slowly changes in the way that the Great Egg does. And how could it? There's no rock shaper in the village until Ekuar visits and Ahdri comes in to her magical powers. Or metal shaper, if that's a think in canon, to manipulate the 'veins' separating the glass (EDIT: if that's metal). And how else would it rotate? The Sun Villagers dont have gear technology.
And if that's glass instead of crystal, which I suspect it is... is glassshaping a thing?
I think this is just a case where the continuity of the shape is not maintained from one image to the next. I could put together a similar montage of Petalwing's wings changing wildly from story to story or page to page. Doesn't mean it is a shapeshifter altering its wings at will. Just means that the image of the wings is a minor detail not worth extreme nitpicking relative to the whole image.
So maybe the final reconstruction would me more of a composite. We could pick out aspects of the different image and choose what to put in the final image. For example, I prefer the softer glass colors in the image with Savah's name in the ribbon, over the deeper colors in the other images. It brings to my mind the image that the sun symbol was designed to recall and preserve the image of the crystalline nature of the long-lost Palace, while the elves of Blue Mountain devoted themselves to replicating the *architecture.*
I have seen part of an old thread debating whether or not Savah is a light or fire shaper who makes her chair and the background circle glow when she sits down. Dont recall a conclusion ever being reached... But the way the panes are colored in the image I refered to seems to imply there is a glow of some sort, to me.
Inverted? ... Either I'm not attentive enough - or my vocabulary fails.
Should the 'blades' on the outer area be all the exact same size and shape (like a buzzsaw blades) or more uneven and natural (which they would more likely be if formed like in the image by Foxeye)?
And how many? Depending on which image I'm counting out half a circle from, it varies from 30 to 28 or 26.
More like 'natural', like waves, mainly, but ALSO varying in size and shape (and maybe in amount too), if you look closely.
For loooooong, I thought it was only Wendy having trouble insuring graphic consistency for it..
..but the more I consider this item, and how many times she showed it, with varying angles,
the more I think it's an object filled with shape-changing magic,
probably made of several soft metals (copper, silver, etc.) and tinted glass or even gems!
Making it rather difficult to reconstitute, for a graphist..
..unless they ANIMATE it, slowly and subtly changing the patterns and hues.
Looking at the series of images PC posted, particularly the last sevral where the circle is dark while Savah is catatonic...
I'm do like the idea that Savah's a lightshaper or whatever, and that the lights in the gems/glass/crystals are off because her magic and or spirit is no longer 'present' to manipulate or empower the sculpute. Whatever's going on with that thing, she's connected to it somehow. When Winnowill messed with her, she got unplugged from the wall.
But the veins in the circle are still erratic from panel to panel. Why would the stone form be active and not the lights?
If Savah's (dead) lover was stashed behind the wall in a sack of wrapstuff editing things unconciously (the way Ahdri later will, making Sorrow's End a rough place for the Rebels to navigate), fine. But he's not. And outside of Bad Magic pools, like the one that created Madcoil, we dont see any instances of 'magical batteries' that keep chugging along doing their thing without assistance from an elf. Someone has to be purposefully acting on the sculputure to make anything happen to it, and in that scene no one is. So I still say the changes in the lines are on WP's end, not an in-universe change.
Now THIS would be a surprise ... a pool of good magic (or an elfin entity) existing in SE, shown from the very beginning in the change of the wheel of light ...
Personally I think Wendy just had too much fun recreating this artefact again and again ... changing to HER mood and how it's showing best in each panel.
Using back cover of OQ#6 as the primary reference (it's effectively that version that I'm rebuilding here) with Foxeye's drawing as a reference to fill in the gap in the lower third.
The outline needs touching up and the 'joints' need to be edited into curves, among other things, but it's a start.
WOW ... that's pretty awesome for a "start", Jeedai! *bows*
The one from the backcover I prefer, too
Great start, indeed, Jeedai!
You may notice it's the ONLY 'Great Sun' ( #6 issue backcover ) that is INVERTED!