"I didn't think you'd come for me."
Friday, March 31, 2006

After my last piece, I realized I'm not done expressing River's suffering yet. This one is based on the theme and text of the unshot episode "Dead or Alive." It's about the little rhyme River sings at the fair, which suddenly, and shockingly, reveals a great amount of torture at the hands of the "blue demons". :( It's a very gripping text. She expresses being a princess, locked up in a tower by evil men, hoping, in vain it seems, for her prince (Simon) to come and rescue her. She tries to escape herself, but fails. That's where the title comes in: "I didn't think you'd come for me." But, of course, Simon does come! and rescues her; and together they escape that awful place. I tried to express this. On the right, obviously, the white tower. :) You can peek into the window and see River. On the left is essentially a zoom of that window, and we can see her properly now. The elevator scene depicts, naturally, her eventual escape, with the help of Simon.



Friday, March 31, 2006 6:55 PM


Darn, BSR wouldn't let me put in my whole text. Okay, here's the rest:

... On the left is essentially a zoom of that window, and we can see her properly now. The elevator scene depicts, naturally, her eventual escape, with the help of Simon. The elevator door posts are blended with the tower wall in such a way that it kinda gives you a tower window feel, too. And there's a shadow, cast by River's left thigh (the River in elevator) on the tower window post beneath, just to take care of the alternate realites mixing thingy. I also shortened the quote a bit, as the whole rhyme, spread out over several scenes, is way too long, and contains several redundancies that really show up when merged all together into one single rhyme. As always, I hope you like it.

Friday, March 31, 2006 7:06 PM


this is cute

Friday, March 31, 2006 7:45 PM


I wouldn't say cute, it's a little to dark a theme for that, but it is rather gorgeous. I also think the theme gits perfectly. If you look at the earlier versions of most fairy tales they are very dark and disturbing, just like Rivers treatment at the hands of the blue hands men.

Friday, March 31, 2006 8:41 PM


Once again, this is powerful stuff, Asarian. Good job with the imagery, it tells the tale.

Poor River.

Friday, March 31, 2006 11:36 PM


Wow, Asarian...Just, wow. Great job, really great. :-D

Friday, March 31, 2006 11:46 PM


ditto all of the above.

Saturday, April 1, 2006 1:29 AM


shiny ;p Quite an active composition, too. I get a nice sense of rhythm here from the different Rivers, and especially like the juxtaposition of River in the shaft scene next to the view of the window, as if she's trying to escape her torments. Also, ooh... that pic of River in the upper left just makes my heart break :( Once again, I never know what you're gonna do next ;p

Monday, April 3, 2006 4:36 PM


Kind of makes one wonder... just what the other subjects in the program are like... Is River's condition a function of her defiance?

It also makes me wonder what her escape attempt was like?

Friday, July 28, 2006 1:30 PM


You have the most incredible imagination for themes. Your explanations of your work are just amazing and the way you blend images and create a whole story through pictures is incredible. Thank you for sharing it with us.


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